Wachtendonk — Medieval Town With Funny Name

It seems like Germany’s got more geographical areas than… I don’t know what. This time it’s the Lower Rhine Lowlands, which is where you’ll find the town of Wachtendonk.

Funny name, Wachtendonk. What isn’t funny is how beautiful this medieval town and surrounding countryside really is.

Wachtendonk is only a few kilometers from the city of Venlo, Netherlands as well as only about 20km to Krefeld, Germany. The best part is Wachtendonk is easily accessible by train (on the Cleves-Krefeld -Düsseldorf-Venlo Line), and less than an hour to the Düsseldorf Airport.

Well, you’ve made the effort to get here — so what now?

I think an exploration of the Lower Rhine Lowlands is in order. You’ll find moorlands, lakes, meadows, and a forest area with both hiking and biking trails. OK, except maybe for the lakes — you can’t hike a lake. Can’t ride a bike on a lake either, for that matter. ;-)

One of the prettier paths will lead you past an orchid meadow; and for the fun part of the outdoors — there’s rope climbing, beach volleyball, and something called aqua golf.

You know what else Wachtendonk has? A corn maze! From late July until October you can try to find your way through this 60,000 square meter labyrinth.

At least it isn’t as long as the 300km Lower Rhine Radwanderweg or the 500km long Manor Route (lots of castles!) that leads straight into the Netherlands.

Stop! You don’t want to leave just yet.

There’s still a castle fortress to see, the town’s old fortification walls (I did tell you this was a medieval town, didn’t I), the 14th century Church of St. Michael, and the Pulverturm (Powder Tower).

The best part is the guided tours offered by Wachtendonk (I don’t think I’ll ever tire of saying that name) are offered in both German and English.

All this sightseeing and outdoor fun transcends any language that you may or not speak. And I still think the name Wachtendonk is funny — in German or English. ;-)

 

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