You would never guess that Kalkar recently celebrated its 775th birthday.
While it IS filled with old historical churches and castles, Kalkar is also modern and full of good old-fashioned clean fun. There’s a bit to do here and there’s plenty of overnight accommodations (hostels, vacation home rentals, and even camping facilities) to suit any situation or budget.
The first thing anyone notices here is the mid 15th century Gothic Town Hall (built 1446) that just towers over the center of town. Right down the street is the St. Nicolai Church, one of the best examples of Gothic and Renaissance art in the area with an alter that dates back 1500.
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If you get hungry, there’s an old brewing house in the town center serving up Rhenish specialties or grab a bite at the 16th century Ulft House that’s now a popular restaurant.
For more medieval sites check out Saints Peter and Paul Church in Grieth, which has stood here for more than 500 years. You’ll find ruins of a 10th century castle (Monreberg Castle) and the grand 13th century water castle Boetzelaer in Appeldorn; both will keep you pleasantly occupied for a while.
The City Windmill at the Hanselaer Gate is hard to miss and the view of Kalkar from the top will be hard to forget. Up the way a bit is a 17th century Jewish cemetery. After the cemetery, the street curves taking you around to the 15th century Pigeon Tower, once used as a prison.
Not too far from the tower is the recreational Wisseler Lake. There’s an abundance of activities here to keep you busy all day. Go swimming, shoot down the waterslide, rent a boat or a bicycle, fish, or relax out on the sandy beach. There’s camping facilities here if you want to “rough it” for the night.
If you’re looking for some rollercoaster fun, a day at the Kernie’s Amusement Park is in order. For more simple pursuits, there are a number of ferry rides available along the Rhine River.
Now just go enjoy some good old-fashioned clean fun here in Kalkar. ;-)