Niederkrüchten in the Lower Rhine region is just perfect if you love small forestal towns.
Besides the obligatory castle ruins and churches from the days of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it’s really the outdoor activities like horseback riding and camping that you’ll find here along the River Schwalm, that really makes it worth a trip.
Most of the town’s churches are worth a peek, even if only for a few minutes, including the Parish Church Bartholomäus and the 16th century Parish Church Martin. Make sure to go see the 13th century Parish Church Laurentius and the 15th century manor house in the neighborhood of Elmpt — on the border between Germany and the Netherlands.
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The Elmpter Chapel Maria an der Heiden, built in 1703, looks simply stunning within the forest landscape (its alter dates back even further to the year 1530).
The forest observation tower gives a smashing view of the moorlands and you’ll find a bunch of regional restaurants in town for some local goodies when you’ve worked up a hearty appetite gallavanting all over town. And in the neighborhood of Brempt, there’s the Chapel of St. George and ruins of Brempt Castle and the watermill.
Afterwards, try your hand at fishing, ’cause it seems to be a very popular fishing hole. The Venekotensee is another lake popular with fisherman and the birds love it here, too.
If fishing isn’t your thing, relax… there’s plenty of walking paths and even a tennis court near the lake. Another great lake popular with the local residents for boating, paddleboats, and swimming is the Hariksee. And if you get hungry, there’s plenty of barbecue pits to enjoy a picnic by the lake.
One of the more popular sports here is Nordic Walking, with trails for all fitness levels so no one’s left out. What’s also great are all the camping sites along Niederkrüchten’s rivers and lakes that really make for good times in the great outdoors.
When you come to Niederkrüchten come for the wilderness and the unspoiled beauty, and be pleasantly surprised by what you’re going to find here. In as much that it’ll be hard to say what you liked the most.