Kalkar is a medieval, lively and modern town in a central location in the Lower Rhine.
On October 20, 1230 “Calcaria nobile oppidum” – the noble city – was founded and received town rights in 1242. Its location on important trade routes and the trade with drapery, beer and grain led to an economic boom in the 15th and 16th century. Today, more than in any other town on the Lower Rhine, architecture, art and urban planning of the Middle Ages form a single unit. The original town complex is very well preserved. In the historic centre, the market is surrounded by beautiful stair gable houses and the Gothic town hall. This square, with the old court lime tree, offers an unmistakable and hospitable atmosphere; a great gastronomic variety is offered.
The Church of St. Nicolai is undoubtedly the jewel of Kalkar. With its nine Gothic oak carved altars, sculptures, paintings and modern stained glass windows, it is one of the most important art places in the Rhineland.
An impressive ensemble is also the historic town windmill with brewery and beer garden.
In addition to museums, the district offers numerous leisure activities. In the small town of Grieth, once a Hanseatic city and an important customs station for Rhine shipping, the promenade with ship’s mast, the lanes as well as the Hanse Shop with café and the bicycle ferry attract visitors. The “Stone Boat” stands on a granite column in the foreland of the Rhine.
In Wissel, the Romanesque St. Clemens Church and the Wissel Lake with its natural swimming pool and the Kalkar“Wonderland“ at Hönnepel with its family leisure park are popular destinations.
Numerous cycling and hiking routes, e. g. via the junction system, the Lower Rhine Route, the Via Romana and the multimedia information and touring offer “Experience the Rhine meadows”, surround the city and offer relaxation in nature.