Kleve - Discover the local history

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The town supposedly got its nickname 'Swan Town' from a medieval legend. An unidentified rescuer in a swan-drawn boat came to rescue a damsel in distress from the castle tower. The Lohengrin fountain in the town is meant to depict this story. Schwanenburg Castle itself, was the residence of the Duke of Cleves in the 16th century. Its most famous resident was Anne of Cleves, daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves and wife of King Henry VIII. The rich history of the town and the surrounding area coupled with the rolling scenery, natural landscape and outdoor pursuits on offer make the town a favorite for visitors from near and far. The town was originally spelled with a 'C' - Cleve. The inhabitants have campaigned to return the original spelling to the town.

Location: A prime setting to explore this little-known gem

Kleve is located in the Lower Rhine region in North-Rhine Westphalia. It is situated near the Dutch border and the River Rhine. The native language of Kleve and the surrounding area is Dutch but the official language is German. A lot of the younger generations speak German. There is a strong overlap between German and Dutch language and culture due to its close proximity to the Dutch border.

Culture: A wealth of history and tradition in abundance.

Enjoy a plethora of varied museums. Try the geological museum in the castle tower. There are 189 steps to climb to the top. On each floor on the way up, you can discover how the glacier landscape was formed. You can also identify rocks and Paleontological findings. You can also visit the collegiate church, historical gardens, and the spa house museum. On the site of a former spa, it now houses contemporary art collections.

Activities: Become at one with nature in this green haven.

There are a variety of activities to choose from in the area. Hiking and cycling take precedence. Cross-border trails mean you can hike and bike over the border into the Netherlands. National parks are dotted around the area to enjoy enroute. Or you can see the landscape from above on a hot air balloon ride over the Lower Rhine. The Way of St James Pilgrimage also runs through the area.