This is where you should stop
The 2nd stage of the Rhine Cycle Path begins in the old town of Cologne and leads via the Urdenbacher Kämpe and further along the Monheimer Rheinbogen to the picturesque old town of Monheim am Rhein. Via Neuss you finally reach Düsseldorf, the fashionable state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia with its vibrant cultural scene.
The special appeal of this route lies in the perfect combination of art, culture and enchanting natural landscapes such as the Urdenbacher Kämpe. You can also use it to reach neanderland. The natural, undeveloped floodplain landscape fascinates thanks to its different water levels with an abundance of different animal and plant species. Traditional meadow orchards alternate with swaying pastures, tranquil forests and idyllic backwaters of the Rhine.
In the middle lies the former Roman fort Haus Bürgel, which has been a World Heritage Site since 2021 with its original preserved part of the Lower Germanic Limes. The museum and the adjoining archaeological outdoor path provide a deep insight into 2.000 years of Roman history. But Bürgel is not only a must for those interested in history. Animal and nature lovers will also get their money's worth with the Biological Station and the cold blood horse breeding.
Along the Monheimer Rheinbogen your path leads you further into the picturesque Old town of Monheim. After a relaxing break in one of the numerous cozy cafés, restaurants or beer gardens, it is worth visiting the nature discovery trail in the Rheinbogen Landscape Park. 11 interactive stations bring you closer to the flora and fauna of the dike foreland in an instructive and descriptive way. There is a lot to discover, from wild bees to wet biotopes and meadow orchards to highland cattle. Made for families with children. By the way, you will also find a picnic basket and Kettcar rental. The 320 square meter promises refreshing cooling water playground with everything that makes the sparkling pleasure perfect.
If you are already in neanderland, a detour to the Neanderthal Museum not missing in Mettmann. The museum, which is one of the most modern in Europe, tells the story of mankind from the beginnings more than four million years ago to the present day. And of course that of the Neanderthals.