Quiet parkland in Weeze, Germany

Situated in the district of Kleeve, the town of Weeze is popular with those who enjoy experiencing the countryside and connecting with nature.

There's little in the immediate area, so most people get out and visit the wider area and popular attractions such as Castle Moyland, Kroller Muller Museum and Kurhaus Museum. The nearby Xanten Archaeological Park offers the chance to experience one of the largest open air museums in existence.

You can fly into Dusseldorf Weeze airport (NRN), which lies on the Dutch/German border, from Edinburgh (EDI), Leeds (LBA) and London Stansted (STN). These airports offer regular Weeze flights and the flight time is a brief 90 minutes. The airport, also known as Niederrhein, is a former RAF station - RAF Laarbruch - and is just over two miles outside of Weeze and forty-three miles from the larger city of Dusseldorf.

Getting from the airport to the town of Weeze is easy with the provision of hourly bus services and a taxi rank. There are also regular buses to Kevelaer, Duisburg, Essen and Dusseldorf. Due to the close proximity of the airport to the Netherlands, bus services also provide access to the Dutch cities Venlo, Nijmegen and Arnhem.

Weeze is situated in the River Niers and has a good number of cycling and walking trails that allow visitors to explore the many castles, farmhouses and remote areas along the river. The area is also popular with anglers and canoeists.

For those wishing to get to know the history of the area, Hertefeld Castle to the east of the town dates back to the 14th century and features guardhouses, a moat, gardens and a few rooms that guests can stay in overnight. There are also regular talks and tours of this historical site, which has remained in the same family for over 700 years.

The nearby Kalbeck Castle is open for garden tours and provides a unique setting for classical outdoor concerts during the summer months. Another popular attraction in the area, Wissen Castle, features a neo Gothic chapel and servants' settlement.

Kernie Family Park is located a short distance from Weeze and features a hotel and leisure complex with a family fairground, park and several themed bars. The park offers good value for families who wish to visit for a day or take advantage of one of their accommodation packages and entry includes unlimited ice-cream and soft drinks.

Additionally, if you want to spend a few days in the city you can take a bus from Weeze to Dusseldorf. The journey takes 90 minutes and costs around  10. Dusseldorf is popular for its old town restaurants and bars, river Rhine trips and great shopping.

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