The busy pedestrian zone stretches through Kleve like a bright ribbon, along which residents sit at cafés and next to the burbling fountains. The majestic Schwanenburg rises above the city - Kleve's most famous landmark for the past 1,000 years. Those who climb the 183 steps to reach it are rewarded with a beautiful view of Kleve that extends from the gardens at Moyland Castle to the Forstgarten. With its 50,000 inhabitants, the city and its surroundings have been known as the "Garden City" since the 17th century. Its park grounds are supposedly the model of many parks and gardens throughout Germany.
"Garden City" is not the only title befitting Kleve. For the past several years, it has strived to become a "university city" as well. The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences was founded here in 2009. "Many students, who come from the world's major metropolitan cities, enjoy the peace and nature in Kleve," says Joost Kleuters from the university's International Office. Students can easily take the bus or their bikes to the Rhine River or Nijmegen, the closest city in Holland. From there, one can hike along the "Via Romana", a historic trail which leads through Kleve all the way to the "Roman city" of Xanten. And if you crave more excitement than nature can offer, you can reach Düsseldorf or Dortmund within an hour by train.
There are numerous possibilities to spend time outdoors in and around Kleve. For instance, if you want to go biking, take a ride along the "Via Romana" or head for the Dutch town of Nijmegen only 30 minutes away. Nijmegen is known for its enormous selection of pannenkoeken (pancakes); some restaurants offer up to 100 different types. If you prefer skimming over water, there are numerous rivers and lakes in the area where you can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. Or if you're up for something more unusual, a boat club on Wisseler Lake near Kleve regularly organises dragon boat races. We also recommend taking a trip to Moyland Castle. There you can wander through herbal and floral gardens on the grounds of the 700-year-old moated castle, while inside you can see an exhibition of the famous artist Joseph Beuys. For that summer holiday feeling, hang out at the small sandy beach on the Rhine River, where students get together in the summer for barbecuing and partying all night long. It's too dangerous to swim there because of the strong current, but you can reach the Dutch coast of the North Sea in just two hours by car.
If you like going out in the evening, you have a choice between traditional parties and the alternative scene. For example, the World Centre, the largest dance club in Kleve, holds the Loco Loco Party every Thursday. There's live music at the Coffee House and student parties regularly take place at "Coffee and Louzada". If rock music is more your thing, you find rocking concerts, parties and poetry slams at the Radhaus.
Kamp-Lintfort is a small former mining town close to larger cities in the Ruhr area, such as Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne.
The city is well known for the monastery called Kloster-Kamp, also called "Sanssouci on the Lower Rhine" because of its terraces. The over 885-year-old monastery takes its visitors back through its eventful history. The museum shows how the monks used to live. Visit the lovely baroque terrace garden, presumably a former vineyard.