Watertravel & Waterside Destinations The central square in Kalkar is seen in morning. Later on, the outdoor restaurant tables will be filled with people.

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This smallish city is located on the site of a Roman cavalry post.

Two thousand years ago, it was known as Burginatium. Artifacts of Kalkar’s Roman past can be found in the municipal museum, although a still larger collection is housed at the Romano-Germanic Museum in Cologne. Its modern name thought to derive from a reference to a bend in the river.

Central Kalkar exudes medieval history even more than most other cities and towns of the Niederrhein. The church of St. Nicolai houses Gothic sculptures and world-famous carved altars.Established in 1230 by Count Dietrich IV of Kleve, it was awarded municipal rights in 1242. Two centuries later the Rathaus, or city hall (above), was completed. It remains one of the largest in the Niederrhein. A “must see” on a visit to Kalkar is the church of St. Nicolai, which houses Gothic sculptures and world-famous carved altars.

The old mill in town is open as a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as additional tables up a narrow set of stairs at the top of the mill. For what it’s worth, we found that they occasionally have Murphy’ Irish Stout available. It’s an unusual find in Germany.

The old mill in Kalkar is now a restaurant.5
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