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
Central Kalkar exudes
medieval history even more than most other cities and towns of the
Dietrich IV of Kleve,
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
“must see” on a visit to Kalkar is the church of St. Nicolai, which
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.