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Established by Count Dietrich VI of Kleve in 1225, the town located on the Dutch border, midway between the Rhine and Maas rivers.

According to popular local opinion, the name “Kranenburg” derives from the presence of a large number of cranes which were in that area at the time of its founding. The legend could also refer to the more common heron, which is still prevalent in the area today.

Like many old cities, Kranenburg has a number of dwellings built into the old perimeter wall.Kranenburg is a place of pilgrimage which, since 1308, has seen a constant flow of visitors who come from near and far. They arrive to honor a figure of Christ in the shape of a cross having the appearance of a carved wood sculpture. According to legend, the figure sprang miraculously from a communion wafer which was discarded near a tree.

Some parts of the town center still have a medieval appearance, including houses that are built into the ancient perimeter wall. Those are not uncommon in Germany, but Kranenburg has somewhat more than usual. The Mühlenturm (mill tower, below) and the old church are also worth a visit. Kranenburg has a regional office of NABU-Naturschutzstation e.V., making the town an important stop for those who come to the Niederrhein for winter wildfowl watching.

The Mühlenturm, or mill tower, is incorporated into Kranenburg's old perimeter city wall.

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