Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bicycle Hire on the Lower Rhine (Emmerich)

It is often easier and cheaper to fly to a country without a bicycle. On the other hand a major disadvantage of bike hire is having to return the bike to the start point, especially if you wish to cycle along a linear route like a river. Niederrhein Tourismus, the tourist authority for the Niederrhein (Lower Rhine) an excellent cycling area northwest of Cologne have cracked this problem, by setting up a region-wide network of bike hire stations. You can hire from one station and return it to another. The bikes are popular. We saw several groups using them last week when we were cycling in this area.  With over 2000 km of signposted  cycle routes you will not be bored.

The bicycles cost €9 a day for the first two days, €8 a day between the third and fifth day and €6 a day after that. Returning a bicycle to a different hire point costs €4. You can reserve bicycles in advance on

The bicycles are sensible Dutch tourers manufactured by Koninklijke Gazelle and are ideal steeds for the flat Rhine plain. The bicycles feature:

Seat height is adjustable with quick release without tools
Tyres with puncture protection  
Gel saddle
Sturdy baggage carrier
Easy to use 7-speed hub gears
A coaster/back pedal brake
Hub dynamo

Bicycles are available in Emmerich from the infoCenterEmmerich (Tourist Office), Rheinpromenade 27
46446 Emmerich am Rhein

Tel 0 28 22 - 93 10 40

Opening Times

April - October  
Mo - Fr    10.00 - 18.00 (10 am - 6 pm)
Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays    11.00 - 17.00 (11 am - 5 pm
November - March   
Monday - Friday: 10.00 - 17.00 (10 am to 5pm)

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