This is the last of my routes in and in the area of my old hometown Mönchengladbach. It leads into the same direction as the previous Niederkrüchten route, but follows different paths leading to Waldniel. Waldniel is one of several districts in the municipality of Schwalmtal/Viersen.
The following is another of my favorite routes. It starts at the Volkgarten park and Niers river again, leads east straight through Korschenbroich, passes Kleinenbroich and Büttgen, the A57 Autobahn and continues to the Rhine river at Rheinuferstrasse. This viewpoint is 735 kilometers from the Rhine river’s origin. The route back to Mönchengladbach is almost the same, just in opposite direction. If you continued a few meters further across the river you would find yourself in the metropolitan area of Düsseldorf.
The last route went east to Mönchengladbach’s neighbor Korschenbroich — the following route will lead through the western neighbor Niederkrüchten, a municipality in the district of Viersen. Living in Baltimore nowadays I haven’t ridden any of these routes for quite a long time, but my memories of the Niederkrüchten route seem to date even further back into the past, because I don’t exactly remember any details about the segment in Niederkrüchten.
The following is a compact little route around my old “neighborhood” - well, sort of. My old home is close to the Volksgarten park and Schloss Rheydt, the old manor-house that already appeared in many of the previous routes. Korschenbroich is the next neighbor town east of Mönchengladbach, situated on the Niers river.
The Niers is a 117.7 kilometer long river that originates near Erkelenz, south of Mönchengladbach. It flows through Mönchengladbach, Viersen, Wachtendonk, Geldern and Goch before flowing into the Meuse in Gennep, just across the border with the Netherlands. The following two bicycle routes don’t follow the entire length of the Niers river into the Netherlands, but approximately half its length from the origin near Erkelenz to Grefrath and a few kilometers beyond. The first Niers route is a round-trip of about 49 kilometers total.
This approximately 50 kilometer long route has always been one of my favorites. It just felt right from the beginning to the end. It offers a bit of everything. Some areas are challenging, others relaxing, beautiful, fun, thoughtful, historical, sad, interesting or impressive. Some segments are perfect for fast rides, others include nice inclines. Maybe it’s also its length of 50 kilometers that always felt perfect to me. Or the destination Garzweiler which I found very fascinating in a morbid kind of way.
Cycling around Mönchengladbach
Inspired by the Google Earth routes of the Tour de France I compiled a collection of cycling routes in and around my hometown Mönchenglabach, Viersen, Neuss, Waldniel, Korschenbroich and Niederkrüchten.