Kalkar on the Lower Rhine

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Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0

Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com – Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kalkar is a municipality in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located near the Rhine, approx. 10 km south-east of Cleves. The most famous building of Kalkar is its church St. Nicolai, which has one of the most significant sacral inventory from the late Middle Ages in Europe.

Kalkar was founded by Dirk VI of Cleves in 1230 and received city rights in 1242. It was one of the seven “capitals” of Cleves, until the line of the Duchy of Cleves died out in 1609, whereupon the city went over to the Margraviate of Brandenburg. Marie of Burgundy, Duchess of Cleves retired to Monreberg castle in Kalkar, where she founded a Dominican convent in 1455. Under her influence the city bloomed and artists were attracted to the favorable climate for cultural investment. She died at Monreberg castle in 1463.

Market Square © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Museum © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Town hall © AlterVista/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kalkar Mill © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0
Between 1957 and 1991, West Germany pursued an ambitious plan for a fast breeder nuclear reactor, the a 300-megawatt prototype reactor, SNR-300, near Kalkar. Construction of the SNR-300 began in April 1973. In the wake of large anti-nuclear protests at Wyhl and Brokdorf, demonstrations against the SNR-300 reactor escalated in the mid-1970s. In March 1991, the German federal government said that the SNR-300 would not be put into operation.

The nuclear reactor plant has since been turned into Wunderland Kalkar, an amusement park with a rollercoaster and several other rides and restaurants.

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