Xanten on the Lower Rhine

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Mitteltor (Middle Gate) © Frank Vincentz

Mitteltor (Middle Gate) © Frank Vincentz

Xanten is a historic town in North Rhine-Westphalia, located in the district of Wesel. Xanten is the only German town whose name begins with X.

Xanten is known for the Archaeological Park or archaeological open air museum (one of the largest in the world), its medieval picturesque city centre with Xanten Cathedral and many museums, its large man-made lake for various watersport activities as well as high standard of living. It is visited by approximately one million tourists a year. Big events include the Xantener Sommerfestspiele (a prestigious classical music festival lasting 2 weeks every summer), the annual Xantener Montmartre where artists from all over the world show their latest works as well as the annual German sandcastle-building championship. According to the legend of the Nibelungs, Siegfried of Xanten was born on ze Santen an dem Rhîne.

Cloister Mörmter © Frank Vincentz Protestant church © Xantener Klever Tor (Kleve Gate) © Hans Peter Schaefer - www.reserv-a-rt.de Das Gotische Haus (The Gothik House) © Hans Peter Schaefer - www.reserv-a-rt.de Burginatiumtor (Burginatiumgate) © Bernd B Mitteltor (Middle Gate) © Frank Vincentz
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Das Gotische Haus (The Gothik House) © Hans Peter Schaefer - www.reserv-a-rt.de
In 1975 the Archäologischer Park Xanten (Archaeological Park Xanten), a partial reconstruction of the Roman Colonia Ulpia Traiana, was established and opened for tourism. It is built on the site of the Roman town. Today it is one of the most frequently visited parks in Germany. Further different historical buildings in the town centre were restored, and today in Xanten there is one of the most beautiful city centres in Germany, with many shops, restaurants and cafes in a medieval atmosphere. At the Xantener Südsee and Xantener Nordsee, two lakes connected by a channel close to the localities Wardt and Vynen, the Freizeitzentrum Xanten (Leisure center Xanten) was established in 1982. Today, it is a popular destination for sailors.

The city borders the Lower Rhine and the city of Rees to the north, the city of Wesel to the east, the municipalities of Alpen and Sonsbeck to the south, and the cities of Uedem and Kalkar to the west. The closest international (European) airport is Airport Weeze, (also called Niederrhein Airport) is in Weeze (25 km); the closest intercontinental airport is Düsseldorf International Airport (60 km).

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