Many of our guests, visiting Meerbusch for the first time, even before they
unpack, are surprised to discover our beautiful Rhine beaches.
Our small beaches do not compare to the South Sea Islands or to the North
Baltic Sea beaches with their long white sands but our beaches are probably
the finest in the Lower Rhine area. Although man-made they are natural-looking
with something for everyone to discover and enjoy. There are no restricted
areas at the beaches and you will find some very nice sandy coves with
very fine sand. For the children and the young at heart there is so much to enjoy.
You can splash about in the shallows of the coves but you should always be
careful and keep in mind that this is a river ,and a river can become deep just a
short distance from the bank. When children are playing in the water you should
be extra vigilant. If you don't want to mess about in the water there are unlimited
long walks along the Rhine embankment .
The Rhine - one of the largest rivers in Europe.
The river Rhine is 1320 kilometers long and is by far the longest river in Germany.
It handles some of the of large ships that travel through Germany. The Rhine starts
far above where the rear Rhine and front Rhine meet at the city of Chur in the Swiss
Alps. It flows with a strong current through many oxbow and lakes in Switzerland,
Austria, Liechtenstein, France, Germany, and the Netherlands where it it finally empties
into the North Sea. Some of the most important tributaries of the Rhine include the
Aare (Aar), the Neckar, the Main, the Lahn, the Ill, the Mosel (Moselle), the Ruhr and
the Lippe. Because of the volumes of freight and passengers carried on the Rhine it
is one of the most economically sound and important waterways in the world. The
river Rhine has greatly influenced the economy, culture and history of Europe from
Roman times up to the present.
Important note !
Swimming in the Rhine
Swimming in the river is possible but you must be aware that even the most experienced
swimmers can get into difficulties, with undercurrents or swirls, in any river.
When swimming in the Rhine you must keep within the regulation for bathing in the
federal waterways, navigable waterway, Rhine and Rhine - Kleve. Swimming is prohibited
in certain zones, 100 meters is considered above and below "Rheinhäfen". There is an
absolute ban on swimming near or under bridges , ship and ferry landing stages, locks
and offshore terminals.
We do not want to spoil your enjoyment of the river but as we have already pointed out,
swimming in any river can be very dangerous. For example, getting tangled in weeds or
overhanging trees. In graveled areas the flow rate of the stream is increased and can
cause dangerous whirlpools and currents.
When a ship passes by our shore line they do cause waves and a back-flow, which can
push small children over whilst they are playing in the shallows. Parents and guardians
should be extra watchful at this time. Do not underestimate the power of the river and please
make sure, that in this area, children are accompanied by an adult at all times.