Tour de France in Rheinland

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Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

 
Cyclist Group of the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Frank Bodenmüller
Two people presenting the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Melanie Zanin
Map of the Grand Départ, Day 2 Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

The Tour de France is coming to the Rheinland region in 2017. The infamous cycling race is an institution that has been held for over one hundred years. Over the last few decades, organisers have experimented with short trips ouside of France. They’ve now turned to Germany once again, with the 2017 race departing from Düsseldorf and spending the first couple of days in the Rheinland region.

Day 1 of Le Grand Départ of the iconic Tour de France 2017 will be staged in Düsseldorf. Day 2 will again commence in the state capital then spin out to the east, circle back to Düsseldorf and loop out north and west. Passing through many nearby towns, cyclists continue on their route south west to the Belgium border and on to the city of Liège.

Many interesting sights will form the backdrop for TV viewers across the globe. Düsseldorf, Mettmann County, Erkrath, Mettmann, Meerbusch, Neuss, Kaarst, Korschenbroich, Mönchengladbach, Niers, Düren County, Jülich, Alsdorf, Würselen, Aachen all present regional images.

This is one of those rare occasions when public agencies can cooperate on a larger project to create an impressive image of the whole region. This unique opportunity is also being utilised to host many topical events.

Periodical updates following. Let the show begin!

Cycling Race

The Tour de Neuss is an annual cycling road race on a course weaving through the city usually during the summer month of July. The open air party commences mid afternoon with races running through until late evening. There then follows an after race party.

Nearby Villages around Düsseldorf

The countryside around Düsseldorf varies from undulating hills, flat pastures and fields to steeper valleys and plateaus. Local cultures, diverse traditions and a long history are all visible in and around the smaller municipalities. Many villages offer a marvellous insight.

Local Towns around Neuss

Many towns surround the old Roman settlement in NRW. They include Ratingen, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach and Solingen. The variation of landscape and building materials utilised for walls and roofing vary quite remarkably, giving each place a somewhat unique appearance.

 

Ruhr Valley Cycle Route

© RuhrtalRadweg

The Ruhrtal Radweg offers 230 kilometres of cycling with a difference along the valley of the river Ruhr. Whilst Winterberg in the east is high enough to offer skiing during the winter, the town of Duisburg in the west is famous for Europe's largest inland harbour.

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France Festival

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© Destination Düsseldorf

Every year early to mid July, Dusseldorf celebrates its amicable relations to "La Grande Nation". On or around Bastille Day it’s time for socalled "Petit Paris" to say "Vive la France!". The France Festival in the state capital offers French culinary specialities accompanied by amusements and music.

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International Dance Weeks

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© Eduardo Patino

Outstanding dance performances in front of highly enthusiastic audiences provide the recipe for a unique stage experience in Neuss. International companies from places in the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and New Zealand create beautiful experiences.

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Route Highlights Day 1

Messe Düsseldorf
Nordpark
Japanischer Garten
Rheinpark Golzheim
Rheinterrassen Düsseldorf
NRW Forum
Museum Kunstpalast
Tonhalle
Kunstakademie
Ratinger Tor
Kunstsammlung NRW K20
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Düsseldorfer Altstadt
Kö-Bogen
Königsallee
Tritonenbrunnen
Kunstsammlung K21/Ständehaus
Medienhafen/Gehry Bauten
NRW-Landtag
Rheinturm
Rheinuferpromenade
Congress Centre

Events and happenings

A grand affair leading up to and on the day
Date Showing Venue
La Fête du Vélo, Düsseldorf bicycle festival Düsseldorf
Presentation of the teams Burgplatz Düsseldorf
Stage 1 13 km Düsseldorf time trial Rheinpromenade Düsseldorf
Stage 2 202 km Düsseldorf to liège Düsseldorf, Mettmann, Meerbusch, Neuss, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, Kaarst, Niers, Mönchengladbach, Jülich, Aachen
International photo exhibit (from May 19) Town hall Düsseldorf

Route Highlights Day 2

Tonhalle
Rathaus
Stadtmuseum
KIT
Rheinturm
NRW-Landtag
Stadttor
Kunstsammlung K21/Ständehaus
Königsallee
Fundstätte des Neandertalers
Historischer Stadtkern Meerbusch
Rathaus Meerbusch
Industriehafen Neuss
Sportforum Kaarst-Büttgen
Schloss Wickrath mit Wasserschlossanlage Niers
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Zitadelle Jülich
Historisches Rathaus Aachen