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!
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.
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.
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.
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
Route Highlights Day 1
Kunstsammlung NRW K20
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Events and happenings
|A grand affair leading up to and on the day|
|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
Fundstätte des Neandertalers
Historischer Stadtkern Meerbusch
Schloss Wickrath mit Wasserschlossanlage Niers
Historisches Rathaus Aachen