Family friendly break in the Lower Rhine

by Tim Salmon
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Germany has a lot more to offer than just its capital Berlin, as we discovered on our holiday at the wonderful Van der Valk Hotel Moers. This sublime hotel is situated in the middle of the Lower Rhine region between the Ruhr district and the Netherlands, and within easy reach of Moers.

The adjacent city park is home to tennis courts, mini-golf, ice skating, bowling and much more – there’s more than enough to keep the kids entertained, if you’re travelling with family.

Our room was bright and fresh, and our sun terrace gave us that bit more space to relax – not to mention our own private spot from which to take in the stunning views. We all took a quick nap when we arrived after the flight, and then headed to the hotel restaurant. The menu had plenty of options – and I’m a pretty fussy eater – with a huge choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, and a specially prepared children’s menu.

The warm and cosy lobby bar was a real treat – there’s nothing quite like enjoying a glass of wine by an open fire. Staff made us feel like no request was too much – from the moment we arrived, we felt welcome. On our last day we rented a car – with the friendly concierge’s assistance – and drove to the Frankenhof Wildlife Park – an excellent day out.

The area around the hotel has so much natural beauty waiting to be discovered. The first thing on our to-do list was to visit the Frankenhof Wildlife Park, a 45-minute drive away. There was a petting zoo for younger visitors, with reindeer, red deer, wild boar and pygmy goats, and an abundance of natural forest to explore.

Next we headed into the city centre, and found a charming array of old buildings and interesting shops. We picked up a few souvenirs and then nipped across town to the CentrO in Oberhausen, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. And what a treat it was, with everything we could ever want under one roof, including an impressive food court and fun rides for the youngsters.

Next was the Rheinuferpromenade in Düsseldorf. This partly pedestrianised area is full of bars and beer gardens, and is buzzing in the summertime, with open-air cinemas and food markets making it a vibrant hub.

The next day we booked the hotel’s Romans On The Lower Rhine package, a tour of the vicinity where we found out more about life in the houses of the ancient city. There’s so much to see and do in Moers and the surrounding area that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Don’t miss
  • Essen – European Capital of Culture 2010
  • Former earldom with over 700 years of history
  • Romans on the Lower Rhine (Xanten)
  • Gelsenkirchen Zoo Zoom Erlebniswelt; Zoo Duisburg
  • Frankenhof Wildlife Park
  • Planetarium in Bochum
  • Rheinuferpromenade in Düsseldorf
  • Movie Park Germany
  • Atlantis Erlebnisbad baths
  • City of Düsseldorf/Königsallee
  • ‘alpincenter Bottrop’ indoor ski hall
  • Shopping centre CentrO in Oberhausen
  • Rheinuferpromenade in Düsseldorf
Hotel facilities
  • You can take your choice from a large buffet breakfast, and à la carte for lunch and dinner at the main restaurant, or tuck into light snacks on the terrace – the choice is yours
  • The relaxed and friendly hotel bar opens at 6pm and serves a selection of wines, cocktails, soft drinks and coffees
  • There’s plenty of open space nearby – as well as sports parks
  • Internet access is available throughout the hotel, at an extra cost

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