Kevelaer is best known for being a worship site for the Virgin Mary, thus making it a popular pilgrimage for Catholics in northwestern Europe. Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Kevelaer sees over 800,000 pilgrims a year, more than half of them being from within Germany and nearby Netherlands.
The current city of Kevelaer was surveyed and mapped in 1975 to form the existing city; however, the area is still rich in ancient German history, especially with the status of being a pilgrimage site. Lodgings are available in Kevelaer for visitors and pilgrims. Accommodations vary in price and services, but are diverse enough to suit everyone's needs. Cheap car hire at Kevelaer can be arranged through some of the hotels.
The city is not just popular as a pilgrimage site however, in the 19th century the area grew popular for its natural mineral waters surrounding the region. The area now also functions as a resort spa as the local mineral baths are believed to have healing and therapeutic properties which are believed to aid recover in anything from stress to cancer. Even today, many tourists and locals visit the area to soak in the Kleve baths. Car rental at Kevelaer is available to reach the Kleve mineral baths.
Nearby Geldern makes for an interesting day trip as the town is steeped in local legends. With car hire at Kevelaer, a couple different highways can be taken to Geldern. The ancient city is said to be the location where two local Lords Wichard and Lupold of Pont fought and slew a fire-breathing dragon, and thus on this site the city was founded.
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