Welcome to Kevelaer



Kevelaer is one of the best-known towns on the Lower Rhine. The main reason for this is that Kevelaer is the largest place of pilgrimage in North-Western Europe. For more than 360 years pilgrimage has been the focus of life in Kevelaer. But the attractive town in the District of Kleve has much more to offer. Discover Kevelaer with all of its various facets.

From its history going back several centuries and the ubiquitous signs of the Christian faith, your journey passes from the leisure time facilities, the cultural highlights and the tradition of arts and crafts to a healthy and very diverse business location. Get to know Unverwechselbar Kevelaer [Unique Kevelaer] and let yourself be inspired by our town.


Kevelaer has its roots in the Middle-Ages. The town and the districts of Wetten, Twisteden and Kleinkevelaer belonged to the County of Geldern at the time, while the districts of Kervenheim and Winnekendonk belonged to the County of Kleve; they were incorporated into the town of Kevelaer in 1969. The most important historical date is June 1st, 1642, when the Marienwallfahrt, the pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was founded in Kevelaer.

The steady growth of the town into one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe - and whose Marienbasilika [Virgin Mary Basilica], which was inaugurated in 1864, can be seen from a long way off - still continues today. Kevelaer has always been a centre of religious faith and comfort for pilgrims from all over Europe and beyond.