Kleve city life
Placed right next to the border with the Netherlands, Kleve has an interesting cultural mix, combining Dutch and German features.
Kleve has the typical laid back, relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a small town. However, Kleve is filled with students and young people, and you can find numerous places to have fun and relax. The main attractions of Kleve are:
- Kleve Historical Gardens
- Castle Schwanenburg (Swan Castle)
- Museum Kurhaus Kleve
- Lohengrin Fountain
- Collegiate Church
If you’re a nature lover, have a walk in Reichswald forest, located between Kleve and the Netherlands. In Kleve, you can also engage in fun sporting activities like hot air balloon rides, kayaking and paddle boating.
The night life is pretty lively, so check out night clubs such as Tower Club, Casa Cleve, and Radhaus or have fun at one of the local events, such as Carnival Monday, where you can admire a huge parade with costumes, candy and creative floats.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Germany, Dusseldorf is just an hour away, while Hamburg and Bremen are one hour and a half away by train or by car. You can also see Enschede and Eindhoven cities in Netherlands, also about an hour away.
International atmosphere in Kleve
Besides the significant international student population, around 10 % of the population from Kleve is foreign-born. The large majority of immigrants are Dutch and Polish.
In terms of international business, many small foreign companies have a central office in Kleve, most of them are Dutch companies. In addition, Swiss and American companies also have a strong presence in Kleve, mostly related to services and manufacturing industries.
Kleve has a warm and temperate weather, with four seasons; winters are cold and with snowfalls, and summers are warm and rainy. The average temperature in December is 5 -6 C (42 F), while in the hottest summer months of June and July, temperature ranges at 23-24 C (64 F). In July and August, you will experience the largest amounts of rainfalls.