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Lower Rhine region

A cultural bond of the German Lower Rhine region is its Low Rhenish language, which belongs to the Cleves languages of the Rhine-Maaslands language group. Other typicalities of the area include the predominantly Catholic background - in contrast to the predominantly Protestant Netherlands - as well as the Rhenish Carnival tradition. The area basically covers the districts of Cleves, Wesel, Viersen and Neuss as well as the independent cities of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld. On its disputed fringes Duisburg, parts of Oberhausen as well as Düsseldorf can be seen as part of the Lower Rhine. The Lower Rhine landscape is mostly flat green grass land with wide views of the horizon. Sights include the historic town centers of Cleves and Xanten, as well as that town's Roman archeological museum, the castle "Schloss Moyland" in Bedburg-Hau or the Catholic pilgrimage town of Kevelaer.

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