CC Global: Walking Through Tolkamer – Where The Rhine Rolls Into The Netherlands

Tolkamer is a small town in the Netherlands, situated right at the Dutch-German border. On a clear and sunny day it’s a neat place to take a walk on the quay and dike, alongside the Rhine, with a perfect view to all directions. Enjoy the tour, featuring the river, vessels, cars, motorhomes, buildings, and some other things to boot.

As you can see there’s a two-level paved walking path.

It’s a great place for spotting all kinds of vehicles, many of them with German plates.

Like a Volkswagen Sharan V12 TDI. I’m not so sure about the V12 though…On the right a Volkswagen up!, the best selling A-segment car in my country.

A view from above.

On the left Tolkamer’s bunkerstation, also called a bunkership.

What a nice spot to enjoy a drink or meal.

A floating Chinese restaurant…

…and a sightseeing vessel.

A parking lot for motorhomes and camper vans only.

Arriving at the scene, a 1992 Hymermobil, registered as a Fiat 290 (simply because Fiat built the rolling chassis).

The local shipyard.

A Smart, BMW and Nissan. That’s Germany, across the river.

This seems to be a fairly new apartment building. I like it.

The Endeavour is getting ready for its trip into Germany.

Meanwhile a load of shipping containers is passing by.

Just a few minutes later the Da-Vinci arrived.

This building must have two front doors.

Name them all…

I’ll give you the 2016 Volkswagen T6 2.0 TDI.

Sweet, a 2015 Fiat Abarth 500 with a 180 hp 1.4 liter engine.

Some modern era architecture alongside the route.

A Dethleffs Globetrotter XLi motorhome. Technically based on the Fiat Ducato (well sure, what else?).

At the job, a 2015 Ram 1500 Longhorn. Its V8 is running on LPG. And just look at that perfectly flat and low cargo bed, which can be (un)loaded with a forklift from three sides. I’m talking about the trailer, of course.

Only one non-Euro car here.

Google Translate this, it should be great fun! In short it says that Lobith/Tolkamer is the gateway to the Netherlands, the place where the Rhine enters the country. Many generations of Dutch children have heard that at home or at school.

And this here is the gateway to the town of Tolkamer.

The height of the dike is NAP + 19.10 m. NAP stands for Normaal Amsterdams Peil, Normal Amsterdam Level. That’s our national height reference system.

Highest water level in 1926, lowest in 1991. Things are getting (very) serious in the hinterland when the water level approaches NAP + 16.90 to 17.00 m here. The level on the day of my visit was around NAP + 8.20 m. Safe, utterly safe.

1999 Mercedes-Benz Vito 110 CDI.

Hyundai, Alfa Romeo and Volvo.

I also came across this Clark forklift…

…and a considerably bigger JCB model.

Either coming from Germany or going to Germany, it’s a continuous process.

Many river vessels carry a car aboard.

And sometimes two.

Heading back home, taking a picture on a dike road. You can imagine that dike roads, regardless their width, are popular among motorcyclists. Especially on sunny days.

The last part of the road before I took the ferry.

This one, across the Pannerdensch Kanaal.

It’s not exactly huge, let alone seaworthy. But it’s purpose built for sure.

For just € 1.90 I made it to the other side and continued my ride back home, sweet home.