The town of Weeze is one of handful in Europe that was "put on the map" by low cost airlines serving the local airport. In the case of Weeze the local airport originated as a Royal Air Force base of the British occupying power and was put to civilian use as part of the hoped-for "peace dividend" at the end of the cold war. As the main reason Ryanair& Co. fly to such airports are the lower fees, Ryanair in particular uses the dominant position they have at this airport to extract concessions and they threaten to -and sometimes do - cancel routes or an entire base on short notice if their demands aren't met.
- 1 Airport Weeze (NRN IATA). Also known as "Flughafen Niederrhein" (which is what the IATA code refers to) this former British airbase is now a focus city for Ryanair and also served by Corendon. There are shuttle buses from the train station to the airport and you can search a connection all the way to the airport (i.e. Including the bus on the last leg) by entering "Weeze Terminal 1" in the bahn.de search
- 2 Bahnhof Weeze.
Due to the airport, more intercity bus lines serve Weeze than comparably sized small towns. The bus routes usually only serve the airport and not downtown, but you can easily hop on an airport shuttle bus to get downtown if that's where you're headed.
- 1 Schloss Wissen. Moated castle in neo-Gothic design.
- 2 Schloss Kalbeck. Castle built in the 1300s.
- 3 Haus Hertefeld (Hertefeld Castle). Baroque castle ruin and park.
Two notable music festivals are held on the grounds of the airport every year
- 1 Best Deal Airporthotel Weeze, Flughafenring 17 (900 m (3,000 ft) from the airport terminal), ☏ , email@example.com. 24/7. 24/7 check-in and check-out via a machine. No meals served. €65.
- 2 Hotel Schloß Hertefeld, Hertefeld 2 (5km northeast of Weeze Airport), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in Hertefeld Castle. €139+.