Mills of Maastricht along Bunde, Gronsveld and Eijsden

Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 115844

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40.2 km
02:22 h
709 kcal
73 m


It is wonderful to cycle in the hilly landscape of Limburg. The reward of a climb to the top of the hills is worth it, as you are rewarded with beautiful views of the countryside, while driving down takes no effort at all. Cycling through the heart of Maastricht, along the banks of the river and over the Maasboulevard, is a great experience. Here you can taste the atmosphere of the Limburg capital and it becomes clear why Maastricht is known as one of the nicest cities in the Netherlands. You will come across Eijsden Castle near the parking lot in Eijsden, where you can park your car for free. This castle is also called'de Borg\\\' or'Laag Caestertburg\\\' and is a national monument. The present castle was built in 1636, rebuilt in 1767 and then restored. It consists of two wings that are perpendicular to each other, both of which have a heavy corner tower on the outer sides. The whole is surrounded by a moat and the castle has a gatehouse with forecourt. The park, laid out in 1900, is freely accessible. Another beautiful building is the country house from the seventeenth century, which is called De Houweert. Rectangular, built with bricks and closed on the south side with a gable end, the building dominates the estate on which it is built. Against the west facade is a square turret and on the east side is a beautiful protruding chapel with bevelled corners. Nowadays it houses a hotel/restaurant and rooms are rented out for meetings and parties. There are many water mills in this part of Limburg. The new mill, nowadays called the Rothemermolen, is one of the many watermills in this region. The medium-sized water mill was built in 1850 to grind corn. Over the years, the water level has become lower, making it increasingly difficult for the mill to turn. The mill was stopped around 1950 and in the summer of 2009 the Nieuwe Molen was completely restored for the last time. The Groote Molen is also a water mill, but it is used to generate electricity. The mill was built in 1935 and was originally powered by water only. In 1985 a generator of 55 kilowatts was installed and from 1986 the mill supplies power to the grid. De Groote Molen now only uses water power indirectly and is powered by individual electric motors. Another beautiful windmill is the Torenmolen van Gronsveld. The Netherlands has only five of this type of windmills and the structure is therefore in the Top 100 of the Dutch UNECSO monuments. The impressive building was built between 1618 and 1623 and was originally a ground sailor. In the Second World War, the mill was set on fire and burned down completely. The mill was restored over the decades and the grinding device of a demolished windmill from Maarheeze was used as a grinding mechanism in this mill. The next stop on the route is Rijckholt Castle. This national monument was built in the twelfth century. Near the castle are a coach house and a hunting lodge, both built in the eighteenth century. The hunting lodge has a beautiful chalet-style roof. Originally the castle had a double moat, but only one of them has survived. The Meschermolen is an overshot water mill from 1699. It was used as a corn mill and it is the first water mill on the Voer stream. The mill served for centuries and was only shut down in the early 1950s. The mill was no longer needed at that time, because an electric hammer mill was installed in the village. Between 1996 and 1998, the mill was restored and made ready to grind again. The mill can be viewed by appointment. The Muggemolen is another beautiful watermill. This medium-sized mill was used as a corn mill and was built in 1886. In the end facade above the water wheel there is a beautiful plaque with a coat of arms, in which a flaming cross is depicted. The mill was last restored and made ready to grind in 1973. The Breustermolen is a water mill, which was built in 1791 as a corn mill. He performed his function for more than two hundred years, until he was decommissioned in 1972. The mill, like the Groote Molen, is now equipped to supply electricity. A DC generator of 24 kilowatts has been installed and from 1986 the mill has been ready to supply power. However, the yield was very disappointing and the mill was returned to its original state in 1989. The last mill you will encounter during your bike ride is the Graanmolen van Eijsden. This water mill was built in 1857. This mill, which was used as a corn mill, replaces its predecessor that was built in 1788. One of the three couples present can be electrically driven so that the mill could also run at low water. The mill was in use until the early 1950s and then fell into disrepair. The mill was last restored in 1975 but is no longer used. Finally, you can try the most delicious wines at wine estate De Heerenhoeven. The adjacent vineyard was built in 1992 and all grapes for the wine are freshly grown here. If you want to take a look at the vineyard, you can make an appointment for this.
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# Description Distance
De Houweert (6212NB, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
2 (6221, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 3.13 km
79 (6224, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 3.64 km
8 (6222, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 5.55 km
49 (6222, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 6.07 km
13 (6222, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 8.08 km


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