The environment of Heerlen mainly consists of inhabited areas, but you will also find beautiful green areas. For example, explore the beautiful Brunssummerheide. The forests, fens, moors, swamps and heaths offer a nice change from busy roads and residential areas.
From nature to built-up area
You get on your bike on the edge of Brunssum and then you cycle a bit through the Brunssumerheide. Many butterflies, reptiles and amphibians live here. Enjoy this natural beauty before cycling into the urban area in this area. From nature you cycle to Heerlen, one of the largest municipalities in Limburg. The city has thrived mainly through mining in the 20th century. In the vicinity of Heerlen you will find several beautiful sights that are worth a visit. For example, you will pass the Oliemolen, Castle Strijthagen in Welten and Castle Ter Worm.
Via Oirsbeek and Hoensbroek you cycle back to the starting point on the edge of Brunssum. You can eat and drink something here at Brasserie Schuttershüske. Take a seat on the terrace or inside the cozy brasserie and recharge your batteries. Would you like to explore the area further? Then try route 124256 or route 422545 and be surprised.
If you like castles, you have come to the right place in the Heerlen area. Castle Strijthagen in Welten is a rectangular building that dates from the 14th century. Especially in the 19th century, the castle was extensively renovated, so that it hardly resembles the original castle. This castle cannot be visited from the inside. That is the case at Ter Worm Castle. The current castle was built in the 17th century on the site of its predecessor from the 15th century. The castle was extensively renovated in the 20th century, because it had fallen into disrepair.