An area that is perhaps the most special in the Netherlands from a geological point of view is De Meinweg National Park. The terraced landscape was created by shifts in the earth's crust and the abrasive effect of the Meuse in the area. Water still plays an important role in the area: two streams ripple right through the terraces, which drain the water from the upper plateau and feed the bottom. The result is astonishing: fairytale forests, beautiful moors, mysterious fens and picturesque stream valleys alternate. What makes De Meinweg extra special is that it is the only place in the Netherlands where the adder still occurs. Keep your eyes open, because you may still see the tracks in the sandy bottom or you may see the animal itself silently slipping away. If you want more information about this nature reserve, De Meinweg Visitor Center, which you pass during your bike ride, is the answer. Not only in terms of nature, but also in terms of culture you will enjoy yourself during this cycling tour.
Then you start your journey to the Vlodroppermolen. This water mill was built in 1875 on the Rothenbach and served as a flour mill. The mill was last restored in 1974 after the mill suffered significant damage during the Second World War. It is remarkable that the mill was removed from the monument list in 1985 at the request of the owners. The turbine in the mill is the only one of its kind, which makes the mill of great historical value. The mill now runs on a voluntary basis. The Gitstappermolen is located on the same river from which the Vlodroppermolen derives its strength. This medium stroke watermill was built in 1750 and functioned as a flour mill. The mill was sold in 1987 to the municipality of Vlodrop, which started the restoration in the same year. In 1987, the Friends of the Gitstappermolen Foundation was also established, with the aim of managing and operating the mill. The restoration was completed in 1988 and the mill has been running on a voluntary basis ever since. The mill can be visited on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10:00 and 17:00. The last stop is the Hoosden estate, which consists of no less than 44 hectares of forest of a total of 55 hectares. The estate dates back to the sixteenth century and was formerly used for small-scale farming.
The varied landscape is an excellent habitat for many flora and fauna. In and around the shallow pools you will find various amphibians and dragonflies, while in the treetops birds are chirping cheerful tunes. The connoisseur will recognize the sounds of the beautiful golden oriole, the drumming of the woodpeckers and the call of tawny owls. If you are really lucky, the rare kingfisher will show itself.
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|58 (Heinsbergerweg, 6061AH, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.93 km|
|72 (6063AD, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands)||4.04 km|
|Vlodroppermolen (6063, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands)||4.88 km|
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6077 GX Roerdalen