The Belgian Voer region borders the South Limburg Mergelland and has the same characteristics. A hilly landscape with beautiful stream valleys, steep slopes and a rich soil consisting of fertile loess, silex and limestone. On the steep southern slopes, original oak birch forests have been replaced by plantations of beech, larch and spruce, favoring the presence of bracken and honeysuckle. Typical for this type of forest are the medlar and the spray elder, which you will see abundantly here. Lower on the slope, oak-hornbeam forests thrive, in which vine and ivy also thrive. In sunny places, marjoram and elderberry grow, typical'southerners\\\' that attract the vineyard snail, the famous'escargot de Bourgogne\\\'. The lone buzzard or kestrel that hangs motionless to'pray\\\' are easier to spot than the shy roe deer, foxes or badgers that have their habitat here. Nevertheless, an observant nature lover can also find traces and switches in the forest of these animals. The gently sloping surroundings make you feel like you're in paradise. In the romantic village centers, the church still stands in the middle. The hawthorn hedges, paternoster of chapels and field crosses, old farms, typical half-timbered houses, castles with accompanying estates, orchards, and the unforgettable panoramas, have an irresistible attraction in every season. Cycling through the Voer region means cycling over hills, to peaks and valleys. Park the car at the atmospheric Afspanning De Swaen in's Gravenvoeren, which is located halfway along the Aachen-Liège stagecoach route. The adjacent chapel and the cast iron water pump make you feel like you are in a distant past. Delicious regional beers are served on the inviting terrace. You can order a drink with peace of mind, Belgian Limburgish is spoken here and there is no language barrier. So before or after your bike ride you can't help but surrender yourself to the Burgundian hospitality. If you have cycled 6.5 km, you will pass a true landmark. Castle Eijsden is in the top of the Dutch Unesco Monuments. The historic castle consists of two right-angled wings connected by a corner tower. There is a gatehouse with a forecourt and a park that is freely accessible. The Meschermolen is also beautiful. The upper stroke water mill from 1699 was used as a corn mill and it is the first water mill on the Voer brook. The mill has served for centuries and was not shut down until the early 1950's. The mill was then no longer needed, because an electric hammer mill was built in the village. Between 1996 and 1998 the mill was restored and made ready to eel again. The mill can be viewed by appointment. In the smallest village of the Voer region, Sint-Pieters-Voeren, you can refresh your knowledge of history with a visit to the Commanderie. Until the French Revolution it belonged to the German knighthood Alden Biesen. When the complex came into private hands after the French Revolution, it began to fall into disrepair. It has been state-owned since 1971 and a thorough renovation started that lasted 16 years. The complex consists of a main house, a farm, stables and a gatehouse. At the bottom of the gatehouse is the Trompeterswoning, which now houses a café-restaurant. The oldest part of the fortress is the L-shaped wing, with a tower on it. A number of ponds were added to the original ring moats around the castle, in which trout (local product), sturgeon and eel are still farmed.