A hilly landscape with beautiful stream valleys, steep slopes and a rich soil consisting of fertile loess, flint and limestone, that can only be in Limburg. Cycling through this province means cycling over hills, to peaks and valleys, from one striking place in history to the next location seems even more important. Be amazed by the nature lease of National Landscape South Limburg, an area that covers a total of 44,523 hectares and includes the most southern part of the Netherlands. Cycling through the area you will encounter sunken roads and see beautiful standard orchards. It is a landscape full of half-timbered farms, chapels and crucifixes, and cultural history plays an important role: processions and militia parties are regularly organized. The route starts and ends at the Winselerhof. Spend the night here in a stylish atmosphere, where Italian style and Burgundian cosiness form a unique mix. The dishes that the restaurant has on the menu are culinary delights and the comfortable rooms are fully equipped. Optionally, you can move the starting point of route 138243 to this cozy hotel, so that a two-day cycling package is created. After you have been able to enjoy the beautiful panoramas that the Limburg hilly landscape has to offer for the first ten kilometers, you will arrive at De Bongard Castle. A predecessor already stood on this spot in the fourteenth century. The current castle was built on the foundations of the old building at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The complex has a Maaslande Renaissance appearance, because the brick building has layers of marlstone over the entire height. The next stop is not far away and is formed by the Oude Molen. This mid-stroke water mill was built in 1774. The mill was used as a flour mill and operated until the 60s of the twentieth century. In 1961 the site on which the mill stood was expropriated and the mill stopped functioning. The mill is a national monument and, although it is no longer ready for milling, can be viewed as such. The climb to the top of De Vrouwenheide may be a challenge: this hilltop was long thought to be the highest point in the Netherlands. The Vrouwenheide is a geological monument and consists of witness hills. On the Vrouwenheide there is a monumental windmill from 1857. The mill was built on an artificial hill to catch even more wind and is therefore a belt mill. The mill, which is the highest mill in the Netherlands, burned out completely in 1945. After the restoration, which only took place in 1980, the mill was converted into a residence. The last historic building you can view is Castle Ter Worm, which is part of the Ter Worm estate of the same name. The current complex was built in the seventeenth century on the site of its fifteenth century predecessor. During the twentieth century, the castle fell into serious disrepair, until it was bought by the Van der Valk hotel chain, which restored the castle and established a hotel there.