The Maasstadjes route leads you through the special Maasplassen area with beautiful natural beauty and picturesque villages. Numerous monuments in, among others, the white town of Thorn, Stevensweert and Wessem remind of the rich history of this area.
The white town of Thorn
The white town of Thorn has a historic core with white houses and many authentic buildings from the 15th to the 19th century, winding streets with original Maas boulders, intimate courtyards, floor mosaics and medieval impressions. Thorn was the capital of a miniature principality for more than 800 years, now it is a protected townscape. Stevensweert is an old fortified town on an island between two Maas arms. The fortress was founded by the Spaniards in 1633. Especially the special street pattern and the ancient monuments are worth a visit.
In the Regional Museum, get to know the turbulent and impressive past of Stevensweert and Ohé en Laak. The Visitor Center De Hompesche Molen is located in Ohé en Laak, this highest mill in Limburg has a unique and historic location: Het Eiland in de Maas, and also houses a brasserie. You can also visit Steenberg Beach Club, De Spaenjerd or Herberg Stadt Stevenswaert along the way. The Maas and Binnenvaart Museum is located in Maasbracht. Here you will find countless objects that are reminiscent of the past and present of the Maas and inland shipping.
Across the border
During this cross-border cycling tour you make a small trip to Belgium. To get back to the Netherlands you make a crossing with a bicycle ferry. The sailing times of this ferry can vary in the different seasons. So check in advance whether the ferry is sailing when you want to explore this route.