Enjoy a round through Maastricht

Cycling in Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands

Cycling route 159119

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41.0 km
02:24 h
723 kcal
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Cycling through the heart of Maastricht, along the banks of the river and across the Maasboulevard, is a great experience. Here you can taste the atmosphere of the Limburg capital and it becomes clear why Maastricht is known as one of the nicest cities in the Netherlands. 

The trip over the hill plateau in the south of the municipality of Maastricht is a challenge. The Sint-Pietersberg is mainly known for the Limburg marl that is mined there and the tunnel systems have become a true tourist attraction. On and against the mountain are beautiful fortresses and castles, which revive old times and atmospheres. The longest walking route in the Netherlands starts (or ends) at the top of the Sint-Pietersberg. With its interactive and permanent exhibition, the'Maison de la Montagne Saint-Pierre\\\' museum is the ideal place to get acquainted with the unique Sint-Pietersberg.

During your bike ride, for example, you pass through Sint-Anthoniusbank. About 40 houses make up the settlement of the hamlet. Many historical elements can be found in the hamlet, if you know where to look. Despite the small scale, you can find two closed square farms, but also a monumental farm that, despite its nineteenth-century construction, dates from the seventeenth century, a former monastery in which apartments have been made and an old farm with remains of a square tower and a covered well. .

Stop along the way at the Lombok Mill in Maastricht's Sint Pieter district. The medium-speed mill originally dates from around 1500 and was built on the left bank of the Jeker, a branch of the Maas. There used to be two mill buildings built from marl; one was used as a grain mill, the other as an oil mill. Only the grain mill still has an iron mill wheel from 1937. This building, which remained in operation until 1960, is therefore still referred to as'the mill of Lombok\\\'.

In Eijsden is the castle of the same name, which is also called'de Borg\\\' or'Laag Caestertburg\\\'. The present castle was built in 1636, rebuilt in 1767 and then restored. This national monument consists of two wings standing at right angles to each other, both of which have a heavy corner tower on the outside. The whole is surrounded by a moat and the castle has a gatehouse with a forecourt. The park, which was built in 1900, is freely accessible.

Also get off your bike in Libeek to admire the castle. Until 2011, Libeek, or Liebik as the Limburgers call it, was part of Margraten. The place was founded in the thirteenth century and in the village is the farm Libeek, the oldest parts of which also date from the thirteenth century. Once there was a knightly house on this site, but after the castle got another owner in the sixteenth century, the fortress was gradually converted into a leasehold farm. Libeek has the largest Limburg farm that surrounds a square courtyard and the house, which is built from marl stone, was built and improved in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Past Sibbe, near Wolfshuis, is a belt mill from 1855: the Van Tienhoven mill. What is special about this mill is that it is the only mill in the Netherlands that is largely built from marl stones. The high place where the mill was eventually built was favorable because of the windage. Whichever way you approach the mill, it is always visible from afar.

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Directions

# Description Distance
67
67 (6268NW, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
65
65 (6268NR, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands) 1.96 km
Hoeve Sint-Antoniusbank (6268NJ, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands) 2.42 km
6
6 (6226, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 4.58 km
79
79 (6224, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 6.82 km
2
2 (6221, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands) 7.46 km

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