Cycling in Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands
Cycling route 159120
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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, flint and limestone.
On the steep southern slopes, original oak birch forests were replaced by plantings of beech, larch and spruce, which contributed to the presence of bracken and honeysuckle. Typical for this type of forest are the medlar and the elderberry, which you will see abundantly here. Lower up the slope, it is mainly oak-hornbeam forests that thrive, in which tendrils and ivy also thrive. Marjoram and elderberry grow in sunny spots, typical 'southerners' which attract the vineyard snail, the famous 'escargot de Bourgogne'. The solitary buzzard or kestrel that hangs motionless to "pray" is easier to spot than the shy deer, fox or badger that have their habitat here. Nevertheless, an observant nature lover can also find traces and switches in the forest of these animals.
The lovely sloping surroundings make you feel like you're in a paradise. In the romantic village centers, the church is still 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 appeal in every season.
Equally beautiful are the two sights of the tour. The first stop is the Commanderie. This was the commandery of Alden Bielden, where the commander stayed. The complex consists of a main building, a farm, stables and a gatehouse. The oldest part of the fortress is the L-shaped wing, on which a tower adorns. A number of ponds were added to the original moats around the castle in 1885. Trout, sturgeon and eel were and still are cultivated here.
You search your way through the hilly landscape until you see Groenendael castle. This beautiful castle was mainly used for agricultural purposes. Only foundations of the original 1775 building remain, as the building was demolished in 1921. Originally it was not really a castle but more of a fortified moated house. It therefore had no knight status. Some of the wall remnants of the old building have been incorporated into the brickwork of the new house.
Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.
|69 (Kapel, 6307PD, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||0.00 km|
|68 (Smitserweg, 6268NS, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||3.03 km|
|67 (Keerderstraat, 6268NW, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||4.45 km|
|70 (Pastoor Brouwersstraat, 6269BP, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||8.53 km|
|71 (Hoebesweg, 6269NB, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||10.28 km|
|82 (Mheerderweg, 6262NM, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Nederland)||12.67 km|