Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands
Cycling route: 159120
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The Belgian Voer region borders on the Mergelland in South Limburg 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On the steep southern slopes, original oak birch forests have been replaced by plantations of beech, larch and spruce, which have favored the presence of bracken and honeysuckle. Typical for this type of forest are the medlar and the spray elderberry, which you will see in abundance here. Lower down the slope, mainly 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 lonely buzzard or kestrel that hangs motionless'praying\\\' is 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 of these animals in the forest.
The lovely 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 associated estates, orchards, and the unforgettable panoramas, have an irresistible appeal in every season.
Equally as 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, topped by a tower. A number of ponds were added to the original moats around the castle in 1885. Trout, sturgeon and eel were, and still are, bred here.
You find 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 building from 1775 remain, because 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. Part of the wall remains of the old building have been incorporated into the masonry 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 (Scheulderdorpsstraat, 6307PD, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|68 (6268NS, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||3.03 km|
|67 (6268NW, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||4.45 km|
|70 (Pastoor Brouwersstraat, 6269BP, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||8.53 km|
|71 (6269NB, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||10.28 km|
|82 (6262NM, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, The Netherlands)||12.66 km|
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