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Cycling in Gulpen-Wittem, Limburg, The Netherlands

Cycling route 171784

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2624 104
48.8 km
02:52 h
861 kcal
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Description

The border region between the Netherlands and Belgium has a lot of greenery and rolling hills, where you can train the calf muscles. The reward is great when you cycle down again and see cute villages approaching faster and faster. It is therefore wonderful to plan a cycling weekend and to visit the southernmost part of our country, so that you can enjoy nature and beautiful historical showpieces. Near the start in the parking lot, you can go and see the Commanderie. This is a former commandery of the Teutonic Order, which was donated by Daniël van Voeren in 1242 when he entered it. The castle was the commandery of Alden Bielden, where the commander resided. The complex consists of a main building, a farm, stables and a gatehouse. The oldest part of the fortress is the L-shaped wing, with a tower on it. In 1885 a number of ponds were added to the original ring moats around the castle. Trout, sturgeon and eel were and still are farmed here. The Meschermolen is located on the edge of the Netherlands, just a few hundred meters from the border. This overshot watermill from 1699 was used as a corn mill and it is the first watermill on the Voer stream. The mill has served for centuries and was not shut down until the early 1950's. The mill was then no longer needed, because an electric hammer mill was built in the village. Between 1996 and 1998 the mill was restored and made ready to grind again. The mill can be viewed by appointment. Then you cycle to Castle Eijsden, 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. Another mill that you will encounter during your bike ride is the Graanmolen van Eijsden. This water mill was built in 1857. This mill, which was used as a flour mill, replaces its predecessor that was built in 1788. One of the three couples present can be electrically driven so that the mill could also run at low water. The mill was in use until the early 1950s and then fell into disrepair. The mill was last restored in 1975 but is no longer in use. Mheer Castle is the last attraction of the tour, in the picturesque village of the same name with a historic core. The castle has four wings and a U-shaped courtyard. The small courtyard within the four wings is reached by a footbridge over a dry moat. The west wing is the oldest part of the castle; this part of the castle was built in the early fourteenth century. At the end of the same century, the north wing was built and the east wing, with a robust round tower, dates from the fifteenth century. Incidentally, the tower was built on foundations from the late eleventh century. The south wing was built around 1570 and the current castle was complete. Above the entrance gate of the outer bailey you can see a hard stone mezekouw. Mheer Castle is the only castle in the Netherlands with a so-called pitch nose. Back at Holiday home Clermontshof, we advise you to book a stay so that you can really get away for a few days. The inviting buildings in which you will stay are protected because of their historical value. When you climb a hill on the family estate, you can treat yourself to a breathtaking view of the picturesque village of Remersdael. It is also nice to get to know the associated family dairy farm, and to milk a cow yourself. Or you can get on your bike again to cycle route 171788, which forms an arrangement together with today's route.
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Directions

# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats centrum (6277NH, Gulpen-Wittem, Limburg, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
428
428 (Nurop, 3793, Voeren, Vlaanderen, België) 1.69 km
427
427 (Sinnich, 3793, Voeren, Vlaanderen, België) 3.49 km
426
426 (Obsinnich, 3791, Voeren, Vlaanderen, België) 4.49 km
Commanderij (Sint-Pietersstraat, 3792, Voeren, Limburg, België) 12.13 km
424
424 (Einde, 3790, Voeren, Vlaanderen, België) 14.18 km

Place name directory

  • Gulpen-Wittem, Limburg
  • Voeren, Vlaanderen
  • Voeren, Limburg
  • Berg, Limburg
  • Eijsden, Limburg
  • Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg
  • Wezet, Wallonië
  • Mheer, Limburg
  • Noorbeek, Limburg
  • Ulvend, Vlaanderen
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