Just behind Roermond, close to the German border, is National Park De Meinweg. You will find a unique piece of nature here by Dutch standards. You will also drive through some Central Limburg church villages and take a trip to some German villages that are located in a rural area.
Blown up churches
In 1945, the Germans blew up the church towers in Vlodrop and Herkenbosch, because they could serve as a landmark. Both churches were badly damaged and have been rebuilt, while the thirteenth-century choir of the Sint-Sebastianuskerk in Herkenbosch could be spared. The Saint Andrew's Church in Melick was completely destroyed and rebuilt at a new location (on the Markt). In the Hoofdstraat in Herkenbosch you also drive past Listening Spot 210 from the Liberation Route.
De Meinweg National Park is known for its unique terraced landscape. These terraces were created over the course of tens of thousands of years due to the erosion of the Meuse and three fault lines in the earth's crust. Here you cycle through dense forests, stream valleys and heathland. You will find the adder here as the only area in Limburg, you may see it sunbathing. At Farm Terrace and Camping het Spikkerdal you can enjoy a fresh pie with coffee or a dish from the small menu.
Central Limburg has a rich history. Just south of Boukoul, for example, you pass Zuidewijk Spick, a beautiful castle farm from the seventeenth century. North of Vlodrop you pass the Vlodroppermolen, a watermill from 1875. It stands just before the mouth of the Rothenbach in the Roer. Vlodrop-Station is a hamlet that once lay on the Iron Rhine, the former railway between Antwerp and Mönchengladbach. Until February 2015 you could see the well-known College Sint Ludwig at junction 95. Originally this was a Franciscan monastery and boarding school. In 1990 Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi moved into the complex. After years of vacancy, the monastery was eventually demolished. Would you also like to cycle through Roermond and along the Maas? Then also drive route 372894.
|Boerderijterras en Camping het Spikkerdal (Spik, 6042 KT, Roermond, Limburg, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|85 (6042LD, Roermond, Limburg, The Netherlands)||1.35 km|
|66 (Stationsweg, 6045JM, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands)||3.40 km|
|65 (6045HR, Roermond, Limburg, The Netherlands)||6.01 km|
|14 (6045GA, Roermond, Limburg, The Netherlands)||7.43 km|
|76 (6074EV, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands)||10.59 km|
6042 KT Roermond
6074 ES Roerdalen
6071 NC Roermond