Limburg was the first liberated in the Netherlands during World War II, but that doesn't mean you can't commemorate the war in this part of the country. Here, too, the war has left its mark. This bike tour takes you along a number of impressive places in South Limburg that are related to war and liberation.
Explore the Limburg hills
In this area you can enjoy the beautiful green hills that South Limburg is known for. Sometimes that is a lot of climbing on your two-wheeler, but the views you get in return are absolutely worth it.
From Margraten you first cycle south along Banholt, Mheer and Noorbeek. The route takes you through the beautiful Belgian Voeren, after which you end up in the southernmost village of the Netherlands: Mesch. From here you cycle along the impressive Heuvelland back to Margraten, where you start the north loop towards Schimmert, Valkenburg, Genhout, Spaubeek, Neerbeek, Beek. Finally, you cycle back via Genhout and Hulsberg towards Valkenburg, after which the route brings you back to the starting point in Margraten.
White crosses as far as you can see
The starting point of the route is the American cemetery in Margraten.
More than 8000 soldiers have been given their final resting place here after they fell in the war. The seemingly endless rows of white crosses are very impressive to see. Take the time to look around at your leisure and absorb all the impressions.
Mesch: the first liberated village in the Netherlands
The route then takes you to the area south of Margraten. You cycle a bit through Belgium and through the southernmost village of the Netherlands: Mesch. This picturesque church village was the first to be liberated in World War II. In addition, some people will recognize the church and the surroundings of Mesch from the well-known TV series'Diary of a Shepherd Dog\\\'. The Sint-Pancratius Church is partly 9th century and the oldest stone building in the Netherlands.
Be an eyewitness to the war
In Beek you will find the War Museum Eyewitness Beek. In this museum you become an eyewitness to the Second World War through lifelike dioramas with films, photos and sound effects. All kinds of wartime attributes are also exhibited here. A real must-see if you want to learn more about this part of history.
You can park and start at the Amerikaplein in Margraten.
for more information about this cycling route.
Node list: 70-71-82-81-430-431-100-80-72-71-70-67-68-60-40-61-63-20-21-22-12-37-114-113- 22-13-98-95-94-62-35-90-56-36-59-39-60-68-69-70
You can also choose to divide the route into two day trips, namely in the long north loop of about 63 kilometers and the shorter south loop of about 31 kilometers.
Junction list of the long north loop: 70-67-68-60-40-61-63-20-21-22-12-37-114-113-22-13-98-95-94-62-35- 90-56-36-59-39-60-68-69-70
Junction list of the short south loop: 70-71-82-81-430-431-100-80-72-71-70
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