Small fortune in Roerdalen
In the municipality of Roerdalen which consists of the small villages of St. Odiliënberg, Melick, Herkenbosch, Posterholt, Vlodrop and Montfort you will find extensive forests, heather fields and shallow river valleys where countless animals feel at home. The council was named after the river Roer, the silver ribbon of water that flows through our beautiful landscape.
Roerdalen: Nature and Nature once more
Wander over the plateau landscape of the National Park De Meinweg. The diversity of flora and fauna is unique. Curious about the cultural history or ecological values of the Meinweg and the Roer valley? Start or finish your walk at the Visitor Centre De Meinweg in Herkenbosch. Other beautiful hiking areas in Roerdalen are Linner-en Leropperveld, Munnichsbos and the estates Annendael and Rozendael.
Culture and History
More interested in history? Visit the impressive ruins of Montfort Castle or revisit the old times at the water mill “De Gitstap” in Vlodrop, or the grain belt mill in St. Odilienberg. You can also visit the agricultural exhibition and the Carriage Museum La Diligence which you can find next to the Prince Bernhard Mill in Melick. A beautiful landmark of the 11th century is the Basilica in St.Odiliënberg. Next door is a Museum with a collection of archeological and local historical finds from the region. Castle Aerwinkel is located in Posterholt. It is a building from the early Gothic Revival, designed by the famous architect Cuypers. Posterholt is a so called street or ribbon village, beautifully situated in the valley of the Vlootbeek, a remnant of an old Roer branch.
From walking and cycling to horse riding and canoeing
Active adventurers will find plenty to do: horseback riding, biking, swimming, farmer's golf, canoeing, Nordic walking or a visit to a playground. You can also participate in events such as the “Fietsvierdaagse”(4 day cycle event), the “Kunststroom” (art weekend) or one of the many archery festivals. By foot, bicycle or on the back of a horse, you can use various cross-border routes to visit our German neighbors. For example the historic City of Wassenberg. After a short climb from the castle you can enjoy magnificent views. In nice weather it is possible to overlook the whole of Roerdalen.
En route you can enjoy good food and drinks. Do not forget to taste at least one of the many local dishes or take home a local food basket as a tasty reminder. Even if you want to stay longer there is plenty of choice. You can stay in one of the hotels, with a the farmer, on a camping site or at a bed and breakfast. And if you choose 'bed, stable and breakfast’ even your horse can stay overnight.
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