Roermond has so much to offer. This atmospheric town, rich in cultural heritage, enjoys a unique location in the “Maasplassen“ lake district, on the banks of the Meuse, the Roer and Swalm. With a population of 56,000, the town is an excellent destination for shoppers, just 15km from both Germany and Belgium in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. The A52 (D) and A73 (NL) motorway leads virtually all the way to the gates of the town.
Roermond plays host to a cosmopolitan programme of cultural events throughout the year, supported by vibrant networks of clubs and associations, as well as being home to many health and education facilities. The amenable disposition of the Roermond people makes this an eminently pleasant place to stay.
The Hanseatic town of Roermond has belonged to the duchy of Guelders for many centuries and remains the seat of the bishop of Limburg to this day. Brimming with cultural and historical artefacts, the town centre has been designated as a conservation area. The municipality boasts a wealth of listed buildings such as churches and guild houses, its skyline dominated by the St. Christopher Cathedral, dating back to the 15th Century and the Munster Church, built in the 13th Century. Also well worth a look are the “Stadhuis“, the city hall from 1700, and the “Minderbroederskerk“ (The Franciscan Friars’ Church). At the heart of this town steeped in history, visitors will discover a wide range of shops and charming squares. These and the many cosy terraces and picturesque restaurants enhance the inviting character of the centre of Roermond.
Roermond’s Designer Outlet Centre has greatly increased the shopping opportunities available. Within easy walking distance of the city centre, famous names and designer brands abound in this shoppers’ paradise, offering attractive discounts all year round. On Thursdays shops stay open in Roermond until 9pm, courtesy of the “Koopavond“, or shopping evening. On the first sunday of every month, many shops are open in the afternoon. The Designer Outlet opens even for 363 days a year! Saturday is market day. The weekly market in front of the Stadhuis is as colourful as a picture postcard, whilst a smaller market takes place on the Munsterplein each Wednesday.
Outside the town, a wealth of places await discovery in the surrounding area. The small, romantic church of St Dionysius in Asselt is well worth a visit. Idyllically situated on the banks of an old tributary of the River Meuse, it lies diagonally opposite the Museum of History and Culture. Further inland ,in Boukoul, the grand castle of Hillenraad is hidden, and you can take a look at the Zuidewijk Spick mansion. Sadly, neither is open to the public.
A mere stone’s throw from the town itself lies the extensive lake district known as the “Maasplassen“, a 3,000 hectare chain of lakes, both large and small. Idyllic green landscapes and vast expanses of water provide the ultimate recreation grounds for all water sports enthusiasts and swimmers, anglers, sun worshippers and lovers of nature. There is something for everybody thanks to the wide variety of beaches, marinas and campsites. The banks of the Meuse are the backdrop for exclusive homes and hotels, restaurants and favourite spots for tourists.
In a cultural sense, Roermond's vibrant cultural life has a broad appeal. An active club scene offers ample opportunity to get involved oneself. The theatre hotel “De Oranjerie“ and the “ECI Cultuurfabriek“ stage diverse performances and concerts, whilst Roermond’s museums displays an imaginative range of contemporary and historical fine art:
Many special events take place outdoors during the summer months, such as the “Bevrijdingsfestival Limburg“, the “Sjommelmert“ fleamarket and the “Taptoe“ military marches parade, the Sjwaampop festival and “Havenfeesten” harbour partie.
Roermond is encircled by a broad green belt, offering many opportunities for hiking and cycling. This is truly an environment of endless nature! Here you will find nature reserves such as the Meinweg National Park, the enchanting valley of the Leu (“Leudal“), the tranquility of the Beegderheide and the valleys of the Roer and Swalm rivers, so rich in natural beauty - woodlands, heath, moorland and meadows, renowned for a plethora of wildlife and plantlife. It should come as no surprise that the region has been designated as an area of especial scenic interest. The famous ’Pieterpad’ hiking route, which stretches from Groningen to the Pietersberg in Maastricht, passes through the verdant countryside of Roermond, as does the Meuse-Swalm-Nette path. In the countryside of the citypart of Swalmen, Staatsbosbeheer (a national organization which controls and conserves Netherlands forests) - by De Meinweg Visitors’ Centre in Roerdalen - invites the public to take part in excursions. Qualified guides lead parties through the Swalm valley, either on foot or on bicycles.