Nunhem Things to Do
Already in my Heythuyzen page I have told about the wonderful small rivers that Limburg has many of. The "Leu" is one of them and running through it's magnificent natural valley (partly a nature reserve park) it holds many beautiful places. As well on it's winding way through Nunhem, you can find nice pictoresk spots along the floating water.
Next to the castle is a huge complex of white buildings that look still like the beautiful old large farm house it must have been. The castle farm consists of more then one "Limburgian hoeve" a square shaped building with an open centre, holding livinghouse, stables and storage rooms all in one.
Now-a-days this is the HQ of Nunhems Seeds Company, that started out as a company handling and improving seeds and has become one of the world leaders in this field.
Hidden between the trees one can barely see the castle of Nunhem. It is also not possible to visit it as still a family of nobility lives here and part belongs to the Nunhems Seeds Company. It was mentioned first in the 15th century and what you see now is mainly created in the 18th century during consistant renovations. Also in 1978 it was restored in many places, this time more to maintain the building itself.
Nunhem Local Customs
There are many stories in these regions. Here is one of Nunhem.
"A girl promised eternal love to her fiancee, or she will give a whole barrel of lampoil to the church for it's candles. The girl broke not only her vow to her husband to be, but also to the church. After she died her ghost haunted her familymembers, asking to give the oil to the church. Pots were flying, doors were smashing, chains were rattling. The family turned to the nearby Saint Elisabeth monastry (see Heythuyzen page) to ask help and they banned the ghost onto the "Gravenberg" (the hill in the forest behind Nunhem is called "Count's mountain"). Here one can still at night hear the ghost moan "They could have helped me, but they just didn't."
Nunhem Off The Beaten Path
Nunhem in the not so frequently visited mid-Limburgian landscape is definately off the beaten path for the foreign tourist. It is also not recommended to especially go there when you are visiting the Benelux, but nice to pass through on a travel through the area. For Dutch it could be a nice place to find some peace in hectic days. Here life still goes slowly and people actually listen to what you say.