Favorite thing: During my brief visit of the city of Roermond, I noticed that there were a lot of construction sites. One big project was in the vicinity of the MacArthur Glen Designer Outlet Center. There were also construction sites for luxury homes in the vicinity of the harbor.
In 1441, Roermond became a member of the Hanseatic League, a former economic and defensive confederation of cities in northern Europe. Roermond was part of the Rhine, Westphalia,
Netherlands circle of the League.
If I remember correctly this late neo gothic pavillion is a nice remainder of the old days....hahah I d better go look it up, this does not sound right.
I had a problem taking this photograph for the local political parties had put up stands to promote their views. Due to this I had little room to take this photograph from a decent enough angle.
The tourist-office VVV sells a small booklet about architect P.J.H. Cuypers and his work in Roermond. Actually the architect didn't do a lot in his city so objects by his followers and his son are included as well.
Although called a walk there are no directions included so you need a map and some time to figure out your way. You do get to see a lot of the city, including interesting places you probably wouldn't find by coincidence, so I recommend the walk also when you're not interested in Cuypers but like to see old buildings anyway. I'm not sure if they sell the booklet in other languages than Dutch too, but given the increasing international interest in Cuypers's work it would seem smart if they do.
Brewery St. Christoffel was founded in 1986 and quickly established itself a place on the market of better beers. Christoffel Blond was the first beer made by this brewery, although it was simply called Christoffel then, and it was awarded the prize of Best bottled beer of The Netherlands three times. Its alcohol level is 6% and it has a hoppy flavour that is unusual for a beer from this country.
Robertus is the second beer. It is as strong as the Blond but more dark in colour. Because of the use of darker malt taste is a bit more sweet.
Both beers are made according to the German Rheinheitsgebot, which means malt, hop and water are the only ingredients. The beers are available in bottles of 0,33 and 2 liters. many bars in Roermond and surrounding area serve these beers, while many shops sell them. They are also exported to several countries.
A few years ago Christoffel also offered a mix of beer and apple juice. I don't think it was much of a success.
I guess this is the weekly market at the square in front of the city hall.
My bad luck for I was limited in possibilies taking a photograph of city hall.
Favorite thing: We had passed the house before but only when we walked back to the car over the market I noticed this great adding...wow if only I could have a look inside!
Favorite thing: The view not towards city hall but towards St Christoffel cathedral. Notice the blue-ish house on the left, it s new archtitecture.
Favorite thing: On our walk passed monuments we came by this Maria statue.....tho this religion differs much with my calvinistic upbringing, I can see why people find comfort in having these statues.
High on the cathedral tower is St Christoffel.
I had noticed some shining figure up there but it was only when I looked at it through my tele zoom lens I noticed it was a figure.