Visit the VVV (tourist information office)
In the Netherlands, tourist information offices are called the VVV. The Roermond VVV is in the city center -- a few blocks from the central train station. They can provide you with helpful information about Roermond and the surrounding area.
See the Rattentoren
The Rattentoren ('Rat's tower') is Roermond's last surviving tower that was part of the city wall from the medieval period. As was common in medieval times, the city of Roermond was surrounded by a wall with lookout towers as part of its fortification system.
Learn More About Operation Blackcock
Operation Blackcock was the code name for a military mission by Allied forces in World War II. It was conducted by the 2nd British Army in January 1945. The operation, named after the Scottish black male grouse, took place throughout the Roer River area including Roermond. The website link contains more information about this event in World War II military history.
It is difficult to believe that this idyllic area was the site of a fierce military engagement in the not-so-distant past. During my visit to Roermond, I did not see any evidence of this tragic period.
See Statue of P.J.H. Cuypers in the Munsterplein
P.J.H. (Pierre) Cuypers was a famous architect who lived from 1827 to 1921. He was born in Roermond, but he is most famous for buildings that he designed elsewhere such as the Amsterdam Central Train Station.
In Roermond, Cuypers, re-designed and restored the Munsterkerk. In a controversial move, he added two new Romanesque style towers. Some believe that the controversy over the re-design of the Munsterkerk may have led Cuypers to leave Roermond and move to Amsterdam.
In the Munsterplein (Munster square), there is a statue paying tribute to Cuypers.
See the Roermond Town Hall
The facade of the Roermond town hall is in the Baroque style. Since they were having a fair throughout the city center during my visit, I saw the town hall surrounded by rides, games, and other amusements.
Take a Walk Near the Harbor
There is a small harbor near where the Roer River meets the Maas River. In this harbor, there are lots of boats. On the day of my trip, I took a pleasant walk near the harbor. If you want to sit and enjoy great views of the harbor, you can stop at a restaurant named the Nautilus.
See the St. Christoffel Cathedral
Built in the 15th Century, the St. Christoffel Cathedral is one of the landmarks of Roermond. Unfortunately, it was largely destroyed in World War II. It has subsequently been restored with a modern spire in Baroque style. I did not view the interior, but I hear that it is quite stunning.
See the Exterior of the Munsterkerk
The Munsterkerk (Munster Church) is located in the Roermond city center. It is the most important example of late-Romanesque architecture in the Netherlands, and it is the last big Romanesque church that was ever built in the country.
The church design was changed several times, and much of its current appearance is the result of extensive restorations and reconstructions by architect P.J.H. Cuypers, a Roermond native, from 1863 until 1890. Cuypers' biggest change, and most controversial, was the addition of two towers in Romanesque style.
Visit the Stationsplein
The Stationsplein (station square) is across the street from the central train station and my hotel (Hotel Roermond). Surrounding the square, there are a bunch of cafés and pubs. On the Monday that I was there in May 2008, the city of Roermond was turned into a fairgrounds -- and, by nighttime, the Stationsplein was full of rides and other amusements.
Every 5th of May it is Liberation day in the Netherlands. It is celebrated that the Netherlands got liberated from the Germans in WW2.
In each of the 12 provinces a liberationconcert is being held. For Limburg this concert is held in Roermond, several Dutch artists perform on the market square, some are being flown-in by military choppers.
Besides the concert there are various other activities throughout the city.
The concert is for free.
Not particulary pretty, but this stone bridge (which is exactly the name of this bridge "Stenen brug") is the oldest bridge in Roermond. It crosses the river Roer and connects the old citycenter to the "voorstad", an old (and quiet) part of the city.
Solar Weekend Festival
On recreational Area "De Weerd" every summer in august, the festival "Solar weekend" is being kept. Line-up varies but is mainly focussed on Techno music (for Europeans: Dance/Trance/Electro and allthe other streams) and urban music.
Water recreation - De Weerd
De Weerd is one of the many water recreational area's of the city. It's located at one of the maasplassen en is one of the few spots without much boats around, the terrain itself is open during summer when the weather is good.The main features are a small sandy beach (dirty water though) and facilities for wind surfing.
- Water Sports
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
At McArthurGlen Designer Outlet you can buy overproduction or rest-production of internationally renowned brands and designer labels at lower prices. They say -30 to -50%.
120 brands are represented at McArthurGlen in Roermond: clothes, shoes, household, cosmetics, sports, jewelry, ...
It's an outlet centre, though and much of what you will see there in terms of fashion items is from previous years.
In the centre you will also find a few lunch rooms and a McDo. The coffee at Segafreddo is delicious.
- Road Trip
Once every year, the center of Roermond transfers into a fairground. The Catholic south of the Netherlands always sees a fair in every place as large as 1horse villages.
Roermond has a rather large fair spreading over all squares and some streets in the center.
The largest fair starts in the weekend after withsundays (around may/june) and lasts for a small week. During carnival (february/march) a smaller fair is held at the Market Square only.
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