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For most of its history, modern Kerkrade was part of the historic city of Herzogenrath. South Limburg was a constantly disputed territory between different duchies, and Herzogenrath passed from hand to hand repeatedly. The city was ruled for a long time by the duchy of Brabant, Spain, and later by the French. The Kingdom of the Netherlands finally determined its rights to Kerkrade in 1839.
The Kerkrad Abbey of Rolduc is the largest and oldest abbey of the Netherlands. Its history dates back for more than 900 years. Due to its cultural significance and architectural value, the abbey is a national monument. The complex is also on the UNESCO list of monuments. Rolduc is currently used as a hotel and a conference center. The hotel accommodates 160 rooms for 300 guests. At the abbey there is a temple and a crypt Rolduc, which can be visited on any day. Also the magnificent historic monastery garden and the vineyards of Ailbertus worth a visit. Excursions in the abbey are held on Sundays.
Also, Kerkrade can offer guests a unique zoo of GaiaZOO, which is located on the vast territory of an ancient park. More than one hundred species of animals lives in GaiaZOO in large natural enclosures. Beautiful landscaped park offers visitors to virtually travel to remote countries, where exotic animals live - rhinoceroses, giraffes, gorillas, tapirs, lions and cheetahs. In addition, the nearby DinoDome offers children and adults a real adventure at the indoor museum of dinosaurs, located on an area of 2500 square meters. You can climb the nets and wobbly rope bridges, travel back in time, come face to face with giant dinosaurs, such as the mosasaurus, the brachiosaurus and the insatiable T-Rex. Copyright
Worth a visit Castle Erenstein - the castle from the fourteenth century with massive walls, located on the outskirts of Anstelvallei and standing right on the water. In addition to the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, it will give you a delightful view of the Cranenweyer lake.
An iconic historical site is the “Rolduc Abbey”, which was founded in the early 12th century. The monastery remained active until the 18th century; by that time it had a vast adjoining territory. The abbey owned several nearby coal mines, on which 350 employees worked. Despite numerous changes in the fate of the abbey, a unique 12th-century church, which is a vivid example of Masonic architecture, has survived on its territory. Currently, the historical building houses the catholic seminary, the building of the theological institute, as well as a conference hall.
In Kerkrade, is a very interesting museum “Discovery Center Continium”, which will be interesting for a whole family visit. Its exposition is devoted to the development of science and industry. The basis of its collection is a variety of mechanical devices that were used in different periods in different regions. Many exhibits can be touched and even seen in action, which is why the museum is especially liked by children.
At a short distance from the city center on Sint Hubertuslaan Street, there is a beautiful botanical garden, which was founded in 1938. Currently it occupies an area of ​​about one and a half hectares. In this garden are represented plants of almost 200 different families. The exotic plants that were brought from distant Madagascar are especially valuable. A special greenhouse was planted in the garden for them.
A popular place for walks among tourists and residents of the city is the Market Square. It has a very symbolic monument - miners. Near the square, you can see many beautiful old buildings, in which now there are popular shops and restaurants. In the warm season, interesting entertaining events and fairs are often held on the Market Square.
Kasteel Erenstein tijdens het blauw uurtje aan het begin van de nacht. In the city, there is a very beautiful concert hall “Rodahal”, which was built in 1993 specifically for the opening of the next music festival. Nowadays, interesting cultural events are regularly held in this concert hall.
If the attractions in the city are not enough, you can go on an exciting journey by train to “Valkenburg Railway Station”. The tourist train departs from the railway station every day.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Kerkrade
♥   Castle 'Landsfort Heerlen' , 6.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle Blomendal' , 11.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hoensbroek Castle' , 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Valkenburg castle' , 16.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Jansgeleen Castle' , 18.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Kerkrade
♥   National Park 'De Meinweg' , 32.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' , 54.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Maasduinen' , 79.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Eifel' , 108 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Loonse en Drunense Duinen' , 109.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Kolner Dom

From the series “The most iconic temples in the world”
The well-known architect Gerhard has worked at the Domprojekt. As the legend tells, the devil helped him. This was the only way to explain the construction of such a grand architectural project. Every day, more than 20,000 people visit the Cologne Cathedral, which is to be graced by its magnificent interiors and the golden sarcophagus with its main sanctuary. The latter is a real masterpiece of jeweler art. For the decoration of the sarcophagus thousands of precious stones were used. In the cathedral there are also other sanctuaries - the Gerokreuz and the Milan Madonna, a unique statue from the 13th century. All those who are interested can climb up the Domgipfel and enjoy the panorama of Cologne, for which only 509 steps have to be overcome. … Read further

Montagne de Bueren

From the series “Furious footways around the world that make you dizzy”
Guests of Liege, who are not lazy to walk to the end of the stairs, will have an opportunity to admire not only unique historical sights. From the historic district, a wonderful panoramic view of the Maas river opens. Walking on the stairs will be comfortable and pleasant even for those who do not like long walks. On the stairs in certain places beautiful shops were established, where you can always relax. There is a cult place of interest in Liege with the official name "Buren Mount", it was named after the nobleman Vincent de Buren, who played an important role in the defense of the city. … Read further
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