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Culture of Kerkrade. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The main historical symbol of Kerkrade is the wonderful Oud-Ehrenstein Castle. It was built in the 13th century on the banks of the Amstel River as a watchtower to protect an important trade route. The castle got its current name in honor of the Saxon knights who owned it in the 14th century. Hundreds of years ago, several important trade routes that connected neighboring cities intersected on the site where the present-day castle stands. The town itself was an important trading center and its castle still reminds us of its great trading past. The old castle has been preserved to this day only partially - in the 19th century it was badly damaged by fire.
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 … Open
The fire destroyed almost half of the building, and it was not possible to restore the burned part of the castle. Today, Oud-Ehrenstein is located in a picturesque park, which is a popular recreation area among local residents. Nearby is one of the most beautiful canals in Kerkrade, which is fed by the Amstel River. After the last reconstruction, a small hotel was opened in the castle. On its ground floor, there is a prestigious French restaurant.
An equally remarkable historical landmark is old Rolduc Abbey dating back over 900 years. Despite its impressive age, the largest abbey in the Netherlands has managed to preserve many of its original elements. Today, the historic building also houses a hotel, and its other part has been converted into a modern conference center. During regular tours, tourists can visit an ancient temple and a crypt located on the territory of the abbey. Copyright
In miniature Kerkrade, there are many attractions and entertainment centers that will be fascinating to visit with children. With the kids it is worth taking a walk around the GaiaZOO. This … Open
In the vicinity of the city is the beautiful castle Erenstein, which is a vivid example of medieval architecture. Built in the 14th century, it has miraculously escaped major damages over the years. After a thorough reconstruction, the castle became accessible for tours so now everyone can walk along its long corridors and climb watchtowers, which serve as observation platforms. The medieval castle is located in a very beautiful natural area near the lake Cranenweyer. In the warm months, fascinating hiking tours are organized in these places.
For fans of historical sites, it will be interesting to explore the outskirts of Kerkrade where several ancient castles and buildings of medieval times have been preserved. One of the most beautiful is Castle Striyfagen - an old private estate, which has managed to fully preserve its original form. This castle is a large architectural complex. Besides the manor itself, almost all the additional buildings have been preserved.
The traditional cuisine of Kerkrade is very simple and devoid of rare delicacies. The local gastronomy is based on fish and other types of seafood, meat, potatoes, dairy products, and … Open
The complex includes a steward's house, an old water mill and other structures dating back to the 18th century. The brick in two different colors was used in the castle's construction, which makes the appearance of the historical monument even more original. The historical monument stands on the shore of a large reservoir near extensive forests and interesting natural attractions.
Kasteel Erenstein tijdens het blauw uurtje aan het begin van de nacht. Ottenfeld Castle, another picturesque historic manor, is located five kilometers from the city. Over hundreds of years, it has been repeatedly rebuilt and reconstructed. Today, this architectural monument is an amazing combination of different styles. The exact date of construction of the very first estate in this place is unknown. However, a large Romanesque-style fortress was located on its site in the 14th century. A significant part of the complex buildings that we can see today was erected at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. Currently, Ottenfeld is in private ownership so tours are not available to the public. Tourists will have the opportunity to stroll through the territory of the old castle and appreciate its beauty from the nearby viewing platforms.
Locals are known for their love for their hometown and historical traditions; they are very hardworking, caring about cleanliness and environment. Just take a walk along the city streets to … Open
One of the oldest historical monuments in the region is Rimburg Castle located near the eponymous town. The very first fortress was built on its site in the 12th century but over the years it has been heavily destroyed several times. The last time the castle was completely restored at the end of the 19th century, it is now surrounded by a wide moat filled with water. Near the castle, one can find many beautiful places for walking. Here you can admire old watermills located on the banks of a canal and relax in picturesque forests. Most tourists visit these places in the warm season, however, tours of the castle are also available in wintertime.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Kerkrade
♥   Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, Meerssen, 21.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Hemelopneming, Maastricht, 26.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique abbatiale de Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu, Aubel, 26.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Amelberga, Susteren, 26.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Servatius, Maastricht, 26.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Wiro, Plechelmus en Otgerus, Sint-Odiliënberg, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Christoffelkathedraal, Roermond, 37.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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