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Colors of Kerkrade - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

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 feel these traits of the national character. There is not a single deserted place here, all areas free from buildings are occupied by public gardens and parks, and along city streets, there are often landscaped spaces with lawns and ornamental plants.
1. Residents of Kerkrade are good at English, while some of them are also fluent in German. To show your respect for locals, be sure to learn a few simple phrases in their native language. … Open
The love for nature has some other manifestations - for example, there are no homeless animals in Kerkrade. Domestic pets, on the contrary, live literally in every family, while animal neglect or cruelty are out of favor here. Love for historical traditions manifests itself literally in everything. On the days of major national holidays, local residents will certainly dress in national costumes and sing traditional songs. If you have the opportunity to visit the city on one of these festive days, be sure to watch solemn processions that pass through the main city streets.
Some traditional local customs may seem quite unusual to foreign guests. For many years, local authorities regularly organize the export of large-sized old things like furniture and interior items from the city. Old things are exported once a month; on that day, locals just take all the unnecessary garbage outside. As a rule, everything is collected and removed late in the evening, so the largest "mountains" form on the streets by 9:00 pm. Copyright
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
On this day, on the city streets, one can see old sofas and cabinets, unnecessary refrigerators and carpets, as well as other household items. Anyone can come and pick up things they like for free. Visiting such debris is not considered shameful even among wealthy citizens. Exploring such ruins would be an unforgettable adventure for tourists. Among the variety of items put up on the streets, it is quite possible to pick up original memorable gifts and souvenirs for loved ones. It can be a vintage lamp or a beautiful bookshelf.
Another interesting national trait of the townspeople is their love for two-wheeled transport. in Kerkrade, special bike paths can be seen literally everywhere. In some areas of the city, they are given even more space than auto roads. Absolutely everyone rides a bicycle here, from baby to adult. Tourists always have the opportunity to join the urban culture. Kerkrade has many bike rental offices where you can rent a two-wheeler for any duration, from a few hours to several days. It is important to note that bicycle thefts are quite common in the city, therefore, you will need to rent a special lock too.
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
Friendliness and openness are considered to be the main features of local residents, therefore foreign tourists always feel like welcome guests here. You should not be surprised if completely unfamiliar passers-by greet you while walking around the city - these are the peculiarities of the local culture. Citizens also always happy to communicate with foreigners in restaurants and bars, and on the days of lush national holidays, any boundaries between local people and visitors disappear.
Kasteel Erenstein tijdens het blauw uurtje aan het begin van de nacht. Such an open nature may seem quite unusual to many travelers, however, the embarrassment passes in the first days of staying in the city. In buses, markets, and parks, locals are always ready to keep a casual conversation with tourists, asking how they like the city.
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 extraordinary openness has found another interesting manifestation - many local houses have no curtains on the windows. The rooms are perfectly visible at night. It is believed that if there are no curtains on the windows in the house, then its owner is honest and has nothing to hide.
Schacht Nulland in Kerkrade bij avondlicht Among the most interesting habits worthy of highlighting is the love for beer, which is considered the main national drink. Today dozens of beer varieties are brewed in the Netherlands. Small beer restaurants and bars can be found in absolutely any Dutch city. In Kerkrade, restaurants of this kind are among the most beloved by locals. Visiting a beer restaurant remains a very common way of spending leisure time. It is important to note that special beers with low alcohol content are produced in the region, which makes them especially popular with women. Family dinners in the favorite restaurants over a glass of the favorite beer have long become a good tradition for locals.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Kerkrade
♥   Kaiserdom Unserer Lieben Frau, Aachen, 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, Sittard, 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
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
♥   Castle 'Alden Biesen Castle' , 38.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ordensburg Vogelsang' , 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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