Roermond

The city hall is just one of many historic buildings in the centre.

Roermond is a city in the Dutch province of Limburg. Located at the point where the rivers Meuse and Rur meet, Roermond was a historically prominent town and a trade centre. It gained its city charter around 1231 and became the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roermond in 1559. In the protected city centre you'll find today, many monuments and several churches remain, making Roermond an interesting town to visit. Its location along the so-called Maasplassen, a 3000-hectare area of lakes, streams and canals makes it a popular destination for water sports and also yachts, and it has a number of good marinas.

Understand

Roermond receives a large number of visitors every year, and is a rather well known destination for Dutch, German and to a lesser degree Belgian tourists. Apart from the water sports facilities and historic centre, this is also due to successful efforts to turn Roermond into a prime shopping centre for the larger region. The large Designer Outlet Centre, opened by McArthurGlen in 2001, alone draws in some 3.75 million visitors per year. The city centre has also been praised for its ample shopping facilities, and as shops are open on Sunday, Roermond draws in plenty of daytrip visitors from all directions, including many Germans.

Get in

By car

Roermond is well connected by road, and several major access roads have been upgraded or newly made in the past years. The A73 highway, opened in 2008, passes the town via tunnels, providing fast connections to the south (directions of Maastricht, joining the A2 after some 10 km)) and north (direction of Nijmegen). There's a connection to German (direction of Düsseldorf) in the west via the A52. For the direction of Weert, Eindhoven and other north or north-west destinations, the provincial N280 road connects the centre of Roermond the A2. The N271, also a provincial road, is the best connection to Venlo.

By train

The trainstation is close to the city centre and is served by half-hourly fast intercity trains operated by NS as well as commutertrains to smaller destinations in the region, operated by Veolia. The fast intercity to the south (Sittard, Maastricht and Heerlen) leaves twice per hour, usually from platform 1 (but always check.) In the other direction the same connection runs to Weert, Eindhoven, Utrecht, where you can change for Amsterdam and many other destinations. Usually it leaves from platform 2.

A slow train to Venlo (22 minutes) also runs twice per hour, stopping in Swalmen, Reuver and Tegelen.

By bus

The bus station is at the train station, and serves as a starting and ending point for many lines circling the city and connecting it to nearby villages. Special bus connections are available to transfer shopping visitors from the town centre to the Outlet Centre, Retail Park and House and Garden Boulevard. Bus lines are operated by Veolia.

If you're flying in, Schiphol airport, Eindhoven airport and Maastricht-Aachen airport are all nearby. Alternatively, consider airports across the Geman border. Especially Düsseldorf is nearby and has many international flights.

Get around

Much of the old town is car free. Here, it's easy to navigate on foot. There are a few parking garages, but alternatively, plenty of parking is available at the Designer Outlet Cente. From here, special buses run to and from the city centre, as well to other shopping centres in and around Roermond.

See

The city's rich history and religious prominence is well visible through the many monumental buildings in the city centre. There's a wide selection of churches, chapels and abbeys, but also the historic city hall and a large number of monumental houses. Just strolling through the old town will allow you to see some of the best examples, but if you're really interested, a guided tour (to be booked ahead via the tourist office) is a good way to see the best of Roermond history. Some of the major sights include:

Do

Buy

Eat

Plenty of restaurants are scattered throughout town, at the outlet centre and around the Maasplassen. In the city centre, the squares around the two main churches, the Munsterplein and Grote Markt, are both lined with restaurants and (in summer) outdoor terraces. The Munsterplein is especially attractive for an outdoor lunch. Or head to the Schuitenberg, Bakkerstraat, Zwartbroekstraat and Sint Christoffelstraat, which are also heavy on dining options and a good place to start looking.

Sleep

There are ample options to stay in the city but also in the surrounding area, varying from camping spots to luxurious castle rooms. Especially in high season, book in advance, as the most popular places do get full.

Connect

The international telephone country code for the Netherlands is 31, the area code for Roermonf is 0475. If dialing from abroad, use +31 but then leave out the 0 in the area code.

Free WiFi hotspot can be found in the railway station which is close to the city centre.

Go next

Düsseldorf in the German Ruhr area is close as well as the hills of South Limburg.

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