Roermond: historic shopping city
Once a harbor town, now a diocese; Roermond has a long and rich history to draw on. The listed old town's attractions include churches and cathedrals, cafes and terraces. However, it's mainly the many stores and Designer Outlet Roermond that attract millions of visitors every year.
- A paradise for shopping fans and bargain hunters.
- A historic city with lots to see.
- An El Dorado for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.
The shopping city of Roermond
Shop 'til you drop... Roermond is a city with marvelous shopping opportunities, even voted as the best downtown district in the Netherlands for several years. In the center of Roermond, you'll find pretty fashion boutiques in stately old buildings, Dutch chain stores such as Hema, and completely individual and quirky shops with home accessories and gift articles. You'll especially find the latter around the Munsterplein, which is transformed into a marketplace on Wednesdays.
The store opening times are also ideal, as you can even go on a shopping spree on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings in Roermond. At the marketplace, several restaurants and bars with sunny terraces invite you to take a break from shopping. The weekly market is also held there every Saturday.
Tip: As store opening times are managed less strictly on holidays in the Netherlands than in other European countries, many Germans even come on Good Friday, Easter Monday or Whit Monday to shop in the Roermond downtown district and the Outlet Center.
The famous Outlet Center of Roermond
However, the highlight of any shopping frenzy is the Designer Outlet Center Roermond, which attracts over four million bargain hunters a year with its 200 fashion and lifestyle stores. It's no surprise, as 30-70 % discounts on branded goods are hard to resist. Have fun shopping, and fill your shopping bag here! By the way: The stores in the Designer Outlet Center Roermond are even open on Sundays. The Designer Outlet Roermond (Stadsweide 2) is only a few minutes' walk away from the old town. If you're coming by car, there are 6000 parking spaces available there.
The 3 historic highlights of Roermond
There's lots to discover in the historic center in the former harbor town of Roermond;
- the St Christopher bishop's church and the Minorite Church from the 15th century bear witness to the rich traditional history of the city.
- The town hall, built in 1700, is another landmark of the city. Lovely cafes and restaurants with inviting terraces have set up shop in the town square. There, you'll get regional specialties such as Christopher beer, Christopher cake and Cuypers pastry, named after the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose achievements include the Rijksmuseum building in Amsterdam.
- The Munster Church (Munsterkerk), Holland's sole late Roman church, was built in the 13th century and extensively renovated in the 19th century under the direction of Pierre Cuypers, who also built the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Roermond and water sports
The Meuse Lake District (Maasplassen in Dutch), a lake district made up of several large and small lakes, is located near Roermond and forms the largest contiguous water sports area in the Netherlands at 3000 hectares, making it an El Dorado for water sports enthusiasts. Take a motorboat, sailboat or rowing boat, pack a surfboard or dinghy, and take to the water! There are almost limitless opportunities; you can swim, row, sail, surf, fish, go skinny dipping, dive, go canoeing or kayaking, water ski and even wakeboard at the Meuse Lake District. There are trendy beach clubs available if you want a break. Would you like to travel with your own boat? You have the choice of four marinas in Roermond and at the Meuse Lake District. Of course, you can also hire a boat at the Meuse Lake District or sail through the lake scenery on a cruise ship.
Location and getting to Roermond
The city of Roermond, with approximately 58,000 residents, is located in the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands, only a few kilometers away from the German border. Roermond is easy to reach by train; there are Intercity connections from Maastricht, Utrecht and Amsterdam, for instance. Roermond Station is right next to the old town. There are several park-and-ride areas at the border of the city (e.g. at Godsweerdersingel) and parking lots (e.g. Kazerneplein and the Roercenter shopping passage).
The area surrounding Roermond
The history of the lovely city of Heerlen dates back to Roman times, and you can walk in their footsteps in a Roman baths. Another city with a long and eventful history is Maastricht, capital of the province of Limburg, which also invites you to go shopping and enjoy the nightlife. If you're coming to Limburg during Whitsun, then you should also visit Landgraaf, where the biggest open air festival in the Netherlands takes place. Things go at a more leisurely pace in Valkenburg aan de Geul. Climb the only hill castle in the Netherlands there, and visit the spectacular caves!
Roermond and nature
Roermond is surrounded by beautiful natural reserves. The Maasplassen, for instance, are the largest continuous water sports area in the Netherlands, offering great opportunities to relax on a boat or sunbathe on one of the beaches. National Park de Meinweg, meanwhile, is a great area for walking, cycling and even horse riding.