TTT 2014 03 Maastricht Margraten
Published: 13/12/2019
Kasteel Commanderie
This TTT starts in Maastricht at Grand Cafe het Buitengoed Slavante and goes mainly through beautiful roads via various smaller pictures and a piece of Belgium to Margraten. Buitengoed Slavante is a small estate on the east slope of the Sint Pietersberg with a view of the Maas and the Maasdal. A winding road leads you up to the small parking lot where you can already see the country estate

After a little less than 7 KM you leave the Netherlands to enter Belgium and you quickly cross the Albert Canal twice, this is a channel that connects Liege with Antwerp via cities such as Genk, Hasselt, Geel and Herentals, and the Maas with the Scheldt . Then you cross the Maas, this is a 950 kilometer long river in Western Europe. The Meuse rises in France and then flows through Belgium and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the Maas is the southernmost of the major rivers and flows into the North Sea in the Dutch river delta.

We stay in Belgium for a while and pass Castle Commanderie among others, hidden in the idyllic Belgian Voeren region lies Castle Commanderie. Because of its rich history that goes back to the beginning of the 17th century and the fact that the River Vo originates on the 12 hectare domain, Kasteel Commanderie is the icon of the Voeren region.
After 51 KM we enter the Netherlands again at the 3-Country Point in Vaals. The Three Country Point at Vaals is the highest point in the Netherlands and a place where the borders between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together.

You can stop for lunch or all for a drink at Lodge-7 in Vaals, this is a nice point on the route where you can see the tower of the 3-Land Point from the terrace in good weather.
Be careful when entering the parking space, it is covered with a layer of pebble!

After lunch we will continue to wind through the South Limburg country and you will pass the Geul, 3 times and the Gulp, the Geul is a river that originates in the municipality of Raeren in Belgium at the Cyclops stones on the German border, near the place Lichtenbusch. She leaves Belgium at Sippenaeken and enters the Netherlands at Cottessen. At the hamlet of Voulwames above Itteren, it flows into the Maas. De Gulp is a fast-flowing side stream of the Geul in a hilly region in the Belgian provinces of Liège and Limburg, more specifically the Vola exclave and the south of Dutch Limburg.

In Margraten you can visit the American cemetery after finishing the route with a cup of coffee. The American Cemetery Margraten, in English: Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, is an American military cemetery and memorial to the deceased soldiers of the United States of America at the time of the battle in South Limburg, the Ardennes offensive and in the Ruhr area , during the Second World War. The cemetery has an area of 26.5 hectares, contains 8,301 graves, was founded in 1944 and is freely accessible.

Because I have driven large parts of this route myself, this route gets 4 stars.

Route details:
rp 19 - Coffee / Lunch stop at Lodge 7 in Vaals.
Lodge 7 Uitzicht vanaf het terras
Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten
Useful links:
Startpunt Maastricht
Kasteel Commanderie
Lodge 7
Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten

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The Walloon Region (French: Région wallonne [ʁeʒjɔ̃ walɔn]; German: Wallonische Region; Dutch: Waals gewest), usually simply referred to as Wallonia (; French: Wallonie [walɔni]; Walloon: Waloneye; German: Wallonien [vaˈloːni̯ən] (listen) or Wallonie [valoˈniː]; Dutch: Wallonië [ʋɑˈloːnijə] (listen)), is one of the three Regions of Belgium—alongside the Flemish Region and the Brussels-Capital Region.Covering the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the bilingual Brussels-Capital Region. There is a German-speaking minority in eastern Wallonia, resulting from the annexation of three cantons previously part of the German Empire at the conclusion of World War I. This community represents less than 1% of the Belgian population. It forms the German-speaking Community of Belgium, which has its own government and parliament for culture-related issues. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. This brought the region wealth, and from the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, Wallonia was the more prosperous half of Belgium. Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished, and the Flemish Region has exceeded Wallonia in wealth as Wallonia has declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The economic inequalities and linguistic divide between the two are major sources of political conflicts in Belgium and a major factor in Flemish separatism. The capital of Wallonia is Namur, and the most populous city is Charleroi. Most of Wallonia's major cities and two-thirds of its population lie along the east–west aligned Sambre and Meuse valley, the former industrial backbone of Belgium. To the north of this valley, Wallonia lies on the Central Belgian Plateau, which, like Flanders, is a relatively flat and agriculturally fertile area. The south and southeast of Wallonia is made up of the Ardennes, an expanse of forested highland that is less densely populated. Wallonia borders Flanders and the Netherlands (the province of Limburg) in the north, France (Grand Est and Hauts-de-France) to the south and west, and Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) and Luxembourg (Capellen, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Alzette, Redange and Wiltz) to the east. Wallonia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie since 1980.
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