Part 16 - Gennep to Vierlingsbeek
From Gennep to Vierlingsbeek
Very early in the morning, when calmness prevails, Gennep reveals her beauty and history (even though it was heavily damaged during WW2)! The Romans already knew! Gennep has always been strategically important for several countries because it was in the hands of Prussia, Belgium, and Germany in WW2. We visit Italy or France to stroll around, absorbing the old vibes of these places, not fully realizing we can also find them in the Netherlands. Hotel De Kroon on the Markt still exudes the old style “from then”!
Today we walked from Gennep to Vierlingsbeek, through beautiful heathland areas: the Looierheide, the Gennepse heide and Zwarte heide. At Afferden, we took the ferry across the Maas river, left Limburg behind us, and arrived in the province of North Brabant. We walked along ancient cultural areas along the Maas. Hedges, not barbed wire, form the separation between the plots here. At Vierlingsbeek, we took the train back home.