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Mills and farmhouses

Stadbroekermolen

At the edge of the city, bordering on the Schwienswei nature area, you will find the historic water mill Stadbroekermolen. Duke Willem of Jülich granted the permission for the construction of this water mill in 1582. In 1846, it became the property of the Roufs family. They sold wheat and rye flour throughout South Limburg, Belgium and Germany. In 1907, they replaced the water wheel with a turbine and milling system. By the end of the 20th century, the complex had fallen into disrepair, but in 1990 it was restored to its former glory, including the water-driven mechanisms. Today it is a charming location for parties and meetings. On Sundays, you can drop in for a look round and a delicious slice of vlaai, Limburg's favourite sweet tart.
Stadbroekermolen

Ophovenermolen

The history of the Ophovener mill goes back to 1348, when it was a grain mill attached to the nearby farm Ophovenerhof. Later, it was used as an oil mill, and in the 19th century it was refitted again, this time for grinding barley. At the end of 1973, the Jacob Kritzraedt Foundation decided to sell the mill, after which an extensive restoration followed. After a second restoration in 1998, the mill can now once again turn as it has through the centuries, driven by the flow of the Geleenbeek. Today the historic building is home to a brasserie with lovely garden restaurant, where you can enjoy a full menu of delicacies to your heart's content.
Ophovenermolen

De Biesenhof

De Biesenhof is a classic example of a Limburg courtyard farmhouse at the edge of Geleen, surrounded by a beautiful walking area along the Geleenbeek. The earliest existing documents referring to De Biesenhof date from 1259, when the German Order established a command post here. In 1468, it was a tenant farm. In 1795, during the French occupation, De Biesenhof was sold into private hands, and it changed hands several times until the 1970s, after which it suffered a period of neglect. At the end of 2004, the estate was restored and transformed into a dining establishment that is the perfect place to stop after a good long hike or cycling tour.
De Biesenhof
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