About the village
The centre of Roosteren is located to the west of Echt-Susteren and is only separated from Belgium by the Meuse. The name Roosteren used to appear as: Rosusteren, Rufsusteren, Rustren, Roesten en Roesteren, Rosteren and Roisterad. It is a fusion of ‘Rode’ and ‘Suestra’. Roosteren came about at the confluence of the ‘Roode Beek’ and the ‘Geleenbeek’, and is probably a reclamation from the Abbey of Susteren in the early 8th century.
In Roosteren, you will find yourself in the narrowest part of the Netherlands (municipality of Echt-Susteren) … literally. Within one hour, you can walk from Belgium, through Roosteren to Germany. This region is also a must by bike. Echt-Susteren is a green base for anyone who really wants to get to know Limburg and Europe. From the Cathedral of Aachen, on your bike to Maaseik for a beer on the market square, then onto the ‘Vrijthof’ in Maastricht, you're there in no time at all.
What is there to do?
The area around Roosteren is ideal for exploring on foot. You will find yourself in a rural environment for the most part, you can stroll along the Meuse and get a sense of history in the villages of Roosteren and Susteren. Use the Meuse bridge in Roosteren to get to the other side of the Meuse in no time at all. While you’re there, explore the Flemish hiking region of Aldeneik. For those who like some help to get started, a few tips:
- Hiking from switch to switch in Echt-Susteren: a hiking trail network of no less than 270 kilometres! It's easy to make your way from switch to switch and explore the municipality. This system is similar to the cycling route network. There are also 'junctions' where more than one route crosses the other.
- Strolling in ‘De Rug’ nature reserve (opposite Maaseik, BE). This area boasts the largest herd of Konik horses of the RivierPark Maasvallei.
- Set off with a Meuse Explorer in tow.
The municipality of Echt-Susteren is an ideal place to explore the international surroundings by bicycle. Attractive and safe cycling routes have been created thanks to cross-border cooperation between the various municipalities. The Three-Country Cycle Route is a case in point. Using the cross-border cycling junction system, it is possible to cycle from Germany to Belgium via the Netherlands and back again in the same afternoon! An absolute must! Click here to download the Three-Country Cycle Route for free. You can compile other cycling routes in the RivierPark using the cross-border map RivierPark Maasvallei.