Welcome

The landscape in and around the German town of Wegberg and the neighbouring municipality of Leudal in the Netherlands features an unusually great number of wind- and watermills. The two border towns close to the lively metropolises in the Ruhr and Maas regions would like invite you to visit the mills and experience the old traditions of grain milling and oil extraction up close.

Many of the mills, some of which have been lovingly restored piece by piece, showcase this ancient trade that once dominated our region. Thanks to numerous volunteer helpers, visitors are able to watch the millers doing their work. Especially for younger people, this brings a past culture vividly back to life.

There are still 14 mills along the river Schwalm in the Wegberg area today. Six of the mills in Wegberg have been turned into restaurants, inviting you to linger and to sample some of the varied culinary delights on offer. The Schrof Mill in Rickelrath is the only functioning water- and oil mill in the Rhineland. Six of the mills in Wegberg have been turned into restaurants, inviting you to linger and to sample some of the varied culinary delights on offer.

With five windmills and ten watermills, Leudal municipality is one of the areas with the most mills in Limburg province. Grain can still be milled in nine of these mills. The Leu Mill is one of six water-powered oil mills in the Netherlands, and the only one in Limburg. In 2013, this mill and the surrounding brook valleys won a 'Pracht Plek van Nederland' award.

In order to allow even more people access to the mills and to this traditional trade, the towns of Wegberg and Leudal established a transnational cooperation project in 2012, funded by the Rhine-Meuse-North euroregion (Euregio Maas-Rijn) with grants from the INTERREG IV project.

Explore the mills and each mill’s distinctive features on our homepage or cycle or hike around the area surrounding the two mill towns. The local cycle routes and hiking trails are well signposted, guiding holidaymakers to where they want to go. By late 2014, it will be possible to visit all of the Wegberg and Leudal mills on a hiking or cycling round tour lasting several days.

We are looking forward to meeting you when you visit our mill towns Wegberg and Leudal.