52.9 km • Merksplas
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Kapelstraat 10, 2330 Merksplas
The route is fully signposted with thematic signs (no nodes).
The former vagrant colonies in Wortel and Merksplas offer a fascinating mix of nature, heritage and stories. Together with the Dutch colonies, they stood at the cradle of modern thinking about poverty care and the belief in a socially engineered society.The dead straight avenues reflect the discipline and order that used to reign there. Both colonies, together more than 1,000 hectares in size, are now protected as landscapes and most of the buildings are protected monuments.