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Old February 3rd, 2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Kerkrade(NL)/Herzogenrath(GER) (Loads of pics)

Hello,

I have been on this forum for some time and took a day of to photograph my hometown and its surroundings. This was two days ago, -3Celcius. It's a city called Eurode consisting of two cities who work together in both countries. both cities are logically located on the border.

Two simple maps:


I have been living for twenty years in this city, and I can tell future does not look bright unless they start developing and investing.

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The evening before from my house.

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Started of in Herzogenrath the German part.
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The forest from the German side, the other side is Dutch.

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The Castle

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The Cloister Rolduc, which also was my school, it's on the other side of picture 6. This is the Netherlands.

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Having a cheap stop (compared to Dutch prices) at the petrol station.

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One of many empty Buildings.

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De Niewstraat/Neustraße/Newstreet. The side on the left is Dutch, on the right you're in Germany. Kinda rare I think.

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This building has been built exactly on the border, a sign of both cities working together.

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The Old Post-Office.

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The empty marketsquare.

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-3C.

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This is one of the poorest area's in the region as well as probably the whole country.
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I'm glad on this part they already put down some new buildings.
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The old part of the school.

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The new part.

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A more expensive street.

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My home.

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The Castle of Erenstein Kerkrade

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The football stadium.

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Then a few kilometers further, the only part of the Netherlands with hills.
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Thanks for watching.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 11:52 AM   #2
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Interesting and also very nice photo presentation Bram
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beautiful, interesting and the place looks progressive...
just wondering, like before the creation of the European community,
do each city uses its own currency and language?
Also, are there some buildings/houses that sit on both cities?
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 11:43 PM   #4
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Thank you both of you.

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beautiful, interesting and the place looks progressive...
just wondering, like before the creation of the European community,
do each city uses its own currency and language?
Also, are there some buildings/houses that sit on both cities?
To answer your first question. Currency? In the case you don't know it, but both countries are using the Euro as basically almost every western country in Europe.

Language, Kerkrade has Dutch on school, but on signs and at home, we speak a dialect which is a micture of German(60%), Dutch(20%), Other(20%) (my guess.
Herzogenrath has German, with lesser people speaking another Dialect, but related to the one in Kerkrade. Try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripuarian_language

Buildings on both cities, look picture 44 and its explanation. The street photos before are on both sites different city to.
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wow this is one interesting place.
just thinking like if there's a football championship between the countries,
what's the atmospher in both cities?
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:47 AM   #6
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Very interesting area!
There was a wall on "Nieuwstraat" once? How is the relationship now? Are there "coffeeshops" in Kerkrade (maybe on "Nieuwstraat" ) resulting in drug tourism?

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Very interesting area!
There was a wall on "Nieuwstraat" once? How is the relationship now? Are there "coffeeshops" in Kerkrade (maybe on "Nieuwstraat" ) resulting in drug tourism?

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Hi thanks for the responds, yes there was a wall on the middel of it, or more like a fence, my dad grew up there.
The relationship is very well now, and we can travel there now whenever we want. To go shopping or gas, because it's cheaper in Germany. The Germans also come to here if they need to no problems at all.
There are like 5 coffeeshops in this area close to the border and it does result in drug tourism a lot. But they control a lot on the border for that, randomly picking out people and checking what they have etc. I had to stop to from time to time just to see if I had drugs.

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wow this is one interesting place.
just thinking like if there's a football championship between the countries,
what's the atmospher in both cities?
No there's no championship between the countries. However, Aachen/Herzogenrath as Allemania Aachen as a team and Kerkrade has Roda JC Kerkrade.
I know that the ''hooligans'' from both teams support each other. They also have the same colors and they are sort of friends.
The athmosphere? It's relaxed and empty, except when there's a big event it's Always full...or how do you mean atmosphere?
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Old February 4th, 2011, 04:21 AM   #8
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Thx for the infos mate
In Maastricht they have to face similar problems from what I've read..
I live in Cologne by the way where we speak Ripuarian too
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No there's no championship between the countries. However, Aachen/Herzogenrath as Allemania Aachen as a team and Kerkrade has Roda JC Kerkrade.
I know that the ''hooligans'' from both teams support each other. They also have the same colors and they are sort of friends.
The athmosphere? It's relaxed and empty, except when there's a big event it's Always full...or how do you mean atmosphere?
Like how each fans/hooligans act and react to each other?
are there some fights or maybe riots.....you know football fans are really fanatics.
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Like how each fans/hooligans act and react to each other?
are there some fights or maybe riots.....you know football fans are really fanatics.
Aah, no football is big in both countries, but here there are almost no riots at all...only once in the so many monhts when theres a real big match, but even than nothing serious.

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Thx for the infos mate
In Maastricht they have to face similar problems from what I've read..
I live in Cologne by the way where we speak Ripuarian too
Hach ne, Kölsch
Kölsch Ripuarian is the closest related to Kirchroadsj/Kerkraads and Öcher Ripuarian actually. Thought you were Spanish cause of your name haha.
So have you been in Aachen?
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Old February 4th, 2011, 04:41 AM   #11
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^ I was born in Brazil though but my ancestors came from Germany. Yeah, I've been to Aachen and Maastricht as well, both very beautiful cities with amazing historical city centres
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