Our Monastery Trail Stage 4 Megen - Velp

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Megen and Velp. It runs from St Antony of Padua Monastery in Megen to the Emmaus Friary in Velp.

4 hour 25 minutes (20.0 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Megen and Velp. It runs from St Antony of Padua Monastery in Megen to the Emmaus Friary in Velp. On the way you will pass various locations such as the church of Saint Lawrence and monastery Soeterbeeck. You can also explore the Garnizoenskerk (garrison church) and the Church of Saint Viktor. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries alo…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Megen and Velp. It runs from St Antony of Padua Monastery in Megen to the Emmaus Friary in Velp. On the way you will pass various locations such as the church of Saint Lawrence and monastery Soeterbeeck. You can also explore the Garnizoenskerk (garrison church) and the Church of Saint Viktor. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries along Our Monastery Trail have the option of staying the night. Always check in advance what is possible, some monasteries are only open on certain days. For all locations and up-to-date information, please visit brabantskloosterleven.nl (Dutch language).

There are many hospitable hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other locations where you can stay the night in the trail’s surroundings. You can find an accommodation from this list of places to stay in Brabant. First choose the type of accommodation and then enter the name of the town or village where you want to stay. You will then see a selection of addresses in the area.

Sights on this route

Starting point:

Klooster Sint-Antonius van Padua
Kloosterstraat 6
5366 BH Megen
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Klooster Sint-Anthonius van Padua
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St. Laurentius-kerk
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St. Willibrorduskerk
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Klooster Soeterbeeck
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Voormalig Klooster Huize Nazareth
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Molen De Nijverheid
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Sint-Luciakerk
81
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Garnizoenskerk Ravenstein
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Kerk Sint-Viktor
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End point:

Voormalig Emmausklooster Velp
Basilius van Bruggelaan 4
5363 VA Velp
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Klooster Sint-Antonius van Padua
Kloosterstraat 6
5366 BH Megen
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  • St Anthony of Padua Monastery, Megen
    St Josephsberg convent is inhabited by the Order of the Clares while the Order of the Friars Minor lives in St Anthony's Monastery. When, after the Eighty Years' War, the Catholic faith was banned from public places, the friars travelled around as hawkers to assist Catholics in their religious experience in secret. Until the sixties of the last century they served as teachers. Anyone who has been to Megen has probably noticed the building with the inscription Acropolis; this used to be the school. The flowers and plants in the Hof van Lof (courtyard of praise) tell their own story. The sunflower reminds us of St Francis, who wrote his Sun Song poem. The box tree reminds us of Palm Sunday and of Saint Clare, who received a palm branch from the bishop as a sign of approval and joined Francis on that day.
  • Emmaus Friary
    This, the oldest Capuchin monastery in the Netherlands (1645), was named after the Biblical place Emmaus. Apart from the windows, there is little to see on the outside of the square building that forms the monastery. A simple building with little embellishment. That fits well with the Capuchin friars, because they follow the strict teaching of Francis of Assisi. Simplicity is an important virtue for them. Over the years, it has become a lively place. Every year hundreds of pilgrims and walkers spend the night. Peace seekers attend retreats. It's a remarkable location; radio programme Vroege Vogels named it the quietest place in the Netherlands in 2018, the interior of the baroque church is among the most beautiful in the Netherlands, and the monastery garden was named the best in the country in 2019. The monastery has a beautiful refectory, where hotel guests can eat their meals.

End point:

Voormalig Emmausklooster Velp
Basilius van Bruggelaan 4
5363 VA Velp
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