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St Martinus Church
St Martinus Church
Vlodrop is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Vlodrop is located in Limburg, Netherlands
Location in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 51°08′00″N 6°04′25″E / 51.13333°N 6.07361°E / 51.13333; 6.07361Coordinates: 51°08′00″N 6°04′25″E / 51.13333°N 6.07361°E / 51.13333; 6.07361
Country Netherlands
 • Total18.59 km2 (7.18 sq mi)
Elevation30 m (100 ft)
 • Total2,000
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0475

Vlodrop (Limburgish: Vlórp, pronounced [ˈvlʊʀ(ə)p]) is a village in the south-eastern part of The Netherlands in the municipality of Roerdalen. The village is situated near the German border, about 8 km southeast of Roermond.


The village was first mentioned in 943 as Flothorp. The etymology is unclear.[3] Vlodorp developed in the Middle Ages. In 1277, it became part of the Duchy of Gelre.[4]

The Catholic St Martinus Church is a three aisled basilica-like church built between 1929 and 1930. It was severely damaged in 1945. The church was restored between 1946 and 1947, and the tower was rebuilt in 1954.[4]

Castle Steenhuis is a manor house surrounded by a moat built in 1664 as a replacement of the medieval castle.[4]

In 1879, Vlodrop-station opened on the Iron Rhine railway line. The line closed in 1944.[5]

Vlodrop was a separate municipality until 1991, when it was merged with Melick en Herkenbosch.[6]

In 1990, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, moved his headquarters to the grounds of the former monastery, Kolleg St. Ludwig[7][8][9][10] and it became the home of Maharishi European Research University.

The world-famous roller coaster manufacturer Vekoma is based in Vlodrop.



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  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 6063AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Vlodrop - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Sabine Broekhoven, & Ronald Stenvert (2003). Vlodrop (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 9623 6. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  5. ^ "station Vlodrop". Stationsweb (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  6. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2011.
  7. ^ Memorial pays tribute to Indian guru, Reuters
  8. ^ USA Today
  9. ^ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Dies, Associated Press, February 5, 2008 Archived February 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ CORDER, MIKE (January 25, 1998). "Plan to demolish monastery pits guru against neighbors // Followers want to raze the building to avoid anxiety, depression and criminal tendencies". Austin American Statesman. Austin, Tex. p. A.11.