Übach-Palenberg sits on the right bank of the Wurm River, just east of the Dutch border towns of Landgraaf and Eygelshoven. Since 867 A.D. it has been an agricultural hub, and the traditions of the past are everywhere apparent.
One of your first stops in town will be the stately white-painted Zweibrüggen Castle. At a historic vantage point, amid green meadows near the Wurm, it stands with tall oaks and lindens surrounding.
Pause here to watch swans and geese glide across the moat. This has been the home of noble families since the late 14th century, although the original fortifications have been built over several times. Weddings, concerts and fairs are held here now, and you can cycle around the grounds freely.
The Wurm River will beckon you. Come see the clean, clear waters, once polluted with “black liquor” from local coal mining operations. Cycle paths will take you along its winding course, now rich again with various species of flora and fauna.
If you use you imagination, you can almost picture the smugglers who used this route after the two world wars of the last century. Today, the new Rimburg Bridge, with its two bronze turtles, suggests the arrival of peace and European unity.
Near the crossing, you will see 14th-century Rimburg Castle, renovated in 1899. Another bit of history worth seeing in the area is the Chapel of St. Peter, sometimes called Karl Chapel, dating back to the 11th century.
Even older than these, the ruins of a former Roman bathhouse from the 2nd century have been discovered nearby. They are now part of the Wurmtal Recreation Area, established in 1989, with six small lakes, paddle boats, sports grounds and an outdoor concert pavilion.
Another modern attraction worthy of a visit is the Ü-Bad bathing center. It features indoor swimming pools, a great water slide, a thermal spa and saunas. Relax here after a full day of touring — ah, how timelessly soothing! :-)