Small town Roermond is located near German border. It’s small and not really notable, but still I got here. On the way to Roermond there was extremely foggy place. It was almost impossible to see the road. So I had to make a break.
The city has an interesting history. It was under different countries: under Germans during Holy Roman Empire, under Spanish when Spanish controlled part of Netherlands and even under French. There was even a time when the city was completely independent. Only in 19 century it finally became a part of Kingdom Netherlands.
During WWII city more than 90% of buildings was destroyed. After WWII the city was rebuilt almost from scratch.
It was not just a complicated history background, but also it turns out that crime level was extremely high here (and I had not a single clue about it when I was going to visit this place). Nowadays it’s much better, but just 20 years ago it was in top 3 of most dangerous city in the country. It was literally a hard time.
In May 1990 the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) attacked four Australian tourists, as they were mistakenly recognized as British soldiers. Unfortunately two of them didn’t survive.
Though nowadays it’s much better. Roermond is not even in top 10 most dangerous city.
On the main square there was a concert by local musicians. Even the monuments started to dance.
In 1992 there was a very strong earthquake (magnitude 5.8) which was the strongest earthquake for the whole history of earthquake monitoring in North-West Europe.
A hard history for such a small town with just 6000 citizens.