Location

The German village Stein in the Selfkant regionThe German village ‘Stein’ is located in the beautiful touristic region called ‘Der Selfkant’, the most western municipality of Germany which for the greater part borders on the Netherlands.

‘Selfkant’ belongs to the so-called “Zipfel municipalities”, a union of the four municipalities located in the four farthest corners of Germany; the other three municipalities are ‘List’ on the island of Sylt in the north, ‘Oberstdorf’ in the south and ‘Görlitz’ in the east.
Most western point of Germany
Up until 1963, the domain had alternated between German and Dutch territories, finally remaining German. In 1969, the individual municipalities of Havert, Hillensberg, Höngen, Millen, Süsterseel, Tüddern and Wehr were joined together to become the municipality “Selfkant”.

The Netherlands, but also Belgium, are literally at cycling distance from Stein. The Dutch neighbouring town of Sittard lies at a distance of less than 5 km, and the charming historic Belgian town Maaseik is only about 15 km away.

The Selfkant municipality is bilingual. Except German, most of the older generation also speak Dutch and a dialect spoken in the Dutch province of ‘Limburg’.

 

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