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Maasbracht ( listen? / I ) is a town with 7317 inhabitants in the Dutch province of Limburg and also the name of a former community.


Archaeological finds that in Maasbracht fishermen were already settled in prehistoric times. With the construction of Juliana in the 1920s Maasbracht became one of the largest inland ports in the Netherlands, cardinal cargo was coal from nearby mines in South Limburg to Heerlen. Following the closure of mines in South Limburg in the cargo Maasbrachter port is however decreased significantly from about 1970.

The former municipality Maasbracht was January 1, 2007 with the communities Heel ( with the villages Heel, Beegden, Panheel and Wessem ) and Thorn fused to the municipality Maasgouw. The former municipality had Maasbracht early 2005 13.661 inhabitants. Your area was 26.1 km ². Brachterbeek, Laak, Linne, Maasbracht, Ohe en Laak and Stevensweert: In the town the following places were.

Conditions, economy and attractions

The place Maasbracht is in the middle of Limburg between Weert, the Belgian- Dutch border and Echt-Susteren directly on the Meuse. The A2 motorway from the Belgian- Dutch border in Eijsden at Maastricht to Amsterdam crosses over Eindhoven in Maasbracht the Meuse, in the right of the Meuse to the highway cross Het Vonderen branches from the A2 motorway A73 to Nijmegen on from Roermond.

The coming of Maastricht from Juliana as a side channel to the downstream ends Maas seen in Maasbracht, shortly before the end of the channel at the edge of the port area is the three-chamber lock Maasbracht. The Maasbrachter lock has 11.85 meters above the largest drop height of all locks in the Netherlands. Furthermore, near the Maas Brachts channel Wessem - Niederweert begins ( lock Panheel ). About two lock facilities east of Heel either the Meuse may directly or by leading to Roermond and again opening into the Meuse, but a smuggling -saving, Lateraalkanal Linne - Buggenum, another side channel to the Meuse over the puncture of a Maas arc towards Roermond, be driven.

There are Maasbracht a boarding school for children of boatmen and a museum on the history of inland navigation. In the harbor, the old sailing barge " Nooit Volmaakt " can be visited. Interesting is also the 14th century exported from marl tower of St. Getrudiskerk directly on the harbor and the Leonardusmühle, a tower windmill.

The most visible power plant Claus Centrale is powered by natural gas and biogas from the energy company Essent and can produce short-term as needed up to eight percent of the Dutch current. The two power plant units in 1977 and 1978 respectively commissioned and converted into so-called start-stop units 1993/1994. Each block has a capacity of 640 megawatts. Power block B is currently (2011) not in operation, as it is converted into the new block C since the summer of 2008. Block C is to receive an output of 1,275 megawatts, the efficiency is expected to increase by 40 percent so far in the future 58.5 percent. The construction cost of the project is estimated at around one billion euros, commissioning is to take place in April 2012.

Through the Operation of gravel from pits along the Maas created numerous, mostly with the Meuse connected, lakes, Maasplassen. These are now used primarily to water sports tourism.

Many people in the former rural community living fruit growing or commute to nearby cities for work.

Twinning with

Zons, district of Dormagen.