East of Nijmegen, in the rural district of Groesbeek, lies the charming village of Berg en Dal. Its wonderful setting provides differences in level rarely seen in this country. The Romans took full advantage of this landscape, drilling for water for their army camps and building an aqueduct to lead the water to Nijmegen with great precision.
This water conduit was a wooden channel, running through three man-made valleys (Kerstendal, Louisedal and Mariënbosch), among other places, and across three dams (Swartendijk, Cortendijk and Broerdijk). The wooden channel hasn’t survived, but the dams and valleys are still tucked away in the landscape, like an impressive heritage of Roman engineering skills. Together they comprise the largest Roman monument in the Netherlands.
The Aqueduct app gives more information about the water conduit through photos, footage and interesting links.