Vlodrop is a town in the south-eastern part of The Netherlands in the municipality of Roerdalen. The town is situated near the German border, about 8 km southeast of Roermond. Vlodrop was a separate municipality until 1991, when it was merged with Melick en Herkenbosch. In 2001, Vlodrop had 1995 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.51 km², and contained 850 residences. In 1990, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, moved his headquarters to the grounds of the former Bishopric, College St. Ludwig. The property is now known as MERU, Holland, on account of the Maharishi European Research University, one of the institutions based there. The world famous roller coaster manufacturer Vekoma is based in Vlodrop.