Hotel Brasserie De Kroon
Markt 1, Gulpen, 6271 BD, nl
More about Gulpen
Town Reservoir (??) With Artworks
Neuburg Castle, Gulpen.
Travel Tips for Gulpen
There's not many places in the Netherlands where you get a chance to do this but Gulpen is one of them. Just make sure your brakes work before you career off downhill as there is a pedestrian crossing at the bottom of this one!
The area is ideal for cyclists if you enjoy a more strenuous workout than most Dutch places present and you'll find a cycle maps of the area posted out at the fitness and swimming pool centre, copies of which are available from the VVV Office.
Watertown and Beertown
When I noticed the Gulpener brewery as my bus from Maastricht to Vaals passed it I reckoned I should make time for a visit to the town on my return trip.
This was where my Veolia South Limburg bus dayticket (dagkaart) came in useful as I could stop off wherever and then get a later bus onwards.
I arrived too late to visit the brewery and unfortunately its taphouse was closed on Mondays but I did have time for a wander and to sample the local product at one of the other bars in the town.
I was impressed with this little place which actually nestles in the valley of the River Gulp - there's not many places in the Netherlands sited in valleys! The town itself is neat and well-kept and instead of the usual canals for drainage and flood control there's all sorts of water features and fountains scattered around.
The fountain pictured is one of a series of interlinked sculptures which runs cross-wise through the town centre. This seems to be fed by a stream running down from the hills in the background. The flow commences from the fish's mouth on the dam before entering this pool.
From here it gets fed underground before reappearing in a series of flower bedecked fountains at the end of which is a spigot which discharges it along an open runnel into the river.
With its abundance of free-flowing fresh water it's no surprise that the town has a brewery. The Gulpener brewery was opened in 1825 and is now in the fourth generation of the original family.
They brew quite a large variety of styles of beer and use mostly the produce from local farms. The standard pilsner (which is the only one I've tried so far) is clean, sharp and refreshing and their other beers get good reviews from the various beer sites.