Every withsundayweekend the Pinkpopfestival is held in Landgraaf.
It's one of the mayor festivals in Europe with a capacity of around 60,000 people. The festival takes place from saturday to monday during the withsundayweekend and usually hosts well known (rock) artists/groups on 3 stages.
Faithless shot a part of the videoclip for "God is a DJ" at the pinkpop festival. The band made itself very popular and returns on regular basis to perform at Pinkpop.
For more info see www.pinkpop.nl
Favorite thing: In many trees in Limburg you will see a round ball of branches. They look like birdnests. But it is mistletoe. It is a protected plant and it is forbidden to cut the mistletoe, and even to take mistletoe home that has broken off by storm or something.
Meerssen was an important place in 870 when the Frankisch Empire was split in the treaty of Meerssen.
In the middle of the 10th century Meerssen was owned by Gerberga, daughter of emperor Hendrik 1 and wife of the king of France. In 968 Gerberga gave her belongings including the chapel to the Benedict Abbey in Reims.
The chapel became a church and in 1222 a wonder occured here, when blood flooded from a host during the Holy Sacrament.
In 1465 the church burned down, but a farmer rescued the relic, without a burnmark.... this is called the wonder of fire.
The chapel was extended and became a basilica, a major pilgrimage church in our country.
Burn a candle in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe church in Maastricht. Walking through Maastricht on a sunday you will see many people go inside the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk.
They go there to burn a candle, in honor of the Holy Mary.
Why light a candle?
A candle is a light in the darkness.
The more candles the more power it has, especially when its coming from the heart.
You can light a candle for someone that has a difficult time, or someone you care about. Candles are also lit for people who died. And ofcourse you can lght a candle and ask the holy mary for your health or the health of someone close to you.
Limburg has its own officially recognized language, Limburgs. Let's call it Limburgish in English. It's divided in numerous dialects and is spoken in most of the province and in large parts of Belgium and Germany. Which makes its name questionable, as the province of Limburg actually is only a small part of the area where the language is spoken. It is closely related to German, especially the southern dialects almost sound German to the average Dutch ear. German speakers may find it easy to understand.
And of course people will speak English just as good as anywhere else in The Netherlands.
Favorite thing: Apart from farms that look like castles, Limburg has many real castles too, although these often have their origins in farms. In fact, you won't find that many castles anywhere else in the Netherlands. One of the most impressive castles is Hoensbroek, near Heerlen, another big one is Neubourg in Gulpen. Many have become restaurants or hotels, others still function as houses. Most can only be admired on the outside. I show a few in a travelogue.
Favorite thing: The standard type of farm building in much of Limburg is the closed one, with four wings arranged around a square. This one is in Mamelis, a tiny hamlet near Vaals. This type of farm is quite old and gave protection against robbers. Several farms eventually became real castles.
Being in Limburg you can?t miss it. People like to enjoy life. They like their beer.
There are many beerbreweries in Limburg:
- Lindeboom, in Neer http://www.lindeboom.nl
- Brand bier, in Wijlre, part of the Heineken group,
- Alfa bier, in Schinnen http://www.alfa-bier.nl
-St Christoffel, in Roermond, http://www.christoffelbier.nl
-Gulpener brouwerij, in Gulpen http://www.gulpener.nl
-Hertog Jan Brouwerij, in Arcen, part of the Interbrew group, http://www.hertogjan.nl
-Leeuw bieren, in Valkenburg, http://www.leeuwbier.nl
Some breweries have tours, please check their websites.
The event of the year in Limburg is Carnival. Everybody dresses up in a silly way and the party starts. It is all about beer and fun.
The picture was taken during the big parade at sunday, march 2nd 2003 in Maastricht.
Limburg is known for its religious believes. Most people in Limburg are Roman Catholic. One can see this in the entire provincie: lots of religious statues and roadside chapels.
This is a monument on the Gulpenerberg.
Limburg is the only dutch provincie to have (what we call) mountains. The landscape of
south Limburg is just right for cycling or hiking. The footpaths are good and many routes are well marked by colored poles. Just follow the yellow, the red or blue route. They are mostly roundtrips.
If you see markers with red and white horizontal striping, this is the symbol for longdistance walkingroutes. The most famous dutch one starts in Limburg at the Pietersberg and leads to Pieterburen in the extreme north of country, it is called : Pieterpad. It will take you 480 kilometers to reach the end!
Favorite thing: Until the 1960's the biggest power in the province of Limburg was the Roman Catholic church. Over 90% of the population was catholic, and faith was the one thing that united this province. The church influenced every aspect of everyday life. Although the church has lost importance in this province too, Limburg still looks catholic. There are (former) churches, monasteries and convents everywhere, and there are small chapels (see picture) and crosses at the side of many roads.
Maastricht, the capitol of Limburg, is one of the best cities in our country.
The people are friendly and warm, and they know how to enjoy life.
Maastricht is an old city and one can still see the old citywalls in several places.
Favorite thing: Houses with a wooden skeleton construction are found mostly in the southern half of the province. In most cases the wood is painted black while the rest of the walls are white.
It's great to see and witness that the hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool, which you can use...more
We stayed here for a long weekend (thursday to sunday). We got a room overlooking the trainstation,...more
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