The worlds largest indoor skicenter can be found in Limburg. To be more precise, in Landgraaf on the 2nd largest hill of the country, the Wilhelminaberg. You'll find here 35000m² of skiiing and Snowboardingfun.
Snowworld (as it's called) consists of 3 tracks, the longest 2 are a 520meter long decent. One of these tracks is an offical contestors track.
The large structure can be seen from far away and though still quite new, it's already a popular and established name.
The Worlcup Snowboarding took place here in 2003. The first time this event has been kept indoor.
There are 4 footballteams in Limburg competing in the primary (eredivisie) and secondary (1e divisie) league.
Roda JC in Kerkrade is the largest team and usually ranks in the subtop of the primary league. It's often joked to as a "Bundesliga" team (because it's so near to Germany and the locals speak heavily resembling German dialect).
They regularly qualify for European soccer in the Eufa cup. A long time ago they made it to national champion, in the last 10 years they managed to win the cup twice and best achievement in European competition is the quarterfinal in the UEFA cup (against AC-Milan).
Venlo has VVV playing in the secondary league, they usually end-up in the higher regions but fail to make it to the primary league.
Fortuna Sittard and MVV (Maastricht) are in financial trouble and both dropped out the primary league some years ago. Both are now competing for the lowest ranks in the secondary league.
When it comes to suporting, Roda-JC is popular in the region around Kerkrade/Heerlen. (southeast). The Southwest region (Sittard) is usually supporting Fortuna Sittard and the Maastricht region (far South) supports MVV. MVV and Fortuna support do get along, but Roda JC is considered to be the enemy. VVV stays out of this all and is supported in the north.
I thought a bicycle was a good means of transport for my holiday in the south of Limburg. Only I underestimated the strength and energy needed to climb all those hills. And there are a lot of those! Going down is easy enough but there's always going to be a road uphill somewhere that you just have to take. Great exercise, only make sure your bike has different speeds and breaks that are in good condition. And expect having to walk once in a while, it's much easier. Nonetheless, a great experience, and the ultimate proof that this country isn't flat. I will never try to use my recumbent here, though. In this landscape it's useless.Related to:
The south of Limburg is excellent for walking. It's much easier to climb those hills by foot than it is by bike anyway. The landscape guarantees some nice views and villages are often located so close to eachother that you won't have trouble finding a place to rest, eat and drink or find shelter from the rain. Bring some good walking shoes and follow the hollow roads.
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