Venlo is a city in the south-eastern Netherlands that straddles the Maas (Meuse) River, near the German border. It is situated in the province of Limburg, near the German border. Venlo was formerly a fortress city that changed hands during the wars of the 16th, 17th, and 18th century.
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Grubbenvorst is a pretty village complete with its own village green, it is located in the Dutch province of Limburg, about 6 km northwest of Venlo.
The name Grubbenvorst comes from Grubben (or Gribben) and Frost. Gribben was the name of the castle which is now ruins, whilst Grubben means a hollow way. Frost indicates forest owned by the lord of the area, although this has now mainly disappeared.
Must see sights include: the ruins of the castle (broken lock), the Roman Catholic church, the ferry, Kalden Plants the nature reserve and the lake known as Alley.
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The monastery church is a famous pilgrimage spot.
It was founded by Ferdinand Adolf, earl of Plettenberg and Wittem, as a castle chapel, and local church with adjoining monastery. The first stone was laid in june 1729, and the church was consecrated on 16 may 1733.
The first brothers living here were german capuchins. Since 1836 the Redemptionists are serving the church.
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Laco Glanerbrook, Kummenaedestraat 45, 6165 BT Geleen.
Geleen is a city in south Limburg. Laco Glanerbrook is a large complex with 5 or 6 open air and indoor swimming pools of different depths, suitable for all ages, as some have slides, diving platforms, some are very shallow etc. We went there twice, on very hot summer days. The 2006 July was the hottest on record in Holland for the last 100 years!!The place was packed both times. It is a great place to spend a hot summer day if you are in the area, since you cannot go really sightseeing, walking or cycling. It is great for people watching, and they are all locals. We unexpectedly saw many relatives there!
Cost $4 Euro per person, open 10 am to 6 pm. Has lots of parking space and enough shade inside (trees, no umbrellas). I saw at least two lifeguards. You can buy simple food like friet (chips), ice cream etc. The complex includes a gym and other halls.
The area around the marinas where the Maas river is enlarged in central (west) Limburg, Netherlands has been used to build marinas. The area and towns around the marinas are close to idyllic and I recommend driving through them. Small castles or at least big mansions, beautiful neat houses, the lake, the boats in the marinas. Some good camping places. I think you can swim in the lake, saw a small beach and people windsurfing.
5 Aug 2006
“Die Twee” Ijssalon. Main square, Sittard, Limburg.
Probably one of the best places to sit in Sittard as a tourist, particularly on a hot summer day. It is in the main square (which is interesting and has lots of old, well kept buildings), next to an old church. Great people- watching spot. Friendly staff. Liked the name of the place (means “these two”). We had two ice coffees (good), paid 7 Euro.
24 July 2006.
An interesting city, definitely worth at least a quick two hour stroll, or a day if you want to visit the main monuments. Has many old churches and old, well kept buildings and a “very nice” (for lack of other words) main square.
In the southern part of Limburg the highest hills of the country can be found.
Most famous is the Vaalserberg.
This hill is 322meters high and the top of the hill marks the border with Belgium and Germany. It's therefore also known as the "3-country-point". Look-out platforms offer a good view and there are lots of tourist activities set-up here. Including a large labyrinth.
The St Pietersberg 120m high is a hill just south of Maastricht. Inside a large cave system exists (man made for the mining of rock).
The Wilhelminaberg (230m) is the 2nd largest hill of the country and artificial. It consists of coalremainings from the mines. Nowadays an indoor skifacility is located on the slopes of the hill, and the hill therefore has the honor to contain the worlds largest indoor skicenter.
The Cauberg (150m), the walhalla for Dutch cyclers. It's not so high, not so steep but for some reason it's notorious among cyclers and one of the thoughest hills to take.
To compare these hills with the rest of the Netherlands. Only Gelderland has it's highest point above 100 meters (the Veluwe hills are in this province), Overijssel (veluwe hills) and Utrecht (Utrechter hills) manage to have a hill with a height above 50 meters.
Flevoland's highest point is only 8 meters high.
If you are fedd-up with hills, go to Roermond instead. There's plenty of leisureactivities over here. Wether it's cycling, walking, or waterrecreation. There's a nice small citycenter and those who like to shop won't get bored easily.
A real tourist trap. This village consists of hotels, restaurants and... tourists.
They are all attracted to several attractions here. First of all that's the Geuldal (Geulvalley), nice scenery and higly scenic when you take the train (or drive the highway) from Maastricht. Furthermore there are caves, thermal baths, an old ruin (one of the oldest in the country) and hills. There's a cablecar going-up on of the hills and cyclers can find the Cauberg here. The mountain with cyclinghistory, the setting for the Amstel Gold Race and Tour de France (will take place here for the 2nd time in 2006).
Do notice, on sunny days there can be traffic jams up to 4km on accessroads to the town.
There are several sites where you can enter caves. The best known are in Valkenburg and the St Pieterberg in Maastricht. The caves are all man-made for the mining of "Mergel", used as a building material. The yellowish rocks show a large cave system which later was redevelopped as a shelter during the second worldwar.
Supposedly the oldest city in the Netherlands (Nijmegen is the other contestor). Was founded during the roman empire as a city and is one of very few cities flourishing eversince.
The Dutch lacked their defense at Maastricht and the city has been a part of many countries. Especially France left its footprint here, making it also the most foreign city in the Netherlands, it's got a bourgundic feeling to it.
Maastricht is also the craddle of the European Union. The 1992 treaty transformed the European Economic Community into the European Union, and on top of that, this is the birthplace of the Euro currency.
For tourists there is enough to do. Maastricht is well known for it's old citycenter, famous churches, haute cuisine and the best nightlife of the country. Maastricht was recently voted as "best city" by the Dutch people.
The most famous traintrack in Limburg is called 'Miljoenenlijntje' the name refers to the costs of the track. The 12 kilometer track between Schaesberg and Simpelveld costed 12 million guilders in 1925. That is 1 million per kilometer, an enormous amount in those days. In 1934 the first train used these tracks and in 1988 it was decided to stop the trainconnection because there were to little passengers to make money. Since 1995 a steamtrain makes tourist rides on this tracks.
During the second world war there was heavy fighting in Limburg. Due to its location so close to Germany there were many bomberplanes flying over this area. One of these planes was shot down by the german anti-aircraft guns at 28 april 1944. It crashed in Cartils, killing four of its crew. Two crewmen were rescued by the resistance and were kept hidden untill the invasion of the allied forces. One crewman was captured by the germans. The four men killed are buried in Maastricht. A monument in remembrance is put on the place of the crash.
Around Limburg there are more of these kind of monuments.
In Gronsveld, just south of Maastricht, there is one of the only four towermills left in our country. This mill was built in 1618-1623 for the lord of Gronsveld, Joest Maximillian van Bronckhorst. In 1766 they added 3 meter to the tower, this can be seen clearly because this 3 meters are more narrow.
The mill was used for the villages of Gronsveld, Heugem, Cadier and Keer. All belonging to the lands of van Bronckhorst. In the tower are four grooves through which the miller could see the roads from these 4 villages, all on about equal distance from the mill.
The mill is open to the public on the first and third saturday of the month.
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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