As you can imagine, this area attracts a lot of tourists. Besides the Drie Landen Punt ( 3 Land Point ) there is a Labyrinth and a Panorama Tower. From Valserberg, the highest hill in the Netherlands, one can admire the superb view of Aachen, just across the frontier.
This area is a lot different than the rest of Holland as it is hillier than the usually flat lands. It's probably the reason the Dutch like it here. In nearby Valkenburg, there is even some ski hills.
Vaals is the place where 3 COUNTRIES MEET. The Drie Landen Punt ( 3 Land Point ) is located at the top of the Vaalser Berg ( 321 metres ) in the south of the Netherlands.
To the south is Germany.
To the west is Belgium.
We just followed the directions up a steep hill just outside of the town of Vaals.
Located in the Provincie Limburg, VAALS is the place where 3 countries meet - Holland - Belgium - Germany.
DRIE LANDEN PUNT is the point where they all come together.
People were having fun stepping in different spots and proclaiming which country they were in. It was quite a hoot. " I am now in Germany" one would proclaim. The other would say " I am now in Holland". "Well, I am in Belgium".
This is the place where the 3 countries meet...Netherlands/Germany/Belgium.
And when you take the lift to the top of the tower you have a good view of the diiferences in such a small area.
The Netherlands have the electricity generating windmills and population density, Germany the view the training Hospital Klinikum and the Industry of Belgium.
A point where you can stand and see three countries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands).
The location is on the hill, accessed through small city of Vaals (Netherlands). There's also a tower to see great views of the three countries. Unfortunately it was already closed in late afternoon when I was there. When you're tired after you walk uphill, there are also small cafe and store.
I had great experience also when walking downhill to the main road to take a bus back to Aachen (Germany). You can see villas, hills, local village, and sometimes Dutch traditional cart.
The former Bloemendaal monastery is a complex in neo-Classical style and was the result of extensive rebuilding in the 19th century of a house Blumenthal built in 1786 for J.A. von Clermont by architect Joseph Moretti.
Johann Arnold von Clermont was the most important of a group of protestant cloth-manufacturors from Aachen who settled in Vaals in the 18th century. This Von Clermonthuis was again designed by Joseph Moretti and built in 1761-1765. It was a house combined with a factory, and now is the town hall.
The Tripoint to the place Vaals is the point where the borders between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands meet, located at the top of the Vaalserberg, in the southernmost part of the Netherlands.
About 50 meters north-west of the three countries, at the highest point, in 1926 a symbolic border triangle constructed, consisting of three displaced landmarks. This symbolic three countries by tourists is often mistaken for the real three countries. This confusion is partly reinforced by the middle pole the marker number 1. This is because once this pole next to the pole (marker 193) of the three countries and consequently had ever acted as the first pole of the Belgian-Dutch border.
The Drielandenpunt attracts many tourists. For them there include two watchtowers, the King Baudouin fifty meters high tower, and the Wilhelmina Tower. Also there is a maze built near the border triangle.
OK It's more of a hill than a mountain but it is well-worth a visit, just to say that you've done it, and there's several bars at the top to encourage your effort!
There's a couple of observation towers from which you can get a panoramic 360 degree view over the three countries and if you want to buy the T-shirt the VVV office will happpily sell you one.
Me, I just stuck to the beer!
There are several bars at the summit of Vaalserberg, a couple of which offer panoramic views.
The Bezoekers looks over the Netherlands and has a wooden observation tower and a pleasant sunny terrace facing inwards onto its car park.
The De Bokkerijder looks out over Germany and has a panoramic terrace.
You have to pay for car parking on the summit but both these bars offer free parking for their customers.
From the summit of Vaalserberg there are several nature trails leading into each of the three countries and some that circle around taking them all in.
There are plenty of maps and the trails are signposted in the relevant languages.
The former Lutheran church dates from 1736 and was built for refugees from Aachen. It's an octagonal building with two storeys. It was designed by either an architect Von Littich or by Johann Josef Couven.
The reformed church dates from 1672, although the tower is much older, dating from the 13th century. This tower was part of a church that under the rule of the Republic was used by both catholics and protestants. The increasing number of protestants urged the community to build a church of their own square on the old one. The catholics themselves replaced the old church in 1752. The last catholic church on this location was demolished in 1967, long after the catholics had built a new church elsewhere in the town.
The Roman-Catholic church H. Paulus Bekering was built in 1892-1893 and was designed by J. Kayser in a neo-Gothic style that incorporated elements of Gothicism in northern Germany. A typical feature are the glazed bricks. Perhaps the church is often open, I don't know, but I had the luck of being able to get in. Very nice.
A bit outside the town, on top of the Vaalserberg, the borders of The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet in one point. Which attracts lots of tourists. The borders are shown in the pavement. Few people know that until 1918 this was a Four Countries Point. The borders of the vanished mini state of Neutral-Moresnet are visible in the Belgian part. You can read a bit more about this long forgotten country in my tip about Kelmis, province of Liege, Belgium.
There are a few things to keep you busy here, like a restaurant, a labyrinth and a panorama tower.