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.