RUINS OF AN ANCIENT CASTLE
Favorite thing: High up on Heunsberg Hill lies the RUINS OF AN ANCIENT CASTLE or "Kasteelruine".
This medieval marlstone Castle was built in the early 1100's and destroyed in 1672 by Willem III.
It is the only hilltop fortress in the Netherlands and from there you will have magnificent views of Valkenburg and the Geul Valley.
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Favorite thing: Valkenburg is situated on the river Geul. Just a smal stream that runs through the town and southern Limburg. A nice thing to do is to make a walk alongside the river to the nearby town of Schin op Geul.
Favorite thing: This is a plaque to remember a lotof man were killed through torture by Justice, because of the fact they had to be a member of gang committing about 10 burglaries. As far as they know 120 people were killed because of the 10 burglaries. Hooray for justice! This all happened in the 18th century.
A lot of legends evolved around this historical fact. Nowadays the stories are still told by the people. These legends are everything but the truth, but then again who cares the stories are nice.
Favorite thing: Dates back to 1661 (Land of Valkenburg was devided in to land belonging to Spain and dutch 'Staats' part). It served as a seat of the Spanish feudal lord. Since 1964 TIC Zuid-Limburg has it's base here so if you need information on where to stay and what to visit got to the Spaans Leenhof on Theodoor Dorrenplein in Valkenburg.
H.H. Nicolaas en Barbara Church
Favorite thing: Orginally they started building in the 13th century, but today ther is not much left of this period. During the ages they made the church bigger to suit more people. So you can saythe church was built between 13th and 19th century.
Strawling through the nice little towncentre!
Favorite thing: Valkenburg is a nice little market town with loads of nice terraces and attractions to do all and see all of them you will surely need about 3 days. Only if you are interested in the different venues offered here of course.
Main thing to do here is enjoying a beer on a terrace and watch the other tourists walk by!
Valkenburg ... watch the past behind the new
Favorite thing: There are many reminders of the past in Valkenburg, but because of the mass-tourism it is sometimes hidden behind commercial flags, neon-lights, billboards and other flashy things that try to draw the attention to the average visitor. When you however look a little bit through this, you will find out the old Valkenburg and the buildings that are indeed made by the chalk-sand-stone that was so available in the town's surroundings. The old town-gate is an example that can't be missed.
Also, in the surrounding area of Valkenburg one can see that this town was very popular for wealthy Dutch (Belgian and German) families to have a house.(somethimes a second, just for the holidays). These houses can be seen everywhere in and around Valkenburg. Making it to a resort-like place in hilly South Limburg.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT VALKENBURG
Favorite thing: Nestled in the hills of Zuid Limburg is the charming town of VALKENBURG. Cosy restaurants, shops, sidewalk cafe's and historic buildings define the face of the town. The Geul River runs through Valkenburg.
People from all over come to this tourist town. I believe many Dutchies have visited Valkenburg at least once in their life, including Hans. They all come to experience the party atmosphere that the town provides and to perhaps enjoy the Casino, people-watch from the many sidewalk cafe's, or in the winter participate in the Christmas festivities. In December the town centre is illuminated and a Christmas Market is held at the nearby caves.
You can find out more by visiting the website http://www.valkenburg.nl
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Favorite thing: Built in 1900 and designed by JHC Kroner, the VALKENBURG MUSEUM can be found right in the heart of the town , on Grotestraat 31.
Inside the former Town Hall, you will find artifacts detailing the history of Valkenburg and the surrounding areas. Discover how marlstone was formed and how the people have used the stone to build their homes and town structures.
Inside you will also find a collection of drawings by the well-known artist Charles Eyck.
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ST. NICOLAAS & BARBARA CHURCH
Favorite thing: Built in 1281 ST. NICOLAAS & BARBARA CHURCH is entirely built of marl, a form of limestone found locally.
You can find it next to De Halder Kasteel.
On the church grounds were very beautiful gardens.
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VVV TOURIST INFORMATION
Favorite thing: Reportedly the oldest in the Netherlands, the VVV TOURIST INFORMATION in Valkenburg is housed in a building that dates back to 1661.
I walked into the office and was greeted with a friendly smile. The Lady spoke good English and was able to tell us a little bit about the town and offered some brochures. I also bought a small informative booklet about South Limburg for Euro .50
Located at Dorrenplein 5.
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Xmas market in the Fluweelengrot
Just visit this market and enjoy the atmosphere. The story of the Gnomes of dutch painter Rien Portvliet can be found throughout the cave and on top of that you can also see much of the cave itself.
This was the theme of 2003. Every year has its own theme. See the website for this years theme. The Xmas markets is generally open from half november untill the weekend before Xmas.
More info: http://www.fluweelengrot.nl
More pics in the Xmas markets travelogue.
Or print info here..
Favorite thing: New since spring 2005 are the infopillars. They can be found at the entrance of Valkenburg, and this one is in the centre at the corner of the Grote Straat and the Berkelstraat.
The touchscreen provides you with information on hotels, sightseeing, walks and more. After you have found the info you want just press print and the info ( for instance the route to your hotel ) is printed.
Favorite thing: Valkenburg is not a traditional Dutch town ...by that I mean theres not a lot of canals ,and windmills ...its hilly...dominated by its castled ridge,almost like a Rhine town ...But the Geul River has been managed as it comes through the town ,and seems like a canal with some nice homes ,and pretty squares along its banks ...
Favorite thing: The Valkenburg municipality is bigger than the town of Valkenburg itself. At short distance from the town is the picturesque village of Oud-Valkenburg, with two castles, a medieval church and several typically Limburg farms. And on the other end you will find Houthem-St. Gerlach, a village with a former convent that once was quite wealthy, witness the former building that is now an expensive hotel and the church, a wonder of Baroque architecture and art. From here it's just a short distance to Berg en Terblijt, where among other things you can find cave-houses as well as a cave-church.
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