The Lower-Geulvalley has become a nature area as there not many in our country. The Geul has a free path between meadows, horses and Galloway oxes graze there. The horses are polish Koniks. Nature lovers have free walking in the area, as long as you don´t disturb the cattle. The Geul is not manged in any way and can make its own course, like it did centuries ago. Changing the landscape constantly by taking the route of the lowest restistance. The foundation 'Het Limburgs Landschap' manages this area.
The area is called Ingendael, an old name for the area meaning 'in the valley'.
This cave is no natural cave but originates from the 12th century when marlstone was exploited there. The marlstone was used to build the castle and other buildings. With one end being inside and the other outside the castle, it also has been a good escape route for the knights. It also served as refuge during WWII for locals, Jews and Americans.
The cave consists of big corridors and is like a labyrinth. I did not have any high expectations to a man-made cave, but was impressed by all the drawings on the walls. They were done with charcoal and I found it amazing to see such artwork in a cave!
You only can visit this cave with a guided tour. The tour was in Dutch, but at the pay desk you got a piece of paper with explanations in German or English. You only had some problems to read it because it was pretty dark. The guide had an oil lamp and there were only few lamps in the cave. So you had a real cave feeling, I liked it! However taking with you some torch lights is not wrong, then you may see some more drawings that the guide does not show you!
The entrance to the cave is outside the castle, a bit up the street. When you visit the castle first you can take the side exit, there are signs to the cave. The exit of the cave then is inside the castle ground.
Adults 4,95 €, children 3,75 €, seniors 4,50 €.
There are combined tickets for castle & cave for 6,50 € (adults).
A short stroll from the castle ruins in Valkenburg is a lovely patch of quiet forest called the Vogelbos.
It's a secluded patch of refreshing greenery in which to escape the heat and the hordes.
Enjoy a wonderful view over Valkenburg and surrounding areas with the KABELBAAN VALKENBURG.
The Chair-Lift takes you to the Tobaggan Run and the Wilhelmina Belvedere, which offers a superb view of the town centre and the Geuldal ( Geul Valley ).
Prices quoted were:
From 12 jaar Euro3.50
11 and under Euro 2.50
The Casino in Valkenburg offers roulette, black jack, poker and slot machines.
HOLLAND CASINO is open daily from 13:30 to 3:00.
Admission Euro 3.50
Minimum age of 18 and valid proof of identity required.
Valkenburg has its own beer brewery. Walk through the Plenkertstraat and you will pass the brewery. Look inside and see this nice copper kettle. Leeuw Bier is brewed since 1886.
The brewery is not open for tours.
But you also enjoy their beer itself ofcourse.
Valkenburgs Wit, Pilsener, Oud bruin, voorjaarsbok and najaarsbock.
All beer is brewed with water they get from 105 meters below ground. The water is filtered by the marlstone.
After 120 years of brewing beer in Valkenburg, the brewery closes in 2006. The beers will be brewn in Haacht, Belgium. And the historic building, once a gunpowder factory, will be sold. Wish we had the money to buy it.....
Great location on top of the Cauberg hill. Relax in the sauna, steambath and many more.
There are big swimming pools (take you're bathing clothes with you, or you have to buy one there!!!).
And you can take place in the program. We did the relaxation program (lie down in the water, listen to relaxing music and watch colourful lights on the ceiling) and the wellness programm (jogging and sport in the water).
The honey rubbing in was also a great experience.
TIP: Go to the website and ask for information, they'll send you a coupon at home for a discount and dinner offer.
When the sun is shining you have to take a seat at one of the many terraces at the main street.
There are several types of terraces. All decorated at their own special way.
It's hard finding a space when it's really sunny, so take what you get!
Then sit down, enjoy an Ice Tea, cold beer or wine. Maybe tast the real pies from Limburg or an apfel strudle, mmhhhh!!!
The "Fluweelengrot" (Velvet cave) originates from a prehistoric seabed. As from around the year 1050 the so-called blokbrekers extracted marlstone from the caves, that was used to build houses and castles. The caves are a labyrinth of passages under the ruins of the Valkenburg Castle.
During the war the caves were used as a shelter for Jewish people, locals and American troops.
Part of the caves can be visited with a local guide who will tell about the history of the caves and who will show you the lovely refuge chapel and the numerous mural carvings, inscriptions and exceptional sculptures made in the marlstone.
The Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) is a labyrinth of passages situated under the Castle Ruins. The caves where made by winning the marlstone. This stopped here long ago and since over 100 years the caves are only used for tourism.
What is there to see in the caves?
- Art , like drawings made on the walls. Or sculptures of dinosaurs.
- An ancient church, from the time the church was forbidden by the french rulers.
- Names and pictures of soldiers and fugitives who hide here during the second world war.
- How they got the marlstone out.
- A hidden corridor which was used by the inhabitants of the castle very long ago.
- In winter there are small bats in the cave too.
You end the tour on the castle ruins grounds. Buy a combination ticket and you can visit the ruins as well.
More info and pictures:
In the travelogue at our Cauberg page.
Just relax and enjoy the scenery. There are many outdoor activities to do here, but most of all make sure you relax and take in the natural beauty. It won’t cost you a penny and you will remember it forever. Berg en Terblijt on the River Geul is truly amazing and worth a visit.
Seeing as the land in this region is made up of marl or marlstone (A rock containing clay materials and calcium and magnesium carbonates), the thing to see around here is the caves. The soft rock has been mined for many many years, creating caves all over the place. These caves were also used in World War II to hide the soldiers. Since marlstone is so soft, it made for very comfortable hiding spots.
The caves in Berg en Terblijt are not open to the public. Some caves in Valkenburg and Maastricht are open for visitors.
I would recommend a tour of the Ruined Castle that overlooks Valkenburg. It's an on your own kind of experience, which is well documented via informational signs on the history of the place (English/Nederlands)...I kind of felt like I had walked into a Tomb Raider Video game. Very cool . And, if you don't go the same time as the busload of British School children, a fairly quiet ,uncrowded experience.Highly recommended ,particularly to those from the USA who see anything built before1900 as old. This place was started over a THOUSAND years ago. Great Photo Ops. here as well.
The most famous hill in Valkenburg is the Cauberg. It is famous for its steepness and included in every cycling races in southern Limburg.
It starts in the centre of Valkenburg at 76 meters above sealevel. The top is 775 meter further at 135 meters above sealevel. (That is what we call a mountain!) The steepest part being 12% incline.
Every himself respecting cyclist must do the Cauberg once.
Along the Cauberg there are several must see tips, we made a Cauberg page were you can read more about the caves, the casino and the baths.
A real copy of parts of the Roman catacombs, with fresco's, altars, tombs and graves. The roman catacombs were underground cemetaries. This reconstruction was done in 1908-1913 on a scientific base by architect P.J.H. Cuypers. This architect is also famous for its Rijksmuseum and the central staion in Amsterdam.
Tours are about one hour and they show you only a part of the caves. If you are lucky and your guide wants to have another tour they will go into parts normally not included in tours. Guides are very experienced and do guide duty in Rome regularly. Last tour, december 2003, we had a guide that normally lives in Rome and is a expert on embalming bodies.
Everybody is given his own candle so you can see where you are walking.
The tour can be a bit scaring for young kids as they are telling all about how they put bodies inthe small graves (just cut of the arms and legs.....)
april - august, and schoolholidays:
every day 11-16 hour
september - march
saterday and sunday 14 hour
or by appointment
Entrance fees: (2003)
adults € 5,50
children (-12) € 2,75