good food, good drinks, great nature
Very touristic in Summer
A must see when you are in the neighbourhood.
Op top of the hill with the Wilhelmina Tower, you can make a ride with a toboggan/bobsled. You can get on top of the hill using the chairlift (Neerhem 44, http://www.kabelbaan.nl/) or take the stairs next to hotel Atlanta (Neerhem 20, http://www.hotelatlanta.nl/). NB: The more coins you buy for the toboggan ride, the cheaper they get!more
The ruins of this 12th century castle in the small Limburg town of Valkenburg are the highest anywhere in the Netherlands. Considering the typically flat Dutch landscape this is hardly surprising given that the only hills to be found here are deep in the south of Limburg. You can't miss this ancient edifice because it can easily be seen from the...more
Castle Ruins and Velvet Cave The Mysterious Medieval double Attraction, as they advertise themselves at their website! Only ruins remain of the once mighty castle of Valkenburg. Valkenburg once was a fortified town, unfortunately a lot of the fortifications are destroyed during past ages. The castle was built somewhere around 1050. The castle is...more
We stayed here for a long weekend (thursday to sunday). We got a room overlooking the trainstation,...more
We stayed a weekend with the family in this nice hotel. It is right in the center, near all the...more
Upon arrival in arround 10 o'clock we where greeted at the reception. They asked how our trip to the...more
Bombarino is conveniently located at the corner of the Grote Straat and the Muntstraat. They have a large terrace outside, but the tables are set in a classy style.They serve all kinds of food, but think of the upperclass restaurant food. Good beef of the best cattle around the world, the best pig you can find in Limburg (Livar) and seafood like...more
Valkenburg counts plenty of restaurants; most of them proposing snacks, pizzas, Dutch tapas & touristic menus ...But finding something GOOD, not touristic (i.e. noisy, expensive and tasteless) can't be difficult.You can find the restaurant - 't Berkelpoortje - at only hundred meters from the main crowded 'restaurant' street. Unlike there you can...more
When you come from direction Maastricht on the A79, take the exit 3. Note that this exit does not exist on the highway from the other direction – in this case take exit 4.From exit 3, go direction Valkenburg. At the roundabout turn left and follow the street for a while. It will do a slight right hand bend and you'll reach another roundabout. If...more
While walking through Valkenburg, directions are quite easy to find as a touristic spot like this one, needs to get the people where they want to be. There are black signs everywhere showing you the way to the many atrtactions that Valkenburg offers it's visitors. Losing your way is sheer impossible.more
Valkenburgs station is located about 10 walking minutes out from the centrum...it claims to be the oldest operating station in the Netherlands ...very cool exterior,but modern inside ...its about a 30 minute train ride to Maastricht ,which is one of the great cities in the whole Country...trains run regularly throughout the day ...seems it cost 5-6...more
Perhaps the best known of the Netherlands department stores, is the HEMA. This one in Valkenburg is housed in a particularly beautiful building, which dates from 1902 and constructed in marlstone.I love the Hema stores. They have everything in there. I always load up on my hobbybooks when I go to a Hema. You can also find an assortment of men's....more
This shop is very small and there are books and stationary all over, in the racks, on stacks, on the floor.........But whatever you need they have got it.The clerck is looking old and shabby, but he knows his stuff, and helps you like a customer want to be treated.We bought a book on walking in Limburg here. And because it was looking like it was...more
The Hema is a department store established in Amsterdam, 4 november 1926. The name comes from its philosophy : Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam. (Dutch Uniform Prices Business Amsterdam)It is a shop for normal people, not too expensive. Since 1926 they spreaded acros the country and you can find them almost everywhere. The special...more
This statue is in honor of the Bokkenrijders. The legend tells us it were illusive creatures in real it just was a gang of bandits.In the 18th century hundreds of people were executed for being a bokkerijder. Their confessions were gained by torture. This great unjustice just made the gang more populair.In the south of Limburg the stories are still...more
The last day of April a tree is placed in the centre of town. The tree is called a 'may-tree'. It is a big happening and really fun to see how they put it upright.The tradition of planting the maytree is known from the 13th century. It was a fertillity cermony. Later it bacame a symbol to protect the people, cattle and houses in the village. The...more
It seems every time we visit Valkenburg somebody has died. Most times we see a funeral procession go by on their way to the cemetary. It is a custom the family and friends walk behind the car with the coffin.What to do?Just behave appropiate and show some respect, don´t cross the procession and be quiet for a while.more
When going to the christmas markets in the caves there are many gadgets for sale. If you want to take your (or anybody elses) kids there be prepared to take some money with you.........In this case we bought our nieces a clip they can wear for christmas which has seveal colored lights in it.On the picture Suzan is showing it like it is a magic...more
It is really hard to park your car in Valkenburg center. If you wanna park your car there, you might end up spending 30 minutes looking for a spot. Best thing is to park your car a bit outside the center and walk, or in Maastricht and take the train. The train only costs a few bucks and takes you there in like 10 minutes.more
Parking is not easy in Valkenburg. Almost every street is parking for licenseholders only. You can obtain a license if you live in Valkenburg. So visitors are depending on the parkinglots. Every parkinglot is payed parking.Unless you stay in a hotel, which mostly offer free parking for guests, you should calcute some parking money in your budget.more
If weather is reasonable in the weekends Valkenburg is overcrowded. During a sunny sunday it is no fun to walk through the Grote Straat.
Souvenirshops sell all sorts of kitch they think people want to buy. But after dinner when all daytrippers has left it is nice to sit down with a beer and enjoy.
Unique Suggestions: Try to avoid the bussiest hours from 12:00-17:00 on sunday. Take a hike on one of the many routes around Valkenburg. For instance walk down the Plenkert and at the start of the route you will find a nice fairytale like bar in the woods. You can have a drink before you walk or one if you come back. If you don´t like hiking you can always sit out the busy hours here.
In early September it was cold in the morning, so need a sweater, but by mid-day it was quite warm and need shorts. Make sure yo bring your camera and film! Bring sporting gear such as good shoes and other clothes depending on the activity you want to do. There are many sporting activities possible here.more
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Anita's Exclusives is a spectacular shop for puppets in general, but babydolls in particular. The amazing fine works of art sometimes actually do look like being alive and a visit to this shop is an absolute must when strawling thourgh the shopping streets of Valkenburg.more
If you're an avid biker (like my husband) Valkenburg and surroundings are very suitable for nice bike tours. The tour version of the Amstel Gold Race for instance. It's an organized tour and you can choose the distance you want to do: from 50 upto 250 km. The tour goes through the hilly landscape of Zuid-Limburg and - according to my husband - is...more
Yes this is a resort area and tennis is among the possible activities. When we were walking along the trail, we saw a tennis court in the back of another hotel? Anyways there was a tennis court. You can probably rent a tennis racket if you didn't bring yours. Running shoes, or sneakers to some people, are needed.more
Yes old fashion walking. If you don’t hope on a bike or a horse, make sure to take a walk on the trails and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. A crisp September morning was perfect for such an activity. Hey that's my hubby... wait up for me!! Good shoes... no high heels allowed.more
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.more