Valkenburg Travel Guide

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Valkenburg Highlights

  • Pro
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    tompt says…

     good food, good drinks, great nature 

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    OlafS says…

     Very touristic in Summer 

  • In a nutshell
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    karin_kamphuis says…

     A must see when you are in the neighbourhood. 

Valkenburg Things to Do

  • Amusement

    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!

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  • Architecture

    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...

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  • Museums

    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...

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Valkenburg Hotels

Valkenburg Restaurants

  • Be surprised by the chef

    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...

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  • Nice restaurant, delicious food &...

    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...

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  • PIZZERIA AUGUSTO

    pizza, s pasta frech good food chiper big pizza pizza tacco--- fetuchini palermo---tagliatelli al salmone

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Valkenburg Nightlife

  • Bar/Dancing/Brasserie

    Nice bar/dancing/brasserie with heated terrace and dance floor.The bar/dancing is mainly for people below 25 or 30 years old. But I still had a very good time :-)

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  • amusement in the openair

    On the slopes of th Cauberg you will find the open air theater. During summer there are different shows, musicals or theater. Mainly during the weekends.Find the program on their website.

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  • Daytime: sunbathing, Nightime: dancing...

    Great terrace to lunch and sunbath at daytime. At night it will turn into a dancing-pub.Great music and friendly people! What you want to wear!!!!

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Valkenburg Transportation

  • Directions to Valkenburg & castle/...

    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...

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  • Well appointed directions

    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.

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  • Day trips/Train

    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...

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Valkenburg Shopping

  • NETHERLANDS DEPARTMENT STORE

    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....

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  • books and stationery

    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...

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  • Shopping in a monument

    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...

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Valkenburg Local Customs

  • Bokkenrijders

    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...

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  • Maytree

    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...

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  • funerals

    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.

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Valkenburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Take money or don't take kids with...

    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...

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  • Parking Spaces

    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.

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  • parking

    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.

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Valkenburg Tourist Traps

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    by tompt Written Dec 8, 2002

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    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.

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Valkenburg What to Pack

  • What to bring

    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.

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  • In our country there is rain ......

    Here you see our nieces Suzan and Marjolein demonstrate the use of an umbrella. Umbrellas can be very usefull while walking here. Always take your camera, everywhere! You never know if you encounter our two beautiful nieces ;-)

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Valkenburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Kasteel Schaloen

    The next stop is at the other side of the river. A lane with enormous birch trees leads you to Kasteel Schaloen.It dates back to the 13th century and is restyled in 1656. The other buildings on the site are used as a hotel. So looking for something different to stay in.......

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  • French Mill looking like new

    During our visit in march 2007 we were surprised by the progress of the restoration. THe entire building is looking brandnew now. It is not open to the public, but that can't take long anymore.

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  • The most beautiful puppet shop in the...

    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.

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Valkenburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Amstel Gold Race (tour version)

    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...

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  • Tennis anyone?

    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.

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  • Walking

    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.

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Valkenburg Favorites

  • RUINS OF AN ANCIENT CASTLE

    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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  • Berkelpoort

    The other gate that still stands is called Berkelpoort. These gates were probably built somewhere in the 14th century.

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  • River Geul

    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.

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