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 colored ball.
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.
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.
If you plan to vist the caves, remember to take somethign with you like a sweater or a coat. Inside it is always the same temperature but that is too cold to walk around in comfortably just wearing a t-shirt.. (unless your called Roy..:-)
Finding a parking spot was really difficult. Maybe there are sneaky, tucked away places but if you don't know where you have to park and therefor rely on the big parking areas. count in enough time to drive around for a whle. All in all it cost us at least half an hour to find parking places for all 3 cars!
For those who despice places that are overrun by tourists, Valkenburg is definately not the place to be. It is very very busy and in the high season it is booming and buzzing with tourists. Mainly Dutch (that feel to be in a foreign town), but also Belgian, Germans and many other nationalities.
Not going to Valkenburg however contains missing out on a few highlights of Southern Limburg and a very nice atmosphere hanging around the busy streets.