Venlo’s history goes back to Roman times. The city developed into an important trade post on the river Meuse and was a member of the Hanseatic League. It received city rights in 1343.
Because of the strategic importance the city of Venlo was besieged several times. The most significant siege was that of 1702 executed by Menno van Coehoorn. As a consequence Venlo was incorporated into the Generaliteitslanden of the United Provinces and later became part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.
Every Year we have Carnaval, its an old Catholic event... but nowadays it's just a good time to drink beer...
3 to 4 days of party and drinking beer and everyone is in a costume or just funny dressed.
Every Saturday before Carnaval there is a event in Venlo called the Boetegewoene Boetezitting... many carnaval bands play local music and everybody is in a happy mood ( and drunk)
Carnaval is in Februari or March it's differend every year... but when you are in town its a lot of fun.
Carnaval is celebrated the best in the Provence Limburg and Noord Brabant...
I Think for toerist Carnaval is better in the big Cities of South Netherlands.
Provence Limburg: Venlo, Roermond or Maastricht
Provence Noord Brabant : Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Tilburg, Breda or Roosendaal.
If you are in the Netherlands in Februari just send me a notice and I can tell you when Carnaval is celibrated that year.
Favorite thing: I had a part-time job here in the municipal chamber on administrative law. That was a great experience.