Valkenburg Travel Guide

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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 Grendelpoort city gate is one of three old city gates dating from the Middle AGes. The gate was constructed around 1335. The gate was extended with living quarters for the guards, an ammunition room and a well just outside the gate. The gate survived the big destructions that happened in 1672. Nowadays it's a National Monument.

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  • Museums

    n 1937, during restorations of the castle, workers discovered secret underground passages hewn into the rock beneath the castle. The medieval knights used these passages as escape routes and for breakouts during sieges. The rock consists of marl. The passages gave access to the Velvet Cave. This cave originated due to the mining of marl inside the...

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Valkenburg Hotels

  • Hotel Tummers

    We stayed here for a long weekend (thursday to sunday). We got a room overlooking the trainstation,...

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  • Thermaetel

    Upon arrival in arround 10 o'clock we where greeted at the reception. They asked how our trip to the...

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  • Parkhotel Rooding

    Parkhotel Rooding is situated on the border of Valkenburg in green surroundings. It is still very...

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Valkenburg Restaurants

  • Hotel de l'Empereur

    When we first arrived in Valkenburg we first decided to have a nice cup of coffee and a piece of pastry to go with that. We walked our way into the main street of Valkenburg, called Grotestraat Centrum and we knew we had to find a nice spot right over there. We had our mind set op the Hotel De L'Empereur, which offers a chic Grand Café and a...

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  • Hotel de l'Empereur - Bad service.

    When we first arrived in Valkenburg we first decided to have a nice cup of coffee and a piece of pastry to go with that. We walked our way into the main street of Valkenburg, called Grotestraat Centrum and we knew we had to find a nice spot right over there. We had our mind set op the Hotel De L'Empereur, which offers a chic Grand Café and a...

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  • Seek this one out from among so many...

    On a street lined on both sides with cafes this is a gem! Plenty of choice on the menu as long as you want nothing too heavy, although given the generousity of the servings anything heavy would be way over the top. From the range of soups, pasta, salads and all manner of bread based snacks I had a pain de kuul and Mrs Pict had uitsmijter. Any...

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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

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Callantsoog by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • 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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Valkenburg Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    The Treasure Trove Gift shop is the place to look for souvenirs. Be aware that this shop has a wide range of products surpassing the local area, like cuckoo clocks.They also sell Tiffany lamps, religious items, weather stations, Christmas articles, wedding presents and much, much more. Gifts

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  • 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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Valkenburg Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

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  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Callantsoog (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the...

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Valkenburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't touch

    When visiting the Valkenburg caves don't touch any of the drawings or displayed items.Also don't scratch the walls or write on them.The management will be pleased when you just explore the caves and use your eyes.Thanks in advance.

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  • The Gemeentegrot cave risk

    In the Gemeentegrot cave the following warning text is written on the wall:In afwachting van de uitslag van hetthans door deskundigen ingesteldeonderzoek naar eventuele genees-krachtige werking van de atmos-feer in deze grot, kunt U slechtsgeheel op eigen risico omgezondsheidredenen in degrot verblijven. De gemeen-te kan vooralsnog geen...

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  • Don't forget the tour guide

    When exploring the caves on a tour, you might see this writing on the wall:een labyrint van gangenen spelonkenwaar eeuwen den zagenweerklonken,den rondgang maaktdat U dit ziet,dankt den gids,vergeet hem niet!It's just a reminder to reward the tour guide afterwards.

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Valkenburg Tourist Traps

  • Theo Dorrenplein – All things to happen.

    For hundreds of years the main square of Valkenburg (Theo Dorrenplein) has been a busy place where all kinds of things happen. Once it was the market place, today it is cultural events, the flea market of curiosities, the Christmas Market and the many sidewalk cafes in the summer that draw people here. We were lucky to enjoy the beautiful weather...

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  • Theo Dorrenplein – Busy center of the...

    Without a doubt is Theo Dorrenplein the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :) First of all do keep in mind that this particular square is the largest historical market...

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  • Theo Dorrenplein – The main square.

    On a heavily cloudy day we decided to go the village of Valkenburg, and we were not sorry for that. Funny thing was that at the moment we entered the village the sky opened up and the sun did arrive! The reason why we wanted to go to Valkenburg was rather simple, because it’s such a historical city in The Netherlands and it was already for so long...

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Valkenburg What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of DS cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • 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

  • Christmas Market

    The Christmas Market at the Velvet Cave was actually a bit disappointing. The history of the caves is amazing, and the concept of a Christmas Market in these caves is very cool, however, the vendors, at least in 2012, left much to be desired. There were a few decent stalls, however walking through the caves it felt more like walking through a cheap...

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  • Christmas Market – A bit disappointing.

    The Christmas Market at the Velvet Cave was actually a bit disappointing. The history of the caves is amazing, and the concept of a Christmas Market in these caves is very cool, however, the vendors, at least in 2012, left much to be desired. There were a few decent stalls, however walking through the caves it felt more like walking through a cheap...

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  • Christmas Market – Fluweelen Grot.

    Like I said, our visit was because the fact we wanted to visit the Christmas Market of Valkenburg of which the Fluweelen Grot is a very important part to visit. Keep in mind that you have to pay a separate fee for entrance to the Fluweelen Grot during the Christmas Market. We were a bit exited to visit the Velvet Cave as we heard amazing stories...

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Valkenburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking

    The ancient town of Valkenburg was established long ago. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle. Because of its dependence of its defenses, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The elegant history of Valkenburg can be related to a timeline...

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  • Hiking – From castle to caves.

    The ancient town of Valkenburg was established long ago. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle. Because of its dependence of its defenses, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The elegant history of Valkenburg can be related to a timeline...

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  • Hiking – Best way to explore Valkenburg.

    Both Paulien and I have visited quite some Dutch cities over the years, but maybe there is nothing like Valkenburg. Valkenburg is located in The Netherlands, and is a small municipality that has been a major tourist attraction for a very long time. People come to visit the mines and caverns with drawings dating back to Roman times, and the castle...

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Valkenburg General

  • On the Valkenburg walls

    There is a lot to see at the Valkenburg house walls. From gable stones, billboards to religious statues; it's all there. So, take a look at the houses while you explore the Valkenburg city center and enjoy the walls.

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  • Where to go at Valkenburg

    Valkenburg is worth a visit. The city offers the following attractions:- Steam rail road (Miljoenenlijn or ZLSM)- Castle remains- Several limestone caves (Gemeentegrot, Fluweelengrot, Lourdes grot & Wilhelmina grot)- Coal mine- Firestone mine- Wilhelmina Tower (Agogo)- Thermen museum- Museum Romeinse Katakomben- Mergelrijk- Continium Discovery...

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  • 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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Grendelpoort city gate
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