Heerlen is a city in Limburg in the south east of the Netherlands. The old name of the city in ancient times was Coriovallum. From ancient times it was a Roman hub. This expanded into the city it is presently. Currently Heerlen has become a part of a new larger project city called Parkstad Limburg. Working together with cities: Brunssum, Kerkrade, Landgraaf, Onderbanken, Nuth, Simpelveld en Voerendaal on operational level.
Eventhough there have been traces of earlier civilazation the real history of this town starts in the roman era. These erected 2000 years ago a military settlement who they gave the name Coriovallum. This settlement came because of the crossroads from Boulonge-Köln and Xanten-Aachen-Trier.
The main train station is situated in the center of the city. Three other trainstations in Heerlen are Heerlen de Kissel, Heerlen Woonboulevard (Opening 2010) and Hoensbroek. There is a train from Aachen Hbf to Heerlen called the euregio-line which travels twice per hour. The trainstation in Heerlen is going to get a renovated starting in 2010 adding more travel options when completed (second part of the Maankwartier build). Also this will be a shoppingmall when ariving in this new station when completed with eating and drinking possibilities.
Heerlen is situated along the A76 highway but get on the N281 if traveling south or north because there is no exit to Heerlen on the A76. You can find taxies waiting on the upper level when exiting at front of the trainstation. From Aachen by car you will have to take the N281. From Maastricht take the A79 to Heerlen. At the end of the A79 is Heerlen. You can also use the inner ring of parkstad to get to Heerlen.
Maastricht-Aachen airport is 10 miles away from the city center of Heerlen. Albeit it is more convenient to fly to Eindhoven airport and take a bus and train to Heerlen, because of the low number or flights arriving and departing from Maastricht-Aachen airport. For international flights it is better to arrive and depart from Brussels(BE), Amsterdam(Schiphol, NL) or Dusseldorf(DE). Each of these airports are about 2-3 hours away from Heerlen by car.
If you are in Heerlen center, everything could be done on foot. A car is convenient to explore the outskirts of town and attractions in the broader area, but take into account that the city center is car-free and parking there is expensive. Another possibility is to discover Heerlen by bike. There are some interesting parks and locations to reach by bike. Using the extensive bus routes can take you to everything in the city that is bit further away from the center.
Thermenmuseum, Coriovallumstraat 9, 6411 CA Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0) 45 560 5100, . Tuesday - Friday open from 10.00 till 17.00 uur Saturday and Sunday and holidays open from 12.00 till 17.00 uur. A famous museum of a Roman bathhouse.€ 6,50. edit
Booch Festival, Bongerd, . Attend the Boochfestival held on 15 and 16 August 2009. (Dates change yearly). Held in the center of the city limits. There is no admission fee. For more information visit their websiteNo admission. edit
Terworm. Take a walk between Heerlen en Voerendaal and see some of the great nature in Heerlen. In this park there are also some architectural buildings situated at the egde. On the northside of the park you can find a lot of school and sportfields. In the center of this lush area you can see the water purifying station.edit
Beautiful Benzerade. See a source of a stream in Heerlen and also seeing some of the farms in this old village. And also see some splendid black horses for which this village is famous for. You can also sit and enjoy the scenery acompanied by a drink and something to eat from "het koffiehuisje" in benzerade.edit
Neoliet, Stadionbaan 52, 6416 CS Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0)45 - 542 43 58, . The indoor climbing wall is a great expierence to have. Climbing up indoor to the top of the building and continue climbing on the roof.edit
Bowling & Partyhoeve De Aar, Welterlaan 45, 6419 CN Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0) 45 571 44 32, . Play a game of bowling in hoeve de aar.edit
Snowworld, Witte Wereld 1, 6372 VG Landgraaf, ☎ +31 (0) 45 54 70 700, . Biggest indoor ski and snowboard centre in the world.edit
Kinderstad, Parallelweg 4, 6411 ND Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0) 45 57 17 252, . An indoor playground for kids, with trampolines, slides, bumper cars, logflume, climbingfort and a rollercoaster.edit
Het Loon - Historically old shoppingmall opened in 1965
There are two known shopping locations in Heerlen. The center of the city and the Woonboulevard. The Woonboulvard is famous for its living and lifestyle shops. It is the biggest Furniture strip of Europe.
Woonboulevard, In de cramer. This is the mayor living and lifestyle shopping center. Which is the biggest furniture strip of Europe. You can buy anything from lamps to beds.edit
Heerlen Center. This is the shopping district within the old city center. A lot of small and big retail stores as bars, cafes and restaurants can be found here.edit
Car Boulevard. This is close to the woonboulevard. All mayor car brands are situated here.edit
Hoensbroek Center. This part of Heerlen is to the north of the city and can be reached by bus. There is also a train going to Hoensbroek but this is not recommended if just wanting to go to the shopping center of Hoensbroek. Ask for direction at the Veolia ticket counter in the trainstation.edit
Karnevalswierts, Homerusplein 11, 6411 AW Heerlen (In shoppingmall Het Loon), ☎ +31 (0)45 - 564 55 93, . A very large store dedicated to party costumes and carneval costumes aswell as some other festive seasonal occasions.edit
Mr Wok, Bongerd 7, 6411 JM Heerlen, ☎ 0031 (0)45 - 571 01 56, . A small restaurant but very good take-away food. Especially the sauces.€ 5-20. edit
Rhodos, Dautzenbergstraat 17, 6411 LA Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0)45 - 571 95 44, . open at 16.30 till 23.00. closed on: tuesdays. Greek Restaurant± € 20,-. edit
Dafne, Oranje Nassaustraat 2, 6411 LG Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0)45 - 404 07 40. Another fine Greek Restaurant in the centre of Heerlen. A regular haunt for the devil cleaner!!edit
In de Gekroonde Haan, Stationstraat 19, 6411 NH Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0)45 - 571 13 73, . Eat a delicious roasted chicken at this restaurant.edit
Auberge de Rousch, Kloosterkensweg 17, 6419 PJ Heerlen, ☎ +31 (0)45 - 571 58 90, . A very luxious restaurant. Check the website for special events. Making a reservation upfront is highly recommended.edit
In Heerlen as so many other cities and places in Limburg are targets of drugtraficing. Crime goes hand in hand with these practices. If you just want to smoke a joint go to one of the legalized "coffee shops".
Another benefit of Heerlen is the prostitution. Since the legalization of prostitution in the Netherlands you prostitutes can have sex with some one for a fee. There are some of these brothels in Kerkrade. Getting in bed with a prostitute on the street you have a very high risk of getting an STD. Stay safe and when going to a brothel use a condom the prostitutes in the Netherlands normally do not have sex without a condom a carry one with them.
Another hassle is meeting "junkies" and wanderers you might occasionally meet them at supermarkets and city centers asking for some money which most Dutch people find an anoyance since they allready have an income from the state to survive. Normally the begging is because the lack of drugs and they want to buy drugs with the money you give them. Giving these people money also encourages the crimes involved with the illigal drugs.
So do not be temped to give these people money and which might also encourage other beggers to ask money from you. Normally these people do not pickpoket your wallet but as in any city in the world keep an eye on your personal items.
Connections to Aachen are via train or bus. Other options by train are to Belgium (via Maastricht) and the remainder of the Netherlands.
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