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Valkenburg aan de Geul

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Castle ruins overlooking the town

Valkenburg is a city in the south of Limburg in the Netherlands.

Understand[edit]

Siege and conquest were characteristic of the history of Valkenburg. The castle in the middle of the city, of which now only a ruin remains was destroyed destroyed in December 1672. Only two city gates (the Berkelpoort and the Grendelpoort) and a part of the citywalls survived destruction.

In 1853 a railway station was built on a line connecting the two cities of Maastricht and Aachen, making it possible to discover the charming little town of Valkenburg.

Nowadays Valkenburg is famous for its cycling events and its touristic character. There are several attractions to be found within walking distance of the city centre.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Valkenburg has the oldest stone train station in the Netherlands. It is on the train line between Heerlen and Maastricht with connections from both sides every 15 minutes. The trainline is operated by Veolia Transport [1]; train trips can be planned with the NS Reisplanner [2]. The city center can be reached on foot from the train station in 5 minutes.

By car[edit]

The city is also situated along the A79 motorway between Heerlen and Maastricht, making it easily accessible by car.

By bus[edit]

Busses depart from the busstation, near the train station, to Maastricht (line 51 en 53) and other places in the surroundings.

Get around[edit]

Most attractions are easily reached on foot from the city center. Both Thermae 2000 and the Holland Casino are at the top of the Cauberg and require a fair climb for dutch standards. The tourist office [3] (VVV) can be found near the large rock (Kei) in the city center.

It is also possible to rent a bike to explore the beautiful surroundings of the city. Within a ten minute walk from the train station bikes can be rented [4].

Zuid Limburgse Stoomtrein Maatschappij [5] operates a steam locomotive between Valkenburg and Kerkrade and a branch to Vetschau in Germany. Trains run during the summer holiday season, the Sinterklaas (November to December 5) period and the Christmas period.

See[edit][add listing]

Rainbow Spiral Building in winter
  • Early Roman Catholic Catacombs (reconstruction).  edit
  • Kasteel Den Halder, Kerkstraat 31. Castle is not open to visitors.  edit
  • Town Walls and Valkenburg old houses. to the south of Valkenburg rises the Dwingelrots (Castle Rock), which is crowned by the ruined castle of the lords of Valkenburg. The castle was founded in the 12th century; the tower and the fortified communicating passages, some of them hewn from the rock, were built later. After several sieges and several rebuildings, the ruined castle was abandoned in 1672. A secret passage led from the castle to the caves hewn from the rock below.  edit
  • Christmas Market, [6]. Only in December  edit
  • De Regenboogspiraal (Hundertwasserhuis, Ronald McDonald Kindervallei), Onderstestraat 35, +31 (0)43 - 604 92 50, [7]. Tuesdays: 14:00 Wednesdays: 14:00 Thursdays: 14:00. From € 10.  edit

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Megalosaurus Inside the Gemeentegrot

The local marlstone was already being used as a building material in Roman times. The underground quarrying of the stone has left a series of caves, which is arguably the number one attraction that stands out in Valkenburg. You could visit any number of times and still find something new and different. The caves themselves are a treasure chest of art and expression. As a tip, take a digital camera (with a flash, the guide is the only person who has a torch!) and be prepared to take a lot of photographs. There are amazing images and drawings hidden away in the darkness.

  • Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave), [8]. Which was also used as a bomb shelter during the World War II.  edit
  • Fluweelengrot, [9]. With an exhibition illustrating the origins and development of man. If you take the 1 hour guided walk, you will be hard pushed to do more than catch a glimpse of some of the amazing wonders and sights.  edit
  • Panoramagrot. Largest panorama painting in the Netherlands. Only open in July & August.  edit
  • Valkenier, [10]. Recreation/Theme park well suited to children up to 10 years old.  edit
  • Sprookjesbos (Fairytale Forest.), [11].  edit
  • Thermae 2000, [12]. Extensive bathing facilities opened in 1989 with hot mineral bath, saunas, whirpool, etc.  edit
  • Holland Casino Valkenburg, [13].  edit
  • Cave biking, [14]. A cycle tour of one hour through a dark cave. Watch your head!  edit
  • A gogo, [15]. Cabelcart, Laser gaming, Tubing, Luging, Mission Possible and Mini-Golf  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Most hotels in Valkenburg also have a restaurant where you can eat. See the Sleep listings for information.

  • El Castillo, Muntstraat 6, +31 (0)43 - 601 57 55, [16]. Mexican restaurant with a buffet menu that offers a wide choice of soups, main dishes, deserts, etc. The restaurant is well decorated and has a large garden that is open all-year round. Be aware that this is a popular restaurant, so reservations are advised during weekends and holidays. Buffet: € 25,50.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under € 40
Mid-range € 40 to € 70
Splurge Over € 70

Budget[edit]

  • Hemelke, Grotestraat Centrum3, +31 (0)43 - 601 29 69, [17]. From € 24.  edit
  • Biekaer, Daalhemerweg 1, +31 (0)43 - 601 46 43, [18]. From € 35.  edit
  • Hotel-Restaurante La Casa, Grotestraat Centrum 25, +31 (0)43 - 601 21 80, [19]. From € 35.  edit
  • Hotel Dupuis, Lindenlaan 5, +31 (0)43 - 601 51 81, [20]. From € 32,50.  edit
  • Hotel Scheepers, Sint Pieterstraat 18, +31 (0)43 - 601 35 97, [21]. From € 38,50.  edit
  • Hotel de l'Empereur, Grotestraat Centrum 32, +31 (0)43 - 601 00 00, [22]. From € 39,50.  edit
  • De la Ruïne, Neerhem 2, +31 (0)43 - 601 29 92, [23]. From € 34,50.  edit
  • Hotel het Anker, Neerhem 67, +31 (0)43 - 601 31 11, [24]. From € 37,50.  edit
  • Herberg Houthem, Vroenhof 148, +31 (0)43 - 604 02 77, [25]. From € 37.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Sonnenblinck (Hotel Valkenburg), Stationsweg 4, 6301 JE Valkenburg aan de Geul, +31 (0)43 60 40 893, [26]. From €50.  edit
  • Atlas Eurotel Hotel, Nieuweweg 7, +31 (0)34 - 775 04 38, [27]. From € 49.  edit
  • Grand Hotel Monopole, Nieuweweg 22, +31 (0)43 - 601 3545, [28]. From € 52.  edit
  • Hotel Tummers, Stationstraat 21, +31 (0)43 - 601 37 41, [29]. From € 49.  edit
  • Hotel Schaepkens, Nieuweweg 40-44, +31 (0)43 - 601 20 00, [30]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. From € 42.  edit
  • Hotel Pension Andrea, Valkenburgerweg 136C, 6305 EA Schin op Geul, +31 (0)43 - 459 16 44, [31]. From € 52.  edit
  • Hotel Hulsman, De Guascostraat 16, +31 (0)34 775 04 38, [32]. From € 55.  edit
  • Hotel Riche, Neerhem 26, +31 (0)43 - 601 29 65, [33]. € 44.  edit
  • Hotel Montagna, Grendelplein 15, +31 (0)43 - 609 00 43, [34]. From € 52.  edit
  • Vue des Montagnes, Wolfsdriesweg 7, 6325 PM Berg & Terblijt, +31 (0)43 - 604 06 52, [35]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 10:00. From € 60.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Hotel Kadampa, Graafstraat 39, 6305 BD Schin op Geul, +31 (0)43 - 459 12 56, [36]. From € 70.  edit
  • Kasteel Geulzicht, Vogelzangweg 2, 6325 PN Berg en Terblijt, +31 (0)43 - 604 04 32, [37]. From € 70.  edit
  • Hotel Limburgia, Grendelplein 19, +31 (0)43 - 601 00 80, [38]. From € 79.  edit
  • Hotel de Geulvallei, Onderstestraat 66, 6301 KC Houthem St. Gerlach, +31 (0)34 775 04 29, [39]. From € 85.  edit
  • Valkennest, Oud Valkenburg 14 & 18, 6305 AB Schin op Geul, +31 (0)43 - 459 29 47, [40]. From € 85.  edit

Other[edit]

  • Hotel Gaudi, Grendelplein 12-14, +31 (0)43 - 601 53 33, [41].  edit
  • Hotel Leto, Daalhemerweg 22, +31 (0)43 - 601 60 80, [42].  edit

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