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'''Vaals''' is a city in [[Limburg_(Netherlands)|Limburg]].
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[[Image:Vaals-Huis Bloemendal (14).JPG|thumb|350px|Huize Bloemendaal, now a hotel, is an impressive sight in the heart of town.]]
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'''Vaals''' is a small city in the [[South Limburg]] region, in the [[Netherlands|Dutch]] province [[Limburg_(Netherlands)|Limburg]]. It is located right on both the Belgian and German border, with the much larger German city of [[Aachen]] at just a stone's throw away.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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The borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet here in Vaals, on the Drielandenpunt. The official place of the Drielandenpunt is just a few steps aways from the highest point of the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg. Vaals is a friendly town for tourists, with regular activities and a beautiful natural area surrounding it. The Dutch call it "a piece of abroad in the Netherlands".
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The municipality Vaals comprises this town itself as well as a few other villages and hamlets. The main population centres are:
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*[[Vijlen]] and its hamlets, the highest located village in the country and popular with hikers and bikers.
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*[[Lemiers]], a small village with a nice, old church.
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*[[Holset]], a tiny village with some good options to eat and a medieval church.
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A large number of the inhabitants, up to 26%, are Germans. Nowadays, the town's main activity is tourism. Many Dutch, German and Belgian tourists visit this friendly town each year, with the Drielandenpunt as it's main attraction but mostly of course for the beautiful scenery and picturesque hamlets around town.
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===History===
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The oldest archaeological traces of human settlements in Vaals were found in the nearby [[Vijlen]]er forest, and date from the time of Linear Potter culture, about 5000BC. The origin of the town's name is Roman, with its ancient names Vals and Vallis meaning "in the Valley".
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Vaals is first mentioned in documents in 1041. In that time, Emperor Henry III donated land to the St. Adalbert Abbey and to distinguish between the city of Aachen and this land, it is referred to as "in the valley"/in Vallis. In those days, the centre of the municipality was [[Holset]], also home to a high court of justice.
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Given the location of the municipality, along the main (and originally Roman) road between Aachen and Maastricht, Vaals observed many armies passing by. During the war against the Spanish occupation, in 1568, the armed forces of William of Orange passed through Vaals and looted St. Pauls Church.
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In 1661 Vaals became part of the Republic of the United Netherlands. Many wealthy citizens moved to Vaals and turned it into a flourishing industrial hub. One prominent industrial family were the Von Clermonts, who moved from Aachen to Vaals in 1761 and established a large linen factory, with clientèle in Prussia, Belgium, Austria, Poland and even Russia. In 1717, Tsar Peter the Great visited the Von Clermonts. In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais visited Vaals and stayed in Bloemendal Castle, one of the outhouses of the Von Clermont family.
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During the Conference of Vienna, Aachen was assigned to Prussia and Vaals to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Upon the Belgian declaration of independence in 1830, Vaals was Belgian claimed territory until it was reassigned to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1839. As a result, the four national boundaries of Prussia, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Neutral Territory of [[Moresnet]], met near Vaals until Moresnet was absorbed into Belgium in 1919 and the current 3 countries point remained.
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====After 1840====
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Due to increased competition and the political closure of the German and Belgian regio to Vaals, industrial activity went down after 1840. Vaals turned from a wealthy industrial town into a leisure and holiday destination for the citizens of Aachen. Its casino's in this time made it a Monte Carlo like destination for the well-to-do of the surrounding regions. Germans referred to the town as the "Vaalser Paradies". To stimulate industry and tourism, a tram was installed in 1922 from Aachen, via Vaals to Wijlre, which was expanded to Maastricht in 1924. This prestigious and costly project was not very successful, as the tram ran no more than 13 years.
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Before and during World War II the borders were closed and Vaals grew isolated due to its remote location in the Netherlands. After the war, commerce rose. Germans visited Vaals on a daily basis, as they still do today. Many inhabitants of Vaals found jobs in Aachen and smuggle routes across the border prospered. The smugglers of Vaals were called "The Owls of Vaals", referring to their nightly endeavours. Nowadays, the borders are of course open and Vaals is well embedded in the Aachen local transport system.
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* <listing name="VVV Limburg tourist information store Vaals" alt="" directions="" address="Maastrichterlaan 73a" phone="0900-5559798 (€1 per conversation)" email="" fax="" url="www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl" hours="" price="">The tourist information office is a well equipped place with maps, tours and information on all major sights. They can also assist in hotel bookings etc.</listing>
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The main way in by car is over the N281, which is connected to the E14/A76.
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There's no train station in Vaals. Buses run frequently and connections include:
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*Line 43 - to Simpelveld and Heerlen
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*Line 50 - to Gulpen and Maastricht
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*Line 50 - to Aachen
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The nearest airport is Maastricht-Aachen Airport, but from nearby Aachen direct trains also run to [[Dusseldorf]], which is just over an hour away but has many more international destinations.
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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The old center can be reasonably well be explored by foot, but a bike or car is a good option since many of the sights lie on the outskirts of town. Also, the surrounding natural area and villages make one of the towns greatest assets, but take quite a hike on foot. Unlike most other Dutch cities, the center is not car free and it therefor easy to get around when driving your own or a rented car.
  
==See==
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'''Electric bikes''' are an increasingly popular way to get around, as they provide all the benefits of a normal bike but make it a lot easier to make your way to the hill tops. This "groenfietsen" (green biking) is an extensive initiative and comes with route proposals. If you book ahead, several restaurants, hotels and campings in Vaals can make these so-called "green-bikes" available for you. If you haven't reserved one, try nearby'''Herberg Oud Holset''', Holset 54 Lemiers. For more information and a list of participants, see the project website[http://www.groenfietsen.nl/page.php?pagID=4].
*<see name="3 Countries Point" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.drielandenpunt.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">At this point the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together with their respective borders. At this point there are some camping grounds and a labyrint.</see>
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==See==
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[[Image:Dreilandereck.jpg|thumb|350px|Labyrinth at the border triangle point]]
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*<see name="Border triangle" alt="Drielandenpunt" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.drielandenpunt.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">At this point the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together with their respective borders. The exact point is marked by a small, unimpressive stone pilar but is still considered the main must-see in town. To entertain the 1 million visitors that find their way here each year, the largest labyrinth in the country was build here, as well as two towers allowing to enjoy to view from the top of the Vaalserberg. There are a few cafés and the forests around it allow for a hike through 3 countries at once.</see>
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*<see name="Museum de Kopermolen" alt="" address="Von Clermontplein 11" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.dekopermolenvaals.nl/" hours="" price="€1.50" lat="" long="">This small museum is housed in a monumental building, build in 1736 as a Lutheran church. It has changing art expositions and regularly concerts and lectures are organized.</see>
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* <see name="Museum Vaals" alt="" address="Eschberg 5-7" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43-3060080" email="" fax="" url="www.museumvaals.nl" hours="" price="">The collection of this small museum comprises a somewhat odd combination of church statues and modern art. It's located in a historic monastery chapel.</see>
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* <see name="St Pauluskerk" alt="" address="Kerkstraat 27" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A late 19th century Neo Gothic church</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* <do name="Kartingbaan Vaals" alt="" address="Selzerbeeklaan 23" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43-306 18 66" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kartingvaals.nl/" hours="" price="">The only outdoor carting track in the province makes a good option for a small adrenaline rush.</do>
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* <do name="Horse carriage tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 450 20 48" email="perrin.janssen@home.nl" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A horse carriage tour through Vaals' beautiful surroundings is a lovely experience. The carriage will take you to some of the nice hamlets and town outskirts. You will have to book some time in advance, as this is a small scale private enterprise.</do>
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Vaals has a good range of shops, including clothing, shoes, toy and giftstores as well as many daily grocery options. Most of the stores are along the Maastrichterlaan, the main road through town.
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There's a fairly large '''weekly market''' on Tuesday mornings, in front of the town hall. During the tourist season (roughly from May to October) a '''regional products market''' is held very second Saturday (in the evenly numbered weeks). It's small but sells local products like mustard and jams that make good souvenirs. You'll find it on the Prins Willem Alexanderplein, in front of the Albert Heijn Supermarket.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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*<eat name="Cafetaria Delnoye" alt="" address="Maastrichterlaan 164 " directions="" phone="+31 (0)043 308 02 09 " url="" hours="" price="€5" lat="" long="">One of the most popular places among locals for fries and a snack.</eat>
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*<eat name="Restaurant Jakarta Going" alt="" address="Maastrichterlaan 89-91 " directions="" phone="+31 (043) 306 52 58 " url="www.jakartagoing.nl " hours="" price="€15" lat="" long="">This simple but cosy place serves Indonesian food.</eat>
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*<eat name="Kasteel Bloemendal" alt="" address="Bloemendalstraat 150 " directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 365 98 00" url="http://www.hotelbloemendal.nl/nl/faciliteiten/restaurant" hours="" price="from € 30" lat="" long="">This beautiful small castle in the middle of town houses not only an upscale hotel, but also a restaurant. Plenty of luxurious dishes to choose from, but menu offers do start from around € 30. There's a pretty good wine list.  </eat>
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*<eat name="Brasserie Lodge 7" alt="" address="Epenerbaan 1" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 306 43 05" url="http://www.lodge7.nl/dinerkaart_lodge7.html" hours="" price="€ 30,50" lat="" long="">The beautiful location of this modern place out of the town center makes it worth a visit. There's a nice terrace in summer and a fire place in winter. The food gets pretty good reviews too.</eat>
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*<eat name="De Raadskelder" alt="" address="Koningin Julianaplein 49 " directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 407 36 39 " url="http://www.raadskeldervaals.nl/" hours="" price="€20" lat="" long="">Lovely restaurant setting in the ancient cellars of the town hall. The food is traditional but good and the service adequate.</eat>
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*<eat name="Troje" alt="" address="Kerstraat 68 " directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 306 33 02 " url="" hours="" price="€17" lat="" long="">Greek restaurant with nice food and large portions. The service is friendly and take away is an option too.</eat>
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*<eat name="Schatull" alt="" address="Akenerstraat 31" directions="" phone="31 ( 0 ) 43 306 17 40" url="http://www.schatull.nl" hours="" price="3 course menu from €25 " lat="" long="">Housed in an old South Limburg building, Schatull serves sunny dishes with a Tuscan origin. Perhaps the best place around for a taste of Italian cuisine. On request, they can organize cooking workshops and demonstrations.</eat>
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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For a real taste of nightlife, follow the locals and head to [[Aachen]], [[Maastricht]] or [[Heerlen]]. Nonetheless, if you're just looking for a pleasant place to have a drink, there are a few around.
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* <drink name="Café Allure" alt="" address="Maastrichterlaan 81" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 3065047" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cafeallure.nl/" hours="" price="">Cosy, old-fashioned brown café with a good choice in beers.</drink>
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* <drink name="Loungecafé Ooze Sjloek" alt="" address="Maastrichterlaan 88" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The terrace of this place is one of the best in town</drink>
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* <drink name="Grand Café Zera" alt="" address="Pr.W.Alexanderplein 1" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43-3060655" email="" fax="" url="www.zera-obelisk.nl" hours="" price="">This grand café right in the heart of town is really more than just a café. It also serves lunch and dinner, which you can order on the outdoor terrace if weather allows.</drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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There are quite some lodging options, with a number of good ones in the surrounding villages (which belong to the Vaals municipality).
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*<sleep name="Piethaan Hotel Restaurant" alt="" address="Mamelis 6, 6295 NB Lemiers" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 - 306 13 56" url="http://www.piethaan.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From € 30,-" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Het Witte Huis" alt="" address="Mamelis 5, 6295 Lemiers" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 - 306 1714" url="http://www.hotelhetwittehuis.net/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Mergelland" alt="" address="Holset 100, 6295 ND Lemiers" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 3061459" url="http://www.hotelmergelland.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Bloemendal" alt="" address="Bloemendalstraat 150, 6291 CM Vaals" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 365 98 00" url="http://www.hotelbloemendal.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Bilderberg Kasteel Vaalsbroek" alt="" address="Vaalsbroek 1, 6291 NH Vaals" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 - 308 93 08" url="http://www.bilderberg.nl/hotels/kasteel-vaalsbroek/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Vijlerhof" alt="" address="Hilleshagerweg 2,  6294 AP Vijlen" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43 - 306 1710" url="http://www.vijlerhof.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From € 36-," lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Vaalserhof" alt="" address="Lemierserberg 35-37" directions="" phone="+31 (0)43-3080155" url="www.vaalserhof.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Fully equipped apartments with private balcony or terrace on the back side, giving a nice view.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Camping Hoeve de Gastmolen" alt="" address="Lemierserberg 23" directions="" phone="+31 (0)433065755" url="www.gastmolen.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Fairly small camping on the outskirts of Vaals. </sleep>
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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Several hotels and other accommodations offer wifi for their guests. The public library offers free use of computers with internet access.
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* <listing name="Public Library" alt="Bibliotheek Vaals" directions="" address="St Jozefplein 51" phone="+31 (0)43-3080110" email="" fax="" url="http://www.heuvellandbibliotheken.nl/vaals/klantenservice/klantenservice_over_de_bibliotheek.htm" hours="Tu:10.30AM-12.30noon & 2PM-18PM, Wed:2PM-6PM, Fri:2PM-8PM, Sat:10.30AM-12.30noon. Closed on Sun/Mon/Thu." price=""></listing>
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* <listing name="Post Office" alt="" directions="located inside Drogisterij-Parfumerie Ramaekers" address="Maastrichterlaan 43" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Open on weekdays, but they take a lunch break from 1 to 2 PM. Sat. open from 9AM-1PM.</listing>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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As the old German city of Aachen is just a stone's throw away, it makes for a great day trip. You can easily bike there, or take bus line 50 from the bus station in Vaals.
  
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*[[Gulpen]], take the N278 or bus line 50
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*[[Maastricht]], take the N278 or bus line 50
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*[[Simpelveld]], take the N287 & N281 or bus line 43
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Latest revision as of 22:10, 7 January 2012

Huize Bloemendaal, now a hotel, is an impressive sight in the heart of town.

Vaals is a small city in the South Limburg region, in the Dutch province Limburg. It is located right on both the Belgian and German border, with the much larger German city of Aachen at just a stone's throw away.

Understand[edit]

The borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet here in Vaals, on the Drielandenpunt. The official place of the Drielandenpunt is just a few steps aways from the highest point of the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg. Vaals is a friendly town for tourists, with regular activities and a beautiful natural area surrounding it. The Dutch call it "a piece of abroad in the Netherlands".

The municipality Vaals comprises this town itself as well as a few other villages and hamlets. The main population centres are:

  • Vijlen and its hamlets, the highest located village in the country and popular with hikers and bikers.
  • Lemiers, a small village with a nice, old church.
  • Holset, a tiny village with some good options to eat and a medieval church.

A large number of the inhabitants, up to 26%, are Germans. Nowadays, the town's main activity is tourism. Many Dutch, German and Belgian tourists visit this friendly town each year, with the Drielandenpunt as it's main attraction but mostly of course for the beautiful scenery and picturesque hamlets around town.

History[edit]

The oldest archaeological traces of human settlements in Vaals were found in the nearby Vijlener forest, and date from the time of Linear Potter culture, about 5000BC. The origin of the town's name is Roman, with its ancient names Vals and Vallis meaning "in the Valley". Vaals is first mentioned in documents in 1041. In that time, Emperor Henry III donated land to the St. Adalbert Abbey and to distinguish between the city of Aachen and this land, it is referred to as "in the valley"/in Vallis. In those days, the centre of the municipality was Holset, also home to a high court of justice.

Given the location of the municipality, along the main (and originally Roman) road between Aachen and Maastricht, Vaals observed many armies passing by. During the war against the Spanish occupation, in 1568, the armed forces of William of Orange passed through Vaals and looted St. Pauls Church.

In 1661 Vaals became part of the Republic of the United Netherlands. Many wealthy citizens moved to Vaals and turned it into a flourishing industrial hub. One prominent industrial family were the Von Clermonts, who moved from Aachen to Vaals in 1761 and established a large linen factory, with clientèle in Prussia, Belgium, Austria, Poland and even Russia. In 1717, Tsar Peter the Great visited the Von Clermonts. In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais visited Vaals and stayed in Bloemendal Castle, one of the outhouses of the Von Clermont family.

During the Conference of Vienna, Aachen was assigned to Prussia and Vaals to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Upon the Belgian declaration of independence in 1830, Vaals was Belgian claimed territory until it was reassigned to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1839. As a result, the four national boundaries of Prussia, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Neutral Territory of Moresnet, met near Vaals until Moresnet was absorbed into Belgium in 1919 and the current 3 countries point remained.

After 1840[edit]

Due to increased competition and the political closure of the German and Belgian regio to Vaals, industrial activity went down after 1840. Vaals turned from a wealthy industrial town into a leisure and holiday destination for the citizens of Aachen. Its casino's in this time made it a Monte Carlo like destination for the well-to-do of the surrounding regions. Germans referred to the town as the "Vaalser Paradies". To stimulate industry and tourism, a tram was installed in 1922 from Aachen, via Vaals to Wijlre, which was expanded to Maastricht in 1924. This prestigious and costly project was not very successful, as the tram ran no more than 13 years.

Before and during World War II the borders were closed and Vaals grew isolated due to its remote location in the Netherlands. After the war, commerce rose. Germans visited Vaals on a daily basis, as they still do today. Many inhabitants of Vaals found jobs in Aachen and smuggle routes across the border prospered. The smugglers of Vaals were called "The Owls of Vaals", referring to their nightly endeavours. Nowadays, the borders are of course open and Vaals is well embedded in the Aachen local transport system.

  • VVV Limburg tourist information store Vaals, Maastrichterlaan 73a, 0900-5559798 (€1 per conversation), [1]. The tourist information office is a well equipped place with maps, tours and information on all major sights. They can also assist in hotel bookings etc.  edit

Get in[edit]

The main way in by car is over the N281, which is connected to the E14/A76.

There's no train station in Vaals. Buses run frequently and connections include:

  • Line 43 - to Simpelveld and Heerlen
  • Line 50 - to Gulpen and Maastricht
  • Line 50 - to Aachen

The nearest airport is Maastricht-Aachen Airport, but from nearby Aachen direct trains also run to Dusseldorf, which is just over an hour away but has many more international destinations.


Get around[edit]

The old center can be reasonably well be explored by foot, but a bike or car is a good option since many of the sights lie on the outskirts of town. Also, the surrounding natural area and villages make one of the towns greatest assets, but take quite a hike on foot. Unlike most other Dutch cities, the center is not car free and it therefor easy to get around when driving your own or a rented car.

Electric bikes are an increasingly popular way to get around, as they provide all the benefits of a normal bike but make it a lot easier to make your way to the hill tops. This "groenfietsen" (green biking) is an extensive initiative and comes with route proposals. If you book ahead, several restaurants, hotels and campings in Vaals can make these so-called "green-bikes" available for you. If you haven't reserved one, try nearbyHerberg Oud Holset, Holset 54 Lemiers. For more information and a list of participants, see the project website[2].


See[edit][add listing]

Labyrinth at the border triangle point
  • Border triangle (Drielandenpunt), [3]. At this point the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together with their respective borders. The exact point is marked by a small, unimpressive stone pilar but is still considered the main must-see in town. To entertain the 1 million visitors that find their way here each year, the largest labyrinth in the country was build here, as well as two towers allowing to enjoy to view from the top of the Vaalserberg. There are a few cafés and the forests around it allow for a hike through 3 countries at once.  edit
  • Museum de Kopermolen, Von Clermontplein 11, [4]. This small museum is housed in a monumental building, build in 1736 as a Lutheran church. It has changing art expositions and regularly concerts and lectures are organized. €1.50.  edit
  • Museum Vaals, Eschberg 5-7, +31 (0)43-3060080, [5]. The collection of this small museum comprises a somewhat odd combination of church statues and modern art. It's located in a historic monastery chapel.  edit
  • St Pauluskerk, Kerkstraat 27. A late 19th century Neo Gothic church  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kartingbaan Vaals, Selzerbeeklaan 23, +31 (0)43-306 18 66, [6]. The only outdoor carting track in the province makes a good option for a small adrenaline rush.  edit
  • Horse carriage tours, +31 (0)43 450 20 48 (). A horse carriage tour through Vaals' beautiful surroundings is a lovely experience. The carriage will take you to some of the nice hamlets and town outskirts. You will have to book some time in advance, as this is a small scale private enterprise.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

Vaals has a good range of shops, including clothing, shoes, toy and giftstores as well as many daily grocery options. Most of the stores are along the Maastrichterlaan, the main road through town.

There's a fairly large weekly market on Tuesday mornings, in front of the town hall. During the tourist season (roughly from May to October) a regional products market is held very second Saturday (in the evenly numbered weeks). It's small but sells local products like mustard and jams that make good souvenirs. You'll find it on the Prins Willem Alexanderplein, in front of the Albert Heijn Supermarket.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafetaria Delnoye, Maastrichterlaan 164, +31 (0)043 308 02 09. One of the most popular places among locals for fries and a snack. €5.  edit
  • Restaurant Jakarta Going, Maastrichterlaan 89-91, +31 (043) 306 52 58, [7]. This simple but cosy place serves Indonesian food. €15.  edit
  • Kasteel Bloemendal, Bloemendalstraat 150, +31 (0)43 365 98 00, [8]. This beautiful small castle in the middle of town houses not only an upscale hotel, but also a restaurant. Plenty of luxurious dishes to choose from, but menu offers do start from around € 30. There's a pretty good wine list. from € 30.  edit
  • Brasserie Lodge 7, Epenerbaan 1, +31 (0)43 306 43 05, [9]. The beautiful location of this modern place out of the town center makes it worth a visit. There's a nice terrace in summer and a fire place in winter. The food gets pretty good reviews too. € 30,50.  edit
  • De Raadskelder, Koningin Julianaplein 49, +31 (0)43 407 36 39, [10]. Lovely restaurant setting in the ancient cellars of the town hall. The food is traditional but good and the service adequate. €20.  edit
  • Troje, Kerstraat 68, +31 (0)43 306 33 02. Greek restaurant with nice food and large portions. The service is friendly and take away is an option too. €17.  edit
  • Schatull, Akenerstraat 31, 31 ( 0 ) 43 306 17 40, [11]. Housed in an old South Limburg building, Schatull serves sunny dishes with a Tuscan origin. Perhaps the best place around for a taste of Italian cuisine. On request, they can organize cooking workshops and demonstrations. 3 course menu from €25.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

For a real taste of nightlife, follow the locals and head to Aachen, Maastricht or Heerlen. Nonetheless, if you're just looking for a pleasant place to have a drink, there are a few around.

  • Café Allure, Maastrichterlaan 81, +31 (0)43 3065047, [12]. Cosy, old-fashioned brown café with a good choice in beers.  edit
  • Loungecafé Ooze Sjloek, Maastrichterlaan 88. The terrace of this place is one of the best in town  edit
  • Grand Café Zera, Pr.W.Alexanderplein 1, +31 (0)43-3060655, [13]. This grand café right in the heart of town is really more than just a café. It also serves lunch and dinner, which you can order on the outdoor terrace if weather allows.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are quite some lodging options, with a number of good ones in the surrounding villages (which belong to the Vaals municipality).

  • Piethaan Hotel Restaurant, Mamelis 6, 6295 NB Lemiers, +31 (0)43 - 306 13 56, [14]. From € 30,-.  edit
  • Hotel Het Witte Huis, Mamelis 5, 6295 Lemiers, +31 (0)43 - 306 1714, [15].  edit
  • Hotel Mergelland, Holset 100, 6295 ND Lemiers, +31 (0)43 3061459, [16].  edit
  • Bloemendal, Bloemendalstraat 150, 6291 CM Vaals, +31 (0)43 365 98 00, [17].  edit
  • Bilderberg Kasteel Vaalsbroek, Vaalsbroek 1, 6291 NH Vaals, +31 (0)43 - 308 93 08, [18].  edit
  • Vijlerhof, Hilleshagerweg 2, 6294 AP Vijlen, +31 (0)43 - 306 1710, [19]. From € 36-,.  edit
  • Vaalserhof, Lemierserberg 35-37, +31 (0)43-3080155, [20]. Fully equipped apartments with private balcony or terrace on the back side, giving a nice view.  edit
  • Camping Hoeve de Gastmolen, Lemierserberg 23, +31 (0)433065755, [21]. Fairly small camping on the outskirts of Vaals.  edit


Contact[edit]

Several hotels and other accommodations offer wifi for their guests. The public library offers free use of computers with internet access.

  • Public Library (Bibliotheek Vaals), St Jozefplein 51, +31 (0)43-3080110, [22]. Tu:10.30AM-12.30noon & 2PM-18PM, Wed:2PM-6PM, Fri:2PM-8PM, Sat:10.30AM-12.30noon. Closed on Sun/Mon/Thu..  edit
  • Post Office, Maastrichterlaan 43 (located inside Drogisterij-Parfumerie Ramaekers). Open on weekdays, but they take a lunch break from 1 to 2 PM. Sat. open from 9AM-1PM.  edit

Get out[edit]

As the old German city of Aachen is just a stone's throw away, it makes for a great day trip. You can easily bike there, or take bus line 50 from the bus station in Vaals.

Other nearby travel destinations include:

For further destinations you can catch an intercity train in Maastricht or Aachen.


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