Valkenburg aan de Geul is a touristic place in the south of the province Limburg. Characteristic is the castle ruin on top of the hill and the main streets in the centre of Valkenburg have café’s, restaurants and pubs.
Valkenburg history: Siege and conquest are part of the history of Valkenburg, but Valkenburg has been independent for long time. The Valkenburg castle on top of the hill was destroyed in 1672 by troops from Holland, being afraid that French troops would conquer the castle. It never was rebuilt. Also the Valkenburg city wall was destroyed and only two gates remain.
Valkenburg sightseeing: Tourism in Valkenburg became important in the 19th century. Tourists like the scenery around Valkenburg that is suited for walks and (mountain) bike tours, but Valkenburg itself offers a lot too. Valkenburg has several caves, historical buildings, a wellness resort and casino. For dining or a drink you have to be in the Grote Straat Centrum or Muntstraat. A very cosy area until night. In winter the Valkenburg Christmas market inside the caves are very popular among tourists.
Valkenburg castle and village Valkenburg christmas market Restaurants along Grote Straat
How to get there: By car: from Amsterdam and Utrecht follow the A2 to Maastricht. Take exit 51 and follow Valkenburg. Public transport: from Amsterdam or Utrecht take the intercity train to Maastricht. In Maastricht change to the regional train to Kerkrade Centrum and get out in Valkenburg. Walking from the train station to Valkenburg centre takes about 10 minutes. You can also plan your trip here and read more about using public transport here.
Valkenburg attractions Valkenburg sightseeing Activities in Valkenburg
Rodelbaan (luge) Berkelpoort (gate) Hiking
Sprookjesbos (fairy forest) Fluweelengrot (cave) (Mountain)biken
Thermae 2000 (Tickets) Gemeentegrot (cave) De Valkenier (theme park) Grendelpoort (gate) Nightlife in Valkenburg
Wilhelminatoren (tower) Grottenaquarium Grote Straat Centrum
H.H. Nicolaas en Barbarakerk Holland Casino
Valkenburg museum Kasteel Den Halder (castle) Muntstraat
Land van Valkenburg Kasteel Oost (castle) Theo Dorrenplein
Kasteelruine (ruin) Parks in Valkenburg Kruitmolen (water mill) Den Halderpark Romeinse Katacomben Dersaborg Valkenburg Station Wilhelminagroeve (cave)
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