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About the location Valkenburg
longitude: 05o 49' 39''
latitude: 50o 51'54''
altitude: 100m over sea level
Valkenburg - the official name of the Valkenburg near Maastricht is Valkenburg aan de Geul (meaning Valkenburg on the river Geul) - is situated in the most southern part of the Netherlands.
Called South-Limburg, being part of the province of Limburg. Valkenburg is only appr. 10 KM away from Maastricht, also just a few kilometers away from Vaals, the
town where 3 countries meet: Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
is also the area where the other Dutch town by the name of Valkenburg
Near The Hague that
is. Some 200 KM away from "our
Many of you will
say: "Valkenburg in Holland" but I have to tell you that "Holland" is
only the western part of the Netherlands, nowadays consisting of the
provinces North and South Holland…
Therefore make sure you book the hotel in the right place... only phone area code "043-" is the correct one.)
Valkenburg has an old history. Which can be seen from many old
buildings including two medieval city gates.. a
ll still in tact. It is only the ruin of the old castle on top
of the hill that does not fit that description…
However there are
various old castles to be found in the countryside around Valkenburg
that are in a much better shape.
Valkenburg is located in the only part of
the Netherlands where the landscape is influenced by "mountains". At
least the Dutch call them "mountains". By international standards
they are just hills, but look like mountains compared to the almost flat
Netherlands. It is all in the name.
highest point in the Netherlands is just outside Maastricht: The so
called Sint Pietersberg. Just 110 Meters over sea level. No more!
These hills geologically are part of the Ardennes in Belgium.
long time ago it was common to cut out the houses into the hills into
the soft stone. creating cave houses.. In a village nearby there are
still a few.
Still at the beginning of the the last
century Valkenburg had houses made of the same soft yellow stone locally called "mergel". In English: Marlstone. You can still see many houses in that typical
yellow colour. These building stones were all locally produced over the past centuries... starting from Roman times and earlier... in the
hills around Valkenburg making the hills now look like Swiss cheese.
So now there are many
man made caves as a result of the cutting out of the stones these houses were build from. Some of these "caves" (dutch: grotten)
are commercially used nowadays, for Christmas markets, social events
such as parties and guided tours.. including (guided!) cycletours I
was told. But most of the so called caves are not accessable...
has been a popular tourist town since the
early 1930-ies. But mainly in summer season, which usually and
traditionally starts after Easter each year. That explains the large
number of small and large hotels, B & B's etc. in and around
Valkenburg. Including many restaurants for all tastes. In all price
ranges. This was one of the reasons that Valkenburg was chosen as a
venue for this event, many years ago. In Spring and Autumn/Fall that
is! Since during summer time we all would have great problems finding
hotel accomodation since the place is then completely crowded with
tourist. Not as relaxed as over the bourse week-ends!
Mountain biking, cycling, tracking are sports that are very popular in
summertime… Next to sitting in the sun in one the many pavement cafes and enjoy the local food and beers.
The tourist office can supply you with many brochures and
Valkenburg and the area around it - South Limburg - are worth visiting, not only because of
the "Papermoney Fairs - Maastricht" -bourses in April and September.
You should stay a bit longer
if you can…
All in all the town and the area are worth visiting.
There is much more to do and see than what I described here. There is a more detailed selection of activities on the page
Bring your family!?.
As a visitor for one day: the best solution for
parking your car is the large parking called "Polefermolen" (follow
signs), which is right behind the hall.
The other big lot on the other side of the road is also part of it. This is
just an easy 100-150 meter walk, crossing the small river Geul over a small
The small town of Valkenburg has decided that a parking fee is not only due
during week-days (like in almost all other towns in the Netherlands)
but also during the week-end!
If you want to avoid a parking fine (Euro 50
appr.) or even a wheel-clamp (much more costly and inconvenient!) ,
please do not forget to fill up the parking meter properly!
If you stay overnight: Parking
can be costly and can only be avoided by leaving your car at your
hotel if you can.. in most cases the hotels do have their own parking areas.
not, in many cases they have permits for the larger parking lots nearby
or for parking on the street in front. With our without charge...
And if you stay in a hotel in walking distance (over 90%!) that is what you should do: leave the car there & walk.
DEALER INFO: for unloading and loading you may drive up to the main doors of the Polfermolen hall to do so,
but AFTER DOING SO you will have to drive around the block to park your car as described above!
If your hotel is on walking distance, you may choose to return the car to your hotel and leave it there
after unloading, and bring it in again on departure.
The small parking lot next to the entrance of the Polfermolen is NOT to be used by visitors, dealers or collectors alike - unfortunately.
Under no circumstances you can leave your car there...
It is ONLY for residents of the area: parking fine Euro 50
How to get there?
Where to stay?
Tourist Office Valkenburg:
Theodoor Dorrenplein 5
6301 DV Valkenburg a/d Geul
Telephone: +31 43 609 8500, (from the Netherlands also 0900-9798)
Fax: +31 43 609 8608
website: http://www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl/ has English language and other buttons too!
Also Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands - now appr. 120.000
inhabitants - has a long history going back to Roman times, and even
earlier Celtic times.. In Roman times being called "Mosa Trajectum".
The name that over time became "Maastricht" ( in Limburg dialect called
architectual highlights from the past 2000 years can be found in
Maastricht. The Roman bridge over the river Maas is one of them. Also
various museums are worth a visit.
Modern history tells you about
the Treaty of Maastricht back in 1992, starting the process of the
introduction of the Euro in 2002 for back then 12 European countries.
In the meantime other European countries have joined as well and others
will in the future..
international, a bit French .. these are words which Maastricht's
guests often use to describe the city's characteristic atmosphere.
Centuries of influence from the south and the tradition of cultural
exchange in this land without borders have given Maastricht an
international imprint. The old fortified town on the river Maas is developing
steadily into a city of European charm. The half-yearly summit of
European heads of government has already been held here twice.
Maastricht is a congress city of international standing. Maastricht also has a reputation as a city of culture.
Why not enjoy a taste of the good life in
Maastricht? It is the sunniest city in the Netherlands where you can spend a short break or even just a weekend, experiencing
the art of living. The sunny lifestyle of the people of Maastricht
is infectious. Maastricht sparkles! Restaurants, bars and pavement
cafes abound. Nowhere in the Netherlands will you find such a choice of
culinary delights within such a small radius as here. With a strongly
French flavour - not surprising in the country's southernmost city -
but spiced with typical regional specialities.
another very good reason for spending a day in Maastricht. Fashion,
patisserie and antiques are particularly plentiful. The sophisticated
shop windows in the Stokstraat area are the height of temptation.
Please join us, and find there is more to know about Maastricht on the pages of the Maastricht Tourist Office Site.
Tourist Office Maastricht:
Kleine Staat 1
6211 ED Maastricht
Telephone: +31 43 325 2121