Valkenburg, tourist information

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Coat of arms of Valkenburg
Coat of arms of Valkenburg

Number of inhabitants: 16.364
Number of national monuments: 112

Summary of Valkenburg


The Old Watermill in Valkenburg
The Old Watermill in Valkenburg

Valkenburg is a small but very cozy and very touristy fortified town. Valkenburg is located in the very south of the country, in the south of the province of Limburg. In Valkenburg you will find a different architectural style than you see in most cities in the Netherlands, many buildings are made of marl, yellow stones from the caves in the vicinity of the city. The city has a very historic feel and that is partly due to these marl buildings. You could hardly tell that Valkenburg is a fortified city, but these days the municipality has corrected it, you can read more about this under the heading Cultural heritage.


Interesting history of Valkenburg


The (Rebuilt) Geulpoort of Valkenburg
The (Rebuilt) Geulpoort of Valkenburg

Valkenburg and cultural heritage go well together, this is the reason why Valkenburg is super touristy! The castle ruins on the hill is already one thing that makes you feel historic. Just like the cozy historic square next to the Oude Kerk, with the well and Den Halder castle, which used to be a fortress tower, but has become a castle-like house over the years. Not to mention the well-known Geul that flows through the city, it also gives the historic feeling with the marl quays.


Valkenburg Landmarks


Valkenburg Train Station
Valkenburg Train Station

Yes, Valkenburg has many sights and to this day new ones are added. In addition to the existing Berkelpoort, the Grendelpoort has been expanded again with two towers and the Geulpoort has even been rebuilt from the ground up and are ready since the end of 2014. This gives the city a real fortified character again, this character had largely disappeared due to the lack of the gates, almost the entire wall and the moat. The fortress moat will also be partly rebuilt, along the remaining western city wall, next to castle den Halder


Shopping in Valkenburg


The Grendelpoort in Valkenburg
The Grendelpoort in Valkenburg

Valkenburg is not really a shopping city, you can get your daily groceries there and there are souvenir shops here and there with the occasional clothing store. For nice shopping it is better to move to one of the surrounding cities such as: Maastricht, Heerlen en Sittard.

Valkenburg:
Shopping evening: Friday


Activities in Valkenburg


The Coal Mine in Valkenburg
The Coal Mine in Valkenburg

If you want to do something fun, Valkenburg is the ideal destination for you! You can go tobogganing, zip-lining, visit museums, visit caves or go to an open-air theater in Valkenburg. So you will undoubtedly enjoy yourself there.


MUSEUMS VALKENBURGATTRACTIONS VALKENBURG
  • Museum Land of Valkenburg, click here for the site.
  • catacombs, walk through the corridors of the Katacombs, click here for the site.
  •  Coal Mine Valkenburg, discover this in the beautiful caves. Click here for the site.
  • A GoGo Valkenburg, spectacular! Take the cable car up, enjoy a toboggan ride on the hill, climb the watchtower and if you dare jump off it via the zipline! This is all possible in one place with a nice view over the city. Click here for the site.
  • From ”Castle ruins of Valkenburg”, click here for the site.
  • Amusement park the ”Valkenier”, amusement park full of children's entertainment. Click here for the site.
  • Velvet cave. Click here for the website
  • The "Marl Kingdom"'. Click here for the website

 

CINEMAS VALKENBURGTHEATERS VALKENBURG

Not present in Valkenburg, cities with cinema in the area are:

Maastricht, Heerlen of Sittard.

  • Open-air theater Valkenburg Click here for the site.

Nature & Parks in Valkenburg


A Path on the Cauberg in Valkenburg
A Path on the Cauberg in Valkenburg

Valkenburg is located in the middle of the hills of South Limburg, here nature is in abundance. You can walk on the green Cauberg and you can walk in the Cauberg through the caves. You can also go to the Geulpark or one of the other smaller parks in the center of Valkenburg. West of Valkenburg along the Geul there are still many forests to relax in.


Steps in Valkenburg


The Grotestraat in Valkenburg
The Grotestraat in Valkenburg


Due to the touristic appeal of Valkenburg you can enjoy yourself in Valkenburg, with the many pubs, terraces, restaurants, hotels, casinos you will have a really nice evening!


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