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Valkenburg, the Xmas city of the Netherlands

Valkenburg, a small city in the south of the Netherlands, has found a new source of tourism. In the old days Valkenburg was only a hotspot in summer. Its convienient location near the German and Belgium border as well as the beautifull Limburgs landscape makes it the place to be. Valkenburg itself has lots to offer: caves, dug out by miners. A coalmine, now only operated as a museum. A castle ru?n, on top of the hill. An amusentpark for the kids, a cable car and lots more. In the centre of town are many nice places to have a drink or eat something.

But the last years Valkenburg discovered an other form of tourism: Xmas shopping. Two caves, the Fluweelengrot and the Gemeentegrot are turned into Xmas markets. Not only the caves makes it an unique experience but also the entourage. The Fluweelengrot had a story with gnomes and the Gemeentegrot had the story of a knight who once lived in the castle. And every year there is a new theme. In 2005 the theme is Xmas around the world.

In 2005 the events are from november 18th untill december 20th.
The christmas markets in the caves are open: mon to fr 12.00-21.00, weekend: 11.00-21.00.


More info:
- http://www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl - special website about the Xmas markets.
- http://www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl - the website of the touristinfo buro.

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Valkenburg is certainly worth a visit in the other months too !

More info about Valkenburg in general:
- http://www.tvvalkenburg.nl/, tv valkenburg has all sorts of news on Valkenburg and surroundings, only in dutch tough.
-http://www.valkenburg.nl/, the website of the municipality.
-http://valkenburg.boogolinks.nl/, all kind of links about Valkenburg.

During the rest of the year Valkenburg is a great place to have basecamp while hiking or biking in the dutch mountains. We have regular weekend breaks here.

Some walking routes are described in our off the beaten path tips.

And if you are a fanatic cyclist do think of riding the Amstel Gold Race. It is the only cycling classic our country knows. There is a tourversion the day before the race. In april 2004 Tom managed to finish the 150 km at the top of the Cauberg in just under 6 hours. In april 2005 the weather was bad and it took him 30 minutes longer.




Soak in a little of the Limburg culture too. If possible visit a Schuttersfeest , where local associations of marksmen battle for the honor. First there is a parade around town and then the shooting starts.

See the travelogue for more pics and explanations.

Next trip: soon...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:good food, good drinks, great nature
  • Cons:too many tourists
  • In a nutshell:enjoy the good life
  • Last visit to Valkenburg: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 24, 2011
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  • Pijlmans's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Great tips! De Valkenier costs 7.95 in stead of 5 euros...Inflation!

  • Jun 30, 2008 at 3:13 AM

    De site van het Openluchttheater in Valkenburg a/d Geul is veranderd, het is nu: www.theatervalkenburg.nl

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Hoi Gonnie! Is er een 'meidenplan' voor de zaterdagochtend terwijl de mannen fietsen?

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 2:55 AM

    Definately going on my travel list. Baie dankie vir 'n wonderlike blik op Valkenburg ;-)

  • tompt's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2005 at 8:28 AM

    Nee, George W was niet te bereiken voor commentaar of een gezellig biertje....

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 7:56 AM

    Great Amstel Gold tour version tips! PJ

  • ronaldbarr's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 10:35 AM

    Great information and pics on Valkenburg. I was close to you in November 04. Some of my Limburg impressions can be found on my pages. Greetings from Ireland. ronaldbarr

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2004 at 10:25 AM

    Prachtige Valkenburg page, zeer mooi maar wel at lastig om te fietsen, se terassen met de grote bierglazen, spreken me meer aan. Ha . . . eindelijk, den Tom in actie . . . . (op de fiets en aan het bier)

  • Dec 29, 2003 at 5:30 AM

    Thanks for the great tips and pictures!

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2003 at 1:19 PM

    Another place to discover! and I smiled at Filip's comment... the moment I read about cycling the hills his name popped up ! Wonder why!

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