"Vijlen, Dutch ‘mountain’ village" Vijlen by vtveen

Vijlen Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 32 photos

Vijlen is a small village in the southern part of the Province of Limburg. The name is generally believed to be derived from the Roman word 'villa' or 'villare' (farm estate or 'belonging to a farm estate').

The village is located in the ‘Dutch mountains’ and with its height of 200 meters above sea level it is considered to be the highest situated village/town in the Netherlands. Even 60 meters higher one can find the only Dutch mountain café ‘‘t Hijgend Hert’.

Vijlen itself doesn’t have much to offer to tourists. Perhaps the St. Martinus Church, built by architect C. Weber and finished in 1872, which is located in the centre. We could see a glimpse of the interior just before a Sunday service, but it is not as nicely decorated as a lot of other catholic churches. Beside it has just limited opening hours. The tower of the church - 253 meters above sea level - reaches high above the landscape and can be seen from ‘everywhere’.

Tourists come to Vijlen for biking, hiking, visiting nearby sights and enjoying the nice hill scenery and the quietness of the area. Aachen with its famous cathedral is less than 10 km’s from Vijlen and the Vaalserberg - highest 'mountain' of the Netherlands - with the ‘Drielandenpunt’ belong to the same municipality. Maastricht, the ‘capital’ of southern Netherlands and Valkenburg are between 10 and 25 km’s away. A little bit further one can find the scenic areas of the Eifel (Germany) and Ardennes (Belgium).

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  • Pros:quietness, scenic landscape
  • In a nutshell:Nice place for exploring neighbouring towns and scenic areas
  • Last visit to Vijlen: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Jul 10, 2012
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    i´d love to and hike and bike that area. that B&B sounds really interesting too.


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