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Favorite thing: The heuvelland is a perfect place for biking sports. For professionals and for amateurs there are races all over the biking season. The most known is the Amstelgold race and the Ridderronde. The Amstelgoldrace is 250 kilometres across the hills. Its in april. Difficult are the Cauberg hill and the gulpenerberg hill. Since 2001 there is a Amstelgoldrace for women. Supporters write the names of their favourites in big letters on the streets of the parcours. The race was fisrt held in 1966 and since then, each year. The fisrt winner was the French Jean Stablinsky and for 16 times a Dutchman has won the race. Jan Raas had won the race for five times. Joop Zoetemelk, a legendary dutch sportsman won the race at the end of his weeler carreer. In 1999 the last dutch sportmen won, namely Michael Boogerd. From Valkenberg its not far to Margraten, just head to the south-west. Near this village, in Cadier and Keer, you can visit the Africa museum, with artefacts from this continet, such as statues and masks. Then, head for Bemelen, where you find a picturesque church and chalk caves. An other cave ? Groeve ut Rooth can be found in the village ? t Rooth. From Bemelen you can go to Gulpen and the you arrive at Wahlwiller. Here you find the St. Canibertus church, build in the 11 th century. The interior is deorated by the Rotterdam painter Aad De Haas, depicting Jezus death, he didn?t pay the usual fourteen stages of Jezus going to the cross, but he painted 16 stages, including Juda?s betrayal and Jezus resurrection. The Vatican forbid this way of depicting and it was abondanded out of the church till 1980. Then it got renovated again. From Wahlwiller its not far to Vaals, just head south-east. In Vaals you can visit Vaalsbroek castle. Build in 1761 by Arnold von Clermond. There is an English garden. Visit also the Kopermolen, a Lutherian church dating from 1736, which now houses a museum. The townhall, called the Von Clermonthouse is build in 1765 in classism style. There is a glass-munifacture in this town, where they blow glass. Its Gerardo Cardinale?s at tentstraat 2. There are demonstrations, seeing the craftmen in action. Pay also a visit to the St Paulus church.

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  • Written Apr 15, 2009
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