"Valkenburg - Christmas Market" Vijlen Off The Beaten Path Tip by vtveen

Vijlen Off The Beaten Path: 2 reviews and 8 photos

  Valkenburg - entrance to the Christmas Market
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  • Valkenburg - entrance to the Christmas Market - Vijlen
      Valkenburg - entrance to the Christmas Market
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  • Valkenburg - Christmas Market, decorations - Vijlen
      Valkenburg - Christmas Market, decorations
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  • Valkenburg - Chrsitmas market, booths - Vijlen
      Valkenburg - Chrsitmas market, booths
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We never had been to the caves of Valkenburg in the Dutch province of Limburg and after heard/read some rather good reviews we decided visiting them during the annual subterranean Christmas Market. Vijlen is a good starting point for visiting Valkenburg: very nearby and much more affordable.

Still being aboveground there was some light snowfall in the village and a lot of people were finding their way to one of the caves with Christmas Markets. We decided for the so called ‘Gemeentegrot’, being the oldest and biggest subterranean market.

Once inside it was quite an experience strolling through the labyrinth of galleries and huge halls of this former marl grotto. These were all lined with market booths and there was even a café. On some places there were rather nice Christmas decorations, without being very stunning.

But to be honest we were absolutely very disappointed by the kind of booths we saw. Most of them are just offering quite common articles and knickknacks (which can be found on every market in the country). Just a couple of them had Christmas decorations or gifts for sale. I really would call it a big TOURIST TRAP.

It was quite a relief going back to the quaint village of Vijlen, far away from the hustle and bustle of touristy Valkenburg.

This Christmas market is hold from mid November till mid December. See for the exact opening hours, admission fee and directions their website.

Website: http://www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl/index.php?id=26&L=1

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  • Written Nov 27, 2009
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