Valkenburg Travel Guide
Home to a fantastic series of man-made caves, and the ruins of an important 12th Century Castle, Valkenburg in the South of Holland is a place of great interest.
The caves were excavated for their valuable Marlstone, an orange colored stone which is very popular in the surrounding areas in and around Valkenburg.
The municipality of Valkenburg aan de Geul has nearly 200 officially listed monuments and remarkable buildings, some of which such as Valkenburg Station, the oldest Dutch station, are still in use.
Things to do and see in Valkenburg, Holland
Here's a selection of things to see and do while you are in Valkenburg, as supplied by the Town's tourist authority:
Wind and water mills
Several old mills are to be found in Geuldal. Castle Schaloen houses Schaloen Watermill in its Castle Gardens in Oud-Valkenburg. Others such as the Old Mill and the French Mill are situated in the town centre. Polfer Mill, also known as Gunpowder Mill is situated inside Valkenburg’s only brewery ‘De Leeuw’. And Geulhem Mill offers a lovely place to unwind, situated as it is in the vicinity of the Geulhem cave dwellings and at the edge of Geulwater.
The local area has 6 castles, Valkenburg’s origins are in Genhoes Castle. A little further downstream the fairytale-like Schaloen and Oost Castles are to be found. Heunsberg hill has the ruins of Valkenburg Castle near Den Halder Castle, which, in the past, was part of the prominent town walls.
In 1995 a large-scale monumental restoration of Castle St. Gerlach took off. The one-time ruins have been rebuilt to grace the Geul Valley once again.
The Castle Ruins
High up on Heunsberg hill, right in the middle of Valkenburg, lies the only hilltop fortress the Netherlands landscape boasts. The castle ruins constitute one of the many proofs of the rich and buzzing past of our town. A tangible past that goes back as far as the Middle Ages.
Right at the heart of Valkenburg centre is the Country Museum, which is located in the former Town Hall of our beloved town on the Geul. In 1991 a thorough renovation took place, which gave the museum its present-day appearance. Both the prominent building and the museum more than deserve a visit.
When you visit the Tourist Information Centre at Theodoor Dorrenplein you'll see it is housed in a beautiful building called the ‘Spaans Leenhof’ (Spanish Manor).
It was built to serve as the manor of a Spanish feudal lord. Since 1964 it houses the Tourist Information Centre, the oldest in the Netherlands!