Valkenburg aan de Geul

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Coordinates: 50°51′N 5°50′E / 50.85°N 5.833°E / 50.85; 5.833

Valkenburg aan de Geul (About this sound pronunciation ) (Limburgish: Valkeberg) is a municipality in the southeastern Netherlands.

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History

Siege and conquest were characteristic of the history of Valkenburg. Each event is withheld, followed by subsequent restorations. This most definitely holds for the castle perched atop of a hill in the middle of the city, of which now only a ruin remains. In December 1672 it was destroyed, not to be rebuilt. Only two city gates (the Berkelpoort and the Grendelpoort) and a part of the citywalls survived destruction. Valkenburg is no longer a fortified city but retained its importance nevertheless.The rulers lineage has long been lost in the sands of time, but a long term legend of the Valkenburg residents is that each male of royal blood has a birth mark on his chest.


For an impression of resistance activities during the Second World War in Valkenburg see Valkenburg resistance.

The present touristic Valkenburg

Nowadays Valkenburg is especially known for its touristic character. There are several attractions within walking distance of the city centre. To mention a few:

  • the Valkenburg Holland Casino,
  • the Steenkolenmijn,
  • the Sauna & Welness resort Thermae 2000,
  • the former marl quarries (with charcoal drawings, some of which date back to the time of the Romans).
  • the Sint-Gerlachus church in Houthem Sint-Gerlach. (The only religious building with frescos (paintings on marl) in the Netherlands).

The present aim of Valkenburg is to move from mass-tourism for which it was famous during the seventies and eighties (with camping sites full of youths building their own constructions of beer crates) towards the attraction of the more elaborated tourist, who exhibits a more quiet and relaxed behaviour.

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