Valkenburg, The Netherlands

Yesterday was the start of the two weeks Meivakancie and wanted to take a day trip somewhere. We set out for a visit of Monschau, Germany, but after some traffic, we agreed to got off in Valkenburg in South Limburg. the A2 was a bit backed up with traffic entering the town but we found paid parking area quite quickly with a maximum daily rate of €8 (not bad!)

I personally had never been there and didn’t know what to expect. The town didn’t feel typically Dutch but rather German or Belgian. It has a different ambiance and the area of Limburg actually has ‘hills’ something you don’t have in flat Netherlands.

There was a very picturesque touristy inner historical city with shopping area, loads of cafes and bars. The typical ones for people watching and having a drink in the sun.

here was some sort of honking truck rally where over 100 (yes!) Tracks drove by honking their horns.

 

After a simple lunch, we walked to A Gogo Activity park. You can drive up the back but we took the gondola up and down for €14 family ticket (pin is an option).

Now, I am sure it’s very safe and no one falls off, but my fear of heights didn’t help on the gondola both up and down. When over grass I was fine, but I hated the big hole.

Here is a video with Soren going down and Maebh going up.

 

 

At the bottom, we got sucked into buying these two tourist photos at €3.50 each but it was the kids who wanted them. I get that so why not!

At the top there is restaurant/bar, kids tubing area, an alpine slide and zip line. It seems like loads of lads and stag parties spend the day here doing the activities, have drinks then walk through the town doing silly things. Like one guy dressed in a banana suit with a GoPro on his head.

The kids and Nils did the alpine slide – of course, I would NEVER do it!! You can control the speed with the break but we saw a few guys hit the walls as they didn’t bother breaking – I am thinking they go some friction burns as a result.

 

 

 

I have some still photos from my other camera which I will upload here today. Overall they really enjoyed it.

Kids under a certain age need to ride with an adult – someone said 12 but I changed to under 10, as our son who is 10 could ride alone but our 8 year old needed an adult.

Each turn goes two loops – first outer than inner tubes and a viewing area for those of us not going on.

Maebh did the small kids tubing area for a €3. bracelet you can have unlimited turns.

 

putting it uphelpful brother

We’d like to back to visit the famous caves. The two caves which are the most interesting to visit are Velvet Cave (Fluwelengrot) and Town Cave (Gemeentegrot). Two old limestone caves, they both offer different experiences to guests. While Town Cave features art dating back 2000 years, Velvet Cave was used during Second World War as a hiding place and even houses a underground chapel. The extensive labyrinth of tunnel system in Valkenburg is over 200km (124miles) in length and would be great yo visit. Nils told the kids about mountain biking through them when he was a teenager on a family visit.

I might be tempted to returm to visit during the Christmas holidays as the town has nice Christmas Markets. I really love European Christmas Markets!

Also I would book a hotel in advance to be able to spend ample time doing the caves. Might even consider staying in Maastricht to take in both cities but we went home.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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