Limburg, the land of the Maas and the gentle G

Limburg, the land of the Maas and the gentle G

2 January 2020 0 By beheerder

Limburg is the southernmost province in the Netherlands. Limburg is enclosed between North Brabant in the west and a very small part of Gelderland in the north, Belgium in the south west and Germany in the east. All too often when one talks about Limburg, one talks about South Limburg but with this you do the rest of the province shortage. Limburg is a land of hills and streams and beautiful pieces of nature. But Limburg is also flooded with culture and history.

Cows in the Limburg meadows
Cows in the Limburg meadows

Rolling hills of Limburg

The people are generally very cordial and talk with a soft G, this is different from the rest of the country where the G is pronounced in a hard way. The hills in particular make the area of South Limburg very popular with tourists, but Limburg is so much more.

Did you know, for example, that the Limburg border borders abroad over a distance of 270 kilometers? The provincial capital is Maastricht, which takes its name from the river Maas. Who enters our country at Maastricht and ends at the Hollands Diep near Rotterdam.

Limburgs rolling hills at sunset
Limburgs rolling hills at sunset

The Vaalserberg and three country point

The south of the province is hilly with the high point of Vaalserberg and the Three Country Point, which is actually the highest part of the Netherlands. Other well-known hills are for example the Cauberg the average cyclist soon feels like Tour de France athlete.

The top of the Cauberg is 134 meters above sea level. At the foot of the Cauberg you will find the city of Valkenburg.

Climbing the Cauberg on bicycle

The oldest city of the country

Limburg has a rich collection of castles and historical heritage. Throughout the province you will find the most beautiful castles, castle ruins, ancient abbeys and monasteries. And with Maastricht as the oldest city in the Netherlands, and according to many also the nicest city in the Netherlands

you can imagine that you can find a lot of history and culture there.

Maastricht is a city with a very lively street scene. The city has more than 200 cafes, terraces and a variety of dining options. You can find more about Maastricht on her city page.

Maastricht city on the Maas
Maastricht city on the Maas

The liberation during WWII

Noorbeek is a place with many traditions. Noorbeek was the first place in the Netherlands to be liberated by the Allies in the Second World War.

The village Noorbeek
The village Noorbeek

Roermond

Roermond, where the street scene is determined by the large number of churches. For example, here you will find the impressive 13th-century Munster Abbey.

And perhaps even more impressive is the St. Christopher Cathedral. But the town hall of Roermond, which was already built in 1700, is a feast for the eyes if you like old historic buildings.

City hall of Roermond
City hall of Roermond

Sittard

Sittard is the oldest city in the Netherlands after Maastricht. Just outside Sittard is the Castle Limbricht, a large massive and heavy castle surrounded by a magnificent canal.

This castle once served as a hospital for the soldiers of Napoleon. Sittard is also a very popular city when its carnaval which is celebrated all through the south of the Netherlands or like the dutch would say “below the rivers”.

Carnaval in Sittard
Carnaval in Sittard

Valkenburg

Valkenburg was the favorite holiday resort in the Netherlands until well into the 60s. The lively life and nightlife made Valkenburg a popular place to go out. Add to that the almost foreign atmosphere and you have an almost idyllic vacation spot.

High above the city lies the only Dutch fortress. The Caubergh with the steeply rising Daelhemerweg, the Wilhelmina tower that you can also reach with a cable car, the mysterious marl caves and the numerous terraces make Valkenburg a very lively city where you can relax and have fun.

Valkenbrug area in winter
Valkenbrug area in winter