Discover Zuid-Limburg

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The region of Zuid-Limburg: in the east it borders on Germany, in the south and west on Belgium. As the centre of this border triangle ‘The Netherlands – Germany – Belgium’,  Zuid-Limburg boasts a limitless variety in a small space!

Zuid-Limburg is the southernmost part of the province of Limburg; the northern part is called Noord-Limburg and the central part Midden-Limburg. From the city of Heerlen at the easternmost point, to the city of Maastricht at the westernmost point, the distance is just about 24 kilometres! The north and south of Zuid-Limburg are about 40 km apart. Zuid-Limburg is a tourist area, truly deserving of the ‘small is beautiful’ motto.

Regions of Zuid-Limburg

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Zuid-Limburg has been populated for many centuries and its ancient history is waiting to be discovered by you! The spa in Heerlen – built by Roman soldiers – nowadays can be seen at the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen, and in the forest called Savelsbos, near the village of Eijsden, you can visit prehistoric Flintstone mines. Due to the many wars and sieges in the Middle Ages, Zuid-Limburg is filled with many beautiful historic churches, craftsmanship houses, watermills, castles, farms and country houses.

The city of Sittard (1243) is famous because of its wonderful historic church. In the marlstone town Valkenburg aan de Geul, the story goes back to the start of the 12th century when the castle of Valkenburg was one of the highest, most strategically located and strongest fortresses in the Netherlands. Nowadays its beautiful historic ruins are all that is left to be seen. In Hoensbroek, you can visit Kasteel Hoensbroek, one of the most beautifully restored, oldest and biggest castles of The Netherlands. Stop by for a visit and travel back in time!

In the beginning of the 19th century Limburg was split up into multiple nations. In 1839 the Provence of Limburg was divided into a Dutch and Belgium Provence. Throughout history the Provence had many different influences, like Dutch, German and French, which can still be discovered by cultural activities and typical Limburg food.

Details of Zuid-Limburg

Zuid-Limburg can be divided into five different regions. Every region has its own particular characteristics. Click on one of the links below and discover all regions.

Valkenburg aan de Geul

At the southernmost tip of Zuid-Limburg, nestled between the mossy green hills, lies the extraordinary city of Valkenburg aan de Geul. Located in the heart of the Heuvelland nature reserve, this marlstone city boasts a rich touristic tradition and a lush Tuscanesque landscape that has drawn visitors from home and abroad for more than 125 years. Valkenburg aan de Geul, just a stone’s throw from the major cities of Maastricht, Aachen, Liège, Hasselt and Tongeren, truly is the beating heart of the Euregion.  

Parkstad Limburg

Parkstad Limburg currently is the fastest growing tourist destination in the Netherlands. It is a region full of contrasts and extremes. Parkstad Limburg has some of the finest Roman archaeological sites in the Netherlands, the largest indoor ski centre in the world, the largest furniture retail park in Europe, the most innovative and most modern zoo in Europe, one of the largest castles in the Netherlands which is open to the public, the largest themed gardens in the Netherlands, and so much more!

Heuvelland

In the rolling hills of Zuid-Limburg, there are a myriad of nostalgic towns and villages hidden away between meadows, woodland and colourful orchards, waiting for you to be discovered. In 2005, the Heuvelland (literally, ‘hill country’) was declared one of the most beautiful areas in the Netherlands. It is the perfect backdrop for hiking and cycling. Here, there are vineyards, breweries, a climbing and adventure centre, a sub-tropical swimming pool, a glass works, Drielandenpunt (where the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet) the highest point in the Netherlands (Vaalserberg, at 322.5 metres), the most expansive maze in the Netherlands, various golf courses, outdoor go-kart tracks, a steam railway, museums and galleries, shops selling regional products, cosy pubs and intimate restaurants.

Grensmaasvallei

In the gently rolling and nearly flat northern part of Zuid-Limburg, in the narrowest part of the Netherlands, one finds a unique region: the river forelands of the Maas River. This is also where the foothills of the Ardennes start, a gently rolling landscape, perfectly suited to fantastic cross-border cycle tours. Visitors to this area will find very old churches and basilicas, sheltered views of villages, museums, a zoo, a family park, shops, shopping centres and charming restaurants.

Maastricht

If you want the good life, why not go to Maastricht, the capital of Limburg? Its many shops, museums, monuments, old pubs, fine restaurants and pleasant riverside quays can all be discovered on foot.

You can find more tourist information about the city of Maastricht at www.visitmaastricht.com.

Euregio - Heart of Europe

The compact region of Zuid-Limburg, with its natural beauty and undulating scenery, offers a world of discovery. However, this captivating area is just part of a wider region that extends on all sides into neighbouring Belgium and Germany, with France and Luxemburg within easy driving distance.

In addition to the diversity of recreational, historical and cultural attractions of Zuid-Limburg, Belgium and Germany are within a stone's throw of the region, with major towns and cities such as Aachen, Hasselt and Liège within easy striking distance.


You can find more tourist information about the Euregio at www.urlaubimherzeneuropas.eu.

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