The Netherlands: Valkenburg

You thought that The Netherlands is flat? Think again! We actually do have some hills (mountains in my opinion haha!). My boyfriend Chris and I visited the province Maastricht, in which most of the Dutch hills are located. We stayed near an old city called Valkenburg. This Travel Thursday post sees me being a tourist in my own country.

First let me show you the beautiful area around the hotel we stayed in. We stayed a 10 minute car ride away from Valkenburg itself. I’m really glad we chose this hotel because the area around it was lovely. Chris has been in The Netherlands for a while now and he had never expected there to be a place like this.

This beautiful hotel was the cheapest choice out there. I think we paid 25 euro each. There was a small road running next to it on one side. On the other side was a beautiful field. The view from our bedroom window was amazing.

In the bottom left corner you can see our hotel. The hill behind it really closed you off from the rest of the world. I loved it!

I live in the flat part of The Netherlands and had never driven up hills. On the right side of me you see parking spots. Parking there was a real challenge for a new driver like me! (I got my license at nineteen, when your eighteen your allowed to start driving lessons. Unless you take many many lessons a week getting your license is a slow process here compared to for example The USA. )

Pretty steep right?  On one of the morning of our stay we decided to hike up the hill you see on the right side of the picture. The view from the ‘top’ was magnificent.

The other side of the hill there was a flat area, at the end of it you could see a lovely castle. When I discoverd this I HAD to do the following:

 Climb over the wire fence and….

Run down! Don’t you love that feeling you get when your running down a hill?

One of my favorite cities in The  Netherlands is Valkenburg. It is quite a famous city so parking wages are high. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you might know that I’m cheap. I especially dislike paying for parking. Therefore I was determined to find a place in Valkenburg where we could park for free and surprisingly I found one! A long street next to the train station called the Parallelstraat.

Valkenburg is known for it’s marl stone caves. You’ll find the oldest cave in the whole province of South Limburg here.

Time to explore the city!

A part of the old city wall.

There are many cute cafes in Valkenburg. At the end of the lane you can see the castle ruins of Valkenburg. I really wanted to visit those ruins, but unfortunately we arrived fairly late and the place was already closing down. I wanted to at least take a closer look at the castle so we decided to climb up a nearby hill.

From the top of the hill we had a lovely view of the city and of the…

castle ruins! And best of all? We didn’t have to pay entrance fees to see the castle!

I admit that the actual view of the ruins from the mountain was a bit further away. Chris zoomed in with his camera. But it was still pretty good (and free!).

My hair was still long during this holiday. I must admit I kind of miss it, but I don’t regret donating it to charity!

A lot of people think the only thing The Netherlands has to offer is Amsterdam. Believe me, there is so much more! If you plan to visit I highly recommend you don’t just stay near the coast. For example check out the province of Limburg. I promise it won’t disappoint you!

With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. 09/01/2015 / 16:55

    Ik vind het nog steeds superleuk op te zien dat je hier bent geweest! Ik ken echt iedere plek op al jou foto’s zo goed! Het is een totaal andere wereld vind ik, net alsof je helemaal niet meer in Nederland bent. En dat is ook een van der redenen dat ik daar al vanaf mijn 2e jaar kom. Vorig jaar ben ik niet geweest maar ik denk dat ik er dit jaar wel weer naartoe wil na je foto’s te zien! Was dat hotel echt maar 25 euro p.p? Want dan moet ik daar ook maar eens naar gaan kijken! 🙂

    • TheBeautySuitcase
      09/01/2015 / 17:00

      Dat is leuk he wanneer je een plek die je heel goed kent door de ogen van iemand anders bekijkt! En ik heb exact dat zelfde gevoel bij Valkenburg! Daarom wilde ik mijn vriend ook heel graag hier mee naar toe nemen. Ik wil heel graag weer terug (deze foto’s zijn alweer van een tijdje terug!).

      • 09/01/2015 / 17:02

        Zeker een keer terug gaan! geloof me ik zie nu ook iedere keer weer nieuwe plekjes! Het zit vol verassingen daar 🙂

  2. 08/01/2015 / 17:20

    Mooie foto’s! Ik ben zelf nog niet in Valkenburg geweest, maar het ziet er wel echt heel mooi en sfeervol uit! 🙂

    • TheBeautySuitcase
      08/01/2015 / 17:33

      Het is echt een aanrader, zeker rond de Kerst!

    • TheBeautySuitcase
      09/01/2015 / 16:58


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