Limburg is the southernmost of all the Dutch provinces. Established in 1839, it’s bordered by the province of Gelderland on the north, the province of North Brabant on the west, and Germany on the east. Limburg is known for its hilly landscape, lively cities and lovely people.
City Trips in Limburg
Maastricht is the capital city of Limburg, and it’s definitely worth a visit. You can explore this historical city via the many walking and cycling routes available. You can also take a boat trip on the Meuse river or visit the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein (Square of Our Lady), a former churchyard now lively terrace visited by locals and tourists alike.
Maastricht is also known as a shopping destination. The Grote Straat is the main shopping street, with the largest shopping centers being the Mosae Forum and Entre Deux. Go to the Stokstraatkwartier for high-end brands. And when you’re tired, travel to the Jekerkwartier to relax like the locals and sit and dine in one of the many cafés.
Here’s something you may not have expected to explore while in Maastricht – underground caves! Visit the North Caves Maastricht Underground, where Rembrandt’s Night Watch was hidden during World War II, and the Fort St. Pieter Maastricht Underground. Maastricht Underground is located a few kilometers away from the city center. You can perfectly combine a trip to Maastricht city and Maasticht Underground in one weekend.
Venlo is another popular city in Limburg which is famous for shopping. It’s located just a few kilometers from the German border and is within 45 minutes from large cities like Mönchengladbach or Duisburg. For this reason, Venlo is well frequented by Germans.
The vibrant shopping center has all the major clothing shops that you’ll find across the country. Very popular with tourists is the 2 Brüder von Venlo, a large grocery store where you find local and international food brands in bulk. Venlo also offers a large range of snack bars and cozy cafés. The city recently expanded the areas at the Maas. The perfect place for a walk along the river or to simply relax.
Museum-lovers will like the Limburg Museum. It focuses on the history of the Limburg province. The museum showcases artifacts from the Stone Age, religious memorabilia throughout the province’s history, and features various exhibits throughout the year.
If you like nature, you’ll find the Nationaal Park Maasduinen in the north of Venlo. The huge national park features sand ridges, sand dunes, heathland, lakes, and forests.
Located halfway between Venlo and Maastricht, Roermond is known as the home of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, one of the most prominent designer outlets in Europe. With over 200 designer brands on offer, the place receives about six million customers annually.
The Designer Outlet is the main reason why people visit Roermond.
If you want a break from all that shopping, then visit the historic city center of Roermond. You can stroll around the small streets or the vibrant market square.
If you’re interested in history, visit the St. Christoffelkathedraal. It’s a gothic church that has experienced a lot through the centuries (fire, storm, bombing raids, earthquakes, etc.). You can climb its 86 meter tower every first Saturday of the month (April to October).
Sights & Activities in Limburg
The Drielandenpunt (Three-Border Region) is the specific point where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany meet. The place is open to the public throughout the year, and you can take any of the various walking routes (from 4 km to 12 km) available. The shorter routes enable you to explore the place thoroughly, while some of the longer routes run through Belgium and Germany.
Drielandenpunt is also where you’ll find one of the biggest labyrinths in the country. However, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to enter.
Wine Routes of Zuid Limburg
Zuid Limburg (South Limburg) is where 50% of the province’s population resides, and it’s considered the sunniest section of the Netherlands. The Dutch love the sun, so the area is a popular destination.
Another benefit of all that sun is the thriving vineyards in the region. Choose a wine route and hike or cycle your way through the various vineyards in the area. Brewery visits are also popular here.
The GaiaZOO in Kerkrade is home to over 2,000 animals. This zoo is unique because it offers some wildlife species that you won’t see in other Dutch zoos, such as wolverines, Amazon bush dogs, and bat-eared foxes.
Valkenburg aan de Geul is known for its mines and caves dating back to Roman times.
In the Coal Mine Valkenburg, you can learn all about coal mining from a former coal miner.
One of the country’s cultural landmarks, Valkenburg Castle, is another must-see. It’s the only castle built on a hill in the Netherlands. Fluweelengrot, a maze of corridors beneath the castle, was built as an escape route if ever the castle was invaded.
For us, Valkenburg is the perfect place for a family trip. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities here!
Valkenburg is also home to Thermae 2000, a popular spa and wellness center.
Getting Around Limburg
Hiking & Cycling
Limburg has a large choice of cycling routes. Our favorite cycling routes are along the Maas and in the nature reserves.
Accommodations in Limburg
Limburg offers a wide range of accommodations to suit every preference and budget. Options range from fancy castle hotel rooms to bed and breakfasts in the countryside to camping and recreation rentals in and around the province’s nature reserves.