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.