This is Zuid-Limburg

Regions of Zuid-Limburg

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. 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.

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 is currently 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!

Maankwartier met mensen in Heerlen
Brunssumerheide Mist

The 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 (place where the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet), the highest point in the Netherlands (Vaalserberg, at 322.5 meters), the most expansive maze in the Netherlands, various golf courses, outdoor go-kart tracks, a steam train, museums and galleries, shops selling regional products, cosy pubs and intimate restaurants.


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.

Rivierpark Maasvallei
Mei Den Banholt

Our culture & traditions

Zuid-Limburg cherishes its unique traditions to keep the region’s rich past alive.

The Source of Europe

Due to its long, rich and above all eventful history, we also call our region ‘the Source of Europe’. For thousands of years Zuid-Limburg
and its surroundings have been the source and core of this continent’s history.

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Mijnwerker Archieffoto

Prehistoric farmers and band-ceramists settled down in this area some 7,000 years ago, heralding Zuid-Limburg’s rich history. Due to its rich, long and above all eventful history, we also refer to our region as ‘Source of Europe’. After all, Zuid-Limburg and its surroundings have been the source and core of this continent’s history. Discover it for yourself and make an exciting journey  through time to the first farmers, Romans, knights and miners through our unique Virtual Reality film (in Dutch) at the Visit Zuid-Limburg Experience in Valkenburg.

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