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Family-friendly activities in South-Limburg

For every age group

Celebrated for its warm welcome and authentic hospitality, South Limburg is brimming with historical monuments, beautiful countryside and international attractions. Our experienced team have rounded up a few favourites to inspire your stay.

Pierre Haenen, Director/Host - Château Neercanne

Cycle through local villages

“We have three beautiful and unique neighbours that are ideally explored by bike. Start the route at Apostelhoeve, one of the oldest vineyards in The Netherlands, then onwards to the beautiful underground limestone quarry at Jezuïtenberg. Back on two wheels, venture towards Belgium and pass by the pretty lock that links the Albert Canal and Maas, before arriving at the Belgian village of Lanaye. Here you can board a small ferry to the Dutch village of Eijsden, where you can ride along the banks of the Maas towards Maastricht.”


Stefan Hazen, Director/Host - Winselerhof

Discover the Euregion

Vijlenerbos

Walking in Vijlenerbos is a special experience at any time of year. This expansive area of forest stretches for 8km between Epen and ‘Three Country Point’ near Vaals. Alongside several hiking trails there are bridle paths and a popular mountain bike route, each path is punctuated with log cabins offering the perfect spot for a picnic. Complete your adventure with a visit to Het Hijgend Hert, where in summer you can lounge on the sunny terrace and in winter, cosy up in front of the fireplace.

Leisure Dome

With activities for every age, Leisure Dome is the ultimate day out. Play a game of glow in the dark, go for a bounce in Euregion’s largest trampoline park or enjoy indoor entertainment at Darteldome and Vue Cinema.

GaiaZOO

Awarded ‘Best Outing in The Netherlands’ by ANWB, GaiaZoo has over 150 different species of animals. Go face-to-face with gorillas or step back in time and experience DinoDome, Europe’s largest indoor Dino play park.

Maasmechelen Village

Located in Belgium, this is the go-to place for designer shopping. With a wide range of local and international brands including, Furla, McGregor, Ralph Lauren, Boss, Max Mara and Scotch & Soda. It’s also the perfect place to sample delicious authentic Belgian chocolate.

Aachen

Known for its vibrant city life, the German city of Aachen is brimming with exciting shops, historic squares and ancient buildings like Aachener Dom Cathedral and the Elisenbrunnen. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to one of the many traditional bakeries to try the local Aachener Printen – a delicious type of gingerbread. My top tip would be to complement your dynamic city break with a trip to the Carolus Thermen spa, where you can relax and enjoy the thermal waters.


Harmen Silver, Director/Host - Château St. Gerlach

Explore South Limburg

Velvet Cave and castle ruins at Valkenburg

Embark on an exciting hike through one of the oldest caves in South-Limburg and discover ancient wall paintings and sculptures. Back above ground, you can climb the castle ruins, dating back to the 11th Century, and enjoy stunning views across Valkenburg. To round off the exploration, enjoy authentic Parisian cuisine and atmosphere at restaurant Aan de Linde.

Walking in Geuldal

Characterised be its beautiful and diverse landscape, Geuldal has flowering grass fields, flora-rich slope forests and a winding valley. One of my favourite places in Geuldal is the Ingendael and at Château St. Gerlach we can recommend several amazing hiking trails. My favourite is the 9km route through Uitspannerij de Nachtegaal, where you can stop for coffee and cake, or a delicious cold beer.

Barefoot Park, Brunssum

Walk, jump and climb in nature, with one exception – shoes are banned! From soft moss to hard pebbles and mud, your feet are introduced to a host of natural textures, making it a fun adventure for all the family. If you prefer to hike with your boots on, take a turn about the hilly countryside in Brunsummerheide.

Beer tasting in Maastricht

There’s a world of beer to discover in Maastricht. You can take a wonderful tour at Bosch Brewery or, if you’re simply looking for a cold pint, the Maastrichter Malteser brewery has a lovely terrace overlooking the Maas, with amazing views of the Sint Servaas Bridge. For helpful insights visit the beersommeliers at Café de Zwaan, located in the market, whilst true beer aficionados can wrap up their evening at Gouverneur, a dedicated beer café, where there are more than 250 Belgian beers on offer. My top tip: try the veal meatballs with beer sauce!