Zuid-Limburg is the most southern part of the Provence Limburg, which is most southern Provence of the Netherlands, and has many geographic characters.
In the south of Zuid-Limburg you can visit the ‘three country point’ located in Vaals. Here the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together. Not far from the ‘three country point’ you ca visit the highest point of the Netherlands (322,5 meters) at the Vaalserberg.
Because of the many hills Zuid-Limburg has gained the name ‘Litlle Switserland’. The whole area is ideal and perfect for hiking and bike trips.
An other Zuid-Limburg characteristic is the yellow coloured Marlstone. This soft but strong sand rock that is used to built houses and even castles came into existing about 70 to 80 millions years ago. The marlstone is located in many caves in Zuid-Limburg where the inhabitants latterly break them out using simple tools. Nowadays in the city Valkenburg, also known as the ‘Marlstone-town’, you can visit many caves. In the caves of Valkenburg many things can be done, like mountain cycling underground, paintball shooting, quad-riding, or reach the castle ruins of Valkenburg by secret medieval passages. Valkenburg is also called ‘Christmas town of the Netherlands’, around Christmas time the caves turn into a underground Christmas market, a real must see!
In the east of Zuid-Limburg lays Parkstad. For a while ago there used to be a black cloud over Parkstad because of the coalmining industry. After the mines closed the area went from black to green. Nowadays this region is the fastest growing touristic area of the Netherlands. Here you will find many international top attractions, top events, funshopping and beautiful green parks for hiking and cycling.
In the west of Zuid-Limburg you can find the city Maastricht, the capital of the Provence Limburg and a culinary city par excellence. From north to south the river Maas floats through the city and provides visitors with many activities and cultural possibilities like Kano riding and boat trips that give a great perspective over the city. Also the Maas is, next to the river the Rhein and Schelde, the most important river of the Netherlands.