Valkenburg aan de Geul, The Netherlands
Valkenburg aan de Geul
Valkenburg aan de Geul is one of the most visited touristic places in the Netherlands. Already thousands of years B.C. there were people living in this area. The Romans build here several "Villa Rusticae". The first notification on paper from Valkenburg is from the year 1041. In that year the German King Hendrik the Third give his nice Irmgard several villages. In 1672 Dutch troops were withdrawing from the French troops and on their way the Dutch troops destroyed the castle and the city. Only some parts of the defending walls and two gates were left. In 1853 Valkenberg get a railway station and with that people were coming to Valkenburg. Valkenburg station is the oldest remainig station in the Netherlands.
In 1885 Valkenburg did also get the first Tourism Office in the Netherlands.
Valkenburg is reconstructing and restoring parts of the walls. The river that's going through Valkenburg is the Geul. The surroundings of Valkenburg are nice for walking and biking. So a visit to Valkenburg aan de Geul is very nice and i can certainly recommend it.