Shrouded in mystery and bursting with historic heritage, the town of Valkenburg aan de Geul is an ancient and appealing tourist allure whose rich cultural panorama magnetises millions of visitors every year. Travellers visit in order to explore the subterranean networks of caves and mines that date back to Roman times, or to bask in the ancient glory of the town’s commanding castle. Impeccable museums showcase some of the country’s finest artistic endeavours, while gourmet gastronomes create some of Europe’s most creative and contemporary cuisine.
Undoubtedly Valkenburg’s primary allure, the Roman Catholic Catacombs are an alternative and astounding tourist attraction that takes you deep into the bowels of the city’s rich history. Initiated by a wealthy merchant in the 20th century, the underground network of homes were designed to provide solace for Roman Catholics under threat.
Immerse yourself further into the prosperous past with a visit to Castle Rock, a rugged outcrop of land that is home to the atmospheric ruins of a 17th century castle. Search for the secret passage that led from the castle to the caves to discover an exciting mystery that lies beneath the mossy mounds of the city’s surroundings.
Classy and chic, the Bombarino Restaurant is an excellent eatery whose extensive menu is inspired by international innovation. Dine upon the terrace for a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, perusing the menu and trying desperately to decide between the tenderloin steaks or crackling pig. If you’re finding it too difficult to make a choice, opt for the surprise menu which showcases a signature selection of the restaurant’s dishes. (Muntstraat 2, 6301 BW Valkenburg, Netherlands )