Houthem-Sint Gerlach is located in the beautiful Geuldal in South Limburg. In this environment there are plenty opportunities to go hiking and cycling. Houthem has a number of beautiful monuments such as Chateau St. Gerlach, the Gerlachus Church and the Ronald McDonald Children’s Valley by the artist / architect Hundertwasser. In addition to many old buildings, there are also remnants of the old marl mining and beautiful nature reserves.
The town of Valkenburg is 5 minutes away (train / car or 10 minutes by bike). Valkenburg is a tourist attraction and has the oldest tourist office of the Netherlands, founded in 1885. The train station of Valkenburg is the oldest station building in the Netherlands and dates back to 1853. Today Valkenburg offers a great variety of attracions and activities (see our ‘links’).
Maastricht, 10 minutes away by train or car, is an absolute must. Not only is Maastricht one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands, Maastricht is also the second monumental city in the Netherlands. In the streets you can still find traces of Maastricht as a Roman fortress, religious center, garrison town and as an early industrial city. Especially interesting are the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, the Vrijthof. In addition, Maastricht hosts many yearly events including the The European Fire Art Fair (Tefaf), the Preuvenemint (a culinary tasting event) and of course the Carnival celebrations. See also the links-page.
Aachen is close to the border triangle of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. This imperial city has a rich history that goes back to Charlemagne. In the narrow medieval alleys, which spring from the impostant Aachener Dom and the beautiful town hall, it sometimes feels as if time has stood still for years. Aachen is unmistakably connected to the water well that springs here. Witness the many fountains and monuments through the city. Discover the centuries-old bath tradition in the Carolus Thermen, discover small special shops in the Altstadt or marvel at the fascinating history in one of the museums.
Liège is the largest tourist city in Wallonia and has many riches to discover. The Meuse, which traverses the city from south to north. The steep, forested hills that surround it and its distinctive relief that provide many original perspectives. Its typical neighborhoods give the city of Liège a great deal of charm.
A strong presence of folklore that keeps the jovial, party-like inhabitants alive, lively neighborhoods and numerous restaurants ensure that Liege is an absolute must stop during every visit to Belgium. And we haven’t yet said anything about the intense cultural and artistic life, and a fantastic architectural heritage.