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Thousands of years before our era people already lived in the Geuldal. Many utensils and building remains are evidence of intensive occupation during Roman times. The first written mention of Valkenburg dates from 1041. The German king Hendrik III donated four villages to his cousin Irmgard. These are Herve, Epen, Vaals and Valkenburg. The name Falchenberch is clearly legible on the charter. Sieges and conquests are constant. In 1672 Valkenburg Castle on the Heunsberg was destroyed by retreating Dutch troops who fled the advancing French army. The castle has never been rebuilt. Two city gates (Berkelpoort and Grendelpoort) and part of the city walls survive the destruction. From the high castle Valkenburg was governed for many years by the Lords of Valkenburg and remained important from an administrative point of view. This was the seat of the court that conducted criminal proceedings against the infamous Bokkenrijders.

The construction of the Valkenburg-Aachen railway in 1853 is a step towards the new era. The current Station Building is the oldest in the Netherlands. In order to provide tourists with better information, the very first VVV in the Netherlands was established in 1885. Valkenburg has since grown into the most important tourist attraction in the region.

Shopping is very pleasant in the compact center of Valkenburg. You will find many fashion stores, nice boutiques for young and old, trendy lifestyle shops and special delicatessens. But you will also find shops for hobby, reading and literature, shoe stores and hairdressers for women and men. Of course you will also find chain stores for your daily shopping.

Just before the center, the Geul branches off and embraces the heart of Valkenburg, only to become one again a little later and tirelessly continue its route. The many bridges and the monumental quay walls characterize the view, together with the historic buildings built in marl. A more beautiful decor while shopping is unthinkable.

Maastricht
Grand Hotel Monopole is an excellent base to discover Maastricht. Maastricht has many faces and each district has typical characteristics. Each time a unique atmosphere, reflected in the buildings and streets.

Wyck. You arrive in this district by train from Valkenburg. A better acquaintance is hardly imaginable with many exclusive shops on your walking route towards Vrijthof. To enjoy.
ceramic. Many modern buildings by world famous architects can be found in Céramique. The most famous are undoubtedly the Bonnefantenmuseum and the Center Céramique and the square.

The Vrijthof. The best and largest terraces in the Netherlands with a view of the Basilica of Saint Servatius and the stately

St. John's Church. On your right is the beautiful Theater aan het Vrijthof and on the left the educational Museum aan het Vrijthof.

The Stokstraat quarter. In the French-style alleys you can still see remnants of the Roman past. Now cozy streets with exclusive shops.

The Jekerkwartier. A bustling and popular residential area, which is surrounded by the city park and the old stadsomwal­lingen, gelegen aan de voet van de legendarische Pietersberg.

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