Limburg, the greenest area in Belgium and The Netherlands, offers a wide variety of experiences: from an outdoor vacation, enjoyed by hikers and cyclists, to various excursions and gastronomic pleasures. Several organizations protect the many parks, gardens and caves in order to have the remarkable flora and fauna maintained. No less than twenty nature reserves and visitor centers are spread across the Limburg territory, with impressive sights such as the green sloping hills of De Voerstreek, the marl caves of Riemst or the Blégny coal mine.
East of the river Meuse (or ’Maas’ in Dutch) lies De Voerstreek, a picturesque area, framed by hills and lively streams and rivers. Here you will find beautifully put together villages, with the characteristic half-timbered houses, built with ecological materials such as Limburg clay and straw. The impressive landscape hosts castles and chapels, dating from the 17th century and before. After a walk or cycling tour the regional Voeren products are a delicious treat! A fine local wine, a fresh trout directly from the trout farm or a Voerdrupke (‘drop from Voeren’), a sweet liqueur, you will find something to your liking. In the visitor centre of De Voerstreek anything about the region can be learned: its history, geology, flora and fauna.
Excellent roads lead to Limburg. From Aachen in Germany, and Heerlen in The Netherlands, the E314 (A3/A2) brings you here. The Belgian motorway E313 (A13) runs from Antwerp via Hasselt and Tongeren to Liege. Both motorways cross each other at the Lummen junction. From the Netherlands the A2 Eindhoven-Maastricht is the main motorway. Provincial roads take you to different destinations in Limburg from various motorway exits.
Public transportation will bring you to the cities in the area: Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Liege in Belgium. The beautiful Bruges can be found nearby as well. By bus (www.delijn.be) or train (www.b-rail.be) you will reach your destination quickly. Distances within Limburg are small and main and secondary roads are well maintained and are clearly signposted. When traveling by bus, remember that call-up bus services are available in the countryside. You’ll need a valid ticket for the city and regional busses. You can purchase tickets in stations or from the driver. In the city of Hasselt all buses are for free.
In The Netherlands buses are arranged by Veolia (www.veolia-transport.nl) and traveling by train with the Nederlandse Spoorwegen, shortly NS (www.ns.nl). The nearest airports are in Maastricht-Aachen (NL/D), Eindhoven (NL), Liege (B) and Zaventem (B).
Enjoying a vacation in Limburg means an excellent stay in the country on a near distance from the beautiful Flemish cities Bruges and Antwerp, near European capital Brussels, and close to the beautiful cities of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Aachen (Germany). Apart from viewing the architecture of the cities there are many sights recommended: the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the museum park in Brussels or Cathedral in Antwerp.
An abundance of culture, art, shopping and gastronomy will be waiting for you, perfectly contrasted by the green and preserved nature, which, for a certain period of time, you will call your home.