Caves ValkenburgCenter Valkenburg
Valkenburg aan de Geul is sometimes popularly called Marlstone Town, for Valkenburg soil is rich in lime, the soft yellow marlstone, which, since Roman times, has been quarried as building material. As a result of marlstone quarrying there is now a network of underground corridors that, these days, is over 250 km long. In Valkenburg, or to be precise, under Valkenburg, we find a truly fascinating world.
These caves are home to a number of attractions and in it a variety of events is staged, such as the famous Christmas Markets in the Municipal and Fluweelen Caves. Most of the caves in Valkenburg are accessible to wheel chair users.
Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave)
The municipality of Valkenburg also owns one of the caves. It is visited by over 100,000 people every year.
From the Sunday before Easter through to 31 October
Monday through Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 hours
Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00 hours
Guided tours Monday through Friday at 14.00 hours
On foot the tour takes about an hour, by cart train about half an hour. Schools, parties and clubs get reduced entrance rates.
During the Christmas Season the Municipal Cave is the backdrop to the world famous annual underground Christmas Market.
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