Sample the seasonal atmosphere in the Valkenburg grotto!
The oldest and largest subterranean Christmas market in Europe!
Friday 15 November 2013 marks the opening of the Valkenburg's 27th annual Christmas Market, held as usual held in its underground grotto. Many hundreds of thousands of visitors have already passed through its labyrinth of passages to take advantage of the seasonal market's special atmosphere. You´ll be surprised by the lovely settings and decors, which are in full harmony with the numerous stands offering Christmas gifts and other luxuries. The spacious and long galleries that are typical for this cave, are very inviting to visitors who want to spend their time in a musical setting and a fancy equipped Christmas cave.
The ancient galleries and the stylish dramatization of an episode from Valkenburg's rich history provide the perfect backdrop to this uniquely appealing occasion.
The Christmas market is embellished with song and music and at weekends the visitor can enjoy many cultural asides. As you wander through the grotto, you will be tempted by many of the seasonal attractions on sale. If you're ever at a loss as to what to buy for that special someone at Christmas, this subterranean bazaar will give you ideas aplenty!
The entrance to the municipal grotto is at the foot of the Cauberg hill.
Valkenburg is located at the centre of South Limburg and can be easily reached by train from Heerlen or Maastricht or by one of the many buses that converge on the town. More information can be obtained via the National Public Transport Hotline on 0900-9292 (¦ 0.50 per min.)
Valkenburg can be easily reached from the A2 and A79 motorways. A number of car parks are available (follow signs), all within 10 minutes walking distance of the grotto. Pedestrians should follow the signs to the market.
Valkenburg Town cave
Mo - Fr 12 am - 9 pm
Sa - Su 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday 23rd of December until 6 pm
Adults: € 5,00
5-12 years: € 3,00
Infants under age of 5 have free entrance
Please visit www.valkenburgkerstmarkt.nl as well !