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Valkenburg: Cave Experience MergelRijk Entry Ticket

1. Valkenburg: Cave Experience MergelRijk Entry Ticket

Check out MergelRijk, one of the best attractions in Valkenburg. Discover everything about caves and marl: from their origin 65 million years ago to the latest in 3D cave paintings in 2022. There are a lot of beautiful things to see and do at MergelRijk for all ages. See impressive sand and marlstone sculptures and make your own souvenir from a real marlstone. Children will discover the cave via a fun-filled treasure hunt. Your entry ticket includes all activities and a multilingual info guide. Don't forget to bring your camera or phone; you'll want to capture the 3D Cave Paintings.

Valkenburg: Thermae 2000 Spa Entry Ticket

2. Valkenburg: Thermae 2000 Spa Entry Ticket

Relax and rewind at Thermae 2000 the luxury wellness resort and 4-star hotel of Thermae 2000. Spend a whole day at the recently renovated wellness facilities of this resort. Enjoy activities from the new experience programme which include floating, singing bowl sessions, tea rituals, start to yoga lessons and many more. Benefit from the unlimited usage of scrub salt, shower gel, and shampoo. Thermae 2000 is situated on top of the Cauberg, hidden between nature with a beautiful view. The most famous mountain of the Netherlands, the Cauberg is known because it has been part of the World cycling championships several times. Besides the World Championships, many important cycling races have taken place on the Cauberg, such as the Amstel Gold Race. The Cauberg is an indispensable part of Thermae 2000. In 1989 three springs were tapped into the Cauberg for thermal water. All baths in the wellness resort are equipped with this thermal water.

Escape Xperience Valkenburg - the Forbidden Chapel

3. Escape Xperience Valkenburg - the Forbidden Chapel

Explore the city through riddles and puzzles, creating an outdoor escape room experience! This self-guided tour allows you to start playing anytime, at your convenience. Utilize the smartphone app as your guide to unravel the intriguing storyline in Valkenburg, where you'll assist pastor Servatius in his search for a hiding place. Embark on a thrilling Valkenburg adventure, where history comes to life in the year 1798. French revolutionaries impose their will on the town, demanding allegiance to a new constitution while forsaking the church. Pastor Servatius, unwavering in his faith, faces imminent imprisonment. Can you assist him in finding a safe haven within two hours, ensuring his escape and the commencement of a clandestine chapel's construction? Throughout the game, you'll explore 22 locations, encompassing both renowned attractions and hidden gems of the city. Please note that the game is currently only available in Dutch. The Escape Xperience is played in a team of up to 4 people. If you are looking to book for more than 4 people, you will receive a username and password for each team participating. After completing your booking we will send you your login details and starting instructions by e-mail, according to the amount of people participating. 1-4 players: 1 team 5-8 players: 2 teams 9-12 players: 3 teams etc.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Valkenburg Christmas Market

4. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Valkenburg Christmas Market

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Valkenburg Christmas market. Hop on the bus in Amsterdam, and enjoy the ride to the southeastern Dutch city. Jump off near the center, and spend 9 hours exploring the city. At the end of the day, get back on the bus and drive back to Amsterdam. Begin by meeting your driver early in the morning in Amsterdam. Hop on your coach, set off on your journey, and enjoy the views. Disembark in Valkenburg's center, take in the city's many twinkling Christmas lights, and head out on your adventure. Head to the Municipal Caves where the Christmas market is located, and buy an entrance ticket online. Stroll through the cave corridors and marvel at the cave stone festively lit with lights. Look at the different stalls selling Christmas gifts. Treat yourself to a traditional snack or mulled wine. Head overground and visit Santa's Village. See more handmade arts and crafts and do more Christmas shopping. Pay a visit to Santa himself, and let your inner child come alive as you share your Christmas wishes with him. If you have timed your trip right, get to see the Valkenburg Christmas parade. Go on a ride down Valkenburg's famous toboggan ride. Whiz down the 325-meter-long slide and see how fast you can go. Finally, visit the city's most popular cave, the Mergelrijk, and see the life-sized statue of the painting the Night Watch. Get on the bus in the evening and drive back to Amsterdam.

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based on 43 reviews

I knew about the Mergelrijk mostly because of the sand sculptures, but I was pleasantly surprised to experience their new attraction - the 3D paintings. It's super fun, not only for kids but also for adults! They are so well done, that you won't believe your eyes when you see the pics afterwards. Of course the sand sculptures were also interesting to see, especially the Nightwatch. What I didn't enjoy was the section with the dinosaurs, but I guess kids love it. Luckily, it's not very big, so you can go quickly through it and have fun in the other sections. I will absolutely recommend visiting the Mergelrijk if you happen to be in the neighbourhoud.

Super fun experience! Trying to strike the perfect pose so that you can see the result later on your phone! Very well done 3D paintings! You feel like a kid again! The sandstone sculptures were also very interesting! There's also a workshop room where you can make your own souvenir from sandstone and take it home. It's not easy to work with the stone but it's so fun!

Was fun for the whole family. 1.5 hrs cave experience.