Province of the Netherlands
Limburg is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Netherlands. A visit to this province quickly gives you a holiday feeling. The Burgundian cosiness of the Limburgers and the hilly landscape are almost un-Dutch. Limburg is located in the extreme south of the Netherlands and its capital is cozy Maastricht. The province is crossed by the river Maas.
The climate in Limburg is often just a little bit more pleasant than in the rest of the Netherlands. Its southern location makes it one of the hottest and driest places in the Netherlands, and rightly so the sunny south. Due to its location in the extreme South, Limburg is enclosed by Germany on the eastern side and Belgium on the western side. It is therefore also possible to quickly visit these countries from Limburg. In fact, all countries come together at the three-country point. From the lookout tower one looks at the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Limburg over the years
Limburg has been inhabited since early history. The Romans already inhabited the city of Maastricht and used this place on the Maas to conquer the surrounding areas. In the Middle Ages, the Limburg area was divided into several counties and duchies belonging to Brabant, Liège, Gelre or Cologne. The current province that we now call Limburg arose only after the French period. At the Congress of Vienna, it was determined that the eastern border of Limburg would be at a cannon shot distance measured from the Maas. In 1830, during the Belgian revolution Limburg joined the Belgians. This ultimately lead to a split of Limburg. The eastern part remained part of the Netherlands. The west continued to belong to Belgium. For a long time, the economy of Limburg mainly focused on coal mining. This coal was used in factories in the nearby Ruhr region of Germany. In the mid-twentieth century, however, the use of coal became less and less important and the closure of the mines was eventually announced. This caused major economic problems in Limburg in the 1970s and 1980s.
On holiday in your own country
In recent years, the province has increasingly focused on the transport sector and forms an important link between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp with the Ruhr area. The tourism industry is also increasingly emerging. Limburg is therefore a very nice province to visit. You quickly get a holiday feeling through the hills while still having all the comforts of going on holiday in your own country. Limburg also has more than enough to offer the tourist. The beautiful countryside with small river valleys, rolling hills, beautiful forests and charming villages. It is fine cycling and walking here. Limburg is a cozy, beautiful and Burgundian province that is definitely worth a visit.