Valkenburg Castle Ruins

Valkenburg, Netherlands

In the year 1115, fortifications were erected at the site by Gosewijn I, Lord of Valkenburg. This original wooden keep survived until 1122 when it was destroyed under siege by Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor. The castle was rebuilt in the following centuries but was again destroyed in a siege, this time by Jan III, Duke of Brabant. The current ruins are those of the castle rebuilt in the 14th century.

The castle was blown up during the Franco-Dutch War, in 1672, by the army of King-Stadtholder Willem III to prevent it falling into French hands.

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Andreanne U. (12 months ago)
Booked tickets online to visit the castle. Though it was convenient, we had to pay a little bit more to visit the Velvet Cave too. Tip: If you want to visit both the ruins and the cave, there is a kiosk where the Velvet Cave (Fluweelengrot) is located & they sell the combined tickets there. It wasn't possible to book that kind of ticket online. The ruins were interesting & needs a whole lot of imagining when you start reading the descriptions. Worth the visit.
Chantal Blank (14 months ago)
It's a beautiful experience and an amazing spot to take pictures. You get to over see the entire town and learn about the history of the ruins. There's a variety of things to do as well, guided tours or walking on your own. This time I've only gone up to the ruins themselves.
Karen Koopman (14 months ago)
Nice place above Valkenburg to wander around. A 4* because there is no staff at all to ask any question or provide help or information. One can buy a ticket at a machine.
Akram Rassam (14 months ago)
It was an amazing experience. You can see an old castle from above and also the city center.
safae Fesfousa (14 months ago)
Nice ruins, and very cute village. unfortunately we couldn't visit the velvet cave because it was fully booked
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