Castle Ruins

The Netherlands unique height castle
Beleef de Middeleeuwen in de Kasteelruine in Valkenburg

Back to the Middle Ages

The rich history of the Middle Ages lives again with a visit to the Castle Ruins in Valkenburg aan de Geul, and its history dating back to the 11th century! Towers jut skyward from the ruins of the once so imposing castle, the Netherlands’ only hilltop castle, looking out over the little fortress town below.

Quarters of the ruins

Visiting these historic remains of Valkenburg Castle, you can wander from the Great Hall to the defensive towers, from the dungeon to the old chapel, and from the artillery room to the subterranean escape passages to the Velvet Cave.

Knights

Relive the stirring history of the many sieges, destructions and dominions of knights such as Walram de Rosse, Gosewijn, and the Dukes of Brabant, until the final destruction of the castle on 10 December 1672 at the hands of Stadtholder Willem III.The remains of the castle ruins have stood as a quiet reminder of the proud fortress here at this prominent place in the Geul Valley ever since.

The Netherlands unique height castle

Towers jut skyward from the ruins of the once so imposing castle, the Netherlands’ only hilltop castle, looking out over the little fortress town below.

Een ervaren gids neemt je mee de Fluweelengrot in
Velvet cave
Een van de oudste gangenstelsels van Zuid-Limburg: De Fluweelengrot
The Velvet Cave has many secrets. Discover a treasure trove of impressive wall murals, inscriptions, strange sculptures in the soft marlstone walls and a romantic chapel dating from the French period (18th century).
Betreedt de kasteelruine in Valkenburg
The Haselderhof
Prachtig uitzicht over Valkenburg bij de Haselderhof

Want to relax after an exciting climb to the ruins? Starting July 2013, you can have a drink or bite while enjoying a delightful view in our new restaurant overseeing Valkenburg and the hilltop castle. 

Daalhemerweg 27 | 6301 BJ Valkenburg aan de Geul

Gratis toegang met de museumkaart!

Daalhemerweg 27 | 6301 BJ Valkenburg aan de Geul

Dear visitor

The Castle Ruins and Velvet Cave remain closed until further notification.

Unfortunately, as a result of recent national reports and issued guidelines with regard to the coronavirus, the Castle Ruins and Velvet Cave will remain closed until further notice.