History AllGulpen-WittemKerkradeMaastrichtRoerdalenSimpelveldValkenburg Kasteel Schaloen Castle Schaloen, Oud-Valkenburg on a sunny Sunday morning in October. The castle is national heritage and has been built with local marl, marlstone ( Limburgse Mergel). Oldest references date from the 13th century, however the current state dates from 16th to 19th century. Nowadays you can stay in the nearby stables (hotel, b&b) or have a meal. If you have a couple of million Euro's to spend: it is for sale! 🙂 You'll have some nice surroundings as well, it's a great area for hiking or enjoying nature in general! (2017) Fort Sint Pieter (Saint Peter’s Fortress) 16th Century fort located on the south-side of the city of Maastricht. Built on the north slope of the Sint-Pietersberg it served to defend the southern defence walls around the city of Maastricht (but in the end the city had to surrender to the French). Nowadays restored and a tourist attraction. (2016) A Peek At Château St Gerlach From 12th century monestary to a 19th century castle-like villa, Château St. Gerlach is now a luxurious hotel, restaurant and conference center in Houthem, a small parish near the among tourists popular town of Valkenburg aan de Geul (2017) E2 1040 Steam Locomotive This 90 ton piece of machinery operates on the "Miljoenenlijn" - a stretch of railroad in between the towns of Schin op Geul, Simpelveld and Kerkrade. This historic steam locomotive was built in 1910 in Sweden and has been in service at the Miljoenenlijn since 2010. (2018) Sjtegelke When hiking in Limburg, you probably end up using one or more "Stjegelkes" to get from one field to the other! These turnstiles have been around for centuries, invented by cattle farmers to easily get from one pasture to the other, without having to climb over the fences. (2018) Past Times An old tub, watering can and sieve hanging from a small barn. Looks like they haven't been used for quite some time! (2018) Locked The mining of coal has always been a major part of Limburg, especially from the beginning of the 20th century to the midst of the 1970's. The Continium museum in Kerkrade has various exhibits on display that give an insight in how difficult working in this industrial environment must have been. (2017) IJzeren Rijn Abandoned and overgrown part of the controversial freight railway called "Iron Rhine" (Steel Rhine) that connects (the port of) Antwerp (Belgium) and Mönchengladbach (Germany). Between Roermond and the German border, traffic has fully ceased since 1991. However the Dutch and Belgian authorities remain discussing the re-opening of the railway (and whether the route should go through Meinweg national park like it does on the photo). (2018) Quiet Little Place A striking stone house near Valkenburg (Limburg, The Netherlands). I used the Nik Analog Efex Pro plugin to give this image an old wet plate look, which I think suits the subject nicely! It's not something I do often, but occasionally I like to experiment with this. (2006) Hoeve Vernelsberg Only a small part of the full restored iconic farm house, located right in the middle of the country side of Zuid-Limburg. (2004) Want to frame these photos? Order quality prints at Oypo! Image Updates RSS Feed Leave a Reply Cancel replyComment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.