This is Sittard-Geleen A place to love!
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Welcome to Sittard-Geleen, a place to love! You are about to discover Sittard-Geleen ... A place which is a byword for diversity.
Must-do’s in Sittard-Geleen
On foot and by bike
A day full of fun
Relaxing in Sittard-Geleen
Shopping in the historic town centre
Enjoying the good life
Events the whole year through
Art & culture for everyone
A few days in a different world
Castles and convents
Terug naar de mijnen
Icon, poet, vagabond and troubadour
Sittard-Geleen on the map
Map of Sittard town trail
Map of three-country cycle route
Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop
The historic town centre of Sittard
in the historic town centre? Or the
is famous for its magnificent historic
birthplace and chapel dedicated to the
buildings and characteristic half-tim-
canonised Pater Karel (‘Father Charles’)
bered houses. Its pleasant, winding
in Munstergeleen. Likewise, Sittard-Ge-
shopping streets all lead, as if by
leen is a Mecca for cyclists and walkers.
instinct, towards the quaint old mar-
Sittard’s Stadspark, for example, is
ket square. After a couple of hours of
the archetypal town park, whilst the
leisurely shopping or soaking up the
Schwienswei and the various wooded
town’s impressive heritage, the many
areas surrounding the town are the ide-
pavement cafes and restaurants, with
al setting for a brisk countryside stroll.
their heated terraces, are the perfect
The local network of cycle routes also
place to take a breather.
extends into Germany and Belgium. And why not hop onto the foot passen-
The renovated, modern-day centre
ger ferry in Grevenbicht and cross over
of Geleen is synonymous with com-
the River Meuse into Belgium?
fortable and convenient shopping. The shops are within easy access,
Add to this the many large and small
with ample car-parking close-by.
events that are organised every year, such as the St Joepmarkt (annual mar-
Within spitting distance of these urban
ket), the Oktoberfest, the St Rosafes-
centres are several pretty riverside
tival and Gelaender-Kirmes (fun fairs),
villages, such as Grevenbicht, Obbicht
and Wèntjerdruim (Christmas market)
and Schipperskerk, each with their own
and you will understand why Sittard-
individual charm and identity. And how
Geleen is a byword for diversity!
about Geleenbeekdal (nature reserve), Kasteel Limbricht (castle), Kasteelpark
Sittard-Geleen wishes you a fun-filled
Born (zoo) en Museum De Domijnen
voyage of discovery! 3
Sittard-Geleen is a place to love!
best! And remember, your terrace table
There’s a whole world waiting to be
is just one step away from the winding
discovered. Before you start explo-
shopping streets where you can pick
ring the town, this brochure gives
out a nice jacket or souvenir (→ page 22).
you some unmissable tips to make your holiday or day-out even more unforgettable!
1 Historic market square, Sittard
2 Pater Karelhoeve Visit the Pater Karelhoeve in Munstergeleen. ‘Father Charles’, known as Pater Karel van Sint Andries, was born here on 11 December 1821. The Vatican
In the summer, sit and relax with a
attributed two miracles to the inter-
nice refreshing drink in the old market
cession of Pater Karel and he was accor-
square, one of Limburg’s finest trea-
dingly canonised in Rome in 2007. In
sures! There’s a huge range of options.
1954, the outhouse outside his place
For drinks try out an olde-worlde pub
of birth was converted into a chapel. It
or alternatively, a trendy lounge bar.
is a place where you can find a source
Or dine out in one of the many local or
of strength and hope, come and say a
cosmopolitan eateries. In short, enjoy
prayer, light a candle, or simply wander
the good life, where Limburg is at its
around the garden. There is also a mu-
seum and a shop selling religious items
4 Historic town trail with a guide
(→ page 53).
3 De Domijnen museums Sittard
Visit Zuid-Limburg offers a number of walking trails with accompanying guide. With their amusing and unusual anec-
There’s no shortage of art and culture
dotes who better than one of these
in Sittard-Geleen. Discover the history
guides to bring the historic town cen-
of the town or marvel at the works
tre to life?! You can book one of these
of contemporary artists in one of
guided walks at the Visit Zuid-Limburg
De Domijnen museums.
shop in Rosmolenstraat, Sititard and discover its glorious past like never
Museum Hedendaagse Kunst De Domijnen This museum of contemporary art focuses on the (inter)national avant-gar-
before (→ page 9).
5 Vibrant markets
de, displaying socially relevant objects in a critical or reflective manner. The
Sittard-Geleen enjoys a singular reputa-
temporary exhibitions are a mix of curi-
tion in the region when it comes to its
osity, individuality and creativity.
well-organised and especially vibrant markets and street fairs. For exam-
Erfgoedcentrum De Domijnen
ple, the annual Sint Joepmarkt, the
This heritage centre helps you under-
Geleen Jaarmarkt (annual street fair)
stand the present and the future by
or the weekly markets in the historic
exploring the past. As well as tempo-
town centre, Geleen Centrum or Born.
rary exhibitions, the centre houses a
Without exception, these markets and
permanent display of 24 objects which
street fairs have a unique international
tell the story of Sittard-Geleen from the
flair. Every Thursday the age-old market
Stone Age up to the present day. It also
square is just bustling with stalls and
houses the local and regional archives
filled with a profusion of aromas
(→ page 36).
(→ page 23). 5
6 Kasteel Limbricht The Kasteel Limbricht estate holds many surprises in store for visitors. Visitors can chill out in the Proeflokaal (brasserie) in the heart of the castle grounds. What’s more, the location is ideal for group events: take part in a guided tour or workshop with friends, family or colleagues, or try your hand at archery in the castle courtyard! There’s something for everyone, for young and old alike (→ page 44).
8 Secret gardens The historic town centre is home to many undiscovered green oases. Each and every one of these gems is waiting to be explored and reveal its own fascinating story! Take a peek behind the scenes and find out for yourself how diverse the town’s hidden oases really
7 Pinkpop Expo
are. More information can be found on geheimetuinen.nl (→ page 10).
Every Whit weekend, nearby Landgraaf is home to the Pinkpop music festival. But now it’s possible to experience Pinkpop all year round. The organisers, Buro Pinkpop, are based in Geleen, its original location, where there is now a permanent exhibition on the festival. ‘Pinkpop Expo’ takes you back to the early beginnings of the event. Come and discover this legendary festival for yourself! (→ page 39)
9 Kasteelpark Born Kasteelpark Born is an attractively designed zoo, just great for a stroll and enjoying everything nature has to offer. Take a walk amongst the deer, birds of prey, porcupines, camels, terrapins and monkeys. Indoors, in the Kriebelhuis, come face-to-face with all manner of stick insects, tropical frogs, tarantulas,
axolotls, iguanas and tropical plants. There is a large playground and outdoor cafe in the centre of the park (→ page 16).
10 Unbounded fun The region which surrounds SittardGeleen is geographically unique! The Netherlands is so narrow here that Germany and Belgium are within touching distance. You can cycle through three countries, historic towns, olde-worlde villages with distant vistas across the River Meuse and fleeting glimpses of pretty hamlets, nestled between the hills and valleys. Meandering through
11 Magnificent churches Those looking to combine quiet contemplation with cultural and urban heritage have struck a rich vein. There are five beautiful churches a stone’s throw from each other: the Basilica, the Mariapark, St Peter’s, the Dominican Friary and St Michael’s (→ page 48).
this magical landscape is the River Meuse, which can be crossed at various points by ferryboat. The cycle networks between the three countries are seamlessly interlinked. More information can be found at www.rivierparkmaasvallei. eu (→ page 14).
12 Fort Sanderbout This fort is the only stronghold left from Sittard’s former system of defences. The fort now accommodates three exhibitions: defence through the centuries; a Jewish cemetery; and a vineyard. Together, they tell the story of Sittard (→ page 52). 7
On foot and by bike
Tip! Check out and download all Sittard-Geleen is a favourite amongst walking enthusiasts because of its
the trails in Sittard-Geleen for free via visitzuidlimburg.nl
many woods, parks and gardens. There are countless walking trails in the environs. All trails have been set out as circular routes, so you always end up where you started. But Sittard-Geleen has much to offer cyclists too. Here you can discover the extensive flood plains of the Meuse, interspersed by charming Limburg villages with historic attractions. Alternatively, take the foot-passenger ferry across the Meuse into Belgium from Grevenbicht.
Sittard-Geleen also has a number of wonderful nature reserves where you can escape the crowds: from woodlands and riverbanks to old orchards, wetland forests and wooded hillsides. What would you prefer: a leisurely stroll through one of Geleen’s or Sittard’s town parks, an invigorating tramp through the Geleenbeek valley, a slow saunter in the woods of Limbrichterbos, or an unhurried cycle ride along the Meuse? It’s completely up to you!
Hiking Mecca for walking enthusiasts There are opportunities aplenty for walking enthusiasts in Sittard-Geleen. In Sittard’s vibrant historic town centre you can marvel at medieval buildings, magnificent churches and splendid town houses. In addition, throughout the municipality there are several villages which enjoy protected status, such as the centres of Limbricht and Grevenbicht. Recreational walkers with a taste for the wild can visit areas of natural beauty such as the Geleenbeekdal, Windraak, Limbrichterbos and Schwienswei. Not to be missed is the Grensmaas, a section of the River Meuse which is shared with Belgium. There are numerous walking trails here with various stop-off points for suste-
Hiking and cycling maps Visit Zuid-Limburg publishes four detailed hiking maps of the Zuid-Limburg region with tourist attractions, contour lines, starting points for waymarked trails and lots of information about the routes. There is also a map of the national cycle network, which enables you to put together the best cycling routes yourself. The maps can be purchased from webshop.visitzuidlimburg.nl or in the Visit Zuid-Limburg Shops.
nance along the way.
Sittard town trail Get to know Sittard, a historic town with a long European tradition. Those who visit the old town centre will soon get a feel for Sittard’s illustrious past. If culture and history are your thing, then Sittard is the right place for you. There are a large number of historic buildings scattered throughout the town, each contributing towards the town’s special character. 9
Tour guides will help you make sense of the town’s past, its historic buildings, leading figures, statues, gables and town walls, churches and Fort Sanderbout. Of course, you can discover the town on your own. For the town trail, there is a special folder (Stadswandeling Sittard) packed full of information and Zuid-Limburg Shop (Rosmolenstraat 2).
Discover the secret gardens of Sittard
If you’d rather wander around town
Did you know that Sittard has
without a folder or guide, use the map
countless green oases in the centre
on page 66.
of town? Many of these hidden
anecdotes, available from Sittard’s Visit
gems remain undiscovered, such For more information about the Sittard
as the Jardin des Rose or the
town trail, go to visitzuidlimburg.nl or
Ursulinentuin at Hotel Merici (in
call in at the Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop in
the grounds of an old convent).
Sittard (Rosmolenstraat 2).
There are many other charming
examples, each with their own distinctive story to tell. You can discover these hidden gardens with a guide every first Saturday of the month. More information can be found via the Visit Zuid Limburg Shop in Sittard and geheimetuinenvansittard.nl.
The town parks trail This trail will acquaint you with urban spaces, such as parks and gardens, in the Sittard-Geleen
Elegant town parks Sittard-Geleen has an abundance of green open spaces within its municipal boundaries. Eye-catching in particular are the Stadspark in Sittard and the het Burgemeester Damenpark in Geleen. Above all in spring and early summer, when most of the trees and bushes are in full leaf, the parks are at their most captivating. The Stadspark in Sittard is a listed monument and a recreational attraction of which locals are justifiably proud.
municipality. For example, along the Geleenbeek, a tributary of the Meuse, which is well worth exploring. You can also explore the town parks of Sittard and Geleen. The Pater Karel chapel in Munstergeleen is one of the interesting sights along the route. Car parking is available at Laco Glanerbrook in Geleen. For the route, just follow the red marker posts. Download the trail (‘Van stadspark naar stadspark’) for free at visitzuidlimburg.nl.
The Burgemeester Damenpark in Geleen is known for its tranquillity. It has an open, expansive character,
The Burgemeester Damenpark is also
sloping steeply towards its perimeter.
known as the ‘festival park’, home to
Sit down on the grass one sunny after-
the early days of Pinkpop, the oldest
noon and soak up the peace and quiet!
pop festival in the Netherlands!
Or just stroll around its undulating terrain and enjoy the ever-changing views. 11
More walking trails in Sittard-Geleen A summary of all waymarked trails
River and valley trails
in Sittard-Geleen can be found at insittardgeleen.nl/wandelen All
Various rivers and streams in Sittard-
these routes can be downloaded
Geleen and neighbouring municipa-
lities, such as Geleenbeek and Rode Beek, have been cleaned up in recent
→ Grevenbicht langs Obbicht /
decades, The valley of the Geleenbeek
has become a real haven for wildlife
→ Heemtuinroute (garden trail) /
and is home to the European hamster.
The walk takes in orchards, meadows,
→ Historische stadswandeling
wooded slopes and wetland forest.
Sittard (historic town trail) /
If you’re early bird, you may bump into
roe deer or red squirrels. Keep your
→ St. Rosa route / 13,8 km
eyes out for kingfishers and marvel at
→ Swentibold-Rollenroute / 7,8 km
the spectacle of the mistletoe.
→ Van stadspark tot stadspark
Danikerberg is also close to the Geleenbeek. Daniken is a popular hilltop destination at weekends, with plenty of walking trails and establishments catering for walkers. Danikerberg is the highest point in the environs. The top of the hill affords great views of Geleen, Munstergeleen and Sittard. 12
10,1 km 8,2 km
(town parks trail) / 10,3 km
Tip! Drielandenroute Sittard-Geleen → 37,1 km
Cycling Ideal cycling region To most people, cycling in Zuid-Limburg is all about peddling up hills of which there are many in the region. For both recreational cyclists and those of a more energetic persuasion, Sittard-Geleen is an ideal region, with more than just hills.
Sittard-Geleen is the ideal base from which to explore three different countries. The Drielandenroute (or three-country route) takes in the meandering River Meuse, with its quaint riverside villages, and the German Selfkant region, a territory that was once part of the Netherlands for 14 years! Check out the route on page 68 or download the route for free via visitzuidlimburg.nl
By bike, you can discover wide plateaus and expansive flood plains, dotted here and there with picturesque towns and villages. You can also put yourself through your paces at the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park. Sittard-Geleen and the region lie at the heart of an extensive cycle network. The routes allow you to discover all the different nooks and crannies of the town and region.
Discover the RivierPark Maasvallei The RivierPark Maasvallei in the Meuse valley offers great possibilities for a waterside walk or cycle. This meandering gravel-bed section of the River Meuse is between Roosteren and
As you pass through these places, you
Maastricht. With no weirs, the river
will discover traditional dwellings, old
follows a natural course, with water
village centres, spectacular walks and
flows varying greatly. These dynamics
various historic attractions. There are
produce a river landscape which is
five passenger ferries along this part
unique in the Netherlands!
of the river, which are quick and easy to use and mostly free-of-charge. The
This stretch of the Meuse, running
cycle network is slightly different here,
contiguously with Belgium, has its own
but otherwise connects up seamlessly
natural beauty and is ideal for walkers
with other routes in Dutch Limburg.
and cyclists. Characteristic are the
More information at
typical fishing villages which line the
river, some which are within the boundaries of Sittard-Geleen. These include Grevenbicht and Obbicht, located at the point where the Netherlands is at its narrowest. 14
Cycle routes in Sittard-Geleen A summary of themed cycle routes
For mountain-bikers Mountain-bikers too are spoilt for choice in Sittard-Geleen. For example, there is the popular Windraak route (a diversified route which includes hilly parts along the Geleenbeekdal), the Watersley route, and the 2019 Dutch MTB championship route. The latter has some challenging uphill and downhill sections and is only suitable for technically advanced mountainbikers. Download all the MTB routes via visitzuidlimburg.nl.
based around the (inter)national cycling network in Sittard-Geleen can be downloaded for free via www.insittardgeleen.nl/fietsen → De Maurits en haar kleinkinderen
(mine route 4)) / 46,9 km
→ Drielandenroute Sittard-Geleen
(three-country route) / 37,1 km
→ Historisch Sittard-Geleen /
→ Langs mijn en water
(mine route 3) / 21,4 km
→ RivierPark Maasvallei Sittard
Geleen (Meuse valley) / 37,2 km
Tom Dumoulin Bike Park All cycling fanatics, whether competitive or recreational, can take advantage
height differences and challenging
of the most innovative and largest
curves. More information at
cycling amenity in the Netherlands:
the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park. This 6-hectare park has a 3.15 kilometre circuit, consisting of various road surfaces, 15
A day full of fun
A day out in Sittard-Geleen means fun
and excitement for everyone. There’s plenty of entertainment for kids in
One of the best days out in Limburg!
Sittard-Geleen, as well as for those
Kasteelpark Born is an attractively
who like playing at being kids!
designed zoo, just great for a stroll and
Immerse yourself in a world of thrills
enjoying everything nature has to offer.
and spills and enjoy fun activities,
The trumpeter swans will welcome you
unforgettable experiences and guilty
with their bugle call. The castle moat
has all kinds of swans, geese and ducks. In the park you can mingle with deer,
And if you’d rather just relax, Sit-
birds of prey, porcupines and monkeys.
tard-Geleen can provide that too. Sit
And whilst your kids play to the heart’s
back and unwind in one of our well-
content in the playground, you can
ness centres, for example.
keep a watchful eye on them from the outdoor cafe. → Kasteelpark 38, Born, 046-4851950 www.kasteelparkborn.nl
and unique escape rooms in less than an hour.
IVY climbing is a multifunctional climb-
→ Helstraat 16, Sittard, 06-13537112
ing centre in Sittard. Fun, Lead, Boulder
and Speed: at IVY climbing, you have many sorts of climbing activities all
VR Experience Sittard
under one roof! Why not book an introductory lesson and acquaint yourself
Thanks to Virtual Reality almost any-
with the word of climbing?
thing is possible: shooting down UFOs,
→ Milaanstraat 115, Sittard
flying through the air like superman
or screaming on a big-dipper. The VR
Rooms and VR Experience Sittard offer an exciting, challenging and educational array of experiences for all ages.
Bouldering is good for your stamina,
→ Helstraat 16, Sittard, 06-13537112
technique and insight. Graviton Boulder
Gym has over 200 boulders, short climbing routes of no more than 4.1
Magic Portal Outdoor Escape
meter, in all kinds of climbing grades.
Experience a magical and exciting GPS
→ Geerweg 2, Sittard, 046-4526434
adventure which combines real life and
augmented reality. Armed with an iPad
Escape Centrum Limburg
and a mysterious suitcase full of cool gadgets, you and your friends, colleagues or family must save the world
Are you good at solving puzzles and
within just two hours by solving puzzles
mysteries? If so, Escape Centrum Lim-
and other brain-teasers!
burg is the place to be. Your goal: to
→ Helstraat 16 Sittard, 06-13537112
escape from one of the many exciting
Petting farms in Sittard-Geleen
Streekboederij Daniken: a hands-on
If you thought dog-walking was fun,
experience for young and old. This pet-
how about a camel, lama or zorse
ting farm is located along the Geleen-
(a cross between a pony and zebra)?
beek at the foot of the Danikerberg,
Ever dreamt about swimming with a
a magnet for walkers. The farm allows
horse or sharing a picnic with a goat?
children to familiarise themselves with
Wandelkudde makes these dreams
animals and nature from an early age.
come true! The aim of Wandelkudde
How do animals live, what do they eat?
is to get (limited numbers of) children
Do they like being petted or not ?
and adults to enjoy the fun of being
→ Ten Eijsden 5, Geleen 046-4740253,
with animals. More information via
The Ophovenerhof petting farm is part
of the Ophovenerhof care farm. The petting farm has all sorts of animals,
Step into the shoes of a real gladiator
from cows and donkeys to guinea pigs
at UNIT13. This is the place to be for
and rabbits. In addition to the animal
lasergaming (12 years+) or airsofting (18
pen, there is also a playground where
years+). Experience an unforgettable
kids can run around and have fun.
day of thrills and spills!
And if you’ve had enough of the animals
→ Nusterweg 66 (gebouw BD), Sittard
why not take a look around the old
orchard or enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace. → Molenweg 57, Sittard 046-4519711, www.ophovenerhof.nl
→ Bowling centres Stardust Bowling, Rijksweg Zuid 210
Even if the weather’s not cooperative,
Sittard-Geleen offers a wealth of indoor
Centerpocket Sittard, Rijksweg Noord
attractions for kids and adults. There
26, Sittard, www.centerpocket.nl
are three fantastic new indoor play-
Bowling Fletcher Wellness-Hotel
grounds, with a myriad of slides and
Sittard, Milaanstraat 115, Sittard
climbing frames for restive kids. And if
you’d rather make a strike, why not visit one of our bowling centres?
→ Indoor for kids
Mad about swimming? If you want to
Ballorig, Lissabonlaan 36, Sittard
make a splash, Sittard-Geleen has a
number of pools for you:
Darteldome, Dr. Nolenslaan 128, Sittard
Laco Glanerbrook, Kummenaedestraat
45 te Geleen, www.laco.eu
Clip 'n Climb Sittard, Lissabonlaan 30
De Nieuwe Hateboer, Sportcentrum-
laan 9 te Sittard, www.denieuwehateboer.nl Het Anker, Ankersweg 52 te Buchten, www.sportplazahetanker.nl
Laco Glanerbrook: swimming, skating and lots more Enjoy an active day out for all the family at the Laco Glanerbrook sports and leisure centre in Geleen. This multifunctional sports centre offers an
Enjoying elite sport
diverse range of fitness and indoor activities for all ages. But there’s lots
Sittard-Geleen enjoys an excellent
more: the subtropical pools with
sporting reputation with a several clubs
slides, Olympic-size pool and outdoor
competing at national level. Watch a
pools with a sunbathing area means
top-flight football match at the Fortuna
hours of fun. And where else in Limburg
Sittard stadium, enjoy leading handball
other than Laco would you go for ice-
team De Lions, or witness the rough
skating? Skate to your heart’s content
and tumble of the Geleen-based Eaters
on the indoor ice-rink or on the iconic
ice-hockey team. Whatever your sport,
400-metre outdoor skating track. If
there’s always a special buzz, whether
you’re a beginner Laco organises a
it’s before, during or after the game.
range of training courses so that you
can improve your skating technique.
→ Kummenaedestraat 45 Geleen,
Relaxing in Sittard-Geleen
Totally unwind at Thermen Born
BLUE Wellnessresort Sittard BLUE Wellnessresort Sittard is a luxury
If you like the spa life, why not pay a
beauty and wellness resort, just perfect
visit to Thermen Born? Enjoy the heated
for a day’s relaxation. Empty your mind
waters of the thermal baths, doze off
in one of the many saunas, enjoy a mas-
during a massage or give your body a
sage or beauty treatment, wind down
gee-up in one of the many saunas and
in one of the baths, and treat yourself
to a culinary surprise with one of the
→ Langereweg 21A te Born,
→ Milaanstraat 115, Sittard 0347-754760 www.bluewellnesssittard.nl
Shopping in the historic town centre!
Shopping in the Sittard’s historic town
Shop in style in Sittard
centre is nothing short of a delight: uncrowded, stylish and relaxed.
Historic buildings, churches, monaste-
A place to feel at ease. What’s more,
ries and magnificent gables adorn the
the old town centre has many offbeat
old town centre in Sittard. Ideal places
shops and boutiques selling brands
to stretch your shopping legs are the
and products which are a little out of
characteristic market square, the town
the ordinary. And if you have any spe-
walls and the hidden gardens. And if
cial wishes, shopkeepers are always
you’ve not had enough, a town trail
happy to oblige.
(see pages 10 and 66) is certainly worth the effort. Want to know more about fun shopping in Sittard? Go to www.sittardgenietenvoorop.nl.
Markets → Saturday market in Geleen from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sittard-Geleen enjoys a singular reputa-
Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
tion in the region when it comes to its well-organised and especially vibrant markets and street fairs. Sittard’s historic market square is just bustling with stalls and filled with a profusion of aromas. The weekly market has the largest selection of fabrics and textiles in Limburg and takes place every Thursday against a backdrop of historic buildings. On Saturday mornings, there is a smaller market on Steenweg in
→ Weekly market in Sittard, → Fruit and vegetable market in Sittard, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. → Organic market in Sittard (Steenweg), Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. → Weekly market in Born, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon → Fresh produce market in Geleen, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sittard selling organic produce: potatoes, vegetables, fruit, jam, juice, dairy products, bread, confectionery and meat.
The Saturday market is recommended for anyone looking for keenly priced
Meanwhile, Geleen’s colourful Satur-
top-quality products. What’s more,
day market is a melting pot of different
Geleen also has a compact and modern
cultures. Not only does this popular
shopping centre for stress-free shop-
multicultural market sell local products,
ping. More information at
diverse specialities are sold from all
corners of the globe here. And beating down a bargain here is just part and parcel of the fun! 23
Opening times and Sunday shopping Both in the historic town centre of Sittard and in the centre of Geleen, shops are open for late-night shopping until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
A centre full of authentic speciality shops
An up-to-date list of Sundays when
For a perfect day’s shopping, Sittard
the shops are open can be found
caters for all tastes: fashionable bou-
tiques and exclusive clothes stores,
nl en www.centrumgeleen.nl.
countless speciality shops, and large (inter)national chains. Stroll through the old town centre and discover the latest
Why not also visit .... Do you like street fairs? If so, then don’t miss out on these annual markets and street fairs: St. Joepmarkt (Sittard), the Jaarmarkt Geleen and the Paasmarkt (at Easter) in Born (see page 30)
hotspots and the established fashion stores; there’s something for everyone. There’s even a prize-winning store or two amongst them!
Shopping routes In Sittard there are no fewer than 100 speciality shops, which means you’ll only find them in Sittard! For die-hard shoppers, the best shopping locations can be found on a couple of unique shopping routes: the Concept Store route, Meiden van Sittard route; and the Sustainable Shopping route.
Parking in Sittard-Geleen Sittard-Geleen has various (multilevel) car parks a short distance from the centre. Paid parking in Sittard-Geleen applies on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., for
Concept Store route
Sunday shopping from 12 noon to
Concept stores are all the rage! What
6 p.m. and for late-night shopping
makes a concept store so special is that
(on Thursdays) from 9 a.m. to 10
the passion, vision and lifestyle of its
p.m. For on-street parking and for
owners are often a source of inspiration
most car parks you can pay by
for and closely interwoven with the
debit card or coins beforehand.
store concept. If you’re a fan of this
The multilevel car parks are clean
type of store, then this is definitely the
and have good lighting and wide
shopping route for you.
spaces, so parking is safe and comfortable. For more information
Meiden van Sittard route
go to www.sittard-geleen.nl/
The Meiden van Sittard (or ‘girls of
Sittard’) route is an initiative of independent female traders who own a speciality shop in Sittard’s old town.
hand goods. At all these locations, you
The Meiden take pride in their town
can find clothes, gifts and other must-
This shopping route is for women from
haves which have been made with the
all corners of the world.
welfare of humans and the environment in mind.
Sustainable shopping route This is the so-called sustainable shop-
Which shopping route is for you?
ping route (Duurzaam Winkelen) and
Check them out and download them
takes you past those stores that sell,
for free here: www.sittardgenieten-
e.g. fair trade, organic and/or second-
Enjoying the good life
Sittard-Geleen is a gourmet’s Mecca, to which its many bars and restau-
Dining and wining against a historic backdrop
rants bear witness. And the calendar is packed with events all year round.
The historic heart of Sittard welcomes
Its cultural heritage and multifaceted
you to a setting of ancient buildings
mix of events are meat and drink to
and characteristic half-timbered
dwellings. Its pleasant, winding shopping streets all lead, as if by instinct,
In fact, night life in Sittard-Geleen is as
towards the quaint old market square.
diverse as the town itself. And this is
At night-time, the old market square
without even mentioning the fantastic
is a magnet for bith residents and out-
dishes so typical of the region.
of-town folk to meet and soak up the laid-back atmosphere. From schoolchildren to students, from young families to grandparents, there’s something for
Sittard’s ‘Brandslang’ The most appetising walking trail through historic Sittard! Only a few towns in the Netherlands have an everyone. For example, a traditional pub or a trendy new lounge bar. And if the weather’s working in your favour, the outdoor terraces go into full swing and the whole market square is abuzz. This is when the marketplace comes to life! Observe the comings and goings, in the sun or under the shade of a parasol, with a refreshing drink or snack. And the pedestrianised area means there are no noisy cars. Nevertheless, there is ample car-parking space within
official ‘Brandslang’ This ‘slang’ (or snake) connects up a number of bars and restaurants, all of which serve Brand beer, made by the Limburg brewery of the same name. This is a special partnership of catering establishments who together provide a guarantee of good hospitality, pride in their work, and a great atmosphere. For more information: www.sittardsebrandslang.nl.
easy walking distance. Or you can just use the bike. Check out all the restaurant and pub
A culinary trip around the world
listings at www.visitzuidlimburg.nl. Limburgers know how to enjoy the good life. It’s there to see, but you can taste it too. In Sittard-Geleen you can take a round-the-world tour when it comes to wining and dining: Spanish, 27
Prize-winners in Sittard! Sittard has several establishments Mexican, Mediterranean, Australian, South American, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Italian, French and fusion. You name it, Sittard-Geleen has it! But you can also make acquaintance with traditional Limburg dishes too. Spoilt for choice,
that have won food and drink awards, for example, Tapperie de Gats located in building dating from 1535 on the historic marketplace is one of the best pubs in the Netherlands, and you can enjoy
award-winning coffee at Coffee
the Bib Gourmand cuisine at
Mundo and fine dining thanks to Restaurant Sylvesters.
But more gastronomic delights can be discovered away from Sittard’s old town too. For example, in the eateries and watering holes in Geleen town
Chocolate from Sittard
centre. A few metres further and you’ll find yourself in the old town centre of
Chocolate lovers should not miss out
Oud-Geleen, with its traditional pubs
on a visit to Rousseau Chocolade. Nico
and restaurants. Unique locations can
Rousseau started his business from his
also be found in surrounding villages
cellar in 1969 making peanut clusters.
with their small cosy inns clustered
His wife Wies sold them in the shop
around the church. These include Café
upstairs. It sowed the seeds of a flou-
Salden in Limbricht - for years voted
rishing family business which still enjoys
amongst the top 100 best pubs in the
fame in Sittard today. You can also visit
Netherlands – and the Auw Pastorie in
the factory shop and ask for a guided
Born, where you can enjoy cuisine from
tour. More information: rousseau.nl
Make your own Nonnenvotten!
The Sittard-Geleen has its own typical
Ingredients for 40 Nonnevotten
delicacies. Such as Nonnevotten, which are deep-fried doughnuts in the shape of knots. No one quite knows where the name originates. Literally it means ‘nun’s buttocks’. One theory is that Fransiscan nuns, who ran a convent in Sittard between 1600 and 1700, gave this delicacy to those who gave their hand-me-downs to the poor. You should also try Sittard’s very own brew: Ambrass (www.ambrass.nl). The brewery organises tasting sessions in their pub.
Culinary excursions In Sittard-Geleen your stomach never needs to rumble! There are culinary events galore. For example, the Loupentaere Hepkes Preuve, the Sittardse Brandslang, Pruifke & Zuuver Zitterd or the Sittardse Amusetocht: they are all food-sampling events or excursions. For more information visit the Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop in Sittard in Rosmolenstraat (see page 64) or go to the website at: www.visitzuidlimburg.nl
→ 1,000 grams of Kollenberger spelt flour → 100 grams of fresh yeast or 50 grams of dried yeast → 75 grams of caster sugar → 125 grams of butter → 500 ml of milk → 2 eggs → 2 sachets of vanilla sugar → a pinch of salt Make sure that the milk is at room temperature. Dissolve the yeast in the milk. Knead a dough from all the ingredients. Put the dough in a bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave the bowl in a warm place. Allow it to rise for approx. 30 mins. Divide the dough into 40 equal pieces and roll into balls. Allow these balls to expand slightly. Roll these balls into long strings. Tie the ends of these together in a figure of eight. Allow these figures rise for a further 20 minutes or so. Deep fry in groundnut oil or frying fat at 180 degrees Celsius until the Nonnevotten are golden brown. Roll them in the sugar immediately after frying.
Events the whole year through
Sittard-Geleen is synonymous with events and festivals. These scintilla-
Curiosities during the St Rosa festival
ting annual events transform SittardGeleen into a world of music, theatre,
Traditionally, for Sittard-Geleen the last
song and dance. A place which is
Sunday in August is all about its patron
packed with activities for young and
saint, Rosa de Lima. This is celebrated
every year with a procession from the Rosakapel to the church of St Michael for mass. As part of this Catholic celebration, the St Rosa festival is held throughout the town. The St Rosa festival is a celebration for young and old. For more information: www.sintrosa.nl.
Oktoberfest Sittard Sittard has become a byword for its Oktoberfest, the largest of its kind in the Netherlands and the biggest autumn event in the southernmost part of the country. National Geographic - no less - has declared it as being one of the 10 best Oktoberfests worldwide. The
Tip! Pinkpop Expo Did you know that the famous PinkPop festival started life in Geleen? Visit the Pinkpop Expo in Geleen and discover the rich history of this world-famous music event. More information on page 39.
event attracts tens of thousands visitors from across the country and beyond and it has grown in stature in such a short space of time. The event offers a podium for some leading international artists, a funfair and crowded festival tents. This major festival has now become part of the town’s rich tradition. With or without the ‘lederhosen’, the Oktoberfest is a party for everyone. More information at www.oktoberfeestsittard.nl
Tip! Oude Ambachten festival Einighausen Historically significant is the Oude Ambachten festival in Einighausen, where you can journey back in time and acquaint yourself with
Sint Joep: the largest and most colourful annual market in the Netherlands
traditional crafts and customs. See at first hand how the generations before us lived. More information at www.oudeambachten.nl
Every year on the feast day of Saint Joseph on 19 March, the annual Sint Joep market takes place in Sittard. The market has been attracting large numbers of visitors for more than 200 years and is the first (and largest) annual market of the year in the Netherlands. Sint Joep is a household name and draws huge crowds every year! Each spring the market, which takes place in and around the centre of Sittard, attracts tens of thousands of bargain-hunters and visitors from across the Euregion. With no less than five kilometres of stalls filling the town centre, Sittard is a flurry of excitement.
Carnaval: there’s no escaping it! Ever wanted to celebrate Carnaval for yourself? There’s no better place than Sittard. Vastelaovend is Sittard’s very own Mardi Gras, with colourful Carnaval parades, the sounds of raucous street bands and great merriment to be had
Events the whole year through The events we describe here by all. And don’t forget Het Kanon van
are just a handful from the many
het Balkon event, an excuse for a big
events that take place throughout
knees-up in the old market square.
the year. Other events include:
Secret Gardens festival
Paasmarkt Born (Easter market); Mama’s Pride Geleen, Groove Garden Sittard and Marcellinus &
In the middle of June each year is the
Petrus (music festivals); Gelaender
Geheime Tuinen Festival. During this
Kirmes (funfair), Open Monument-
festival you get the chance to peek be-
endag (national heritage day); and
hind the walls and discover the hidden
gardens of Sittard. More information at www.geheimetuinen.nl.
Check out the full listings of events and activities in Sittard-Geleen at www.vvvsittardgeleen.nl/agenda. For activities in Sittard town centre
Even during the winter, there’s always
something going on in Sittard-Geleen.
nl and for Geleen www.centrumge-
For example, Wèntjerdruim Sittard (in
dialect ‘winter dream’), an enticing winter event which stages a diversity of activities. One of these is the so-called Limburg Christmas Circus, with a circus marquee set up just outside the old town.
Also recommended is the Sittardse Amusetocht which involves visiting numerous bars and restaurants in the centre of town, where you can enjoy some wintertime culinary delights.
Art & culture for everyone
There’s no shortage of art and culture
in Sittard-Geleen. Discover the history of the town or marvel at the works
De Domijnen is the number one centre
of contemporary artists in one of the
for arts and culture in Sittard-Geleen,
famous De Domijnen museums. For
a meeting place for professionals,
music lovers there is Pop-podium Volt,
art-lovers and volunteers. It produces
the new centre for pop music. Enjoy
and puts on activities for everyone in
national stage productions at the
the region and consists of a theatre,
Stadsschouwburg (municipal theatre)
pop podium, art film house, library and
or pay a visit to one of the smaller,
museum. Together with all other cultu-
more intimate venues at Theater Kar-
ral centres in the region, De Domijnen
roessel or Pitboel Theater.
aims to encourage and increase the appeal of art and culture.
cible for new talent. Anyone is welcome
Sittard-Geleen’s bustling municipal
to come and enjoy the diversity within
theatre is home to a full programme of
the pop genre, but also to make a con-
exciting productions, such as cabaret,
music and theatre. The theatre puts on
→ Odasingel 88, Sittard, 046-4007353
a rich and varied programme of top-
class international, national and local productions and is the number one
meeting place in the region for artistes
Open from Wednesdays to Sundays,
and culture lovers. A place where
Filmhuis De Domijnen is an arthouse
the stars dazzle and audiences allow
cinema which puts on a varied pro-
themselves to become carried away
gramme of mainstream and alternative
by theatre, music, dance and other
films The Filmhuis is on the edge of the
town centre of Sittard in Ligne. Want to
→ Monseigneur Claessensstraat 2,
know what’s on? Check out the listings.
→ Ligne 3, Sittard, 088-5995533
Poppodium Volt This is a professional pop podium whose doors are always open. Its varied programme of pop music is a big draw for the locals. The centre has rehearsal and recording facilities for both established and up-and-coming bands. It is a place where artists can practice and perform, a meeting point for lovers of all popular styles of music and a cru35
Museum Hedendaagse Kunst De Domijnen This museum of contemporary art focuses on the (inter)national avant-garde, displaying socially relevant objects in a critical or reflective manner. The temporary exhibitions are a mix of curiosity, individuality and creativity. → Ligne 5, Sittard, 088-5995544, www.dedomijnen.nl
Erfgoedcentrum De Domijnen This heritage centre helps you under-
Tip: Brukt & Ateljee
stand the present and the future by exploring the past.
A fascinating place to sharpen
As well as temporary exhibitions, the
the senses through surprising
centre houses a permanent display of
combinations of vintage items,
24 objects which tell the story of Sit-
art and contemporary design.
tard-Geleen from the Stone Age up to
→ Everstraat 34, Einighausen
the present day. It also houses the local
and regional archives. → Kapittelstraat 6, Sittard, 088-5995577, www.dedomijnen.nl
Het Pitboel Theater: inspirational
Theatre in Sittard-Geleen In addition to the municipal theatre and De Domijnen, there are a number of smaller theatres in Sittard-Geleen which put on entertaining shows and performances.
Theater Karroessel: close-up theatre Theater Karroessel is a small and intimate theatre in Geleen. It puts on performances for all ages; music from classical to rock, cabaret, (youth) theatre, poetry and lots more. The artists are mainly local, but others from outside the province also find their way here. The Muziekkarroessel (‘musical carousel’) and the youth theatre have grown to become real traditions, but these are just a couple of highlights from the fifty of so performances per year → Jupiterstraat 35, Geleen, 046-7850710, www.karroessel.nl
The Pitboel Theater was established in 1989. During that time it has created many of its own productions and toured the Benelux. Generations of children, young people and adults have become acquainted with the theatre through courses organised by the Theaterschool. An inspirational setting where the magic of theatre comes to life. → Montgomerystraat 26, Sittard, 046-4584721, www.pitboel.nl
Het Laagland: self-styled youth theatre Het Laagland is the number one professional youth theatre in Limburg. Whether in-house or on tour, this production company has the knack of wowing regional or (inter)national audiences with top-quality theatre productions aimed at children, young people and adults. Every year, Het Laagland produces (new) touring performances. → Engelenkampstraat 25, Sittard, www.hetlaagland.nl 37
Tip! Foroxity cinema
For the latest arts listings and cultural establishments go to the events page on visitzuidlimburg.nl
Sittard-Geleen is home to the most centrally located multiplex cinema in Zuid-Limburg: Foroxity filmarena The cinema contains eight spacious theatres with a daily programme showing all the latest films. The multiplex also houses a bar/restaurant where you can enjoy a drink or meal before or after the movie. Check out the film listings and latest times on the website. With Foroxity you can be sure of a great evening out. → Rijksweg Zuid 271 Sittard, 0900-2228888, www.foroxity.nl
Museums in Sittard-Geleen In addition to the museum for contemporary art and heritage centre at De Domijnen, Sittard-Geleen has an alternative history to tell too. Geleen, for example, is the birthplace of the oldest annual pop festival in the Netherlands, Pinkpop, and is also home the first professional football club in the country.
Fortuna Museum Discover the fascinating history of the Fortuna Sittard football club and its illustrious predecessors Sittardse Boys, VV Sittard, SV Maurits Geleen, Sittardia and Fortuna '54.
Geleen-based Fortuna '54 played a key role in the history of football in the Netherlands having been the first professional club in the country. → Milaanstraat 120, Sittard
Pater Karel Museum Between Sittard and Geleen is the
village of Munstergeleen, where
This exhibition takes you back to the
Joannes Andreas Houben, known as
early beginnings of the event. The
Pater Karel van Sint Andries, was born
‘expo’ includes legendary photos of the
11 December 1821. In 1954, the out-
crowds and many artists who played
house outside his house of birth on the
the festival, such as Mick Jagger and
Geleenbeek river was converted into a
Sting, but also Coldplay and Bruce
chapel. It is a place where visitors can
Springsteen. Stay awhile in the Pinkpop
find a source of strength and hope,
cinema to watch a selection of past
come and say a prayer, light a candle,
live performances. The exhibition takes
or simply wander around the garden.
you behind the scenes at the event. For
The museum tells the story of Pater
example, historical documents such as
Karel´s life and also has e.g. reliquaries
the first budgets, the contract with U2
in 1980, permits, correspondence, wrist
→ Pater Karelweg 1, Munstergeleen,
bands and other interesting items.
→ Mauritslaan 25, Geleen, 046-4752500, www.buropinkpop.nl
A few days in a different world
Want to know more? Check out accommodation on www.visitzuidlimburg.nl A romantic break or a fun week away? Sittard-Geleen has suitable overnight accommodation to suit any excursion,
leaving you worry-free to discover the charm of this place. Is it wellness, a cu-
Relax and immerse yourself in the
linary sojourn or a cultural outing you
opulence and history in the delightful
prefer? Or perhaps a combination of
Kloosterhotel MERICI, a converted mo-
all three? Sittard-Geleen has them all!
nastery in the heart of Sittard’s refur-
And that is precisely what makes a
bished ‘monastic quarter’. If you’re loo-
stay in this place so rewarding.
king for a hotel with the historic market square on your doorstep, what could be better than Hotel De Limbourg? And how about combining an overnight stay with a spell of wellness? If so, then Thermen Born and Fletcher Wellness Hotel Sittard are just the places for you.
Have you ever wanted to wake up
Make no mistake: an overnight stay in
feeling like a prince or princess? Book
Sittard-Geleen might mean you’re a
an overnight stay in one of the B&Bs on
long way from home, but you’ll find all
the Kasteel Limbricht estate. Are you
the home comforts you need in one
coming with a larger group? Kasteel
of our B&Bs. Your day in a B&B starts
Grasbroek will be more than pleased
promisingly when you sit down to an
to welcome you. And why not surprise
extensive, homemade breakfast with lo-
your partner with an overnight stay in
cal delicacies. Yummie! And armed with
the smallest castle in the Netherlands
insider tips from your host or hostess,
at B&B Casa Mia?
an unforgettable day awaits.
Rest and contemplation
Sittard-Geleen has a wide range of welcoming B&Bs, such as the character-
Is it peace and quiet you are looking
istic farmhouse B&B at De Gete in Born
for? Stay in holiday home De Meule,
and the unusual garden-shed B&B in
next door to the Pater Karel Kapel.
Munstergeleen, In de brocante tuin. You
Alternatively, if you’re looking for se-
can also spend the night in an old farm-
clusion the Regina Carmeli is for those
stead, such as at Hoeve Hub Notermans
who are in search of silence, prayer,
or Biesenhof, from where you can em-
contemplation and inner strength.
bark on a journey of discovery through the beautiful Geleenbeek valley. 41
Castles & Convents
Castles, monasteries and convents with a colourful past. If it’s castles
Kasteel Obbicht restored to its former glory
and old monastic communities you’re interested in, Sittard-Geleen is the
Kasteel Obbicht is situated on the site
place to be! Within spitting distance
of a medieval stronghold which was
of each other, there are a whole host
destroyed by Spanish troops during
of castles, monasteries and convents,
the Dutch War of Independence. The
or their ruins. Although not all of them
castle underwent repair, but once again
can be visited, they are definitely
succumbed to the ravages of war at the
worth looking at from a distance, for
beginning of the 18th century. The ruins
example, during an invigorating cycle
were replaced by the current structure
in 1780. In 1954 the new castle burnt down in a fire, but thanks to successful renovations between 1975 and 1988, it
was restored to its former glory. The
the Van Bentinck family and became a
castle and the farm attached to it are
moated castle. The Van Bentinck-Van
now on the national register of listed
Breyll coat of arms adorns the gate-
→ Kasteelweg 19-23, Obbicht
→ Wolfrath 1-3, Born
Huize Holtum: fortified farmstead
Born castle ruins with beautiful Kasteelpark
Huize Holtum is a fortified farmstead
There was mention of a castle in Born
with its own moat and is mentioned in
as early as 1150, close to where the cur-
historic documents dating back to the
rent ruins stand. The castle fell into dis-
14th century. The current building has
repair in the early 17th century, where-
a 16th century undercroft with embra-
upon the De Leerodt family embarked
sures, with the upper section of the
on the construction of a new castle in
building dating from the 17th century.
1662. Sadly, that building, occupied by
The pediment and the bell tower date
the Barbou van Roosteren family, was
from approx. 1800.
destroyed in a deadly fire in 1930.
→ Grote Dries 1, Born
The gardens surrounding the ruins are
Kasteel Wolfrath, castle in the woods
now an animal park where you can discover a large number of exotic animals. → Kasteelpark 38, Born, 046-4851950 www.kasteelparkborn.nl
Kasteel Wolfrath, surrounded by woods and orchards was built between 1615 and 1663. The castle was originally a farmstead. At the beginning of the 17th century, the farm was enlarged by 43
Kasteel Limbricht Superbly located, close to the woods and on the edge of the romantic village of the same name, is Kasteel Limbricht. Kasteel Limbricht is a rare example of a castle built on a motte, a man-made mound. The current building dates from 1622, but the remains of a 12th century fortified tower are preserved in its cellars. The castle has a rich history. One of Europe’s last witch trials took place here and in 1813/14 thousands of Napoleon’s troops were treated here. Currently the castle serves as a multifunctional hospitality centre, with something for everyone throughout the year. → Allee 1 te Limbricht. www.kasteellimbricht.eu
Salvius church Directly next to Kasteel Limbricht is the Salvius church. The church originated in the 9th century and has undergone several building phases. Restoration work revealed the oldest ever murals to be found in a parish church in the Netherlands. Read more about the Salvius church on page 55. → Platz 2, Limbricht www.salviuskerkje.nl
Sisters of Mercy, St. Agnetenberg convent in Sittard
Monastic quarter: Dominicanenklooster and Ursulinenklooster, Sittard
In 1648, Dominican nuns set up a com-
The monastic quarter in Sittard consists
munity in the town. The nuns called
of two religious communities: the
their new convent St. Agnetenberg,
Dominicanenklooster and the neigh-
after Saint Agnes, the patron saint of
bouring Ursulinenklooster. The Domi-
nican friary was built by Dominican monks in the 17th century. Over time,
After invasion by French troops in 1801,
various monastic orders occupied this
the nuns abandoned the convent.
building, including the Jesuits and the
Because there was a big demand for a
Franciscans. All three religious orders
centralised orphanage and almshouse,
provided education. Scholars from
in 1857, seven nuns from Maastricht
beyond the Sittard region would have
decided to set up an institution for
followed education in establishments
the care of the poor and sick here.
that bore high-sounding names, such
In so doing, a new congregation was
as: Collegium Albertinum, Collège
established known as the Daughters
Saint-Louis en Missiecollege Sint-
of the Precious Blood. Nuns still reside
Francisus Solanus. In the early 1980s,
here today. The convent is situated in
remains of a former hospice were found
Plakstraat and borders the old town
under the inner courtyard. The former
walls. The brick-built complex consists
Ursulinenklooster now houses the
of three wings, a convent church and a
splendid Merici hotel.
→ Oude Markt 25 te Sittard.
→ Plakstraat 24 te Sittard. 45
Casa Mia, the smallest castle in the Netherlands
construction more than 400 years ago. Today, the castle functions as a location for group events. → Bornerweg 33, Limbricht,
The centre of Sittard also houses the smallest castle in the Netherlands. The former coach house Casa Mia,
currently operating as a Bed & Breakfast in Parklaan, was known formerly
Abshoven is a former religious complex
as Den Diek. The birthplace of Sittard’s
and estate to the south of Munsterge-
most famous son, Toon Hermans, once
leen in the eponymous neighbourhood
stood in this street. Casa Mia has as rich
of Abshoven. Abshoven was built
history and is a listed building.
between 1715 and 1717 as an abbey
→ Parklaan 3, Sittard, 046-4528450,
farm, belonging to the Val Dieu abbey
in Aubel in Belgium. Thereafter, it was
lived in by several noble families and by the beginning of the 20th century it was a fully functioning monastery. The
Kasteel Grasbroek is situated between
monastery burnt down for the most
the two villages of Born and Limbricht.
part in 1995. After a successful restora-
The current building is a rectangular
tion, the old monastery now operates
two-storey house with cellars and is
as a brasserie.
compact in size. It has curved side-ga-
→ Abshoven 35, Munstergeleen,
bles which incorporate no fewer than
63 embrasures. The wooden core of the
stair turret is formed by a tree trunk which was integrated into the original 46
In 1918, when Belgium once again lay claim to Dutch Limburg, the citizens of Sittard finally felt fully integrated into
the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since
Sittard is amongst the oldest settle-
1972, the town centre has enjoyed con-
ments in the Netherlands and has
an illustrious history. In 1243, Sittard onwards, it came into the possession
Geleen and the Maurits coalmine
of the Duchy of Jülich, until 1794. From
Geleen witnessed spectacular growth
1798 to 1814, it came under the rule
after construction of Staatsmijn Mau-
of the French empire and was part of
rits, a state-run coalmine. Associated
the Département of the Roer, whose
industries soon followed, with the con-
préfecture was Aachen. The town was
struction of coal plants and chemical
liberated in 1814 by Cossacks and in
installations, which used coal that came
1815 became the last town to join the
from Maurits. The construction of these
Kingdom of the Netherlands.
plants led to the influx of huge numbers
received a town charter. From 1400
of workers and managers. As a result, Nevertheless, it took a long time before
Geleen’s population grew exponen-
its residents would feel genuinely
tially. Over a period of sixty years, its
Dutch, since Sittard was one of the
numbers increased tenfold. In 1920,
first towns to declare itself for Belgian
Geleen was home to 4,000 inhabitants,
independence in 1830 and in 1848 many
ten years later it was 12,000, in 1955 it
of its citizens worked in vain towards a
had grown to 25,000, and by 1980 the
reunion with Germany.
population had reached 36,000.
Looking to combine a moment of quiet contemplation with culture,
Cultural heritage alive and kicking
history and a elegant town centre? If so, you’ve struck a rich vein in
The ecclesiastical and historic past is
Sittard. There are no fewer than five
alive and well in the old town centre.
beautiful churches just a stone’s throw
It’s an easy stroll from church of St
from each other in the old town.
Peter’s, which has the tallest spire in South Limburg, past St Michael's or Paterskerk to the chapel of Agnetenberg or the famous Rosakapel and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Another feature is the beautifully restored neo-Gothic Mariapark opposite the Basilica, which was built for the
Tip! Many churches are included in the town trail Visit Zuid-Limburg has published a booklet especially for this purmany pilgrims who descended on the
pose, in which trails past the main
town. Regina Carmeli is a place where
churches are described: ‘Stads-
you can find some peace and quiet, a
retreat or an overnight stay.
Church of St Peter’s and magnificent treasury
the choir) containing reliquaries, liturgical robes, chalices and other ecclesias-
The Great Church, or the church of St
tical utensils The tower was probably
Peter’s, in the centre of Sittard goes
completed around 1505, its massive
officially by the name of Sint-Petrus’
buttresses and band courses, creating a
Stoel te Antiochië. A single-nave church
stood on this spot around the time of
→ Kerkplein 4, Sittard
the First Millennium. The main fabric of the current church dates back to the
Imposing Basiilica, Sittard
end of the 14th century and is built in so-called Maasland gothic style, with
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred
the nave being the oldest part and the
Heart in Sittard was built at the end of
sanctuary the newest. The church is
the 19th century by architect J. Kayser
constructed in the shape of a crucifix.
from Venlo. The church is built in
The 15th century choir stalls are the
neogothic style, a style more common
oldest in the Netherlands and the
in the north of the country than in Lim-
pulpit, dating from 1774, is a wonderful
burg. Above the main entrance inside
example of woodcarving. Absolutely
the porch, a white marble plaque has
worth visiting is the treasury (behind
been inserted. This was made in Rome 49
Tip! Guided tours in the Basilica Guided tours in the Basilica take place at fixed times or can be arranged on request. Guided tours take around 90 minutes in which visitors are given a detailed history of the church and its interior. The tour also includes a visit to the sacristy, the galleries and the rood loft. You will also be able to admire the antique paraments and chasubles. Price: €5 per person. More information at visitzuidlimburg.nl, or order a ticket direct via www.tickli.nl
Mariapark Sittard, a resting place for pilgrims After a few years the Basilica was no longer able to cope with the large influx of pilgrims. To solve this problem, the Mariapark was built opposite the church. The name is misleading since in actual fact, this is not a park but a courtyard with a garden, surrounded by a neogothic quadrangle. The garden is hidden from the street by a wide front
and sent to Sittard in 1883, when the
porch, a place of rest for pilgrims. From
church - the first in the Netherlands
here there is a view into the interior of
- was given the status of basilica. For
the church. The level of the building
many years, the church has served as a
was deliberately built to the same level
place of pilgrimage. The church is still
as the church, which means that church
visited by modern-day pilgrims to give
services can be followed from this front
thanks or ask for a favour.
→ Oude Markt 23 Sittard
→ Oude Markt 14k, Sittard
St Michael’s church, Sittard: a unique interior The church was built by Dominican
The oldest Protestant church in the Netherlands As early as the first quarter of the 16th century there were an active number of protestant ministers from Wassenberg working in the Sittard region. In 1633, reformed citizens in Sittard bought a house in Gruizenstraat and converted this into a clandestine church. Above the entrance to the church are two dates superimposed: 1637, probably its year of construction, and 1680, the year of restoration after a major fire in the town. In 1860, the height of the tower was increased by 25 metres and
monks between 1659 and 1668 on the site of St Catharine’s hospice. The church is built in a baroque style typical of the South Netherlands. The small lion next to the entrance door is a reference to Asor, the escaped lion who walked into the church during mass on the feast of St Rosa’s in 1938. Notable in the interior is the impressive baroque altarpiece, unique in the Netherlands! Not to mention the richly carved oak panelling along both sides of nave. The artworks present in the church all reflect the time of the Catholic reformation. → Markt 24, Sittard
crowned with a trumpeting angel, a symbol of the Jülich synod. It currently houses a restaurant. → Gruizenstraat 3, Sittard
Tip! Exhibitions in Fort Sanderbout Former strongholds: Fort Sanderbout, Sittard Fort Sanderbout was a former bastion in Sittard’s system of defence works. It is the last part of the town’s fortifications that still remains. The fort, named after King Swentibold, or ‘Sanderbout’ (one of the first monarchs of the Low Countries) was probably built around 1565. It was originally a roundel
Fort Sanderbout now accommodates three exhibitions: defence through the centuries; a Jewish cemetery; and a vineyard. Three totally different themes which together tell the story of Sittard. The fort is open on every first Saturday of the month, in combination with a tour of the hidden gardens (Geheime Tuinen Sittard). → Fort Sanderbout 10, Sittard
which was put in place to defend the city wall and one of its gates, the Putpoort, against enemy attack.
The complex underwent a major restoration in the 20th century. Along with
In the second half of the 16th century,
the old town walls, Fort Sanderbout
it was probably upgraded to a bas-
is on the national register of listed
tion. Fort Sanderbout consisted of an
underground network of tunnels with two casemates which faced the northeast and south-east respectively. The
Sample the history of Oud-Geleen
northernmost of the two, including two embrasures, is still intact. After the de-
Oud-Geleen is the historic centre of
struction of Sittard in 1677, the system
Geleen. There is evidence of human
of defences was dismantled and the
habitation in (Oud)-Geleen in around
adjoining land turned into allotments.
Tip! Walks De Vereniging Sittards Verleden has published two great books (in Dutch) for discovering historic Sittard on foot: Wandeling door het Kapittelgebied (historic centre) and Wandeling over en langs vroegere vestingwerken (fortifications). Both books are are available via Visit Zuid-Limburg.
Find solace in the Pater Karelhoeve Joannes Andreas Houben, better known as Pater Karel van Sint Andries, was born in Munstergeleen on 11 December 1821. For well over a century those with physical or mental burdens have been finding solace in Pater Karel. ‘Father
As such, it is one of the oldest inhabited
Charles’ was canonised in Rome in
regions in the country. At the heart of
2007. His birthplace is a half-timbered
Oud-Geleen is the church, which was
farmhouse, typical of the region and
founded around the time of Charle-
well worth the visit. To the left of the
magne (800-850). The current church
complex was the oil mill, and to the
tower, built in 1504, is the oldest
right the sawmill. In 1954 the outhouse
building in Geleen. The arrival of the
was turned into a chapel and is open
state-run coalmine of Maurits and its
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also visit
official opening in 1925 marked a time
the museum and shop selling religious
of upheaval for Oud-Geleen. For the
items. Open from Tuesday to Sunday
locals, the many outsiders who came
afternoons from 2 to 5 pm.
to live nearby brought about huge
→ Pater Karelweg 1, Munster-
changes. Oud-Geleen is and remains a
unique neighbourhood with an allure that is in many ways unique. Why not visit the old centre and explore its historic character for yourself? 53
Schipperskerk: a meeting place for ‘skippers’ Are you planning a nice cycle ride
It is now often used for baptisms or
along the Meuse or the Julianakanaal?
anniversaries. In addition, the building
If so, make a detour to Schipperskerk,
is used several times a year for
a delightful settlement between the
exhibitions and recitals.
villages of Papenhoven en Grevenbicht.
→ Kluis 1, Geleen
In 1949, a church (‘Schipperskerk’) and rectory were built here to serve as a
religious and cultural meeting place for skippers navigating the Julianakanaal.
The Sint Rosakapel (or chapel of St
A small nucleus of houses formed
Rose) is on the Kollenberg, a small hill
around the church, named epony-
in Sittard. It is a small building with a
mously, where some skippers settled
long history. Built in 1675, the chapel is
down after retiring. The church itself,
dedicated to St Rosa, the patron saint
designed by architect Theodorus
of Sittard. In 1668 a dysentery epidemic
Lambertus Oberndorff, was dedicated
which claimed many lives broke out in
to the apostles Peter and Paul.
Sittard. Through the intercession of St
Sint Janskluis, Geleen
Rosa, the contagion ceased. In return, the city fathers promised to hold a procession on the last Sunday of August
This small building dating from 1699 is
every year from St Michael’s church to
one of the most eye-catching mon-
St Rosa’s chapel. Sittard has kept its
uments in Geleen. It is a three-sided
promise and since 1675 a procession
building made of brick with marlstone
of thanks has taken place every year.
banding and with a typical roof win-
In August the chapel is open to visitors
dow. After its most recent restoration in
from 2 to 4.30 pm
1985, the Sint Janskluis was converted
→ Kapellerweg, Sittard
into a small wayside chapel.
St Rosa and the lion Ob Sunday 28 August 1938 a curious incident took place in Sittard. During the festival of St Rose two lions escaped from their cages at circus ‘Friso’. One lion, Iris, was found wandering over the market square whilst the other,
Church of St Salvius, Limbricht
Asor (an anagram of ‘Rosa’) walked into the church of St Michael at the very moment holy mass was being celebrated. In the crowded
The history of the Salviuskerk dates
church, the lion knocked over a
back to the end of the 10th or the
few people, but otherwise did no
beginning of the 11th century. Of the
harm. The lion ended up walking
original single-nave church, only the
up and down in front of the altar.
pebble-built north wall remains.
By that time circus workers had ar-
During restoration work between 1977
rived, who managed to get the lion
and 1984, murals were found in the
back into its cage without much
chancel, the oldest ever found in a
further ado. They also managed to
parish church in the Netherlands.
overpower the other lion, Iris, in
These paintings date from around 1300
between the fairground rides on
and can be visited today. A brass reli-
quary allegedly containing fragments of bones of St Salvius were also found. The church can be visited on Easter Monday and every first Sunday of the month from May to September (2 to 5 pm). Private visits with a guide can also be arranged by appointment. → Platz 2, Limbricht, www.salviuskerkje.nl
In the historic and rural surroundings of Sittard-Geleen, there’s lots of
Activity aplenty at Stadbroeker watermill
interesting mills to be discovered. Many have long and fascinating
On the fringes of Sittard, close to the
histories. Some are still in operation,
nature reserve of Schwienswei, is the
whilst other have been converted
historic complex of Stadbroekermolen.
into catering establishments.
A permit was issued for construction of the watermill by the William Duke of
So you can even discover a rich history
Jülich in 1582. From 1846 it came into
with a bite to eat and a drink!
the hands of the Roufs family. They sold wheat and rye flour throughout Zuid-Limburg and in Belgium and Germany and replaced the waterwheel in 1907 by a turbine with a grinding mecahnism.
In 1955, Roufs sold the complex to the
In the post-war years it served briefly
town of Sittard. The unique complex
as a sawmill to help with reconstruc-
was restored to its former glory in
tion. In 1973 the mill became the pro-
1990, including its water-powered
perty of the Jacob Kritzraedt founda-
propulsion. It is a friendly location for
tion, who returned the mill to full
parties and meetings. For more infor-
working order. A second restoration
mation go to
followed in 1998 which installed a
→ Jacqueline Roufsweg, Sittard
turbine for the generation of electricity,
powered by the flow of the Geleen-
beek. The historic site now accommodates the Buitenplaats De Vief Heringe, a restaurant where you can savour
There was mention of a watermill in
the atmosphere of yesteryear with
Ophoven in 1348. The mill was the
wholesome meals, special beers and
property in fief of the Lords of Valken-
good wine. The unique atmosphere of
burg and later the Dukes of Jülich. The
the old mill, the miller's house, the old
mill once served as a grain mill and be-
miller's workshop and the two patio
longed to the Ophovenerhof, an farm-
areas on the waterfront offer, in true
stead on the opposite side of the road.
old-fashioned style, a friendly and warm
After the mill was used for the milling
welcome to everyone.
of oil, the building was reconverted for
→ Molenweg 56, Sittard
grain milling in the 19th century.
Op de Kingbeek: watermill with a singular history ‘Op de Kingbeek’ in Grevenbicht is the oldest known and only surviving of the four watermills along the Kingbeek stream. The first known mention of it was in 1548. The story goes that the mill was built as a corn mill to provide the local villagers with flour. For the construction of the mill and diversion of the stream a cooperative of 24 members was set up. Every member of the cooperative, which existed for no less than three centuries, received two weeks’ milling rights. These milling rights were sold off publically in 1820, after which the mill came into the hands of various different owners.
In 1887 the paddle wheel was replaced by a turbine. The owners at the time, the Roelofs family, installed a steam engine for auxiliary power, hence the chimney in the side wall of the mill. The watermill currently houses a small war museum which can be visited by the public. → Watermolenstraat 12, Grevenbicht. www.oorlogsmuseum.eu
Back to the coalmines Sittard-Geleen and coalmining are inextricably linked. In 1915, the staterun coalmine of Maurits was opened, remaining in operation until 1966. Today, there are still many interesting reminders of the former coalmining activities in the region.
A deep-seated coalmining past The mine soon became a major employer, both for the locals, as well as outsiders who came to work here. The new industry radically changed the face of the region. For example, new rail links and waterways were constructed for the transport of coal, such as the Sittard-Born railway line, the Franciscushaven in Born - today the largest inland port in the Netherlands - and the Julianakanaal with its special locks. These locks have been put on the national register of national monuments and are well worth seeing.
Tip! Discover for yourself! Do you want to discover the coalmining past for yourself? If so, why not follow either mine route 3 or 4 (cycle routes) which pass many of these reminders of the past. Available from the Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop in Sittard (see page 70)
Village centres, such as Geleen, saw an exponential growth duing this period. However, in the 1950s - with rising costs, increased competition and new forms of energy - coalmining went downhill. After the pits were closed, Maurits left behind an important source of employment, namely the chemical plants run by DSM (Dutch State Mines) and its suppliers. 59
Icon, poet, vagabond and troubadour
Every town has its own story to tell,
Toon Hermans, son of Sittard
with its own remarkable, iconic figures and this is no less true of Sit-
Toon Hermans, born and bred in
tard-Geleen. A number of these stories
Sittard, became one of the Netherland’s
can be found on the following pages.
greatest theatre entertainers.
During a walk through the town you
A legendary stage celebrity, famous in
will certainly see references to them.
the Netherlands and Belgium as an entertainer, bon vivant, showman, writer, painter, but most of all a clown. Toon wasn’t just able to make people laugh. He cheered them up and made them happy. And when people are happy, they laugh automatically!
Tip! Toon Hermans trail During this 1.5km walk, a guide will take you to the many places which provide a reminder of Toon and the years he spent in Sittard. For exam-
A bond with Sittard
ple the site of Toon’s old birthplace and where he first performed for next to nothing. This will give you a
Toon Hermans was born and is buried
good idea of Toon’s home town of
in Sittard. He grew up in the town and
Sittard. For the Toon Hermans trail
first appeared on the stage at St Jozef-
call Visit Zuid-Limburg at
gebouw in Wilhelminastraat.
0900-555 9798 (€1 per call)
In 1942, he left for Amsterdam, where he soon caused a stir on the national scene. With his warm words and droll facial expressions he was able to charm
both young and old. In 1885, Zefke was just 11 years old In many of his shows, songs, poems and
when she lost both parents and had
stories, Toon expresses his love for his
to move in with the family of his best
Limburg roots in Sittard. In 1998, the
friend Martin Marx. From 1907 onwards,
‘Toon Hermans Huis’ opened. Named
he travelled the length and breadth of
after the celebrity, this is a centre
Germany selling cigars for a German
where people with cancer can spend
company. Whilst he was staying in
time with their friends and family. After
Karlsruhe in 1908, during local festivi-
his death in 2000, Toon was buried in
ties, a man was murdered.
Sittard next to his beloved wife Rietje.
Zefke was arrested as a suspect and, without any evidence, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
During the day, Zefke would traipse through the town and shopkeepers would stop him and offer him anything and everything, from cigars and sausages to other titbits. He often accepted medals from people which he would then wear himself. In 1955 the town was shaken by the news that Zepke had died in his sleep, aged 81. Surprisingly, after turning 65, Zefke had never drawn his state pension. The municipality held back the money he had saved and used to send him to his grave with a right royal send-off. Between Begijnenhofwal and Walstraat, there now stands a statue of Zefke Mols.
Jo Erens, a genuine troubadour Erens lived on Rijksweg-Noord in In 1914, he was released when the real
Sittard. His father was a cabinet maker
perpetrator confessed to the murder.
and a member of the Sittard male choir.
The real killer preferred to go to jail
From an early age Erens performed for
than die in military service during the
the Sittard carnaval club 'De Marotte'.
First World War.
He enjoyed boundless fame and popularity, even in the province of Belgian
After his release, Zefke was in such a
Limburg. Erens’ popularity was, on the
state of shock that he took to an itin-
one hand, down to his musical skills;
erant life as a tramp in France. In 1928
he had a beautiful voice and composed
he returned to Sittard where he found
songs in the Sittard dialect which were
accommodation with his old friend
extremely popular with large sections
Martin Marx. He set up home in an old
of the Limburg population of that time,
shed on the corner of Walstraat. The
both in the Netherlands and Belgium.
town tolerated his stay in the shed and
On the other hand, Erens was a musical
records even stipulate that he would
hero for Limburg society, at a time
be permitted to use the shed until his
when the province was working hard to
build its own identity.
Charles Beltjens Karel Michel Hubert (Charles) Beltjens was a Dutch 19th century poet who wrote exclusively in French. He was born in Sittard. His father came from Roermond and his mother’s family oriAlong with Chel Savelkoul, Sjef Diederen,
ginated from French-speaking Wallonia;
Frits Rademacher and Harry Bordon,
she was the daughter of a goldsmith in
Erens was a member of the so-called
Liège. Whilst he won major literary
‘Big Five’ Limburg troubadours from
prizes in Belgium and France, he remai-
the 1940s to the 1990s. They were an
ned virtually unread in the Netherlands.
important focal point for popular cul-
He enjoyed contact with famous French
ture in Limburg at the time.
poets, such as Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé.
Limburg-born classical composer Matty Niël wrote several works for Erens,
Beltjens also corresponded with the
including Blues and Drie Kerstliederen.
writer Victor Hugo. In 1872 he came
Niël also accompanied the singer for
back to Sittard where he died in
many years in the classical vocal reper-
seclusion in 1890.
toire. The baritone died in Amersfoort on 21 January 1955 after suffering
A bronze bust of the poet stands in one
a stroke. Thousands from all over the
of Sittard’s secret gardens, Le jardin
Netherlands and Belgian Limburg
d’Isabelle. The garden is name after
turned up to his funeral.
Beltjens’ unattainable love, Isabelle de Borman.
Sittard-Geleen on the map Must-do’s 1 Historic Sittard
2 Pater Karel Hoeve
23 Clip ’n Climb
44 Kasteel Limbricht 45 St. Agnetenberg
3 Musea de Domijnen
24 Jump XL
4 Historic town trail
46 Monastic quarter
5 Vibrant markets
26 IVY climbing
6 Kasteel Limbricht
27 Escape Centrum
47 Casa Mia
7 Pinkpop Expo
48 Kasteel Grasbroek
8 Secret gardens
28 Unit 13
9 Kasteelpark Born
10 RivierPark Maasvallei
30 Thermen Born
11 Magnificent churches
31 BLUE Wellness
12 Fort Sanderbout
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Art & culture for everyone
Magnificent churches 50 Fort Sanderbout Sittard 51 Oud-Geleen 52 Schipperskerk
13 13 Town parks
32 Municipal theatre
53 Sint Janskluis Geleen
14 Along rivers and valleys
33 Poppodium Volt
54 Sint Rosakapel Sittard
15 Tom Dumoulin
34 Filmhuis de Domijnen
55 Church of St Salvius
36 Theater Karroessel 37 Pitboel theater
A day full of fun 16 Petting farms
38 Laagland theater 39 Foroxity
Working watermills 56 Stadtbroeker watermill
17 Laco Glanerbrook
57 Ophoven watermill
18 De nieuwe Hateboer
58 Kingbeek watermill
19 Het Anker 20 Fortuna Stadion /
Museum 21 Ballorig
Castles & Convents 40 Kasteel Obbicht 41 Huize Holtum 42 Kasteel Wolfrath 43 Kasteelruïne Born
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Drielandenroute Sittard-Geleen Three-country route
riverside villages, and the German
Sittard-Geleen is the ideal base from
Selfkant region, a territory that was
which to explore these international
once part of the Netherlands for 14
surroundings. The Drielandenroute (or
years! There’s plenty of stopping-off
three-country route) takes in the me-
places on the way for a bite to eat and
andering River Meuse, with its quaint
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Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop Sittard The Visit Zuid-Limburg Shop Sittard is in Rosmolenstraat 2. The shop has an array of Sittard-Geleen brochures, such as the Toon Hermans trail and the Stadswandeling Sittard (Sittard town trail). Various maps are also available, such as the Cycle Zuid-Limburg map (showing relevant parts of the national cycle network) or the walking map of the Grensmaasvallei!
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