PEAK 5: Netherlands – Vaalserberg

The famous lowland of the Netherlands is proud of its windmills, dijks, tulips and coffee shops but did you know that there are actually some hills too? Follow my journey to the highest point Vaalserberg, the starting point for our biking Tour de Benelux Peaks. 

Date of summit: 23rd June 2018 10:15 
Travelling mode: Biking 
Height of the peak: 321m
Biking distance from village Vijlen: 7.45km 
(If you want to walk to the highest point there is a parking lot 100m next to the peak)
Time to ascend: 38 min 
Map of my whole biking trip through Benelux: Movescount 
Personal rating of the mountain: ** (6 stars maximum) 
Beer on the peak: 3 Schténg (stout) *** (6 stars maximum)

The windy weather continued in the Netherlands. After a long journey with the famous Deutsche Bahn from Aarhus to Eindhoven with delays we finally rented a car and enjoyed one day off by visiting the most beautiful place in the Netherlands with beautiful windmills– Kinderdijk, the unique village of Baarle-Hertog which has 22 Belgian exclaves on the Dutch land (once you visit this place you cross the border at least ten times during a ten minutes walk) and the holy brewery La Trappe where beer is brewed and served by monks. What a perfect day to prepare us for a tough biking trip!

Kinderdijk windmills; camera Nikon D750; lens Sigma 35mm, f/1.4; Single Exposure

Next morning I, Joanne and her uncle Eiko (a real biking expert, sorry that you had to wait for us all the time) started our journey from the small village Vijlen in the southeast of the Netherlands. The climb to the highest point of the Netherlands was a good warm up for our following biking expedition to the Belgian and Luxembourg highest points.

My bike which managed 110km even with my drone and camera equipment; camera Nikon D750; lens Sigma 35mm, f/1.4; Single Exposure

The highest point of the Netherlands is a bit sad. The peak of the Vaalserberg mountain is situated in Belgium in fact and the highest point of the Netherlands is a bit below. Anyway, with 321m it beats all the Baltic countries, Denmark and Malta. Once you visit this place you will see that Dutch people are proud of their highest point. There were many tourists enjoying a maze and two observation towers. One is situated very near the highest point but it is actually in Belgium and another one is in the Netherlands situated 500m away. Since it has much better opening times, we visited this one.

The Dutch tower close to the highest point of the Netherlands; DJI Phantom 4 Pro; Panorama consisting of 6 pictures in two rows + 3times bracketing

We had a nice view over the village Vijlen where we started our biking trip.

View over the village Vijlen from the Dutch tower; camera Nikon D750; lens Sigma 35mm, f/1.4; 3 pictures used for Exposure bracketing

My tips for Vaalserberg

  • Bring a bike and explore not only the Dutch mountain but all three highest peaks by bike.
  • If it would be complicated for you to bring own bike, rent your bike here. I was very happy with their service.
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