The famous lowland of the Netherlands is proud of its windmills, dikes, tulips and coffee shops but did you know that there are actually some hills too? In this article I will let you know how to reach the highest peak of Netherlands – Vaalserberg and I will also share with you my personal experience. It was a starting point of an exciting trip to the highest peak of all Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) in one day. Follow my journey and all the necessary information before your trip to Vaalserberg.
Important information for visiting the highest point of Netherlands – Vaalserberg
Short description of the ascent: Short easy walk Essential equipment: Nothing special, it's a short walk Best time to visit: All year round Fees or restrictions: No Camping allowed: No Height of the peak: 321 m Hiking distance: 0 m - you can park just next to the highest point Time to ascend: 0 minutes (you can park just next to the highest point) Difficulty level: * (6 stars maximum) Personal rating of the mountain: ** (6 stars maximum) Beer on the peak: 3 Schténg (stout) *** (6 stars maximum)
Map of the position of Vaalserberg
My story of reaching Vaalserberg with personal tips
Visiting Vaalserberg was a part of my expedition European Peaks during which I climbed the highest peak of every European country. To make it more exciting, I spiced up visiting the highest point of Netherlands by visiting also the highest point of Luxembourg and Belgium in just one day by bike. Check out the whole route here.
My trip started by a short roundtrip around Netherlands (I will prepare an article about the highlights of this wonderful country soon) and ended up in 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!
Tour de Benelux is starting
Next morning my girlfriend Joanne, her uncle Eiko (a real biking expert, sorry that you had to wait for us all the time) and I started our journey from the small village Vijlen in the southeast of the Netherlands. The climb to the highest point of the Netherlands was supposed to be a good warm up for our following biking expedition to the Belgian and Luxembourg highest points.
Sad story of Vaalserberg
The highest point of the Netherlands is a bit sad. The peak of the Vaalserberg is situated in Belgium in fact and the highest point of the Netherlands is a bit below. Anyway, with 321 m 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. However, it is actually in Belgium and another one is in the Netherlands situated 500 m away. Since it has much better opening times, we visited this one.
We had a nice view over the village Vijlen where we started our biking trip.
My tips for Vaalserberg
- Bring a bike and explore not only the Dutch mountain but all three highest peaks of the Benelux by bike.
- If it would be complicated for you to bring own bike, rent your bike here. I was very happy with their service.