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Castle Ruins & Velvet Cave

Daalhemerweg 27, 6301 BJ Valkenburg, The Netherlands
+31 43 820 0040
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A little bit expensive for only a ruin

The admission ticket was around € 8 if I am not mistaken to see what remains from a castle. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jakarta, Indonesia
via mobile
Smaller Cave

This is a smaller cave compared to the Gemeentegrot, and during the Christmas market season, both... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
via mobile
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“velvet cake” (36 reviews)
“guided tour” (15 reviews)
Daalhemerweg 27, 6301 BJ Valkenburg, The Netherlands
+31 43 820 0040
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The admission ticket was around € 8 if I am not mistaken to see what remains from a castle. The velvet cafe it self was nice and since it located about 2 levels up from ground, we can get an overall city view while enjoying...More

Thank L_Karis
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

This is a smaller cave compared to the Gemeentegrot, and during the Christmas market season, both sold the same type or similar items. This cave had more inscriptions and paintings on the wall and also had a Christmas nativity. The restaurant inside this cave only...More

Thank C D
Reviewed 4 January 2018

It took over one hour to walk through the caves and there was music and Christmas lights and there was an outside market. It is a lovely place to visit with a castle. Also there is another cave making it two in total to visit...More

Thank davidcookson2016
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit, but not a problem is missed. Paintings are somewhere between interesting and outright Kitsch. A bit artificial all.

Thank wolffman1973
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We arrived in a foggy late afternoon so we were not able to see the town upon arrival. The sole purpose of our trip was to visit the Christmas Market in the caves. CAVES: The market merchandize was not as expected - many items mass...More

1  Thank RoadTrippre
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I have several qualifications for this review. First of all, I did not take a tour of the castle ruins or the velvet cave. I just walked up to the ruins, so I didn't get a history, etc. As for the Velvet Cave, I was...More

1  Thank Dianne A
Reviewed 20 December 2017

It was a foggy day, but the castle ruins above Valkenburg was still nice to walk around. The informative signs are in both Dutch and English. There are lovely views over town.

Thank jean n
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

A visit to the Velvet Caves Christmas marked is basically like paying 7 Euros each to being herded through a giant underground Poundland. Some of the decorations were good and being in a cave added to the atmosphere, however it was let down by the...More

1  Thank Mr_Bunster
Reviewed 17 December 2017

We visited this market as part of a three day trip to various Christmas markets in the region and, oh dear, what a disappointment. I had been previously many years ago and remember it as being full of lovely hand crafted things, particularly wooden. This...More

Thank heatherij
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Arrived early which was just as well as when we left the queue was unbelievable! We decided to give the other main cave a miss as it too had a large queue. We enjoyed the experience of the market being in a cave and there...More

Thank Jan5660
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Rebecca P
19 December 2017|
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Response from Carin K | Reviewed this property |
this might help ;) its from the official website opening hours for the velvet cave and under them .. the opening hours of the castle ruins Opening hours Velvet Cave December 2017 December 1 until December 23: Christmas... More
cherry p
21 October 2015|
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Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
I have been to both, and while both are excellent, Cologne has more appeal I think because it is held next to the cathedral. I also don't recall having Glu Wine at the Dutch Market. I have not used either coach line.
Anne B
21 September 2015|
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Response from ChrisStaly | Reviewed this property |
I saw others who were a bit challenged in mobility & they had no difficulty.