Discover cave markets in Valkenburg

by Grace Bernhardt
Stripes Europe

Are you willing to venture underground to find that perfect holiday gift?

The caves of Valkenburg, Netherlands provide an unusual Christmas market experience. Head into the Municipal Cave now through Dec. 23 for music, shopping and numerous stands selling crafts in what is claimed to be “the oldest and largest subterranean Christmas market in Europe.” A market is also held in the Velvet Cave. The Wilhelmina Cave hosts an underground nativity scene and sand sculpture exhibit.

Catch the Christmas parade on Wednesday and Saturday evenings; Santa even makes an appearance! For more details, visit www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl.

Location: Daalhemerweg

Helpful hints: Avoid the stress of driving and trying to find parking in the small city center by taking the train or possibly book with an installation organization. 

The market hours are Sunday – Thursday 10-7, Friday – Saturday 10-8, Saturday, December 23rd 10-6. However, the entrance is closed 45 minutes before closing time. 

Unlike most markets, admission is charged. It is 7 euros for adults, 5 euros for children ages 5 to 11 and free for children under 5. Order your tickets online to avoid the wait at the box office. 

Dogs are not allowed at the markets.

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