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Hockey, handball and football in Sittard-Geleen

the Weed Pass

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Politicians, tourists and Mary Jane




A few words from the editor E4 E5 E8 E12

Arriving in Sittard-Geleen
How to get to your hotel

The Basics
Getting to grips with Sittard-Geleen

The city’s past on two pages

Culture & Events
Concerts, galleries and events


Where to stay Restaurants Cafés

E22 Beds for backpackers and business executives E26 The Dutch have much more than cheese to offer E34 E36 E44 Classic cafés, bakeries and high tea

The men of Eaters, the local ice hockey team, and the women of the OCI Nitrogen-LIONS handball squad are two of the better teams in their respective leagues. Fortuna Sittard football club isn’t in the nation’s top league, but a mere one level lower. Read more about local teams on p.E61 Photo courtesy of StudioVR9

Museums, churches and other sights

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Getting around
Trains, buses and taxis

Bars, pubs, clubs and cafés

Shopping Sittard-Geleen for kids Sports & Leisure Health & Lifestyle E56 E59 E60 E62 E9 E28 E30 E32 E34 E38 E41 E52 E55 E63 E65 E66 E67 E68 E70

High times in Holland
Smoke legally and responsibly

List of small features
Message from the Mayor A doggy bag... please! Holland’s burqa ban Wee bag Senseless slaughter Sticks and stones Bitter... balls? Jewish Sittard Cycling without frontiers Dutch mining

Maps & Index
Sittard map & Street register Geleen map & Street register Greater Sittard-Geleen map Netherlands map Hotel, restaurant and nightlife index

The Dutch government has been struggling for years to find a solution to its ‘coffeeshop problem’. The latest brainchild of the politicians is the so-called Weed Pass. Read more on p.E41



In 2001, Sittard and Geleen were joined into one administrative district becoming the youngest city in the Netherlands. It’s also the fifth city in Holland to have its own In Your Pocket guide. This is a bilingual travel aid, which means that Dutch tourists, as well as foreign visitors can discover this beautiful city. Sittard boasts a medieval centre with an historic Market Square, while Geleen is mostly known for its past as a mining powerhouse. A large number of Catholic churches and monasteries in the area also make it a popular pilgrimage site for the devout. Very little remains of the mining industry today and all of the coal pits have been decommissioned and filled with sand, water and concrete. But less than half a century ago, Geleen was home to the most modern mine in Europe. Because Sittard-Geleen is situated in the so-called bottleneck of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are never far away. The narrowest part of the country offers fabulous views, historic cities and charming hamlets that can be explored on foot or by bike. The area is steeped in history and no other part of the Netherlands has experienced so much of the wars that passed by over the centuries. Spaniards, Frenchmen, Cossacks, Italians, Germans and the Dutch have all fought for their own ends on this soil and left their mark on the local populace. Wherever you’re from, we’re certain that this guide will give you a detailed understanding of the fascinating history of Sittard-Geleen and will illustrate that there’s plenty to discover here.

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The buildings featured on this issue’s cover are among the best preserved medieval craftsmen’s houses in the city and you’ll find them on the historic Market Square in Sittard. The beautiful, characteristic edifice of The Gats Café dates from 1535 and is named after the neighbouring street, which basically translates as Narrow Street in the local Limburgian dialect.

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Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

arriving in sittard-geleen
Arriving in Sittard-Geleen is fairly simple these days. The bus and train stations are located right on the edge of both the city centres of Sittard and Geleen and two regional Dutch airports, Eindhoven and Maastricht-Aachen, are less than an hour train ride away. Sittard-Geleen is therefore easily reached by public transport from any direction. Buses within the city are also simple to use and well-organised. In both the Sittard and Geleen city centres you may prefer moving about on foot, as nearly everything is within walking distance. If you’d like to visit nearby country villages you can use the bus network during day and early evening. In the later evening hours you need a car to move around. The entire municipality and its surroundings have excellent bike lanes.


By train
Sittard has one train station: the Central Station (CS), which has a front and rear entrance. All trains that travel via Sittard stop here. If you’re going to the city centre take the one at the front of the building. From here you can walk straight into the city centre via the Stationskwartier/ Stationsstraat (Station Road). On the other side of the street you’ll enter the pedestrian area and within 100m you’ll find the shopping centre at the Steenweg. Although smaller than some of its larger sister stations, CS has everything you need with a small supermarket, snack shop, a bus station, a flower shop, bike rental and paid parking. A toilet as well as luggage lockers can be found in the arrivals hall at the front. At the back you’ll find the Transferium. This is the best place to leave your car for the short or long term. For travellers on the go, the main platforms offer a little kiosk that sells quick snacks and drinks during the day. At many Dutch train stations you can only buy a train ticket with cash or a bank card from a ticket machine, so make sure to have plenty of coins with you. Geleen has two small train stations. One on the eastern side, called Station Oost and one in the west called Station Lutterade. There are no facilities except bike parking and ticket vending machines. Only local trains stop at either of the stations. For information on schedules and prices check or

By bike
You can park your bike for free in one of two guarded bike parking lots in the Sittard city centre and one in the centre of Geleen: at Tempelplein and Haspelsestraat in Sittard (open 08:00 - 19:00, Thu 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 08:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00 on shopping Sundays) and one at Groenstraat in Geleen (same opening hours). After opening hours you can park your bike there as well, but then it’s not guarded. A free location for over 500 bikes is also located near the Central Station in Sittard. This is usually packed and it might be a little chaotic to recover your bike. It’s also not guarded. Commercial parking is available under CS Sittard with a repair and bike rental shop also on offer. Taking a bike on a train will cost you an additional €6 for the whole day. The two train stations in Geleen have smaller unguarded lots but provide special handles for you to lock your bike.

The best place to park your car in Sittard is the huge one level Oda Parking (open 24hrs). You pay when leaving at a rate €1.30/hour. The lot has two entrances at Haspelsestraat and Paardestraat. If you walk out on the Schootvelden or next to the Ursulinnentuin within 200m you’ll be on the historic Market Square or one of the shopping streets. Other underground parking garages are available at Hub Dassenplein in Sittard and underneath the Market Square in Geleen. In all three you have to pay when leaving. Other places charge up front. On the streets you can only pay with chipknip or credit card. These parkings spots are usually more expensive than at bigger parking lots. Just look for the blue and white sign with Parkeerterrein written on it or simply follow the parking route. If you still want to park on the street or the lots at Tempelplein and Steenweg you’ll have to pay in advance. Buy a ticket at a machine and then place it behind your windscreen. But always be sure that you’re back in time as Sittard-Geleen is known for its strict meter maids. Make sure to check that you’re not parked in a reserved spot. Some of the little streets in the city centre only have parking for residents. The money you’ll save not paying a fine will easily cover the cost of a few delicious beers: alcohol-free if you’re driving, of course! In Geleen your best option is to park underneath the Market Square. You pay on your way out.

By bus
Because train travel is so fast and efficient in the Netherlands, there aren’t many international bus arrivals in SittardGeleen. However, because Sittard is located directly next to the German border, you can take the local German bus to the towns of the Selfkant. By train you can also travel to Maastricht and on to Liège (Belgium). From there you can take speed trains to Brussels. The same is true if you catch the train to Aachen via Heerlen. From there on you can easily move throughout Germany by public transport. Both Liège and Aachen are around half an hour away by train. When you leave the central train station in the direction of the city you’ll see the bus station on your right side. If you want to make use of bus services visit or call tel. (+31) 900 9292.

By car
Sittard-Geleen can be easily reached by car. The inner city centres are mostly pedestrian zones, but just outside the centre are plenty of multi-storey car parks. You only need to follow the parking route directions and electric signs display how many parking spots are available. Sittard-Geleen can be reached from the north (Eindhoven) and South (Maastricht) using the A2 motorway. From the east (Heerlen/Aachen) and west (Brussels/Anvers) use the A76.

By plane
If you arrive at either Maastricht-Aachen or Eindhoven airport, Sittard-Geleen is only less than an hour away by public transport. A single trip from Eindhoven by train costs about €12.20 and takes 45 minutes. From Maastricht-Aachen Airport take Veolia bus No.59. Veolia doesn’t operate as frequently in the evening and weekends, so plan accordingly. You can do so at or call tel. (+31) 900 9292.

The historic City Park

Lya Cattel



Read on and find out why the Dutch allow people to smoke joints, but not to operate a bicycle while intoxicated. Plenty of other funny facts about the Netherlands are available here.

The province of Limburg is famous for its cafés and restaurants so you’re never far from a tasty brew or a glass of wine. Heineken, Amstel and Bavaria are the nation’s biggest brewers but other large local brands include Brand, Alfa and Gulpener. A wide variety of excellent Belgian brews are also on offer at most bars. You must be at least 16 years old to drink beer or wine and 18 to imbibe spirits. If you look too young you’ll be carded, so always bring identification. This holds true for supermarkets and off-licences, too. If you’re a little too tipsy you’ll probably be asked firmly, yet politely to leave the premises and if you don’t cooperate you could end up spending the night sobering up in a drunk tank.

Sittard from above

Local time
From March 28 to October 31 the Netherlands is in the Central European Summer Time Zone or GMT+2. During the rest of the year the clock ticks according to the Central European Time Zone or GMT+1.

Being one of the world’s smaller nations that also happens to be as flat as a pancake, the Netherlands is naturally an attractive country for cyclists. Add to that an unbelievable selection of cycling paths and you’ll see why the Dutch love their bikes so much. Unfortunately, riding a bike in big cities can still be a nerve-racking experience, but in Sittard-Geleen you’ll be fine. Although Dutch parents feel it’s safe enough to attach carts to their bikes to transport their children around town, loads of other cyclists ignore traffic rules and basically ride wherever they like often causing mayhem on the streets so be careful.

Mail & Phones
You can use your mobile phone if your provider has an international roaming agreement with one of four mobile phone networks in the Netherlands. Usually, if you’re abroad, you have to pay roaming charges on all incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, MMS and internet. It’s worth considering a local SIM card. A prepaid account starts from around €10. All In Your Pocket guides list country codes before all telephone numbers. The Dutch country code is (+31), but of course, you only have to use this if you’re dialling from abroad. If you’re already in the Netherlands just ignore the (+31) prefix, dial 0 and then the nine-digit number.

It comes as no surprise that in many places in the Netherlands you’re allowed to buy and smoke marijuana and other soft drugs. And you may have also heard that dealing or possessing hard drugs is forbidden. You can be arrested for it and punishments are no laughing matter. Soft drugs are sold exclusively at so-called coffeeshops so don’t buy them on the streets. These products are often not inspected and may be adulterated with unknown rubbish. Again, dealing is forbidden. Stay wise and limit yourself to the coffeeshops and get high responsibly.

Since 2002, a large part of the European Union has adopted the euro as its local currency and the Netherlands is no exception. One euro contains 100 euro cents. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro cents and also of 1 and 2 euro. Banknotes are available with the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Although a collection of €200 and €500 bills in your wallet might make you feel like Bill Gates bear in mind that they’re almost never accepted in shops or restaurants. You can exchange and withdraw money at most large banks and all Dutch banks accept Visa and MasterCard at their cash dispensers. Many restaurants, hotels and shops accept Visa and MasterCard, but to avoid disappointment, be sure to carry some money with you as some bars only accept cash and others require a minimum purchase of €15 - 20 to use a card.

Dutch is an Indo-European Germanic language that is mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname (South America). It is closely related to the Low German dialects which by now have largely been flooded by official German. These dialects managed to keep a number of proto-Germanic characteristics and for this reason Dutch as a language is a living fossil. It represents a group of important dialects that were spoken by the founders of the Frankish Empire and the Saxons. The latter group were the founders of the English language as it is spoken today, hence Anglo-Saxons. Afrikaans, as it is spoken in South Africa, is descended from the 17th-century version of modern Dutch. To the dismay of language purists, many English words have been integrated into Dutch. In fact, most Dutch have a more than healthy command of the English language. Many will also be adept at other European languages especially German. Mastering the Dutch language can be a terrifying ordeal, but learning a few key phrases will make things easier and might even win you a few friends and admirers.

Market values
McDonald’s Big Mac €3.25 $4.51 £2.80 $1.39 £0.86 Loaf of white bread €1.00 Snickers bar €0.80 $1.11 £0.69 0.7L of vodka €11.90 $16.53 £10.26 0.5L bottle of local beer €0.56 $0.78 £0.48 20 Marlboros €4.80 $6.67 £4.14 Public transport ticket €1.60 $2.22 £1.38 Cinema ticket €9.00 $12.50 £7.76 1l of petrol €1.62 $2.25 £1.40 Exchange rates (as of 12.03.2011) US$1 - €0.72, £1 - €1.16, ¥100 - €0.87, AUD$1 - €0.72

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National holidays
January 1 April 6, 2012 April 8 - 9, 2012 April 30 May 1 May 4 New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) Easter (Pasen) Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid) Remembrance of the Dead (Nationale Herdenking) May 5 Liberation Day (Dag van de Vrijheid) May 9 Mother’s Day (Moederdag) May 13 Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) May 23 - 24 Whitsun (Pinksteren) June 20 Father’s Day (Vaderdag) June 26 Veterans’ Day (Veteranendag) September 21 Budget Day (Prinsjesdag) December 5 St. Nicolas (Sinterklaas) December 25 - 26 Christmas (Kerstmis) December 31 New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsdag)


Message from the Mayor
Dear Visitor, Sittard-Geleen is a versatile municipality that has plenty to offer. You will soon discover that when you explore the area. It is a great municipality to live in. Rural, in one of the typical green villages, or exciting, in the heart of a wonderful historic town centre with plenty of fun shops and attractive pubs and restaurants. Sittard-Geleen is also the home base of a number of innovative companies in the fields of logistics, chemistry, automotive, care and sports that are active worldwide. This creates plenty of employment. And as an important college town in the region, Sittard-Geleen has a lot of diverse and renowned teaching institutions on an intermediate vocational and higher vocational education level, where thousands of students go to school. There is always something to do when you visit SittardGeleen. You will find all the information you need in this guide. My tip: be sure to visit the annual events. There are plenty of visitors and it is very entertaining: whirling around at the large fair in Geleen, going to the ‘Oktoberfest’ and the St. Rosa Festival or the Dance Festival Groove Garden. And a visit to the largest annual fair of the Netherlands ‘St. Joep’ on March 19th is definitely something I can recommend. There is also plenty to do around the town. SittardGeleen is a green municipality with beautiful cycling routes and trails through the pastures and woods along the River Maas. Just take a rest stop in one of the municipality’s villages, situated in a wonderful green landscape, for something to eat or drink. I can assure you that you will have a fantastic time here. Our town is definitely worth discovering! I wish you a pleasant stay! Sjraar Cox Mayor of the Municipality of Sittard-Geleen

For a country as small as the Netherlands, there are a ridiculously high number of asphalt roads and motorways. Every town, village or hamlet can be reached from the black ribbon that never seems to be more than a few kilometers away. Despite the excellent state of Dutch roads and cars (it’s compulsory in the Netherlands to have your car checked for faults at least once every two years) traffic frequently jams at a large number of bottlenecks. This is hardly surprising when one considers that there are, on average, two vehicles per household. And there are 7 million households! The majority of Dutch drivers never break the speed limit, and considering the severity of traffic fines, this seems wise enough. Driving through a red light? This will cost you €160. Driving too fast within city limits? Be prepared to part with €180! And as soon as you exceed the maximum speed by 50km/h you’ll lose your driving licence and be fined. Within city limits you must drive 50km/h, outside city limits 80 and on motorways 100 or 120 (check road signs). In the Netherlands you must drive on the right side of the road and you’re not allowed to cycle on motorways! You don’t want to know how many tourists are plucked off the road by police each year.

Until recently smoking was very common in the Netherlands. Since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places on July 1, 2008, smoking has become a lot less common. This is partially due to a government campaign to make people aware of the effects of smoking on their health. These days you can have a wild night out and come home without your hair and clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. For some this is an enormous benefit and others (read: smokers) find it a pain and banish themselves to the many smoker’s rooms in the country. Thanks to unclear rules you may suddenly find yourself in a smoke-filled pub. This is usually in bars with just a single staff member: the boss. Or you may find yourself in a pub that flouts the ban on smoking. This will not have any consequences for you. If you light a cigarette in a pub and the manager tolerates this, then the manager will receive a fine upon inspection. The Netherlands is of course also known for its wafts of marijuana. For more information see ‘Drugs’.

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5300 BC - Linear Band Ware
Around 5,300 BC the first farmers settled in Limburg in the area near today’s S i t t a r d - G e l e e n . Th e y planted wheat and raised cat tle. Th e farmers not only built the region’s first houses, but also created their own pottery decorated with spiral and banded lines and patterns giving rise to the name of their culture, the Linear Band Ware people.

1000 AD - Limbricht Castle
Limbricht Castle, a so-called motte-and-bailey structure which is built on top of an artificially raised earthwork was erected. It was essentially a tower on a hill surrounded by a protective ditch. The oldest traces of this fortification date back to the 10th century. The four wings of the current castle were built at the beginning of the 17th century in Mosan Renaissance style. The voorburcht, or fore castle, consists of a U-shaped castle courtyard and was constructed in several building phases. During the Dutch Revolt, or 80 Year War, the Duke of Parma resided at the castle for a time. In 1813 the castle was used as an infirmary for sick and wounded French soldiers who had been fighting in Germany. Lya Cattel

1243 - Sittard town privileges
I n 1 24 3 th e d omai n o f Sittard of Walram II and his mother Elisabeth van Bar, gained town privileges. This strongly advanced the development of Sittard. At that time Sittard consisted of Villa Sittard and the villages Wehr and Broeksittard.

1400 - In Jülich hands
In 1400 Sittard, Born and Susteren were sold to the Duke of Jülich for 70,000 gold guilders. The whole area was pledged to several lords for nearly a century. In 1494 it became part of the Duchy of Jülich and was called Ambt Born. Under Jülich the German language was mostly used and it can still be found on a number of gable stones in Sittard.

1000 AD - Church of Saint Salvius
Th e ol d est par t o f this church, the northern wall built from Meuse stones, dates back to the end of the 10th century. In the 13th century the Romanesque style choir was added to the church, followed by a tower not long after. In the 15th century the church was extended with a southern arcade in Gothic style. During restoration in 1977 important murals were found in the choir under a great number of layers of lime. They appeared to be the oldest and most complete vault paintings in the Netherlands.

167 7 - Th e destruction of 1125 - 1157 - First mention of Born, Sittard Geleen & Sittard During the struggle between
Born (Burne) is first mentioned in historic documents in 1125. It probably owes its name to different springs which used to flow here. Geleen is later mentioned in 1148 in association with one Wilhelmus nobilis vir de Glene. The name Geleen originates from the Germanic word glana, which means sparkling, clear and shimmering. The name Sittard was first recorded in 1157. It is probably a derivation of siter, which refers to a piece of crown land or sloped land. the troops of King Louis XIV of France and the armies o f t h e Re p u b l i c o f t h e United Netherlands, the Sittard fortress was almost completely destroyed. Today the year 1677 is still known locally as the ‘disastrous year.’

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1775 - The Buckriders
Due to tremendous poverty several gangs were active in the Limburg area in the 18th century. Local bailiffs were ordered to stop burglaries and raids, so, driven by the prospect of bonuses, large numbers of people, both innocent and guilty, were captured. Superstitious farmers and civilians spread rumours that the criminals had made a pact with Satan and that they flew from one crime to another on the backs of goats. Farms and rectories suffered the most. Hundreds of these supposed Buckriders were hanged.


Statue at the Markt in Geleen

Lya Cattel

1915 - Maurits State Mine
In 1915 construction of the Maurits State Mine began in Lutterade. In 1923 the mine supplied its first coal and quickly became the largest coal mine in the Netherlands. Because the mine was also connected to the nearby Emma and Hendrik mines, it was possible to travel the 14km between Geleen and Brunssum underground. The rural area turned industrial and the population increased tenfold.

1794 - In French hands
In 1794 the region was occupied by the French revolutionary army. In 1801 the area became French and from 1806 it was part of the Kingdom Holland under the reign of Louis, brother of Napoleon. The French era ended when Napoleon was beaten in 1813. From 1915 the area around Sittard and Geleen belonged to the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

1830 - Sittard-Geleen joins Belgium
After the French era came to an end, the area around Sittard-Geleen became a part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1815 - 1830. Th e area became Belgian a fter Belgium separated from the Netherlands in 1830. But as a result of the Treaty of London in 1839, when Belgian independence was recognised internationally, the eastern part of Limburg was assigned to Holland, which meant that Sittard-Geleen was once again part of the Netherlands.

1944 - Liberators in Geleen
Antje Offermans was born in Geleen on September 11, 1902. During World War II Antje was part of the resistance movement. She helped locals to go into hiding and Allied pilots who had been shot down by using the freedom of movement granted to her as a qualified midwife. When Antje had to go into hiding herself in August 1944, she and Wilhelmus Antonius Rooyackers, another member of the resistance, unfortunately ended up in the hands of the Sicherheitsdienst. Antje was detained in the Maastricht Detention Centre, but was liberated on September 5 by fellow resistance activists. Wilhelmus Rooyackers ended up in the Vught Concentration Cap where he was executed on September 6, 1944.

1970 - Pinkpop
The first Pinkpop music festival was organised at the Mayor Damen Sportpark in Geleen in May of 1970. This makes it the longest running annual pop festival in the world. In 1988 Pinkpop was moved to Landgraaf. The three day event has managed to draw about 1.5 million visitors over the past 40 years.

Market Square in Sittard

VVV Zuid Limburg



Culture & events
Foreign films are screened in the original language with Dutch subtitles, except for children’s films which are usually dubbed. (+31) 464 51 43 84,, www. This tiny movie theatre offers only 60 seats from which you can watch mainly art house films. It’s housed in the same beautiful building as the Domein Museum. QOpen Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 20:30 - 24:00. Closed Tue, Wed. Check its website for screenings. PTJG Foroxity Filmarena Sittard I/J-10, Rijksweg Noord 271, Sittard, tel. (+31) 900 22 28 88 8, Together with Foroxity Roermond, this black box is the largest cinema in Limburg. The 8 different movie theatres each have a capacity of 250 visitors. In the concrete refreshment room quite an effort has been made to create some atmosphere. There are some pastel coloured, sweet looking seats and impressive black and white portraits of stars like Michael Douglas and Penelope Cruz on the wall. In the break kids are very keen to try and get access to one of the two game computers in the hall.... Not only the newest block buster films in Foroxity, but also regular theme nights (opera, music, dance) and ladies’ nights. QOpen 18:30 - 20:45, Wed 12:00 - 20:45, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 22:30, Sun 10:30 - 20:45. PTLGBKX

Rock, folk, jazz & More
2011 Oct Date Time Event Venue 21 20:00 Portuguese/World music. Maria SSG de Fátima. Udo isto é Fado. €20 21 20:00 Metalcore. Breakdown Fest. €8 FEN 21 20:30 Pop. Madi (the opening act of KAR Pinkpop 2011) 22 20:00 Pop/Rock mini festival. Because FEN It’s Possible. €5 27 20:30 Open Stage. Pitboel. Jam PIT session. Free 22 20:30 Pop. Yasgur’s Farm. €7.50 PIT 28 22:00 Noise. Aux Raus Farewell Tour. FEN €10 Nov 4 20:30 Guitar music. La Rosa. €10 5 20:30 Folk. Cedar Creek Hollow. €10 11 20:00 Pop. SCRUM. A Night at the Pub. €19.50 11 20:00 Rock. The Deaf with supporting act Sparrow Falls. €10 19 20:00 Theatre tour Pop NL. Gé Reinders. Heroes! €19.50 20 19:00 Pop/Rock. U Mail = U Play. Talent competition. Free 21 20:00 Blues. Popa Chubby. €15 23 20:00 Pop/Rock. Moke. Till Death Do Us Part. €22 24 20:00 World music. Buena Vista Social Club. €32 25 20:00 Jazz/Pop/Big Band. New Cool Collective. €15 Dec 2 20:00 Folk/Rock. Keltfest/ €7 8 21:00 Rock. Customs with supporting act The You In Me 9 20:00 Pop/Rock. Di-Rect. Theatre tour. €26 9 20:00 Pop/Rock mini festival. Because It’s Possible. €5 16 20:00 Rock/Metal. Stream Of Passion. €10 18 19:00 Pop/Rock. U Mail = U Play. Talent competition. Free KAR KAR SSG FEN SSG FEN FEN SSG SSG FEN

Filmhuis Het Domein B-1, Kapittelstraat 6, Sittard, tel.

Concert halls
30, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 57 72 75,, This small venue is occasionally used for concerts and also offers a conference room, which is often used as a m e etin g pla c e for p e opl e from the neighbourhood. Q TH6EGB De Hanenhof E-3, Groenstraat 44, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 42 17, dehanenhof@hetnet. nl, This big The Ashton Brothers hall can be rented year-round for parties and events. It’s used for will perform Charlatans: a Medicine Show anything from carnival meetings on May 22, 2012 at and elections to pop concerts, although it’s not a club in the Theater Sittard-Geleen. Photo by Stephanie true sense of the word. Open for activities and events. Q Pistel PTJH6UGK Fenix B-1, Odasingel 90, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 57 57 57,, This live music club offers a diverse programme of concerts. The building is actually a former school and although for years it had the look and feel of, well, we’ll just say it, a pigsty, the pub has been recently equipped with new furniture and a coat of paint, so it looks a little better now. Either way, people come here for the music. Sounds and light are top. Although you can definitely catch some great shows here, don’t expect any big acts as it has a capacity of only 350 visitors. QOpen , Fri, Sat 21:00 - 03:00. TJEGX Het Stadslab K-9/10, Leyenbroekerweg 105A, Sittard, tel. (+31 )468 50 31 74,, Stadslab offers its premises for reasonable prices to artists and anyone involved in the creative arts including Air the music industry. Q E

De Boerderij I-11, Hofstraat


The Volga Cossacks will perform at Theater SittardGeleen on December 17, 2011. Photo by Roy Beusker

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Culture & events
Dance, electro & Hip hop
2011 Oct Date Time Event 29 21:00 DubStep/Dance. Halloween Party. €7.50 Venue FEN


Rock, folk, jazz & More
23 26 20:00 Metalcore. Breakdown Fest. €7 20:00 Rock/Ska. Jaya the Cat. €8 FEN FEN

2012 Jan 6 20:00 Pop and Rock. F & Power to the Pipo 13 20:00 Pop. Voice Maile. Ladies First. €19 14 20:00 Guitar virtuoso Jan Akkerman. Minor Details. €21 19 20:00 Pop/Rock. Crazy Pianos. Let’s Go Crazy (covers of popular songs). €25 22 19:00 Pop/Rock. U Mail = U Play. Talent stage. Free 24 20:00 Evi de Jean. Melodie van een reiziger. €14 27 20:00 Pop. Grupo Sportivo. €10 Feb 2 20:00 Pop/Dialect. Rowwen Hèze. Koper (reprise). €35 3 20:00 Pop/Dialect. Rowwen Hèze. Koper (reprise). €35 4 20:00 Pop/Rock/Hip hop. Now or Never qualifying round 1. Battle of the Bands. €5 4 20:00 Woodstock: the Story. €27 9 20:00 Theater tour Pop NL. Herman van Veen. €32.50 19 19:00 Pop/Rock. U Mail = U Play. Talent stage. Free 24 21:00 Pop/Rock. Alquin. €12.50 26 20:00 World music. Khayelitsha United Mambaso Choir. Celebrating South Africa. €27.50 Mar 2 20:00 Singer/Songwriter. Anneke van Giersbergen 4 20:00 Pop/Jazz. Wouter Hamel. €21.50 9 20:00 Singer/Songwriter. Blaudzun 17 20:00 Pop. A Tribute to Cliff Richard & the Shadows. €24 27 20:00 Pop. Marike Jager. Here Comes the Night. €15 30 20:00 Pop. Focus. €12.50 Apr 12 20:00 Voices. Rock 4. €17 14 20:00 Pop/Rock. Harrie Sacksioni. While My Guitar Gently Weeps. €18 19 20:00 Pop. High Heels in concert. Ladies Night. €25.50 25 20:00 Rory Block in concert. €20

Nov 4 21:00 HipHop. NL Boombap. Boef en de. with Zo Moeilijk. €10 5 22:00 House. Hardstylerz. €10 12 22:00 Alternative DJs. R/Evo DJs. €2 18 21:00 HipHop. Postmen and Relax. €15 19 22:00 Techno. EchTech. €10 26 22:00 DupStep. Dub Zero°. €10 Dec 3 21:00 HipHop. NL Boombap. Sef & Gers Pardoel. €10 10 22:00 Electro/Dance. Elektronix. €10 17 22:00 Mash Up. Kleptones & R/Evo DJs. €10 25 22:00 Chicago House. Soulfully Yours. X-Mas edition. €10 2012 Jan 13 22:00 Dance. Lowtuned 14 22:00 Disco Night 20 21:00 HipHop/Reggae. BoomBap. Splendid 28 22:00 DubStep. DubZero. €10 Feb 17 22:00 Dance/Minimal. Bass In Ya Face Mar 3 20:00 All Style Night: Music Meets Music 16 21:00 HipHop. BoomBap. €10




464 75 25 00, This is the longestrunning annual festival in Europe! In 2012, Pinkpop, which started in Geleen, will be organised for the 43rd time. For the time being the Pinkpop office can still be found here, but it will move to the former post office on the Mauritslaan in February of 2012. The office offers a permanent exhibit displaying parts of the extensive Pinkpop archives.

Pinkpop Office D/E-4, Postbus 117, Geleen, tel. (+31)


Watch Scrum perform at Theater Sittard-Geleen on November 11, 2011. Photo by Merlijn Doomernik



Culture & events
Classical music
2011 Oct Date Time Event 7 20:00 Operette - Operettenth Salzb - Csardasfürstin. Tickets: €37 15 20:00 Classical music. Carel Kraayenhof and DSM-choir Venlona. €25 16 14:30 Classical music. Limburg Symphony Orchestra. Melancholie & Verlangen. €29 (under 12 free) Venue SSG SSG SSG

Classical music
21 31 20:00 Classical music/pop. Guido’s SSG Orchestra. Jubilee concert where pop and classic music meet. €42 20:00 Opera. The Magic Flute. Opera SSG Zuid. €35

Apr 6 20:00 Classical/traditional/pop. Stars SSG for Planet Earth. Royal Air Force Orchestra. €33 29 14:30 Classical music. Metamorphasis. SSG LSO. €29 (under 12 free) May 6 14:30 Classical music. Scherzi Musicali. Old music. €20 13 14:30 Classical music. Ed Spanjaard farewell concert. LSO. Mozart, Beethoven. €29 (under 12 free) 24 20:00 Classical music. A Taste of the Season 2012 - 2013. LSO. €5 26 20:00 Opera. Madame Butterfly. Opera Zuid. €35 June 16 09:00 Classical music. Quattro Mani - Piano Competition 21:00 SSG SSG SSG SSG

Nov 19 09:00 Classical. Artamuse AGE - Hafabraconcours Slagwerk 17:00 (percussion band) 20 14:30 Chamber music. Maria Petkova. SSG €20 27 14:30 Classical music. Liber. Old music. SSG €20 Dec 10 20:00 Opera. Katja Kabanova and Opera Zuid. €35 17 20:00 World music. Volga Cossacks. Christmas concert. €22 21 19:00 Classical/traditional. Christmas concert 22 19:00 Classical/traditional. Christmas concert 23 19:00 Classical/traditional. Piano Christmas concert 2012 Jan 8 14:30 Classical music. New Year’s concert. Limburg Symphony Orchestra. €35 (under 12 free) 12 20:00 Opera/dance. Tatarstan State Opera. Sleeping Beauty. €29.50 28 09:00 Traditional music. - Hafrabraconcours (orchestras 17:00 and brass bands) Feb 4 09:00- Traditional music. 17:00 Hafrabraconcours (orchestras and brass bands) 5 14:30 Traditional music. Final. Hafrabraconcours (orchestras and brass bands) 5 14:30 Classical music. LSO. Bruch klassiek. €29 (under 12 free) 10 19:11 Carnival concert. Local carnival artists sing in the local dialect 18 19:11 Classical music. LSO. Carnival concert. €33 26 14:30 Classical music. Faënza. Old music. €20 Mar 2 20:00 Opera. Nabucco. Tatarstan State Opera. €39 10 20:00 Classical music. Sittard Men’s Choir. €15 18 14:30 Classical music. Kris Verhelst. Old music. €20 SSG SSG AGE ASI AGE


Different Color Field J-8, Dr. Nolensstraat 37, Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 52 20 52, marij.heijligers@planet. nl, This is the place to go for professional drawing and painting courses, but also for stag and hen nights. QOpen Mon 14:00 - 22:00, Tue 20:00 - 22:00, Wed 09:30 - 11:30, Thu 14:00 - 16:00. Closed Fri, Sat, Sun. Galerie Michel Knops A-1, Steenweg 42/44, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 02 62, This gallery exhibits work by local artists as well as national and international names. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 14:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. JG Norbert Dabekaussen Kunst B-2, Engelenkampstraat 21A, Sittard, tel. (+31) 622 99 08 92, www. Norbert Dabekaussen’s gallery displays various works from artists throughout the region. The barren and stylishly refurbished building, which sports pink pigs on its roof, is also home to an interior designer and a full design team. In short, Dabekausen attempts to combine art, life and work in a unique way. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 14:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu. JG



SSG SSG SSG Watch a memorable performance by the Scapino Ballet of Rotterdam on April 20, 2012. Photo by Hans Gerritsen

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Culture & events
Theatre, dance & Ballet
2011 Oct Date Time Event 20 19:30 Open stage. Pitboel. Impro Night. €7.50 26 14:30 Open stage. Pitboel. Impro Night. €7.50 27 20:00 Theatre. GO! World bath. €19 28 20:00 Dance. Spirit of the Dance. €32 29 14:30 Youth Theatre NL. Thomas the Steam Locomotive. €17.50 (under 12 €14.50) 29 16:30 Youth Theatre NL. Thomas the Steam Locomotive. €17.50 (under 12 €14.50) Nov 5 20:00 Cabaret Festival NL. Bataille. Petit Bataille. €17.50 6 14:30 Youth Theatre NL. Theater Gnaffel. Peter Pan & the Lost Boys. €15 (under 12 €10) 12 20:00 Visual theatre with fairy tale images, trompe-l’oeil effects, humour and poetry. Cie Philippe Genty. Voyageurs Immobiles. €30 13 14:30 Youth Theatre NL. BonteHond. Spoonface. €12.50 (under 12 €10) 17 20:00 Theatre. From Music to Cabaret. From Break dance to Ballet. Theatre Tour Kunstbende. €15 Dec 11 20:00 Musical NL. TOON: the Musical. €31.50 13 20:00 Visual Theatre. Tam Tam Objects. Survival, or how to survive Murphy’s Law . Survival Theatre without words. €14 17 19:00 Youth Theatre NL. Het Laagland. Master of the Black Mill. €15 (under 12 €10) 28 13:00 Youth Theatre NL. An unforgettable family below water. Piet Pirate: the Secret of the Sunken City. €20 2012 Jan 27 20:00 Master Percussionists. De Beenhouwerij (The Butcher’s). Enter Without Knockin’. €19 29 14:30 Performance with 3 illusionists. Magic Unlimited. Life is Magic. €23 Feb 10 20:00 Dance Theatre. Purly Barbaric. International Dance Theatre. €19.50 28 20:00 Cabaret (in English). “A well oiled comic machine” - The Kransky Sisters (Australia). Back Again. €22 29 19:00 Musical NL. Opus One. The New Ice Age. €19 (under 12 €15) Venue PIT PIT SSG SSG SSG SSG

Theatre, dance & Ballet
Mar 13 20:00 Play in English. Pip Utton. Churchill biography. A one-man play. €14 14 20:00 Musical NL. Next to Normal. €37.50 18 12:00 Music to Cabaret. Break dance to Ballet. Qualifying round ‘Kunstbende’. €15 25 20:00 South African music. Under African Skies. €27 South African music. Under African Skies. €27 SSG SSG SSG SSG


Apr 20 20:00 Dance/Ballet. Kathleen. Scapino SSG Ballet Rotterdam. €22.50 21 20:00 Visual Theatre. Hanoch Rosenn. SSG A One Man Journey in a 3D World (speechless). €26 May 1 20:00 Musical performance. The Odyssey of Lolly Jane. Music, fashion and design combined in one show. €14 19 20:00 Dance festival with dance and ballet by Studio Danzaira. Danzon. €10 (under 12 €8.50) 20 14:30 Dance festival with dance and ballet by Studio Danzaira. Danzon. €10 (under 12 €8.50) 22 20:00 Theatre. Ashton Brothers. Charlatans: a medicine show. €25




Special events
Mama’s Pride Festival F-4, Postbus 1058, Geleen,, This is a free annual music festival with an eye for new talent and ‘the next big thing’. During Park Party young and old get together on Saturday night to listen to funk, pop, swing, rock and other styles of music. The next day, Mother’s Day, you can enjoy Mama’s Pride which starts in the afternoon. In 2012 the 18th annual festival will take place right next to the location where the famous Pinkpop festival began decades ago. Q Sat (12.05.2012) 20:00 - 01:00, Sun (13.05.2012) 13:00 - 22:00. T6UEBDS Sint Rosa Processie Anyone interested in the religious histor y of Si ttard will be fascinated by Saint Rose of Lima. She has been the ci ty’s patron saint since 1675 and today she is still impor tant to many local The fair grounds of the St. Catholics. Once a year, on Rosa Festival in August the last Sunday in August, an ancient tradition comes to life. A procession of thousands of people walks from the Market to Saint Rosa’s chapel on the Kolleberg. Sacred church traditions are honoured as well as age old rituals. All of this is accompanied by The Harmonie, a wind instrument ensemble, which provides the procession with some cheerful music. When the procession returns to the centre of town the three-day fair officially begins.





Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Culture & events
Rock & Pop
Down Town J-6, Eisenhowerstraat 724, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 620 62 93 92,, This youth centre hosts regular gigs and mini-festivals throughout the year. It’s a bit dated and bleak but one of the few places where you can see performances by local music acts. There are no set opening times, as Down Town only opens when there’s something on. Q GX


Exhibitions & Other events
2011 Oct Date Time Event 1 - 31 11:00 Contemporary art. Charlotte Schleiffert. Rozen & pistolen (Roses & Guns) 1 - 31 11:00 Urban history. Rasah Rindu: 60 Years of the Moluccan Community Venue MHD MHD

Nov MHD 1 - 6 11:00 Urban history. Rasah Rindu: 60 Years of the Moluccan Community BGE 1 - 30 11:00 Word Image exhibition MHD 1 - 30 11:00 Contemporary art. Charlotte Schleiffert. Rozen & pistolen (Roses & Guns) 11 20:00 Opening of Carnival season. Wir HAN sind spitze MHD 29, 11:00 Urban history. Exhibition. 30 Heartbleed: Tapestries by Helga Paetzold Dec MHD 1 - 31 11:00 Contemporary art. Charlotte Schleiffert. Rozen & pistolen (Roses & Guns) 9 20:00 Listen to spoken word (NL) & KAR music. Gustav Mahlers. €10 29, 11:00 Urban history. Exhibition. MHD 30 Heartbleed: Tapestries by Helga Paetzold 2012 Jan 1 - 31 11:00 Urban history. Exhibition. Heartbleed: Tapestries by Helga Paetzold 1 - 8 11:00 Contemporary art. Charlotte Schleiffert. Rozen & pistolen (Roses & Guns) 17 19:30 Mart Vandewall. Traditional syrup cooking workshop. Free 22 11:00 Contemporary art. KinderKunstGalerie - 31 (KidsArtGallery)

Don’t miss the annual October Fest in Sittard-Geleen! Photo by Studio 66

ABE Artamuse residence Beek AGE Artamuse residence Geleen ALL All bars, cafes, pubs ASI Artamuse residence Sittard BDG Burgermeester Damenpark, Geleen BEC BiblioNova residence Echt BGE BiblioNova residence Geleen BIG Center Geleen BIS Center Sittard BSI BiblioNova residence Sittard BST BiblioNova residence Stein BUC Buchten DNH De Nieuwe Hatenboer, Sittard FEN Fenix Popstage, Sittard GBT Caves Berg & Terblijt HAN De Hanenhof, Geleen KAR Theater Karroessel, Geleen MAG Market square Geleen MAS Market square Sittard MEL Megaland Landgraaf MHD Museum Het Domein, Sittard MPR Maasplassen Roermond PIT Pitboel Theater, Sittard PLT Theater Heerlen LGL Laco-Glanerbrook, Geleen SIT Sittard SSG Theater Sittard-Geleen SSI City park Sittard


Feb MHD 1 - 26 11:00 Urban history. Exhibition. Heartbleed: Tapestries by Helga Paetzold MHD 1 - 28 11:00 Contemporary art. KinderKunstGalerie (KidsArtGallery) Mar MHD 1 - 31 11:00 Contemporary art. KinderKunstGalerie (KidsArtGalery). Until October 30, 2012 14 all day Book Week: Friendship and other BSI, inconveniences BGE - 23

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Culture & events
2011 Oct Date Time Event 20:00 Showcase Festival. Live music. 14 d-VERS. Free - 15 21 all day October Fest Sittard. Fair ground, beer fest & live music. - 26 International artists 22 18:30 Pop-Rock festival - Gelaender Rocknach - €12.50 27 14:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 27 20:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 28 14:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 28 20:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 29 14:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 29 20:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 30 14:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 30 20:30 Circus/Variété. Variété Festival Geleen #1. €10 Nov 5 26 20 20:00 Dance Festival. Intiem Indoor 21:00 Dance Festival. Groove Garden Indoor. €22.50 13:00 Pop/Rock festival. Geleen Calling. €15 Venue BIS BIS HAN MAG MAG MAG MAG MAG MAG MAG MAG Apr 8 30

Feb 12 12 19 - 21 15:11 Carnival. Belgium Afternoon. €16 13:11 Carnival. Kid’s procession. Free all day Carnival. Multi-day traditionalal festival celebrated inside and outside in nearly every bar, pub or recreation hall. Don’t forget to wear a costume! Free 13:49 Carnival. Main procession in Geleen 13:11 Carnival. Main procession in Sittard 14:11 Carnival. Kid’s procession in Geleen 19:00 All genres. Final battle of the bands. Now or Never. €5 LGL BIS ALL

19 19 20 25 Mar 19


10:00 Market. Sint Joep Annual Market. BIS The largest annual market in the south of Holland with traditional market vendors, lots of activities and live music at local bars 15:00 Rock Festival. Bunnypop JDT all day Park Festival. Queen’s Day SSI National Holiday with lots of big and small festivals for adults and children 20:00 Dance Festival. Groove Garden BDG Outdoor. International DJs 13:00 Pop/Rock/Funk festival. Mama’s BDG Pride Festival 14:00 Pinkpop Festival. Europes oldest MEL festival is still going strong! 13:00 Kermis. Gelaender Kirmes. Fun Fair Cycling. New cycling tournament with bizarre tricks on bikes BIG BIS

GBT SIT HAN May 12 13 26 - 28 Jun 1 - 6 9 BIS BIS Jul 15 - 17

Dec 1 - 31 all day Winter Festival. Winter Dream 14:00 International circus/Variété. 22 Limburg’s Christmas Circus. €13 - 31 22 20:00 International circus/Variété. - 31 Limburg’s Christmas Circus. €13 2012 Jan 1 - 8 14:00 International circus/Variété. Limburg’s Christmas Circus. €13 1 - 8 20:00 International circus/Variété. Limburg’s Christmas Circus. €13


all day Traditional Homeguards Festival. BUC Traditional shooting & live music. Southern Limburg Federation Festival MPR BIS

Aug 5 - 7

14:00 Solar Weekend. Festival with creative arts and live music 23 all day Sint Rosa Festival. Religious festival with a procession, a fair, - 28 live music, a circus and an art market World Championship in Speed Cycling all day October Fest Sittard. Fair ground, beer fest & live music. International artists

Sep 15 - 16 Oct 12 - 17 The Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir will sing on February 26, 2012. Photo by Peter Boshuijzen



Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Culture & events


Join the crowds at the annual Groove Garden Festival in May 2012

Sport venues
Fortuna Sittard J-9/10, Milaanstraat 120, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 26 99 68,, The local professional football club debuted in Holland in 1954 and past achievements have included reaching the semi-final of the European Cup and national cup finals, but unfortunately, past successes haven’t guaranteed any glory recently. In 2009 the club went bankrupt and even lost its license, but has now been resurrected and is slowly making its way back to proper football. The team has produced such football greats as Mark van Bommel, formerly of PSV, Barcelona, Bayern München and now at AC Milan. Current Dutch coach, Bert van Marwijk, also started his career as a professional football trainer at this club and still turns up regularly to watch the team in green and yellow. Fernando Rickson who used to play for Glasgow Rangers and Zenith St. Petersburg is now considered to be the the team’s best player. Fortuna Sittard plays on Friday nights in the second highest Dutch league: the Jupiler League. Ruijters Eaters E/F-4, Kummenaedestraat 45, Geleen,, Welcome to the hell of the South! For years this has been the taunting chant of the supporters of this professional ice hockey club. De Ruijters Eaters play in the Dutch premier league and won the cup in 2003 and 2010. Any home game, or even a training session, is an experience not to be missed. Obviously this isn’t top level ice hockey that you’d see in the NHL in North America, or even the KHL in Russia, but it’s still a thrill to see a local game. Q PTJU

Stadsschouwburg Sittard-Geleen A-1, Mgr. Claessensstraat 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 44 00, info@, This large auditorium hosts at least 200 performances by local and international artists each year. QOpen 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sat, Sun. PTJUEG Theater Karroessel D-3, Jupiterstraat 35, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 04 73,, Run entirely by volunteers, the Karroessel is a great theatre for young and old. Performances range in style from youth theatre and cabaret to music and poetry readings. Q Open for performances only. TENG Theater Vistazo A-1, P/A Postbus 5027, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 16 81,, Wistazo are the headliners of the multi-disciplinary Vistazo theatre collective. Young visual artists, musicians, directors, costume designers and technicians produce exciting theatre performances each year. A street theatre for young and old with impressive street performances and workshops is also available. Q Only open during performances. No services, because no fysical theatre location. GPS is the working place.

The State Opera of Tatarstan will perform Nabucco at Theater Sittard-Geleen on March 2 , 2012

Venues & Tickets
lenstraat 2, Sittard, tel. 0900-9798, fax (+31) 436 01 66 40,, The centrally located Sittard Tourist Ofice is well equipped with brochures, entertainment schedules, plenty of maps and informative booklets.Also friendly, informative and knowledgeable staff! It’s also the starting point for many city walking tours and guided excursions, not to mention a distribution point for this guide. Also a good place for accommodation. QOpen 10:00 - 17:30, Mon 13:00 - 17:30, Sat 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. TJ

VVV Zuid Limburg, vestiging Sittard B-2, Rosmo-

Asta cultuurcentrum H-13, Markt 6A, Beek, tel. (+31)
464 37 29 26,, Arts centre, theatre and stage in which all disciplines pass during the season. Q Only open for performances. HUG Het Laagland K-9, Engelenkampstraat 25, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 72 73,, www. Limburg’s most professional and passionate youth theatre company is located in Sittard. Each year Het Laagland organises a national tour of performances. Q Only open during performances TJUNGB Pitboel Theater I/J-8, Montgomerystraat 26, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 47 21,, Small theatre, with nice program. From live music -mostly singer songwriter- to theatre. Lots of talent, kids theatre and new things Q Only open for performances. TENGB

The Kransky Sisters of Australia will tickle your ribs with their unique brand of comdey on February 28, 2012



where to stay
Prices listed here are not written in stone and are meant to give you a general idea of hotel rack rates. VAT is included in the price unless otherwise noted.

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P Air conditioning C Swimming pool F Fitness centre 6 Pets allowed K Restaurant W Free wireless internet A Credit cards accepted H Conference facilities U Facilities for the disabled L Guarded parking D Sauna

rade, tel. (+31) 464 42 41 41, fax (+31) 464 42 40 30,, This attractive castle can be found a short distance from Sittard. If you’re looking for a romantic place to stay the night, this is it, but bear in mind that accommodation from AD 1117 does have a few drawbacks. Most people wouldn’t describe long corridors and creaking wooden floors as advantages. Its pleasant rooms vary in size from large to virtual ball rooms and the large breakfast buffet will definitely give you plenty of energy to start your day. Other advantages include free wireless internet, a large terrace, free parking and friendly staff. Q 20 rooms (family rooms, lifestyle suites and deluxe suites €110 - 175). TALBKW

Hotel Kasteel Doenrade L-11, Limpensweg 20, Doen-

Amrâth Sittard-Born I-6, Langereweg 21, Born, tel.
(+31) 464 85 16 66, Unless you’re looking for accommodation as close as is physically possible to the A2 motorway or are too drained to reach a better place to sleep after you’ve visited the adjacent Thermen Born, you might want to skip this mediocre hotel. The rooms are not just ordinary and full of traffic noise, but even slightly grubby with dated furnishings and filthy carpets. The more expensive luxury rooms are stuffy and a bit dreary, but do have direct access to a small outdoor terrace with a view of greenery at the back of the hotel. Q (standard doubles from €65, deluxe from €90). ALK

Oranje Rijksweg Zuid 23, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 36 73,, If you’re into decent food, this could be the hotel for you. The restaurant offers a wide variety of local cuisine as well as more exclusive dishes like Livar loin of pork with truffle sauce. The owner is also a vinologist, because as he told us: ‘if you drink enough wine, they’ll simply give you a certificate eventually’. Therefore he’s in a good position to recommend which wine to choose with your dinner. The hotel is a short walk from the railway station and the centre of town and has plenty of secure parking. Apart from these advantages the clean but stuffy rooms could be better and the boring orange carpets in combination with the red bedspreads are particularly offensive. Then again, you can’t really complain much about the prices. Q 15 rooms (13 doubles €75 - 85, 2 singles €65 - 75). JALGKW Van Der Valk Stein-Urmond G-10, Mauritslaan 5, Urmond, tel. (+31) 464 33 85 73,, Located along the A2 motorway, this hotel is run by the Van der Valk family, who own and operate a chain of approximately 60 hotels throughout the Netherlands. For many years Van der Valk hotels were known as average accommodation for the masses, but that dusty image is something that’s about to change. From 2012 all rooms will be completely refurbished and include air conditioning. As a base of operations the location of the hotel is ideal, but not idyllic. But if you’re travelling on business you’d have a hard time finding a better option in the area and there’s even a car pool stop right next to the hotel. Q PTHAUF� GBKXW

Bastion H/I-12, Rijksweg Zuid 301, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 75 17,, This Dutch chain of affordable hotels is close to major access roads and complete with all standard mod cons. This one in Geleen, which is close to the A76, is no exception. Although most Bastion Hotels don’t excel in atmosphere or interior design, Bastion Geleen seems to stand out due to its cosiness. Presumably the relaxed smoking policy is a factor in its popularity as there are no less than 10 smoker’s rooms and a separate smoker’s lounge with a pool table. Traditional, hard-working men who miss their wives can order a lunch package before midnight and then pick up sandwiches at the reception desk the next day from 06:00. Q (doubles €97, singles €83). PABKXW

De Limbourg B-1/2, Markt 22, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 81 51, fax (+31) 464 52 34 86,, The distinctive and historic Hotel Limbourg is mainly frequented by business people. Its central location on the Market makes doing business a lot more attractive, at least if you believe that diversions improve business. Make sure to request a room in the section of the hotel that can be accessed from outside. Rooms here have been furnished in a French Burgundian fashion and are larger and recently renovated. The rooms with a balcony and great views of the market are quite pleasant. Due to typically Dutch over-the-top regulations, the owner is not allowed to equip the premises with a lift, which is the reason why De Limbourg has been awarded only three stars instead of four. The chef uses only fair trade products in the restaurant and the bed linen is made by Pure Eco, which emphasises a commitment to a greener environment. Recommended. QOpen 07:00 - 02:00. 24 rooms (singles €85, doubles €85, triples €95). PTJHAGBKXW Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Biesenhof Geleen

where to stay
Cornerhouse Geleen E-3, Markt 2, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 74 74,, www.cornerhouse. nl. Once known in Geleen as the place where divorced men gathered, this centrally located café/restaurant now offers accommodation as well, but doesn’t really advertise it. The new owner of the hotel usually rents rooms to long-term employees of large companies in the area. But after a wild night out in Geleen, this place is still the easiest option for an overnight stay at the last minute. The rooms are nothing to write home about, but they’re good enough for a night’s sleep. Apart from being just steps away from all the nearby cafés and shopping streets, Cornerhouse offers a large terrace and restaurant where you can have a solid, affordable meal. Q JAGBKW 464 57 09 93,, www. If you’re looking for the ultimate place to relax, you’ll find few better places in the area than Regina Carmeli. The nuns of the convent have reserved 30 rooms in this enormous complex for pilgrims and guests ‘looking for a restful place and a spot where they can find themselves again’. Naturally it’s also possible to ‘follow a track to God’ by means of individual talks with the sisters. If you manage to comply with the house rules, you’ll be offered a spacious, yet sober room. Don’t expect mod cons like wireless internet, TV or even radio, but you will get a private bathroom, desk, bed and a shiny new edition of the Bible. You can also share a simple but filling meal with the nuns three times a week. Q 30 rooms (€38/person, incl 3 meals). TJULG


Regina Carmeli C-2, Kollenberg 2, Sittard, tel. (+31)

De Juiste Toon (The Right Tone) K-10, Broekstraat 3, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 11 02 06, info@ dejuistetoon, Few B&Bs have furnishings and interiors that make your mouth drop open as soon as you walk through the door. This is one of the rare few. Even if you’re more partial to modern décor, you can’t but adore this collection of English romanticism! For years the owner had her own shop where she sold all kinds of brocante and furniture. With this unfailing sense of style and detail she has definitely found the right tone in this B&B! The communal living area where the extensive breakfast is served is a peaceful oasis where you half expect to see Charles Dickens making notes in a journal in the chair next to you. But the biggest surprise is the accommodation itself. A royal luxury suite with a bedroom, bathroom and storeroom is at your disposal and De Juiste Toon is located on one of the most attractive, and oldest, streets in Sittard. Q (singles and doubles €95). PGBW De Kommelhoek J-10, Gele enstraat 7, Munstergeleen, tel. (+31) 468 50 36 05, fam.sieswerda@, The Sieswerda Family make you feel welcome in their attractive pre-war bed & breakfast where you can expect an uncomplicated, informal, open and friendly atmosphere. Two rooms and an attic are for rent and the latter is spacious and contains the family’s show piece: a Swiss bed with mattresses of grüne Erde, which means they’re made of earth and grass. This combination leads to a better night’s sleep than you might think. Q3 rooms (singles and doubles €33 - 59). PTGBW De Prins A-1, Rijksweg Zuid 25, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 51 50 41,, Are we dealing with Basil from the English TV series Fawlty Towers, here? The initial snobbish and xenophobic attitude of the owner gives this impression, but once the awkwardness fades and the ice is broken, you’ll be suddenly smothered in hospitality. The beautiful wooden staircase, chandeliers and stained glass give this small B&B an air of warm cosiness and the rooms are clean and decorated in smooth Bordeaux red and dark grey and have been equipped with modern amenities. All you need to do is add some romance! Q 23 rooms (singles and doubles €49 - 78).

Bed & Breakfast
52 62 95,, If you’ve always fancied staying with a master herbalist, which isn’t as wild as it sounds, book a room at Bianca’s. An ideal place for walking and cycling enthusiasts due to its location near a forest, it doesn’t offer much luxury, but it does have plenty of peace and quiet. There’s a large garden house in Bianca’s herb garden, but you have to go to the actual house to have a shower. Bianca’s partner Marcel, a Spanish chef, was a guest here a long time ago and never left. As a result you can enjoy his Catalan cuisine every day for €12.50. Q(singles €35 - 40, doubles €55 - 60).

Bie Bianca L-9, Kruisstraat 15, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464

De Auveleberch J-8/9, Wielewaalstraat 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 09 99, info@partycentrum-sittard. nl, The iron chains with which two palm trees are fastened to the wall in front of this hotel do not bode well for this place. They were probably once purchased to change the shabby appearance of both the building and its surroundings and to create a somewhat more exotic landscape. Unfortunately, it seems to have been in vain. You can spend the night here for €70 including breakfast, but that price is still fairly expensive. However, after some cunning negotiating, you can camp out here for a week for only €125! De Auveleberch also organises events where every first and last Saturday of the month parties are held for the 40-plus crowd. The owner also plans on setting up pool competitions in the cellar. Q (singles and doubles from €70). HUEW

Het Speelhuis I-8, Kennedylaan 9, Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 51 80 88, From the street it looks like just an average, yet rather spacious patio bungalow. However, once you enter Het Speelhuis you’ll find a cheerful and colourful doll house. There are no dolls, but rather an awesome collection of random stuff, which is perhaps the reason the eccentric, but friendly owner called it Het Speelhuis (The Playhouse) over a decade ago. In short, the bed and breakfast is the result of a hobby gone awry. Even the bedrooms are called ‘magic rooms’, because they can be transformed into accommodation with smaller or bigger beds. You can even get a separate baby or kids’ room overlooking the parents’ bedroom. Breakfast is served in the Pippi Langkous conservatory next to the bungalow and Het Speelhuis also has a spacious backyard with an outdoor pool. Q (singles €45 - 50, doubles €60 - 65). TGBDC

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Market day in Sittard Guttecoven, tel. (+31) 464 85 96 60, This bed and breakfast is run by Hub and Francien. Next to their recently renovated farmhouse, which includes five country-style bedrooms, there’s also a cooking studio where guests can take workshops, so you can expect a delicious dinner here if nothing else! The rooms, all decorated with wooden furniture, and bathrooms are incredibly clean and tidy and the farm is an attraction itself.Q (singles €56.50, doubles €68). GBW

Hoeve Hub Notermans H-8, Beukenboomsweg 2,

Conference hotels
AMVJ Group Accommodation E-3, Op de Vey 66,
Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 38 73,, www. This former hostel and student accommodation is now only available for groups on request. You’ll find large numbers of bicycle racers, some who have come all the way from Asia to train here in Limburg and the Ardennes. All the basic services are provided at the AMVJ, but the interior is outdated and the atmosphere is, well, a bit Spartan to say the least.

Moon’s K-10, Broekstraat 18, Sittard, tel. (+31) 615 05 06 03, On a small idyllic street in a small idyllic house with blue windows and an ivy-covered patio you’ll find Moon’s Bed & Breakfast. Even though the B&B isn’t far from the centre of Sittard, the area has a peaceful, rural feel to it. You’ll be greeted by Moon’s friendly hostess who rents out two simple rooms, which don’t have a TV, but then again you probably didn’t come to Limburg to watch telly. You can rent bikes here and fall into your bed at night after a refreshing ride and few local beers. Q 2 rooms (singles €40, doubles €60). 6BX Stadsboerderij Sittard B-1, Paardestraat 40, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 11 17 63,, This B&B is located only a stone’s throw from the centre of town and the friendly owner of this historic farm and former mill cherishes the rich past of the premises that now belong to him. He considers the family photographs on the wall to be his museum and with good reason as it’s a prominent Roman Catholic lineage with a long history. Yet, in stark contrast to the religious images about the place, a relaxed, almost hippie-like atmosphere, seems to prevail here. On the ground floor of the former mill, Kathy runs a shop where she serves guests a proper breakfast or coffee with local Limburg vlaai. The accommodation is a little bit pricey considering that the rooms aren’t exactly luxurious, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Q (singles €45, doubles €75). TJBW

Sportcentrumlaan 5, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 57 09 50,, Sittard is quickly on its way to becoming the leading sports city in Limburg. Everything here breathes sports and the complex actually feels quite American. Both the sports and budget hotels usually offer accommodation to groups of athletes, but are open to individual guests as well. The big gest difference between the spor ts hotel and the budget hotel, which are located in separate buildings, is the price. The sports hotel also has wi-fi, while the the rooms on the ground floor of the budget hotel have TVs, refrigerators and internet connections. Guests are permitted to use all of the sports facilities on the premises. Q (Sports hotel doubles €76, budget hotel doubles €40). HARFLGBKCW

Fitland Sittard Spor t & Budget Hotel K-8,

Out of town: Budget
Abdij Lilbosch Pepinusbrug 6, Echt, tel. (+31) 475 48 12 53. In these hectic times it’s great to get some proper rest now and again and we can think of no better place to relax in Limburg than the abdij Lilbosch monastery. For €18/day (students pay only €12) you can catch a glimpse of modern monastic life, although the resident monks live in a separate area away from their guests. Bear in mind that the vegetarian evening meal, which is included in the price, is eaten in silence and you must obey a number of other house rules while staying here. The guest quarters include seven sober single rooms and two twins. If you feel like an even more ecclesiastical experience you can receive the sacrament or have a chat with one of the monks. Bikes are also free of charge, should you need to escape the deafening silence. Take bus No.192 from the Echt station and get off at Pepinusbrug. Q 9 rooms (7 singles, 2 doubles €12 - 18/person). LGB

Stadbroeker Mill

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where to stay: out oF town
Out of town: Bed & Breakfast
De Gete H-7, Getelberg 32, Born, tel. (+31) 464 86
00 62,, If you’re looking for peace and quiet and plenty of outdoor space, De Gete is an obvious choice. The guest residence is located in a totally renovated wing of a farmhouse and facilities include a large separate bike shed ideal for motor fanatics or cyclists. There are three rooms available on the first floor that aren’t exactly big, but they’ve been furnished in a stylish manner. Breakfast is served in a communal indoor area, which looks fairly basic, but with a bit of luck, you might be able to have breakfast outside on the balcony or in the family’s own garden, which is without a doubt the highlight of this place. Q 3 rooms (singles €45, doubles €70). TGBW


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De Munsterhoeve J-11, Haagstraat 1, Munstergeleen, tel. (+31) 464 52 18 82,, www. The well-travelled owners of this B&B turned their 18th-century farmhouse into a cosy place to stay where each room is named after a local celebrity. The brand new walk-in showers are located outside the rooms, but the best thing about the Munsterhoeve is its value for money. For only €32.50/person you can spend the night at a prime location including breakfast. And unlike many other places in the area, the Munsterhoeve doesn’t add an extra charge for single occupancy or a one-night stay. Q (singles €32.50, doubles €65). Schipperskerk G-5, Sterre der Zeeplein 12, Schipperskerk, tel. (+31) 464 85 15 97, knops.schipperskerk@ This historic former church, flower shop and bed & breakfast is justifiably regarded as the centre of the hamlet of Schipperskerk. From the moment you step inside the church, its owner, Agnes Knops, will take you under her wing. Her beautiful floral designs are spread out over the pews, while soft classical music plays in the background and sunlight shines through the beautiful stained glass windows. The bed and breakfast is located in the former sacristy and although decorated with a rose theme, the sitting room and bedroom are surprisingly sober. This, strangely enough, fits in perfectly with the overall ambience of the church. Whether you’re a Christian, Muslim or atheist, Schipperskerk is certainly an unforgettable experience. Q (doubles from €75). GB

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Out of town: Bungalow Park
Landgoed Hommelheide K-10, Hommelweg 2, Susteren, tel. (+31) 464 49 29 00,, Here you’ll find a beautiful bungalow park with camp sites. A 20-minute drive from down town Sittard, Hommelheide offers a natural pool, restaurant, a grocery store and a lovely golf course nearby.

Pieterspad Kollenberg Sittard



Although Sittard-Geleen is hardly what one would call a Mecca for foodies, it does have a surprisingly diverse number of ethnic eateries. We, however, recommend the unique regional fare and no visitor should leave without trying some authentic Limurger vlaai, a kind of pie with different fruit fillings. Prices in parentheses indicate the average cost of a main course only.

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Grillz C-2, Putstraat 86/A, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 20 09
52, Grillz is a country and western-style restaurant where patrons can eat and drink as much as they can stuff down their gullets within two hours. The rifle gallery and hammer game are also fun diversions but, for obvious reasons, we only recommend the mechanical bull before you’ve eaten. Unfortunately, the beer is watered down, the wine tastes like fruit juice and the cuts of meat served aren’t exactly the prime parts of the animal. The place is consistent though and even the toilets look like they’ve been imported from a deserted American western town circa 1850. Great place for a bachelor night, otherwise avoid. QOpen , Fri, Sat 19:00 - 23:30, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. (€25/person). PTJGK

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Down Under B-2, Markt 12, Sittard, tel. (+31) 467 85 02 14,, Meat lovers, get off here! This is your stop. The two kilos of sizzling spareribs enjoyed with one of several Australian beers will no doubt get you salivating! It’s a bit of a struggle getting through the extensive, chaotic menu, but once you do you’ll find all kinds of exotic dishes including kangaroo steaks and Barramundi fillets. The Aboriginal decorations on the walls give this restaurant a cheerful atmosphere and the large play cellar, which is literally Down Under, might cheer you up even more. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Thu 10:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€15 - 20). PTJGBKX

Danas E-3, Rijksweg Centrum 4, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 75 27 54,, Most people expect a colourful and sunny décor at an Argentinian restaurant with a Mexican touch added to it, but Danas looks more like a grand southern pub. Indeed, the sun doesn’t shine until you see the juicy glistening spareribs! The steaks are also nothing to sneeze at and are served in tender, generous large portions, but if you’re looking for something different try the Chimichurry - an South American curry. Danas also serves delicious cocktails including the popular ladykiller, a potent frozen cocktail. The decoration of a gummy bear and marshmallow on a stick is absurdly childish, but the cocktail itself is mature enough. Q (€15 - 20).

Bakker Bart A/B-1, Limbrichterstraat 66, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 00 87 04, This pink bakery has become a part of the landscape in virtually every town of any size in Holland. Although it can be classified as predictable, Bakker Bart’s main advantage is that its tasty treats are always fresh regardless of the time of day. Apart from its bread and cakes, the snacks are also quite popular. Its five tables are reasonably comfortable, but it can get a bit chilly because the doors are constantly opening and closing. During the winter it sells delicious speculaas (spiced biscuits) and traditional almond paste cakes. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:30 - 17:00. (€2 - 5). PTJGKS

Ocean Paradise J-9, Rijksweg Zuid 72, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 63 11,, www.wokken. com. Ever since Holland embraced Asian-food en masse, purveyors of this cuisine have spread like wildfire. Ocean Paradise has found the right middle ground between impersonal chains of wok factories and cosy à-la-carte restaurants. A platform in the middle of the restaurant, which kind of looks like a boat, is used as a seating area and it’s surrounded by running water and swimming fish. The buffet’s ingredients are fresh and well presented and because the décor is tasteful and looks more upmarket than that of the average wok restaurant, guests appear to be less greedy and gluttonous here. See for yourself. QOpen 13:00 - 22:30, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 22:30. All you can eat: €18 - 20. PTAUVGKSW Trenta A-1, Voorstad 30, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 95
03, Trenta is a fusion of several Asian cooking traditions. Because the idea of ‘all you can eat’ often brings out the inner Neanderthal in many people, Trenta has implemented a clever rule to prevent waste. You can order three dishes per course and you can’t order the next round of food until you’ve eaten the previous one. You also have to pay a ‘fine’ if you leave any food uneaten! The food is excellent and we particularly liked the chow mein soup, sushi and vegetable tempura. The service could be better, but if you can ignore this shortcoming you’ll have a great time. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. All you can eat: €23.50. PJAGK

Bakker Martens B-1/2, Markt 17, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 52 77,, Even if you don’t like bread, you should still take a look at this fine bakery. This is also one of the best places in he city to sample some local delicacies, such as Kruimelvlaai (crumb cake) and homemade stroopwafels. This place is particular popular with local shoppers in need of an energy boost. Also a wide selection of breads, pastries and cakes are available, although the delicious cakes and pies seem also tempting. Please note there’s no seating available, only takeaway. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu, Fri 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Also at Tudderenderweg 85. TJAUS Breutjes & Zo J-8, Dempseystraat 6, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 52 60 22,, www. Breutjes & Zo is a popular hangout for the employees of the companies that work near the Limbrichterveld shopping mall. A relative newcomer in the area, this place has made short work of its veteran competition on the already crowded market. It mainly owes its success to its crunchy French rolls and the long list of tasty ingredients that it offers. Its surroundings and the shop itself may not be what one would call interesting or fashionable, but the food is definitely worth a detour to Breutjes & Zo. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€3 - 5). PTLGKS

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25 50. If you’re in search of a decent meal then this Chinese restaurant, with a decidedly uninspired name, is a safe bet. The ingredients are fresh and of good quality, but, sadly, you’d probably find more ambience in a cemetery. That said, most Asian restaurants don’t excel when it comes to personality, but China Town manages to bring this lack of design-savvy to a whole new level. The dirty carpet, dated interior and meagre starters don’t help either. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (€11 - 16). PTULGKXS

China Town H-7, Kerkstraat 33, Born, tel. (+31) 464 81

Fine Food J-8, Tunnelstraat 77, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 11 06. People who’ve visited China know that the food over there is very different from the sweet and sour chicken you’ll often get here. Luckily, you can safely try any of the dishes not listed on the menu as chances are the chef will come out to meet you personally as cooking is his number one passion. Unfortunately, the interior at Fine Food could be much better, but that seems to be an intrinsic part of most Chinese restaurants in Holland. The friendly service is, however, a major bonus. QOpen 16:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon. (€12 - 17). PGKXS Fong Wah A-1, Rijksweg Noord 85, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 52 16 83, Although the building looks pleasant enough from the outside, the interior confirms its status as yet another ugly Chinese restaurant. Who came up with the idea to have peach-coloured tablecloths surrounded by pink and cobalt blue chairs? Fortunately, Fong Wah has good daily lunch specials and the unlimited buffet for a set price might just tempt you to stay longer. If not, you can order your food to take away. QOpen 11:30 - 22:30, Tue 16:00 - 21:00. All you can eat: €19.80. TAUGKS

(+31) 464 75 83 30, This is Sittard-Geleen’s one and only undisputed gourmet Chinese restaurant. Mandarin is decorated stylishl y, unlike many of the clichéd aquarium-like restaurants you usually encounter. The takeaway section offers gorgeous traditional benches and cupboards and a reclining golden Buddha guards the entrance of the restaurant. When you look further you’ll see an immense black tiger and enormous vases and the background music completes the experience and makes one think they’ve stepped into a emperor’s pagoda. Naturally, you’ll pay a bit more than at similar establishments but you won’t regret it. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Sat 15:00 - 22:30, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (€13 - 18). PTGKS

Mandarin F-3, Rijksweg Noord 42, Geleen, tel.

Mr. Li Wok B-2, Markt 7/10, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 78 00,, For many Dutch people the words all-you-can-eat is synonymous with an ultimate night out since you know what your dinner will cost beforehand and you’ll have plenty to eat. This is Dutch economical thinking at its best and local Chinese have capitalised on this attitude. Although we’re not advocates of the principle, Mr. Wok Li is, however, a pleasant surprise. The staff is friendly, the service is good and there’s plenty of food on offer. QOpen 16:00 - 22:30. Closed Mon. (€15 - 20). PTGBKX

Paula’s Broodje I-11, Rijksweg Noord 70, Geleen,
tel. (+31) 464 75 80 07,, Forget the misleading name if you’re thinking of having a bite to eat here. Paula’s Broodje may have gained local renown with its excellent sand wiches, but the friendl y owner’s real passion is cooking complete meals. Paula serves a colourful mix of dishes like scampi, pasta and ribs in this nostalgic restaurant that looks and feels like somebody’s living room. Our absolute favourite is the Duvelse Lepkes a traditional regional dish perfect for meat lovers. Don’t fret about the wild boar and the enormous stag’s heads that glare at you from the wall. They can’t hurt you anymore. Q Open 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€12 - 16). PTLVGKS

Hong Kong B-1, Markt 23, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 31 13, Many Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands are little more than cafeterias serving boring stir-fried dishes and we suppose that there’s nothing wrong with that, but the stylish Hong Kong is a welcome exception. The view of the Markt is itself a reason to visit, but if you book a spot at the hotspot table (one day in advance) then prepare yourself for a wonderful evening. In the middle of the table are fondue pot stands where you can cook all your dishes on sticks yourself. QOpen 11:30 - 22:30, Mon 16:00 - 22:30. (€14 -19). PTJALVGKS Kota Radja E-3, Rijksweg Noord 11, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 18 78, Nearly one in every five people in the world is Chinese and this number is increasing. It makes perfect sense then that the number of Chinese restaurants would also be on the rise giving us plenty of options. Unfortunately, Kota Radja seems to attract attention by not attracting much attention at all. It’s an ordinary takeaway - no more, no less. Despite the lack of patrons we have to admit that the prices are reasonable. Then again, you get what you pay for. If you’re into bland and watery stir fries, this is the place for you. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 22:00. Menu €15. PAUGKS

A doggy bag... please!
In many countries taking home any leftover food from a restaurant is accepted if not encouraged. Your remaining steak or pizza is placed in a so-called doggy bag so you can enjoy what’s left of your meal at home. But although this is standard practice in the United States, it’s still frowned upon in Holland. This seems quite at odds with the world’s perception of the Dutch as a frugal and eco-friendly lot. We think it’s time for a change in this antiquated way of thinking, especially since the Dutch currently throw away €235million worth of food every year.

Lotus I-12, Zuidhof 25/26, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 29 55. As far as ambience is concerned, Lotus isn’t a place that will put Geleen on the map since it doesn’t seem to have any atmosphere at all. However, you are given the choice of two cuisines under one roof, namely Chinese and Indonesian. The serving sizes are considerable, quite spicy, especially by Dutch standards, and the place is spick and span - a rarity in restaurants of this genre. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 23:00. (€14 - 18). PVGKS Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

‘t Stübelke A-2, Rijksweg Zuid 73, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 34 71. Ignore the other dishes on the menu and order the fantastic mussels! At ‘t Stübelke they make them the original way served in a pan with tiny sauce cups and fries. And it’s that simplicity which makes it perfect, just like eating at your Dutch granny’s - if you have one. The carpet on the toilet strangely adds to that sensation. Let’s hope that the men can still aim after those delicious beers! QOpen 17:30 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€20 - 25). T6ULKS


Fast food
McDonald’s J-9, Lissabonlaan 6, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 86 11 70, With the Golden Arches you know what to expect and, of course, the ones in Sittard and Geleen are no exception. This McDonald’s is conveniently located next to the Fortuna Sittard football stadium in case you need a burger before or after a match. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 10:00 - 23:00. (€2 -7). KS

De Lijster I-11, Rijksweg Zuid 172, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 39 57, If you’re not particularly fond of modern décor, but love classic French cuisine and wine, then you’ll feel right at home at De Lijster. You can’t miss the large white building in which it’s housed and you can also sit outside on the terrace in the summer. If you’re not sure what to order you can always try one of the chef’s suggestions, but in our opinion you usually can’t go wrong with chateaubriand and béarnaise sauce. The more adventurous can also try the veal sweetbread with oyster-mushroom cream and cognac. QOpen closed, Sat, Sun 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. Lunch & diner both day: 12:00-14:00, 17:30-21:30 (€20 - 30). PTH6ULGBKXW

Akropolis E-4, Rijksweg Centrum 84, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 75 46 95, Sittard-Geleen has a handful of Greek restaurants, but Akropolis, which has been open since 1984, offers the best chance of a good Hellenic dish for anyone out late at night. It has everything you might expect from a local Greek restaurant including large murals of the sun, sea, beaches and ancient architecture. Akropolis has a staff of smiling Adonises and the whole family takes part in serving the food. QOpen 17:00 - 22:30, Sun 16:00 - 22:30. (€15 - 20). PTJUBKS

81 51,, www.hoteldelimbourg. nl. If you’re looking for style and atmosphere, there are few better places to eat than the restaurant at the Hotel De Limbourg. The tender steaks and delicious traditional regional dishes are part of a small, yet impressive menu. Located in an historic, elegant building right on the Market Square in Sittard, it offers plenty of things to look at both inside and out. All this culinary pampering in combination with the visual spectacle comes at a price, but that probably comes as no surprise. QOpen 12:00 - 21:00. (€19 - 24). PTJHA6UL� VGBKXSW (+31) 464 58 59 93,, www. There are only a few restaurants in Sittard-Geleen and its picturesque environs that are more authentically local than the Ophovener Mill. The surrounding waters of the Sittard park add even more ambience to this already cosy and romantic place and its beautiful outdoor terrace. The staff is attentive, friendly and enthusiastic, but unfortunately all the attractive ingredients of a perfect night out will ultimately create an enormous bill. No one ever said that style and quality can be had on the cheap, so treat yourself to a well-deserved splurge. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. Closed Tue. (€18 - 22). JHLGB

De Limbourg B-2, Markt 22, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51

Ophovener Molen J-10, Molenweg 56, Sittard, tel.

Athene B-2, Rijksweg Centrum 1, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 68 89, Even though Greece’s economy is in shambles, none of this seems to have affected Athene. In fact, the owner of this place could probably contribute a small fortune to help support his homeland just by selling all the superfluous knick-knacks he has on display all over his place. The cuisine is quite good and the menu is so extensive you’d need half an hour just to read what’s available. QOpen 16:00 - 23:30, Sun 14:00 - 22:30. (€16 - 20). PTJLKS Dafni B-2, Markt 5, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 99 60, Those who have travelled through Greece might immediately recognise the kindness and hospitality for which it’s so renowned at Dafni. Despite its spacious and atypically impersonal décor, it’s nonetheless imbued with a warm ambience. Owner Katerina and her family tempt their patrons with Greek culinary surprises and the pikilia (Greek tapas) are delicious as are the garides with garlic. Although most people usually associate Greek cuisine with grilled meat dishes, there are plenty of other treats on the menu at Dafni. QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. (€12 - 16). TJGBKS

Hungry for more?



Kreta A-1, Rijksweg Noord 6, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 21 17, , Usually we only need a single visit to get a general idea about a restaurant, but even after several trips to Kreta we have yet to find something positive to review. Let’s just assume that the owners are so distracted by the crisis in Greece that they have forgotten that meat isn’t typically served burnt and vegetables don’t need to be cooked into a stew. Low wages for a young staff may save them a bundle, but friendly service may have gained them a few repeat customers apart from a merciful travel writer vainly searching for something good to write about. QOpen 17:00 - 22:30, Sun 14:00 - 22:30. (€15 - 20). PTJGKS

ClubMET J-9, Milaanstraat 120, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 11 31 51,, www.clubmet. nl. You’ll find the lounge-like Club Met restaurant on the ground floor of the stadium where local first division football club Fortuna plays. Although open to everyone, it primarily serves as a lunch and dinner spot for companies that meet at Fortunato, the conference centre located here. Bright red walls, big black lamp shades and beautiful life-size portraits give the interior a luxurious look. The menu is impressive, but the place is a little more lively when the conference crowds arrive. QOpen 11:00 - 20:00. Closed Sat, Sun. PHAULGKW Corner House E-3, Markt 2, Geleen, tel. (+31) 468 50 84 87,, www.cornerhouse. nl. Corner House has been an established name in Geleen for decades and is a popular place to have lunch on the Market. However, we wouldn’t describe Corner House as one of the top restaurants in town. The basic menu only provides Dutch favourites like schnitzel, salmon satay and steak, but if this is all your looking for, you won’t be disappointed. The prices are more than reasonable, the servings are large enough to satisfy even a starving travel writer and the friendly staff doesn’t mind going the extra mile. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Sat 09:00 - 03:00. (€14 - 18). JH6IEGBKW De Buren B-1/2, Markt 28, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 59 04,, The bar is especially popular with the adolescent pleasureseekers in Sittard. It may have something to do with the young and attractive staff members who work here. After all, kindred spirits do have more fun. The restaurant attracts a mix of people, although the long waits for food and the unhygienic toilets aren’t the most attractive features of this place on the Market Square, but people who aren’t too bothered by this can look forward to a decent cappuccino and tasty daily specials like grilled fish (try the salmon!) and meat dishes. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Thu 10:00 - 02:00. (€15). J6GBK

Ice cream
Coumans IJsboerderij L-11, Windraak 1b, Windraak,
tel. (+31) 464 52 74 92,, The trip to the top is vigorous, especially for cyclists and walkers, but once you get comfortable on this vast, picturesque terrace, you can reward yourself with one of 37 different flavours of ice cream. If you get there before the sweet corn is fully grown, or after it has been harvested, you can enjoy a brilliant panoramic view of the village of Munstergeleen below. Even dogs are treated to there own water bowls here and two covered areas are available if it rains. Q Open March, October Sun 11:00 - sunset; April. May, September 13:30 - sunset, Sun 11:00 - sunset. Closed Mon, Thu; June - August 13:30 - sunset, Sun 11:00 - sunset. (€2 - 5). T6ULNGBXS

Venezia IJssalon B-1, Limbrichterstraat 9, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 02 48. It seems like every town in the Netherlands has its own Venezia and even though all of these Venezias are independent ventures they all seem to sell Italian ice cream, or so they claim. At Sittard’s Venezia you can order ice cream and even chips but that’s about it. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€ 5 - 10). PJGKS

Simla A-1, Stationstraat 17, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 12 63,, One of only three Indian restaurants in the whole province of Limburg happens to be located only a stone’s throw from the train station. The narrow building is colourful and has little alcoves along its walls. The clientele mainly consists of students and other young folks and it’s also the perfect place for children to have their first taste of India. The kids’ lamb korma is quite mild but unfortunately that’s also the case with the tika massala which is tasty, but completely devoid of spice. Make sure you leave some room for the home made Indian ice cream. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€18 - 23) Menu’s €23.50. PTJUGBKXS

Burqa ban in Holland
Soon the approximately 150 women in Holland who wear a burqa every day will risk being fined €380 whenever they show themselves in public wearing traditional Muslim attire. Apparently, the Dutch government doesn’t consider wearing the Islamic veil an appropriate fashion accessory in a so-called ‘open society’. Women will, however, still be allowed to wear the burqa in religious establishments and airport transit zones. But deliverance for these pious women may be close at hand as a French millionaire has promised to pay all of these fines. Wearing full-face motorcycle helmets and balaclavas (ski masks) will also be banned, but an exception will be made for Carnival and Saint Nicholas celebrations. The French philanthropist will not cover fines for motor enthusiasts or bank robbers. It is as yet unclear when the ban will come into effect, but neighbouring Belgium and France have already introduced similar measures.

Jeff’s Satehut I-10, Burg. Lemmensstraat 267, Geleen,
tel. (+31) 634 44 42 42, Although Jeff is mainly known for his pick-up and delivery service as well as his street fairs, you can also have a proper sit-down meal at his restaurant. The interior is modern with sturdy wooden tables and benches and every Wednesday you can eat from his unlimited Indonesian buffet or try the bottomless sate plate on Thursdays - both for only €12.50. The latter is Jeff’s trademark and probably his tastiest dish. Just remember to call ahead, because unlike the buffet, the number of seats inside is limited. QOpen 12:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon. TUGKS

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Den Tempel B-2, Gruizenstraat 27, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 58 22 16,, www.den-tempel. nl. A mere two-minute walk from the market in Sittard, Den Temple is a charming and romantic restaurant located on an historic farm. The suits of armour hanging from the walls, the historic building, the candlelight, the leaning wooden spiral staircase, the bar, the fine wines and the friendly staff all combine to create a quaint, almost medieval atmosphere. Try the wonderful pasta putanesca with a balanced mix of grilled fish, garlic and tomatoes. A live band also regularly entertains guests here. QOpen 18:00 - 22:00. (€18 - 23). JK


D’n Aezel D-3, Groenstraat 133, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 00 05 78,, The chef here knows what he’s doing, which is ironic considering that the restaurant is named after a beast said to have one of the lowest IQs in the animal kingdom, the donkey. You won’t find any funny stuff on the bill of fare here, but there is a special meal that changes every day such as the unlimited shrimp dish or the steak for €19.95. High teas on Sundays are also phenomenal and not to be missed. Q Open 12:00 - 22:00, Wed 17:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€17 - 21). PTA6UVBKS The perfect place for an ice cream Theo Leerintveld

Foroxity Brasserie J-10, Rijksweg Zuid 271, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 00 97 96,, Located right next door to the Foroxity cinema, it’s good for a drink or some dinner before or after a film. The large number of Christmas lights in the windows brighten up an otherwise dark interior reminiscent of the adjoining cinema and there’s a separate smoking room where everyone can watch you have a fag behind a glass partition. The menu doesn’t stand out, although the Foroxity satay was tender and quite large. The salads are also a good bet and the children’s menu is dirt cheap at around €4 per dish. QOpen 17:00 - 24:00, Wed, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 24:00, Sun 13:00 - 24:00. (€10 - 15). PTHAGBKXW

Op de Vos (On the Fox) J-7, Op de Baan 11, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 85 30 08, On its website, this restaurant compares itself to a fox. Apparently, the fox is an animal which enjoys ‘fresh ingredients, smart composition and fast service’. Obviously the owners’ knowledge of this beautiful animal is flawed, because a fox is anything but picky. Unfortunately, this truckers’ restaurant, as the food served (from tins?) and the sauces from sachets, as well as the grumpy owner are reasons not to return to this place. QOpen 09:30 - 24:00, Sun 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Sat. (€13 - 18). HGBK Pretzels B-2, Putstraat 37, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 53
52, In addition to more than 400 whiskeys, Pretzels is stuffed with loads of Christmas decorations and other knick-knacks. The very maximum amount of seats have been squeezed into this small space, not much larger than a living room, but if you’re not claustrophobic and can tolerate some noise, then the ambience can also be quite charming. The menu is also a bit cluttered and some people might find the nonsense listed hilarious, while others might be bothered by it. The font used is also incredibly small, so bring your glasses, which you’ll definitely want to use when you catch a glimpse of the beautiful chef - an ex-Playmate. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€20 - 25). JAUGBK 00 77 13,, Everything about this place is trendy and tasteful, so it’s no surprise that it’s recommended by the Michelin Guide. The rustico carpaccio sandwich with truffle mayonnaise is delicious, fresh juice is served in beautiful goblets and the latte is topped with perfect, frothy foam. Although the interior gives off an upmarket feel, it’s casual enough where you don’t feel embarrassed to eat your sandwich with your hands and to lick your fingers afterwards. The outdoor café offers lounge sofas, soft easy listening music and a drowsy and relaxed ambience. Inside, the place has an urban feel which doesn’t quite suit small-town Sittard, but this may simply be due to the enormous photos of different metropolises on the walls. QOpen 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon. Main course: €19/ Menu:3 course €35, 4 course €39.50. TJAGBK (+31) 464 74 78 81, Although this restaurant is quite small, it has a no-nonsense approach that we admire. The quality of the food is what matters here and we won’t argue with that. All of the dishes are given odd names that refer to animals, so if you want to order the tournedo of beef you have to ask for Berta and if you order the marriage proposal, you’ll be served pork medallions and steak with pepper sauce. The décor is straightforward, with the sole exception of the LCD fireplace on the wall. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Wed 17:00 - 22:00, Sat 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€ 15 - 20). PTVBK

Guliks Hoes A-2, Ophoven 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 24 02,, The mere mortals among us who don’t speak the Limburgian dialect should definitely bring a dictionary to Guliks House, or else ask one of the friendly waiters here to translate the menu into a somewhat less difficult tongue. The local dishes, which you’ll find under the heading Limburgs Land, are the main reason to visit this converted farmhouse built back in 1862. You’ll especially enjoy the hare cooked in Limburgian fashion and even vegetarians will be impressed by the delicious Gulpener mustard soup. QOpen , Fri, Sat 17:00 - 22:00, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. (€16 - 19). PTULGK Luna B-2, Markt 39, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 11 10 99, The menu claims that Luna ‘is playful with flavours’. This does, of course, sound a little pretentious. The rather traditional dishes which are served here are not the cheapest in town, but they taste quite good (especially the satay). Although the décor is meant to be lounge-like, the relaxed atmosphere seems to be missing. The fuchsia-coloured spotlights make it all look a bit fun-fair vulgar, but that’s perhaps appropriate given the selection of Dutch hits that are played far too loudly here. With a bit more attention to detail this place could be a lot better, but after a couple of Luna’s cocktails you probably won’t care. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Mon 12:00 - 24:00, Thu 08:30 - 03:00, Fri 10:00 - 03:00, Sat 09:30 - 03:00. (€13 - 16). JK

SOHO Dining B-2, Markt 26, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464

‘t Kleine Verschil J-11, Peschstraat 50, Geleen, tel.



Damilano E-3, Annastraat 2, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 88 33. The romantic Italian ar tist who painted the wall murals here created an incredible vista of the Arena of Verona that seems to reach for ward to you like a 3D film. Another landscape of a rock y Italian coastline is available in kitschy relief as well as the pigeons of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan on the ornamental ceiling. Peach-coloured tablecloths and the music of Eros Ramazotti complete the sugar y world of Damilano. The pizzas here are tasty and crispy and ser ved in a variety of sizes and the same goes for the desser ts. Damilano is also a good place to eat with children. Q Open 16:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€10 - 15). PTJAGBKS 464 58 40 77, We doubt whether this place will carry on for much longer and are unsure how we feel about that. It’s a small place with too many chairs and not enough atmosphere and the food isn’t that special either. It’s not good enough that we’d really recommend it to you, but it’s not terrible either and therein lies the problem. Taking into consideration its price/quality ratio, this place marginally passes the test. The staff work hard to please you and this alone might draw your attention away from the ugly furniture. Give it a try or don’t. QOpen 16:30 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). JVGKS

Il Buon Gusto B-1, Paardestraat 45, Sittard, tel. (+31)

DODS Food B-2, Markt 37, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464
58 21 31,, Located beside the clothes shop of the same name and above Café Tapas is DodsFood, a self-proclaimed bistro Italiana. The place is decorated with an imaginative blend of different styles. There’s a large bar in the middle, a romantic mural, a beautiful view of the Sittard market and a terrace with picnic benches that has the same stylish look. The Italian-inspired food is okay, but much of the effort has been placed on its presentation. Indeed, the pizzas and snacks presented on a large wooden plank look simply incredible. Dods Food is still looking for the right combination of atmosphere, taste, price and friendly service. QOpen 17:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon. (€20 - 25). JAGBK

Kiko C-1, Oude Broeksittarderweg 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 39 00, Kiko is part Italian restaurant and part pizza joint, but utterly romantic. The pizzas are oven baked with a paper-thin crust and served piping hot. Best of all, your wallet will thank you. This reasonable sized restaurant, that boasts 45 seats, is all about simplicity and Kiko reminds you of the simple pleasures of eating out. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00. (€11 - 15). TVKS Latino A-1, Steenweg 54, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 91
28. The dishes take their time getting to your table, but owner Franco knows how to prepare something tasty. Pizzas, pastas, salads and everything else Italian is excellent here! The interior has that Italian look, which is admittedly a bit dated, but that’s nothing to fret about in a place like this. Latino also has an ice cream bar, so desserts won’t be a problem either. The dishes are somewhat pricey, but you probably won’t mind paying after experiencing Franco’s charms. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Sat 13:00 - 22:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€17 - 22). PTJAGBKS

Wee bag
Holland is a small but densel y populated countr y which means that you’re usually never far away from essential facilities such as toilets. But people who want to catch a train with a full bladder should think twice because the popular Sprinter trains no longer offer toilets. Dutch National Railways (NS) have removed all of the toilets from these trains due to spending cuts, so if you have to go badly, you’d better relieve yourself beforehand. However, in an emergency you can walk with the ticket collector to his booth and urinate in a socalled wee bag whose name has nothing to do with its size. The uniformed conductor is also supplied with special women’s bags. The environmentally friendly and portable ‘urinals’ are discarded by the personnel after use. But be careful as there’s no water available to wash your hands if you make a mess. Unfortunately, if you have more pressing business to attend to you’re out of luck. Watch this space for information about the first lawsuit involving a loose-boweled businessman trying to recoup dry cleaning expenses for his soiled Hugo Boss suit. Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Lignano’s E-4, Mauritslaan 22, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 60 80,, This large, white building looks Victorian and stately. The transparent domes which cover the terrace fit in well with this atmosphere. Unfortunately the food doesn’t quite match the expectations the decor raises. The menu is OK, but offers highlights as well as disappointments. Waiting time is unnecessarily long and the staff could be friendlier. A real shame, because this place could be great! QOpen 16:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€17 - 22). PJAUGBK

Battice E-3, Rijksweg Centrum 24, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 22 63,, Battice is probably one of the most modern restaurants you’ll find in Geleen, yet it’s still surprisingly cosy. Delicious aromas from the kitchen spread quickly throughout the small space, which is about the size of a living room. The Italian-based dishes are simple, but fresh and authentic. Its Michelin nomination in 2008 may be too exalted for what Battice now offers, but that doesn’t mean that dinner and the all-female staff won’t guarantee you with a memorable evening! QOpen 17:30 - 21:30, Sat, Sun 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€20 - 25). JGK

MEDS A/B-2, Markt 31, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 88 11,, Not unlike the weather in Holland, the food at Meds is also frustratingly unpredictable and varies from superb to mediocre. On our latest scouting trip the cuisine was ordinary and the portions could’ve been much bigger. If the pleasantly decorated Meds could only manage to overcome these start-up problems, it could be one of the best restaurants in Sittard. The staff could also smile a bit more. QOpen 12:00 - 21:30. (€15 - 20). PTJA6UVGBKXS

Silvester’s B-1, Paardestraat 25, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 12 24,, www.silvesters. nl. Everything here is a testament to the restaurant’s love for food. The meals are well presented and served in generous portions and the young staff’s lack of experience is compensated by Sylvester’s friendly ambience and informal atmosphere. Although the interior could use an upgrade, the terrace was twice voted the best patio in the province. The delicious dishes aren’t cheap, but you won’t soon forget your dining experience here. QOpen 18:00 - 21:30, Sun 13:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Tue. (€23 - 25). PTJAL� GBKXS


Tapas Cantina B-2, Markt 37/38, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 52 25, This cosy place offers a menu that hasn’t changed in ages, but nobody cares, least of all the regulars. The staff don’t just serve a long list of tapas, but also decent home-made soup and good desserts. The shady terrace is stylishly furnished with red leather sofas which is one of the reasons why it’s so popular. If your finicky children won’t have anything to do with the deep fried squid or other Spanish delicacies, the kids’ menu includes the very Dutch peanut butter sandwich. QOpen 09:30 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:30 - 03:00. (€6 - 11). JK

tard, tel. (+31) 464 58 13 31,, www. In a Catholic city like Sittard a restaurant that honours religious traditions is essential and Ernesto’s definitely has that angle covered. The atmosphere is exuberant and colourful as a Mexican establishment should be and doesn’t lack any of the Central American tackiness so common to similar eateries such as sombreros and other mandatory knick-knacks. Despite this minor flaw, we whole-heartedly recommend this place. The staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable and the fajitas, tacos and burritos are delicious. Don’t leave without tasting one of the unique tequilas in the owner’s impressive collection. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 14:00 - 22:00. (€13 - 17). PTJALEGBKXW

Thai Garden A-1, Rijksweg Noord 8, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 51 73 24,, At Thai Garden you’re only a stone’s throw from Germany and the delicious Warsteiner beer that flows from the tap here is yet another reminder. But everything else here exudes the spirit of Thailand. The menu offers all the best that Thai cuisine has to offer, but we recommend the delicious and perfectly seasoned curries. Don’t be deterred by the less than inviting exterior of the building, because you won’t find better Thai anywhere else in Limburg. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:30. Closed Mon. (€12 - 17). PTJGKS

Ernesto’s Cantina Mexicana B-2, Markt 32, Sit-

Quick eats
Kebab Corner B-1, Kerkstraatje Stad 1, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 51 00 83. Young Dutch families like their decorations to be minimalistic in nature, but we’re not sure if that’s what the Moroccan owner had in mind when he decided to have absolutely nothing to embellish the interior of this place. What we do know is that he makes tasty buns. Although not really a the place to go for vegetarians, lovers of all things greasy will be able to satisfy their cravings here. You can also garnish your stuffed buns with something called samurai, a mixture of spicy mayonnaise and chilli sauce. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00. (€3 - 6). J6NBXS

12, We were puzzled, to say the least, when we were given chopsticks with our meal as this practice is common to China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, but not to Thailand. Alarm bells began to ring in our well-travelled ears. The food was Westernised, meaning that even the most authentic-sounding dishes fell flat as bland copies of their spicy inspirations. On the bright side, the cooks do use lots of fresh produce and in large quantities and of course there’s no lack of pretty buddhas in this tastefully decorated restaurant. But don’t tempt fate by placing your unnecessary chopsticks in a v-shape as that causes bad karma. QOpen 17:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. (€12 - 17). JAK

Thaiphoon B-2, Markt 4, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 15

tel. (+31) 464 58 72 41, The bitterball is by far the IYP crew’s favourite Dutch snack. However, at De Kroon they make these treats out of Parmesan cheese instead of meat. You can expect other inventive and extraordinary seasonal dishes here, which will cost you a bit, but you won’t experience any buyer’s remorse. The head chef is fantastic, but unfortunately he takes a day off now and again and when he does the quality of the food seems to deviate from the usual level of excellence. Despite this occasional anamoly, it’s still one of the best restaurants in the city and one with a real passion for food. QOpen 17:00 - 21:00, Sat 18:00 - 21:00, Sun 14:00 - 21:00. (€22 - 27). TALK

De Kroon Wine & Dine B-1/2, Markt 21, Sittard,

Subway J-9, Havikstraat 5a, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464
00 71 27. To have a 15 or 30cm sub? That is the perplexing question that crosses your mind when ordering at Subway. Although classified as fast food, the sandwiches are fresher and offer better toppings than at most other sandwich shops. Even vegetarians will find something to snack on here. Q Open 09:30 - 19:00, Sat 10:30 - 19:00, Sun 12:00 - 19:00. Also at Limbrichterstraat 3, Sittard. AGS

Auw Pastorie H-7, Kerkstraat 3, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 88 22,, Anyone who’s ever been to a tapas bar in Spain knows that they don’t quite look like De Auw Pastorie. The bust of a pope and some paintings of the Virgin Mary might somehow hint at the Roman Catholic character of Spain, but that’s a tenuous link at best, especially when you see the predominantly modern, yet attractive design inside. The tapas are tasty, well-presented and the menu offers a wide range of specials. If you’re not the designated driver then end the evening like a real Spaniard with a carajillo - a small coffee with Spanish brandy. QOpen 16:00 - 21:30, Wed, Thu 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. TGBK

Bloem Inside

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Classic cafés
464 58 33 22, fax (+31) 464 58 14 15, putstraat@, This well-known chain of bagel joints is a good place for bagels with all kinds of toppings and is suitable for breakfast or a lunch sandwich. The attractive premises are cosy and make you want to linger and the central location is excellent. The large terrace is also a major bonus and staff are usually helpful an friendly. QOpen 09:29 - 17:31, Mon 11:28 - 17:32, Sat 09:29 - 17:03. Closed Sun. (€4 - 6). PTJAGBKSW

Den Tempel B-2, Gruizenstraat 27, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 58 22 16,, This splendid historic building has the best outside seating area in the whole of Sittard and cappuccinos that you’re not likely to forget. Downstairs you’ll find the café where you can have lunch or some snacks, while the restaurant is located upstairs. The clientele often consists of business people so it’s not so much a place to go on a binge, although it does always take part in the festivals that take place on the Market Square each year. Bear in mind that the stairs to the toilet are rather steep and not very convenient after a couple of alcoholic beverages. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. (€3 - 8). JK

Bagels & Beans B-2, Putstraat 4, Sittard, tel. (+31)

Bonito Lunchroom K-9, Hemelsley 159-B, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 90 67, Located next to a snack bar, you wouldn’t pick this place for its cosiness or ambience, because it certainly doesn’t have either of those, but at least the service is friendly. Unfortunately, the menu is nothing spectacular and offers the usual sandwiches, which we have to concede, do taste pretty good. QOpen 09:00 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 7). PVKS Bufkes A-1, Brandstraat 34, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 39 88 96,, A breudje werrem sjink from Bufkes is the undisputed favourite takeaway lunch sandwich for many locals in Sittard.Why, you might ask? The reason is simple. Not quite a snack and not quite a sandwich, it’s full of loads of unhealthy ingredients that, when brought together, are incredibly tasty. Give it a try. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 5). TJGKS Cheval d’Or I-11, Groenstraat 19, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 98 75. Few places in Sittard-Geleen have more of a provincial atmosphere than Cheval d’Or. You’ll find oldfashioned table cloths, kitschy lamps, miniature horses which seem to come straight from a trailer park and plastic garden chairs you would expect at a camp ground. Strangely enough, the majority of its patrons, pensioners out for a day’s shopping, seem to feel at home here. Undoubtedly this is due to the friendly attitude of owner who has placed a photo of a deceased friend in a prominent place. Although the menu is extensive, it offers few surprises, although we did wonder who on earth would order a serving of apple sauce as a snack. QOpen 10:30 - 18:00, Mon, Sun 12:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. (€4 - 9). TJ6GBKX 52 66 96. It appears that D&K’s intention is to imitate a New York deli, but, unfortunately, it hasn’t really pulled it off. The sauce bottles have been placed in overly colourful containers on each table, there’s a collection of Coca-Cola glasses in a display case, a number of obligatory pictures of American vistas cover the walls and the menu is full of hamburgers. We do, however, commend the fact that you can select the size of your burger: single, double or terminator. The latter is also the most expensive burger you’re ever likely to come across, unless of course you’re in New York! QOpen 11:00 - 19:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€4 - 9). GKS

De Trechter B-1/2, Markt 19, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 45 87,, De Trechter is one of those places where everybody feels at home, no matter what their occupation, background or age. It’s also one of the few cafés where you can get a luxury version of a Strammer Max, a slice of bread with ham and fried eggs, which is a local antidote to a bad hangover. The extensive lunch menu is full of mouthwatering sandwiches and main courses, but we usually order th the baguette with either salmon, homemade tuna salad, roast beef or steak tartar. Inside de Trechter, you’ll find an indefinable, yet welcoming and warm interior. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 8). TJVGBKXS Gasterij Kasteel Terborgh Heisterbrug 119, Schinnen,
tel. (+31) 464 43 49 62,, The countryside of Limburg is home to plenty of gems and Terborgh Castle is one of them. Its pleasant café is situated in the former stables of this 16th-century building. The décor consists of a bizarre mix of nostalgic cooking utensils, historic portraits, musical instruments and old-fashioned tools. Enjoy a traditional farmer’s lunch, a modern version of a high tea or just order a fresh cup of coffee after a brisk walk in the woods. The seats at the back near the window offer picturesque views of the inner courtyard and are highly coveted. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sun 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon. (€10 - 14). 6GBK

Senseless slaughter
Anyone who thinks that the Dutch are a politically correct, peace-loving people may want to revise their opinion after reading the following sentences. As it turns out, every year more than half a million animals are slaughtered needlessly in the Netherlands and the lucrative breeding industry is in large part to blame. Many animals are simply killed because they are no longer useful in breeding schemes. In addition to mice, rats, rabbits and pigs, hundreds of monkeys, dogs, cats, horses, birds and even lamas are killed simply because they are no longer useful as sperm donors or receptacles. This senseless slaughter is not only inhumane and unworthy of a First World country, it also costs the companies roughly €2 million a year carry out. All that cash to kill Porky Pig and not even a slab of bacon to show for it? It certainly sounds senseless to us.

D&K B-1/2, Limbrichterstraat 5, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464

De Buren B-1/2, Markt 28, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51
59 04,, This large café has an extensive menu with a great selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. It’s also one of our favourites on the Market because of its fabulous views. If you’d rather be anonymous, then De Buren offers plenty of other seating options away from prying eyes. Best of all, the large terrace is open even in the dead of winter kept warm and toasty by heaters and wind screens. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. (€7 - 12). JGBKX

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Ich en Dich B-2, Markt 13, Sittard, tel. (+31) 652 412 198,, The name of this café, pub and restaurant is just a small hint at the Limburg hospitality you’re sure to receive here. At Ich and Dich, which means ‘you and me’ in the Limburg dialect, the owners have created a warm, cosy atmosphere on the corner of the Markt. It’s a great place to hang out and you’ll often see all kinds of people like senior citizens smoking cigars with a glass of brandy as well as chatty young ladies having a cup of tea. The layout of the terrace is also well thought out so you’re not actually sitting on your neighbour’s lap like at many other places on the square. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. (€6 - 10). JBK Le Clochard A-1, Steenweg 89, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 50 50,, The classic, slightly kitschy décor of Le Clochard may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s impressive menu and its comfortable benches are nothing to sneeze at. All sandwiches use Spanish bread buns filled with all kinds of healthy Dutch ingredients. If you and your friends aren’t feeling chatty, you can always entertain yourself by looking at all the knick-knacks in the display cases. It’s popular with local pensioners who know a good deal when they see it. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00. (€5 - 10). TJGBK Murphy’s Brassiere B-1, Limbrichterstraat 27, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 92 22, The décor of this place is as varied as the clientele who dine here. All kinds of arty and creative works adorn the walls and the back of the restaurant, but the menu is more to the point and offers plenty of international and local favourites like the delicious Limburg onion soup. Claustrophobic patrons might want to give it a pass as the tables are pushed surprisingly close to one another. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Mon, Sun 10:00 - 20:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:30. (€5 - 8). TJGBKX No Nonsense A-1, Steenweg 57, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 52 26 45,, www. This small brasserie has a trendy lime, black and white interior in the middle of a popular shopping area. Although it calls itself a dynamic meeting place for young and old, the jury’s still out on that one.The spareribs, which are the chef’s speciality, are definitely worth a try and its outdoor terrace is a good place to enjoy them. QOpen 12:00 - 21:00, Sun 17:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). TJGBKS tel. (+31) 464 51 64 92. This is the latest pub to occupy this space. For some time, the location of Onder de Linden wasn’t very fortunate. However, since the municipality of Sittard started giving the station area a facelift, Onder de Linden is back in business again! It’s still a great pub both inside and outside and on the terrace underneath six linden trees. The lunch menu is somewhat simple, but the important thing here is having a proper pint in the sunshine on a hot summer day. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 11:00 - 18:30. JBK 464 52 80 83, Kids would gladly give up their allowances to enjoy one of RendezVous’ turquoise coloured Smurf ice cream cones. The servings aren’t what one would call generous at a whole euro per scoop, but definitely big enough for children. While kids run around on the Market ice creams in hand, you can relax on the terrace with a Toffie Koffie, Marshmallow or Café Brulee! QOpen 15:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 10). JBKS There’s always room for dessert in Sittard Bart Notermans 22 18,, This lunchroom has been a staple of the city centre of Sittard for ages. An impartial observer would suggest changing everything about Schrage, but you’d be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Simply enjoy the Deutsche Grundlichkeit which seems to rule the interior and the menu here. Order a good cup of coffee with a big slice of plum or gooseberry pie. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon, Sun 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 07:00 - 21:30. (€5 - 10). JGBK


Schrage B-2, Markt 16, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58

Societea & More E-3, Markt 90, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 70 78,, www. Societea has two thriving venues firmly rooted in this region. Culinary surprises are hard to find here, but if you’re looking for a large, affordable meal, this place will do fine. The menu offers little more than glorified fried cafeteria snacks so it’s definitely not an option for foodies or the romantics among us, but it’s local, simple and cheap. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. (€7 - 12). PTJGBX Stadbroekermolen K/L-8, Jacqueline Roufsweg 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 475 48 10 40, www.stadbroekermolen. nl. Every Sunday this wonderful old watermill is transformed into a culinary institution with a good brasserie. The area surrounding the place is also great for hikers. Germany is just a walk away and the De Schwienswei nature reserve is right around the corner. QOpen , Sun 10:30 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. Buffet from €20. THLGBK ‘t Witte Broodje E-4, Agnes Printhagenstraat 5, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 37 91, A little off the well-travelled routes of the city centre, you’ll find this hidden gem that offers much more than the usual cheese sandwiches and other predictable sandwich ingredients. Try the superbal or the chilli bun and you’ll know what we’re talking about. You may have to get over your initial fear of entering this dark domain, but once inside you’ll be rewarded with warmth and cosiness. The girls that work here won’t mind telling you what they’re favourite sandwiches are if you’re not sure what to order, but we recommend the pittige heks (spicy witch). QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€6 - 11). JK Van Lierop E-3, Ansemburgstraat 9, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 09 29. This classic café is popular with pensioners and the elder generation in general. In keeping with its status as a genuine Limburg establishment, it serves fresh vlaai (a kind of pie) and the staff are sincerely friendly. There isn’t much space as it’s always so crowded so don’t expect much privacy, but the menu offers good value for money. If you have a craving for something sweet, try the Chocolaterie Van Lierop. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. (€3 - 8). JBK 2011/2012

Onder de Linden A-1, Stationsstraat 25/27, Sittard,

Rendez Vous@046 B-2, Markt 27, Sittard, tel. (+31)


23,, The manager of this bar is on a first name basis with many of his patrons including the dignitaries that come here for a drink after meetings at the next door city council. The clientele is usually made up of professional people over the age of 40, so you shouldn’t expect wild parties, but sometimes a good cover band entertains the crowd here. It’s also a great place place if you’re into quality wines and special beers. On Saturday afternoons the upstairs playroom is opened up for the kids, so parents can have a drink and read the paper in peace. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Fri 15:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00. TJHA6EGBX

Amadeus E-3, Markt 34, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 72

Blues Rock Garaasj I-10, Burg. Lemmensstraat 250, Geleen, tel. (+31) 652 30 80 68, www.blues-rock-garaasj. nl. At Blues Rock Garaasj it’s all about the music. It’s a bit of a walk form the city centre but worth the journey if you’re a blues fanatic with a craving to see some new talent. Inside you’ll find a large number of musicians and experienced roadies, which usually guarantees some good pub stories. The audience changes depending on the band that’s playing, but on evenings when no performances are scheduled the bar comes across as a bit dated. QOpen 19:00 - 02:00, Sat 19:00 - 03:00, Sun 16:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue. PTEB Café Awd Houtem H-5, Kleine Dries 7, Holtum, tel. (+31) 462 04 93 50, It’s difficult to feel welcome here if you’re not from Holtum or know someone who can introduce you to the regulars and it’s debatable whether you should even go to the trouble. The recently renovated pub is often full of shady characters who bought their first pint at 11:00, but on every third Thursday of the month the quiz night transforms the atmosphere into something much more positive. You can also play darts or a game of pool, but if you’re in the mood for something more interesting, you might want to skip this dive. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 02.00. TG Cross Carrousel E-3, Rijksweg Centrum 25, Geleen,
tel. (+31) 464 74 19 14. Unlike most of the other pubs and clubs in Geleen, this place actually appeals to youngsters. They may not be the hippest lot, but they’re local barflies who come here for the darts. Another popular pastime here is watching the Eaters, Geleen’s popular and successful ice hockey team. Apart from that, it’s just a place for a good weekend party for people who don’t want to travel any farther than Geleen. QOpen 18:00:02:00, Fri 18:00 - 03:00, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. PTJEBX

Anno 93 E-3, Markt 43, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 84 00,, Instead of paintings or photographs, the walls and ceiling here are decorated with football shirts and banners from all kinds of professional clubs and dozens of customers have left behind their signatures or heartfelt comments on the empty spaces in between. The trophies at the back of the bar are a testament to its enthusiastic support for Limburg’s most popular festivals - carnival. In summer Anno often organises open air nights that are popular with people over the age of 25.QOpen 12:00 - 02:00, Fri 12:00 - 03:00, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. TJ6EB Aurora G-6, Raadhuisstraat 10, Grevenbicht, tel. (+31) 464 85 73 09. This Limburg pub is located close to the Belgian border, but owned by a Dutchman from North Brabant. This unusual mix of styles creates a weird and colourful décor where both the Buddha and Winnie the Pooh seem to coexist in harmony. Young and old locals seem to like it, however, and can often be seen sipping beer from the high bar stools of this cosy bar. QOpen 18:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 18:00 - 03:00. Closed Tue. H6EX Auwt Einekoeze I-9, Everstraat 17, Einighausen, tel.
(+31) 464 51 18 97. For people in search of authentic local atmosphere, Auwt Einekoeze is the place to go. Judging by the dated decorations and the carnival-like black and white photographs, this family-run bar has been entertaining its guests in the same manner for the past few decades. It’s also inexplicably popular with people who enjoy line dancing and other hobbies and fads once believed to be extinct. Who knew? QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Sat 17:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. 6NX tel. (+31) 464 75 24 06. It claims to be the oldest bar in Oud-Geleen and even though this pub might look a bit tacky at first glance, the friendly staff makes up for this shortcoming. At the back you can play a game of pool or darts, but locals come here to croon along to Dutch favourites or German pop songs, so link your arms with your nearest neighbour and sway to the cheesy music for as long as you can stand it. Occasionally, local celebrities also have gigs here. QOpen 15:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Wed. TJ

De Bar H-6, Dorpstraat 92, Buchten, tel. (+31) 464 85 11 65, In these economically challenging times, the idea of a slate club doesn’t seem so old-fashioned anymore. On the contrary, this is a pretty ingenious way to save up some money and to develop some social contacts and the Bar has got a large and active slate club following. Even the kids join in because in Buchten club life is learned while you’re still a toddler. The Bar also organises frequent bingo nights. QOpen 18:00 - 01:00, Thu 18:00 - 02:00, Fri 18:00 - 03:00, Sat 16:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 01:00. Closed Wed. TJ De Brand Taveerne J-9, Klaverstraat 17, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 51 11 45. Although this building no longer offers accommodation, despite the large hotel sign on its façade, the Brand Tavern still functions as a local watering hole where you can play darts and pool or listen to DJs every Friday night. The pub also has the distinction of being a haunt of the hardcore supporters of the local first division football club, Fortuna. If you manage to attend a Fortuna match (one that they win anyway) then head over to the Brand Tavern in a yellow and green outfit for a major party! QOpen 18:00 - 02:00. TB

Awt Gelaen J-11, Pastoor Vonckenstraat 2, Geleen,

De Buurman I-9, Heistraat 10, Einighausen, tel. (+31)
464 52 92 34,, Some people believe that village pubs are only sad places for an in-crowd, but at De Buurman nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a splendid place with vintage advertising signs and golden oldies as well as contemporary hits are played throughout the evening. It offers a wide variety of draught and bottled beers and even has an outdoor terrace on a quiet street across from a church. There’s enough to see inside, but if you get bored you can always lose yourself in one of dozens of magazines that litter the place. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 03:00. Closed Wed. T6G

Thirsty for more? Plenty more pubs and clubs at
Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket


De Hei I-10, Napoleonbaan Noord 61, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 24 50. The large number of beer taps provide a hint that things can get a little bit crazy in this gloomy neighborhood bar, but usually only amongst the locals. It seems hard to receive a welcoming smile when you’re not from around here, so only pay this place a visit if you’re very confident and can manage the evil eyes levelled at you from the regulars. To top it all off, the Dutch smash hits played here sound even worse from the old speakers and the humming of the one-armed bandits is overwhelming. Q X De Krök A-1, Rijksweg Noord 14, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 84 25. The curtains that hang drearily in windows up front look like they haven’t been washed in years and anyone with a decent sense of smell will come to the same conclusion. The décor won’t win any prizes either, but fortunately the genuinely friendly manager makes up for these shortcomings and might even convince you to stay for a beer. But if you do stay for more than one be careful leaving the place as a busy road runs right by the front door. QOpen 11:00 - 20:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:30 - 22:00. JX De Kroon E-4, Raadhuisstraat 31, Geleen, tel. (+31) 621 27 78 39, Bar De Kroon (The Crown) has recently been bought out by a new owner. Unfortunately, it appears that some of the regulars were included in the deal. It’s hard to find fault with the interior design and we have to admit that the premises has lots of potential. Indeed, from the outside De Kroon looks like a grand building with a touch of class, but once inside the gloom of the barflies is a bit of a disappointment. However, with a few fresh ideas, some live music, flowers and a candle here and there it could be turned into something pleasant and cosy. Maybe they’ll heed our advice. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. TJUBX De Max E-3, Markt 35, Geleen. Every month De Max
organises a blues, rock or metal party, so If you like very loud live music then by all means belly up to the bar and order yourself a draught Guinness. Men dressed in black with long hair, and in some cases with fluffy ponytails, seem to be in the majority here, but occasionally you might also spot a lone Goth girl. They all compliment the sinister décor perfectly. QOpen 12:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 00:00. TJ6EXW

De Paesjsjtal H-10, Bloemenmarkt 39, Geleen, tel.
(+31) 464 74 61 29, De Paesjsjtal - the Limburgian word for a horse stable - sounds unusual even to the average Dutchman, but we assure you that it has nothing to do with the smells you might encounter in this local pub. Even on weekday evenings rather colourful clusters of characters settle here including members of a large darts club, professionals, suits and, of course, neighbourhood gossips. Add to this mix its unique proprietor José who occasionally schools his patrons with random suggestions about how to wash your clothes without getting them wrinkled and you’ve got a recipe for an interesting evening out. QOpen 18:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. Closed Wed. GBX

De Reünie D-3, Wilhelminastraat 1, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 75 80 09, Hold on tight as this multifunctional building houses a country and line dance club, a rifle club, a shovel board club, a slate club, a dancing club, a carnival club and a senior citizens’ association. You can rent any of the rooms in this recently renovated property for all kinds of activities and the downstairs café is open to everyone. QOpen 15:00 - 01:00, Fri 15:00 - 03:00, Sat 11:00 - 03:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. THUG 51 87 63. No matter what day you stop by De Ruif you’ll find the same tipplers sitting at the bar, which isn’t exactly exciting, but at least you know what to expect. The outside terrace is, however, a good place to stop for passing cyclists. The wait staff won’t be chosen to strut their stuff on the runway any time soon, but perform their tasks with gusto. QOpen 13:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 01:00.

De Ruif I-9, Bergerweg 1, Einighausen, tel. (+31) 464

De Sjloes H-6, Sluisweg 19, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 70
65, Although you won’t find much in the way of interior design at De Sjloels, it’s nevertheless a bar where something’s always going on. Choose from a fine selection of beers while regulars give you the stink eye wondering what the heck you’re doing in their pub. Ignore the stares and play a game of pool or table football or just smoke a fag and look tough. That’s about all it has to offer. QOpen 19:00 - 02:00, Fri 19:00 - 03:00, Sat, Sun 15:00 - 03:00. BX

Sticks and stones
In some countries, the mere mumbling of swear words to a police officer would be sufficient grounds for a night in jail. But things are different in Holland. A Dutch student was recently acquitted after she uttered offensive words to a cop during a night out. However, the High Council, didn’t agree with the verdict given at a lower level of the justice system and decreed that ‘police officers should not be overly sensitive’. But in yet another odd twist, they decided to punish the student anyway. This seemingly arbitrary approach to jurisprudence is odd, to say the least, so if you want to play it safe, it’s probably best to keep any negative opinions of the cops to yourself. They may not be as thick-skinned as you might expect.

De Sjoester H-7, Mgr Buckxstraat 3, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 13 70. This is one of only a handful of genuine cafés in the heart of Born, the largest of the church villages that belong to Sittard-Geleen. For what seems like ages, De Sjoester has been a meeting place for members of the local fishing and snooker clubs and the neighbourhood football team also imbibes many a brew here on Friday evenings after practice. Even though it oozes local snugness and insider jokes, the staff of De Sjoester try their best to make the visiting stranger feel comfortable. In short, for an isolated village pub, it seems to really roll out the red carpet for outsiders. QOpen 18:00 - 02:00, Fri 17:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon. 6GX D’Heremiet I-11/12, Kluis 50, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464
74 28 00. Leon, the owner of this former club house, can tell a tall tale as if he took part in the fantastic story himself and can go on and on about the photos on the wall, too. This isn’t the bar to frequent for a night out or a culinary experience, but if you appreciate a good brew and a laid back atmosphere, then you’ll probably find what you’re looking for here. Rumour also has it that local football and cycling legends often stop by to watch some sports with a tasty beer here, so keep your eyes out for looks of awe and respect on the faces of the other patrons now and again. QOpen 19:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Wed. 6GX

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

D’n Aezel I-6, Kleine Dries 11, Holtum, tel. (+31) 464 85 14 15. The football channel is on non-stop at D’n Aezel, even when rival Roda JC is playing. It’s a spacious bar with a host who knows his job. He manages to serve the people at the bar as well as the pool players without missing a beat. There’s parking nearby and at the weekend the place is lousy with local youngsters having fun. Give it a shot! QOpen 13:00 - 02:00, Tue 11:00 - 02:00, Wed 18:30 - 02:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. UX D’n Hollander G-6, Pannesheuvel 8, Grevenbicht,
tel. (+31) 464 85 77 04,, www. Walking in, you’re greeted by the following message: don’t be mournful, just be surprised. And surprised we were! The owner has put his heart and soul into this place since he opened it back in 1972. The courtyard isn’t bad either, but it’s a bit dusty, so grab a seat at the bar, order a beer and relax. QOpen 16:00 - 01:00, Sun 10:00 - 01:00. TBK 464 51 36 23,, If you’re below the age of 30 you tend to be somewhat of a spectacle in Dwaesj, Sittard’s oldest pub only a few minute’s walk from the train station. It’s a proper Dutch brown bar with loads of union activities and carnivals organised here. Like in many pubs in Limburg, you’ll find dark oak elements everywhere and several rooms are available for events and meetings.QOpen 14:00 - 01:00, Fri 14:00 - 02:30, Sat 12:00 - 02:30, Sun 10:00 - 01:00. Closed Wed. 6EX

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Dwaesj A-1, Stationsdwarsstraat 8, Sittard, tel. (+31)

D’n Hook J-10, Veestraat 44, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52
53 81. This darts café is located in Sanderbout in what was previously known as the mineworkers’ area. It’s a district that has had a poor reputation for some time, but that has recently tried to motivate its residents from moving elsewhere. Solidarity and social cohesion are important in Sanderbout, which is why outsiders aren’t exactly made welcome here and D’n Hook is no exception. QOpen 18:00 - 02:00. TJB

El Paso E-3, Rijksweg Noord 14, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 59 18. In the actual El Paso in Texas, the Rio Grande River divides Mexico from the United States. Unfortunately, as we went to press this El Paso music café was undergoing major renovations. However, the owners have promised that it will soon open with new furniture and interior design, live performances and lots of other interesting stuff to bring in the crowds. Curious? Check it out in the near future. QOpen , Mon 19:00 - 24:00, Fri 17:00 - 01:00, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 24:00. Closed Tue, Wed, Thu. TJX Hollande B-2, Markt 36, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 24 57,, The Hollande is a typical local pub. You can watch a game of football, drink a few beers and have a chat with friends and neighbours. The tables at the outside terrace are a good place to spend a lazy day and the bar stools are tall so you have a clear view of everyone that walks by. There isn’t much room inside but on Fridays and Saturdays things can get really freaky here. It’s a decent bar for some flirting and dancing and the customers here are usually between the ages of 20 and 40. QOpen 14:00 - 24:00, Thu 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. 6B Keulen J-11, Peterstraat 25, Munstergeleen, tel. (+31) 464 51 36 75,, www. Keulen has been a family business since its founding in 1914. Inside, history oozes from its wooden bar and walls. The clientele usually includes pool sharks, dart players, ex-footballers and everyday revellers that use this bar as a clubhouse of sorts. The proud lion in the first Gulpener beer logo was painted on the façade of the pub by a local graffiti artist named Werner Zwakhalzen (AKA Nash). Maybe the unsightly gate is there to make sure it doesn’t escape. QOpen 18:00 - 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. B Meijers E-3, Rijskweg Centrum 59, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 20 92. Meijers celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011 and since then it has become one of the top spots in town to play kienen, a variation of Bingo. Every day, except Tuesdays and Thursdays, there’s a kien evening from17:30 - 22:30. Although you might think that kienen is mainly a sport for the elderly, joining a game can be surprisingly fun for all ages. Café Meijers is also known for its charity events.

Dug-Out Sportcafé L-9, Romeinenstraat 22, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 58 61 72,, www. One might wonder why Dug Out is actually called a sports café. Granted, it is located 10 minutes from the city centre of Sittard next to a shopping mall and fitness centre and there is a darts board and a footie table. But apart from a salsa disco evening, there’s not much else remotely sporting to burn off those beer calories you might accrue here. QOpen 19:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 19:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon. HEGB

Dwaas B-2, Paardestraat 3, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 53 40, De Dwaas, which was once known as Route 66 in a previous life, hasn’t found its identity yet. When it recently underwent a thorough renovation its two male owners must have had a last minute thought: we need something on the walls! Rashly they decided to put up a couple of canvases of sunsets in Thailand, not to mention a large mural of a clown next to them. You also choose the appropriate toilet based on one of the African depictions of a man or woman on the doors. Despite the odd sense of style, or lack thereof, the atmosphere and music selection are superb. The large French doors that lead to the terrace give this small pub a sense of space and southern joviality. QOpen 12:00 - 02:00, Thu 10:00 - 02:00.

There’s no shortage of pubs in town

Ivo Delahaye

Mustang Sally B-2, Putstraat 8, Sittard, tel. (+31) 46 879 54 82, Sittard has recently gained another great pub! This place is as rough as life itself and as comfortable as a warm bath in large part due to the cordial attitude and warm smile of its owner, selfproclaimed tattoo chick Mir. At the weekend live blues, jazz or soul bands often perform and Mirjam plays her own LPs when no acts are scheduled. The colourful collection of posters on the walls, the gigantic wall tattoo and the tiger print sofa in the back of the pub all make for an excellent interior. Although men usually hang about at the bar, women won’t feel out of place having a beer here either. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon. J6EBX 2011/2012


Onger de Buimkes J-11, Peschstraat 52, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 78 81. This scenic outdoor café is shaded by trees or buimkes in the local Limburg dialect. Surrounded by this southern European atmosphere you can order a tasty Lindenboom beer or a good glass of wine. Inside, the décor is animated and lively, but unfortunately there’s no lunch menu. If, however, you’re absolutely starving the cheerful and chatty owner will be happy to hook you up with some meatballs. QOpen 15:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 01:00. BX Oud Spaans I-12, Spaans Neerbeek 8, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 76 58, Oud Spaans, which means Old Spanish, has been open since 1924 and its name refers to the old days when Spaans Neerbeek was still a Spanish settlement. A few clubs and neighbourhood organisations use this pub as their main hangout, but its main attraction is its love of billiards. Pool sharks from all over the area play matches at a professional level here, so if you’ve never heard of Minnesota Fats or Ronnie O’Sullivan you might want to think twice about placing a ‘friendly’ wager with one of the locals. QOpen 18:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. Closed Wed. EBX Picasso E-3, Annastraat 17, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 23 89. This place can be justifiably called a grand café if for no other reason than the sheer size of its total floor area. Unfortunately, it often seems that all this space is used by a scant few people. Inside, the interior puts one in mind of the set of the old classic Happy Days, but sadly lacks the corresponding spirit. The red benches and metallic looking tables, the car licence plates on the wall, the likeness of Marilyn Monroe and the floating engine all have the appearance of a rock ‘n’ roll café. If only it had the people to complete the experience. QOpen 08:00 - 02:00. PTJANGX Potbelly G-6, Julianalaan 5, Grevenbicht, tel. (+31) 464 85 60 24,, Potbelly is a fun hangout to watch the beautiful game with locals or to play some table football and in the winter live music is often available. This used to be a real bikers’ bar, no doubt full of pot-bellied men in leather gear, but it has gradually turned into a cyclists’ pub, which makes it much more accessible to the general public that don’t have long beards and tattoos. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 13:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue. NX Salden I-8, Platz 9, Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 51 59 09,, This pub qualifies as provincial and typically Dutch. Old-fashioned crocheted table cloths decorate the tables, dogs turn up at the bar without their owners and vigorous long distance runners using Holland’s longest walking path come in for some extra energy in the form of a plate of sausages and cheese. Friendly and well-kept, this village pub has gained national attention having made the list of best Dutch pubs for the past six years. QOpen 14:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. H6GBX ‘t Anker H-6, Ankersweg 52, Buchten, tel. (+31) 464 85 69 72, If you decide to visit this sports complex for a swim and build up a bit of a hunger, or thirst, then you can drop by its upgraded sports canteen for a cup of coffee or a simple toastie. Otherwise, it isn’t really worth the effort. Sometimes the place is deserted, yet on other occasions it’s choc-a-bloc with people. QOpen 18:00 - 01:00, Sat 11:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. TFGBKXC Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

The place to repent after a night on the town

Lya Cattel

‘t Auwt Vaerhoes G-7, Kasteelweg 22, Obbicht, tel.
(+31) 464 85 54 58. Sometimes you’ll find a spot that you just don’t want other people to know about for fear that an influx of patrons will cause it to lose its magic. We firmly believe that ‘t Auwt Vaerhoes has one of the best terraces in all of Limburg. Except for a few members of the local football team who can be seen here on occasion, this place has as of yet remained a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic nostalgic establishment with a priceless view of the delta plain of the River Meuse. QOpen 13:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:30 - 02:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. 6X

‘t Dörp J-11, Haagstraat 4-A, Munstergeleen, tel. (+31) 464 52 22 06. This is what people are often referring to when they call a place a ‘manly bar’, but unfortunately if you’re not a local then you definitely won’t be treated like one here at the Village. If you do happen to drop by for a drink, don’t expect any smiles or much chitchat from the regulars of the staff. You can, however, play your own songs here if you’ve got the courage to impose your own musical tastes on the locals. QOpen 19:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 15:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. 6 ‘t Dortvaat A/B-1, Rijksweg Noord 47, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 58 09 07, This is one of the oldest bars in Sittard and despite its less than atmospheric location right next to a busy road, this pleasantly decorated place is always filled with some hard-working locals engaging in that most ancient of tavern arts: the telling of tall tales. The manager is genuinely friendly and knows how to make everyone feel special with his patient and charitable disposition. You can also have a lunch special for only €10. QOpen 14:00 - 01:00, Tue 14:00 - 20:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. J6X

‘t Duvelke B-2, Helstraat 3/A-5, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 52 84 28, A bit hidden from view on one of Sittard’s smaller shopping streets, Café ‘t Duvelke is housed in the monumental Ecrevissehuis building, where the famous judge, writer, lawyer and teacher Pieter Ecrevisse (1804 - 1879) once lived. He was also known as an avid advocate for the addition of the Dutch province of Limburg to Belgium. The exterior looks rather romantic with little benches placed in front of the window, but inside ‘t Duvelke is a classic Sittard tavern dripping with history, not to mention delicious beers flowing freely from several taps. The entrance next to the bar leads to a small parlour used by local unions whose walls are covered in photos of Sittard. QOpen 14:00 - 01:00, Thu 10:00 - 01:00, Fri 14:00 - 02:00, Sat 13:00 - 14:00, Sun 12:00 - 01:00.

‘t Engelke B-2, Putstraat 39, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 17 32. Most pubs in the Netherlands have adopted a name that fits the history of the building in which they’re housed. It becomes immediately clear why this party pub is called ‘t Engelke, or the Angel, after you see the barmaid’s heavenly eyes and friendly demeanor. These attributes will distract you from the unfinished interior of the place, which can be described as unique and alternative. QOpen 18:00 - 03:00, Wed, Sun 18:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon, Tue. JEX Toppers E-3, Markt 40, Geleen, tel. (+31) 657 58 44 24, Teenage boys and girls have the time of their lives in this après-ski-like setting. Three flat screen TVs and the little laser hearts and stars on the walls ensure that you’re visually stimulated as well. DJ Kicken and Alive takes care of the music from behind the turntables and the barmaid is constantly in the process of pouring Aftershocks at the bar. Groups of dolled up girls stare at their mobiles, making contact with one another only when the next shot of vodka arrives. The bar’s slogan ‘sobriety is not appreciated here’ is taken quite literally here. QOpen 15:00 - 02:00, Fri 15:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00. JNX 464 85 15 04,, www.cafewetzels. nl. This indoor Biergarten is open year round and it’s positively bursting with Stimmung as the Germans say! Though it’s located in one of the smallest villages in the vicinity, loads of activities are held in this well-cared-for café, where most customers know one another. Try your hand at billiards and darts or hit the arcade for games. Live music by cover bands is available at least once every month and in the summer Wetzels provides a sheltered terrace just around the corner. The fact that it’s a villagers’ café may be a little intimidating, but you don’t have to be concerned about prying eyes and strange looks. By the end of the evening you’ll probably even get a few goodbyes on your way out. QOpen 16:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 16:00 - 03:00, Sun 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Thu.

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Wetzels H/I-8, Veersestraat 8, Guttecoven, tel. (+31)

‘t Sjterfhoes B-1, Kerkplein 12, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464
51 93 27,, Some bars have names so intriguing, that you just have to have a peek inside and ‘t Sterfhoes, or The House of Mourning, is a perfect example. This former residence is located directly opposite a church on a picturesque square. A large table in the centre of the bar is reserved for regulars who often enjoy a delicious German Paulaner or a Belgian Brugse Zot. The 100-year-old establishment owes its unique name to the church bell ringers who always dropped by for one or two beers after a hard day of pulling the ropes. The tiny terrace is also a draw as is the homemade carpaccio. QOpen 16:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri 15:00 - 02:00, Sat 12:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. Closed Wed. JNGBKX

Wilhelmina J-11, Peschstraat 48, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 41 51, This is a popular village bar with a notable Laurel and Hardy collection. The owners are passionate fans of this old-fashioned comic duo and even fly as far away as the United States to buy their collectors’ items to decorate the pub. There are film posters and even an antique bike that may have belonged to one of the stars. The obsession is even in evidence in the men’s room where toilet brushes can be found sticking into Hardy’s head. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00. 6

Bitter... balls?
The name bitterballen, or bitter balls, conjures up all kinds of images and not entirely wholesome ideas from sour edibles hardly fit for consumption to a sex toy you might find in Amsterdam’s Red Light district. In fact, these deep-fried morsels of God knows what are a staple of Dutch cuisine and are on offer in nearly every brown bar, café and restaurant throughout the country. You’ll see refined people in suits and evening dresses gulping down these breadcrumb encrusted snacks at gallery openings and charity events just as often as you see construction workers slowly chewing them with a beer after a day’s work. Why slowly you might ask. The soft interior, a ragout of meat, parsley, onion, spices and other mystery ingredients is often served at a temperature usually only seen in magma chambers beneath volcanoes or on the surface of the sun. This always creates interesting facial expressions, unusual sucking sounds and the inevitable grasping for any cold liquid available, even in experienced Dutch snack eaters. If you do decide to give it a go, then don’t forget to dip it in some tasty Dutch mustard.

‘t Spinnewiel A/B-2, Gouv van Hovellstraat 1, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 49 00 40. ‘t Spinnewiel is situated on a busy road on the edge of the city centre. If you’re looking for something interesting, you can probably skip this place as there’s not much to see. The beers are yellow, the heads white and that about sums it up nicely. Oh wait, there’s also a TV. But people here don’t seem to be too bothered with the the lack of amenities and neither is the bartender. Things tend to liven up a bit when people play darts. Q J6X

‘t Trefpunt E-3, Rijksweg Centrum 30, Geleen, tel. (+31) 648 94 39 25. This village pub in the heart of Geleen may not be for everyone, but the regulars are crazy about landlady Lies. Her homemade soup is in itself reason enough to visit the pub and she also cooks simple Dutch meals every day. Due to regularly scheduled performances by all kinds of local artists, ‘t Trefpunt is the place to go if you’re keen on Dutch tearjerker music. Although, to be honest, for us this was the reason we called it quits after one beer. QOpen 16:00 02:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. JBX ‘t Vlaegelke E-3, Markt 8, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74
21 18,, As we approached the bar we spotted an electric cart that the elderly often use parked outside, which pretty much sums up the average patron you’ll meet inside. Some were stuck to their bar stools watching, of all things, a Tarantino film while other old rockers, in leather pants no less, chatted up local working girls. In other words, the atmosphere is a bit odd, but the Affligem and Guinness brews on draught are certainly a sight for sore eyes, and dry mouths. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. JHEBX



Mondial Uitgaanscentrum G-13, Middelweg 12,
Beek, tel. (+31) 464 37 92 97,, This is a well-known discotheque with a solid international reputation and it’s famous for its R&B nights on Sundays. Indeed, guests come as far away as Germany, Belgium and the north of France to dance and unwind here. On Fridays and Saturdays you’ll find a mix of house and dance, hits from the 1980s, 1990s and disco music. The acts aren’t usually that big, but the atmosphere is great if you’re into the club scene. Make sure to check out the theme of the night before you go, because that often determines what kind of a crowd you can expect. QOpen , Fri, Sat, Sun 22:00 - 06:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu.

Den Tempel B-2, Gruizenstraat 27, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 58 22 16,, www.den-tempel. nl. This is one of the best kept secrets in town. The historic building and its tiny, but oh so lovely terrace is reason enough to drop by, but the young chef and owner appears to be a fantastic cook as well. Definitely give its tasty specials, pretty sandwiches, homemade soups and inventive salads a try. Even if the people you’re with aren’t exactly the best conversationalists Den Tempel’s beautiful interior will keep you entertained.QOpen 11:00 - 02:00. A6BK 00 70 44,, www.derguldenhaen. nl. For decades this pub, which is housed in an historic building dating from 1750, was the most popular student bar in Sittard, but today its new owners have turned it into a trendy eatery. The stylish décor offers leather sofas and soft lighting, giving it a modern, yet warm look and feel. The small menu is hardly surprising with dishes like salmon, schnitzel and spare ribs, but the traditional zuurvlees (sauerbraten) is unique to the region and well worth a try. QOpen 16:00 - 01:00, Thu 10:00 - 01:00, Fri 15:00 - 03:00, Sat 13:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. PTJBK

Der Gulden Haen B-2, Markt 35, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464

Live music
Ernesto’s Cantina Mexicana B-1/2, Markt 32, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 13 31,, www. Nowhere else on the Market Square will you find as many different characters as at Ernesto’s. Not only is the clientele diverse, but so is the funky, bright interior and the cheeky music selection. Ernesto’s is renowned for the excellent ska bands that perform here, but upcoming musical talent and DJs are also given a chance to do their thing here. All those different styles of music may not be to everyone’s liking, but if the band doesn’t do it for you on any given night then order one or two tequilas at the bar and you’ll soon be singing and dancing with everyone else. QOpen 17:00 - 02:00, Thu 17:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00. PTJAEGKX

Bloem B-2, Markt 30, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 93
13,, Smack in the middle of the beautiful market square, this bar sports a huge outside terrace and is definitely one the city’s hot spots, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when Bloem is full of men and women over 25 who dance and drink to remixes of classic 1980s and 1990s hits. On weekdays it’s not too shabby either and the famous Murphy’s Quiz Nights guarantees a decent crowd. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. PJA6GBKX 50 84 87,, Once known as the place in Geleen where divorced men gathered, this centrally located café now offers accommodation as well in case you can’t stumble home on your own. Cornerhouse offers a large terrace and a restaurant where you can have a solid, affordable meal without any surprises. These days the clientele ranges from young to middle-aged people. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. (€12 - 17). PTJHAGBK 51 59 04,, De Buren has the largest, sunniest and therefore busiest outdoor café in all of Sittard made even more popular by its friendly staff. It’s an excellent place for people watching and it makes a great vegetarian salad. Inside the cosy eatery offers an attractive central bar, even if it is a bit dim. If you’d like to escape the separate smokers’ room try the left hand corner of the pub, which is also a brilliant place for a secret date. At the weekend its visitors tend to be on the young side, a place for teenagers and students on the prowl dancing to different DJs. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Thu 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 03:00. PTJHGBKX

Hartje van Geleen I-11, Markt 124, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 29 56. ‘t Hartje van Geleen is located directly across from the town hall and the Queen Wilhelmina fountain. At the time of Wilhelmina’s reign, Geleen developed into the industrial and cultural centre of this western mining area and it appears that some of the patrons here can remember those storied times. They meet here for coffee and vlaai and talk about the good old days. Inside, the décor is reminiscent of an old train station waiting room and the large flat screen TV on the wall seems to be the only reminder of modern times. If you’re not looking for any culinary surprises, it’s also a good place for an affordable Dutch meal. QOpen 10:00 - 20:00, Mon 11:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. PTJUGBK Ich & Dich B-2, Markt 13, Sittard, tel. (+31) 652 41 21 98,, Single, or faux single, men and women over the age of 30 favour this bar for a good night out and this cheerful mob of boozers often ends up singing boisterously to current and past smash hits, so if you want to have a conversation, you’ll have to shout into someone’s ear. But if you’re in need of some attention, this pub might just boost your ego! QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. TJGBK In de Limburgse Pot H-7, Borner Markt 8, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 57 19. Is it a pub or a restaurant? Even after a brief visit to this rather bleak venue, we couldn’t decide, nor could we tell whether the owner is somewhat clumsy and arrogant, or just someone who likes to spend his days belittling and snapping at people. You can eat or drink something in this smoke-filled place, but we were long gone before the menu arrived. QOpen 12:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. Closed Tue. 6BK Napoleon Bonaparte H-13, Prins Mauritslaan 63, Beek, tel. (+31) 464 37 87 07, info@cafenapoleon. nl, Two centuries ago the whole of Europe was under the spell of the French emperor Napoleon who forced his will on others, often violently. At least the Napoleon pub and B&B in the village of Beek is a place for a peaceful evening. This family-run pub is well-known for its theme parties with such dubious names as Al Bundy night and the Dutch Championships of BellyGliding. Q Open 11:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 03:00. TJLGBKX

Corner House E-3, Markt 2/3, Geleen, tel. (+31) 468

De Buren B-1/2, Markt 28, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Ònger de Kestaanjele Boum G-6, Aan de Greune
Paol 45, Grevenbicht, tel. (+31) 464 81 29 04. This café has sketches on the wall of all the former owners of what were once a whopping 26 cafés in this town. Bring your favourite LPs on Saturday evening and enjoy the best, freshest and most affordable local meals around town that are prepared by people who truly enjoy their work. QOpen Wed, Sat 12:00 - 22:00, Fri 16:00 - 01:00, Sun 10:30 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu. (€5 - 10). GK

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Schtad Zitterd B-2, Markt 25, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464
51 36 43,, This historic building occupies a beautiful spot on the Market Square. It boasts a large outside terrace and once inside you can almost feel the city’s past envelop you. The interior consists nearly exclusively of dark brown oak including two church pews. The tabletops are decorated with fresh flowers, not the cheap imitations you find in so many other places, not to mention plenty of magazines and newspapers. The corridor leading to the toilet doubles as a relaxation area with a gambling machine and a condom dispenser in case you’re feeling lucky. Enough musical instruments to equip an entire brass band dangle precariously from the ceiling and photos of the pub’s most prominent regulars including the deceased comedian Toon Hermans gaze at patrons from the walls. The menu is modest, but offers local dishes like Kaetelke zoervleisj (sour meat), which tastes much better than it sounds. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu 09:00 - 03:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. JHAGBK

Sjtadscafé de Gats B-1, Markt 20, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 22 39, This classic old building located in a small alley can be fun at the weekend, but be prepared to find yourself among drinkers so young, they appear to be underage. If that’s not your scene then drop by in the afternoon and have an extensive lunch. The menu doesn’t offer anything modern or trendy, but the simple pub food is great value for money. During the day the boorish regulars may be a little off-putting, but the place is definitely worth a visit if only for the gorgeous building in which it’s housed. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Thu 09:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. Closed Mon. J6BKX Stadscafé Geleen E-3, Markt 47, Geleen, tel. (+31)
464 74 11 20, Don’t be deterred by the ugly billboard advert of an unattractive meal on the terrace. Usually good photos manage to make bad food look palatable, but here it’s the other way around. The Indonesian dishes cooked here are delicious and prepared according to traditional recipes as well as some modern variations like the Indonesian-style asparagus! If your favourite dish isn’t on the menu just let the owner know and he’ll be happy to prepare it for you. Even if you only fancy a plate of chips or local vlaai bought next door, you’re allowed to eat then on the terrace here. Stadscafé Geleen is just that easy going. QOpen 12:00 - 01:00, Fri 12:00 - 02:30, Sat 09:00 - 02:30. Closed Mon. TJA6LGBKXSW

Traditional bars
464 51 33 06, If you don’t have the time to visit museums in Sittard and Geleen but you want to know more about the history of the region, De Kup is the place to go. This open-air museum might look like a bar to innocent eyes, but once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different world altogether. Nothing has changed in this pub in the last few decades. The walls are graced with black and white photographs of local celebrities like Zefke Mols, Toon Hermans and others you’ve never heard of and the ceiling is adorned with musical instruments. There’s plenty to drink and the snacks list offers traditional favourites like rye bread with local ham. QOpen 13:00 - 02:00, Thu 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. Closed Mon. TJGBX

De Kup B-1, Limbrichterstraat 28, Sittard, tel. (+31)

Out of town
Stoba Bovenstestraat 34, Echt, tel. (+31) 475 41 10 41,, www.stoba. com. This popular place is good for a night out and consists of three features that make it worth a visit. The cosy and stylish bar is an ideal place for a quiet drink and a chat with your friends before immersing yourself in the crowds. The disco, with its black and white dance floor and corny hits from the 1990s, is a bit dated but lots of fun and inexplicably full of remarkably beautiful girls. Downstairs you’ll find a night club under historic vaulted ceilings. QOpen 12:00 - 02:30, Sat 13:00 - 04:30, Sun 14:00 - 02:30. Closed Mon, Tue. AGBX 2011/2012

51 52 25, At one time Tapas was the place to go for trendy people in Sittard and you still see them here from time to time dropping by for old time’s sake or when there’s a good band playing on a Friday. But on most nights you can expect so see a crowd of 30-somethings drinking to excess. The pub is often bursting at the seams with people dancing and carousing and the happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays between 17:00 - 18:00 also guarantees a steady flow of drinkers. The atmosphere tends to deteriorate somewhat as the evening wears on and the tequila shots increase. QOpen 09:30 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 09:30 - 03:00. JA6EBK

Tapas Cantina B-2, Markt 37, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464


high times
Sittard-Geleen has a very basic, yet decent selection of coffeeshops which at present respect the letter of the law concerning what they can and can’t sell and to whom. Minors under 18 aren’t served so remember to bring your ID with you. With its beautiful buildings and somewhat older feel, Sittard is still a city where you can find exactly what you want to smoke and where you want to smoke it. One thing to note, however, is that in contrast to Amsterdam, many coffeeshops seem to encourage people to buy, roll and leave - giving you more time to visit the city while getting stoned, but resulting in a lack of particularly comfortable chilled out places to hang and trip out.

Club 88 E-4, Rijksweg Zuid 82, Geleen. Club 88 is the
most stylish coffeeshop in Sittard-Geleen. Although the name might suggest some kind of nightclub, this place is all about hash and pot. The iron-plated counter is vandal proof, although there aren’t many vandals around. They may have been scared away by the broad-shouldered bouncer who sternly checks every visitor’s age by asking for ID. Once inside there’s a standard menu offering nine kinds of soft drugs. Most visitors leave as quickly as they arrived, although the cosy smoking room is inviting and suitable for socialising. It’s a place where you can make friends easily, if only for the duration of a joint. The fixed bar stools are not too comfortable, but there’s an flat screen TV offering some diversion. If you don’t fancy simply getting high, this is actually the best coffee shop for a proper fresh espresso. By the way, make sure to turn your mobile off or use the silent mode, because it’s prohibited to make, or receive, phone calls here. Q X

Relax A-1, Steenweg 3, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 53 01. Despite the palm trees at the entrance and the soothing name, the cold ambience at Relax doesn’t exactly put one at ease. If you’re not one of the regulars here you’ll probably be met by a lot of stares. The remote control for the two flat screens seems to have gone missing or perhaps the staff have already gone completely deaf from the horrible noise emanating from the speakers. In the back you’ll find a long corridor with four seats, but sitting in this narrow space after having a toke of one of eight types of weed or three kinds of hash can get a little claustrophobic. The black stuff from the machine is a far cry from real coffee and the table football looks as if it hasn’t been touched in ages. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. JNXS Skunk A-1, Stationsstraat 29, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 04 54. Even though the name might suggest otherwise, this is one of our favourite places south of Amsterdam. The prices are slightly higher than those of the other coffeeshops in Sittard and Geleen, but the quality here is better and the atmosphere a lot more laid back. The current location (eventually they’ll have to move) - only a 100 meters from the station - is unsurpassable and the staff is definitely an added value for Skunk. Don’t just choose the most expensive of the eight choices of hash and nine types of weed but ask the guy at one of the two counters what’s the best product of the day. The only disadvantage is that the smoking room is very small. It only has two tables where you can stand and a sitting area with little atmosphere, so when it’s a full house you’ll have to move up a bit. Still, the general atmosphere is good here despite the loud beats which make it hard to have a good conversation. But who cares? Here it’s smoking that counts. Chit chat can be left at the pub. Skunk is also a good place for cheap bongs, grinders and other necessary items to make the most of your visit. We highly recommend the Skunk White Night, Amnesia Haze and Laughing Buddha, but the Cristal was the most memorable smoke with its dense, crystallized buds. They also serve cheap coffee and tea for €1.40. This place is a major surprise and even worth the side-trip if you’re near Sittard. QOpen 11:00 - 22:30, Sun 14:00 - 19:30. X

Genesis Shop E-4, Rijksweg Zuid 88, Geleen, www. The Dutch aren’t exactly known for their modesty. For centuries these clog wearing cheese eaters have been boasting about all the good they’ve done across the globe. Although some would say these achievements don’t stray past the founding of New York, one must remember that the Dutch introduced the more or less legal institution of coffeeshops. And although many of these aren’t exactly hospitable, or hygienic, there are some exceptions, like Genesis. If you don’t believe us, just check out its impressive trophy cabinet. Many cups and other shiny prizes are proof of the high quality of the hash and weed sold here and the collection of pipes in the display case, which are all for sale, is also impressive. A separate smoking room at the back is available to anyone who wants to test their freshly bought gear right away and a pinball machine and football table are also at your disposal. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. JLXS

Embracing the haze
You should also bear in mind that there are usually two types of weed sold; haze, which has high THC content and creates a strong stoned or high feeling; and non-haze which has a somewhat milder effect. The price difference may sometimes be quite substantial between these two types, as haze weed plants (usually strong sativas - for those in the know) are bigger and harder to grow properly than non-haze (usually strong indicas) plants. If you’re a non-regular smoker, or even a regular hashish smoker, start with non-haze, and then perhaps try a haze joint to see how you feel. For regular (weed) smokers (close to daily), haze weed will show you how truly stoned you can get, but beware as some types may stick you to your chair, and you may drool (well, maybe not the second part).

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Drugs, tourists & Politicians
Although Holland’s policy of tolerance toward coffeeshops is considered to be an enlightened example to many other countries, the Dutch government has been struggling for years to find a solution to this ‘huge problem which causes a tremendous amount of trouble for society’. The latest brainchild of the politicians is the so-called Weed Pass. Ivo Opstelten, Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, wants to introduce a kind of club pass that allows only Dutch citizens to buy cannabis. In other words, you wouldn’t be able get into a coffeeshop without a pass. Of course, Opstelten completely ignores the fact that most cannabis users do not wish to be registered and would most likely look elsewhere, e.g. the streets, to find their pot creating new illegal markets in the process. This would undoubtedly cause even more trouble than any existing problems. Still the minister hopes that this policy will reduce the number of drug tourists to the Netherlands. (Apparently only people who want to eat cheese, admire windmills and visit tulip plantations are welcome in Holland.) This approach does, however, create a whole slew of different legal complications. For this reason, many opponents don’t believe that the grass pass would be a successful system on a national level. After all, the Opium Act, which literally states that the sale of weed is prohibited, would have to be changed. In other words, soft drugs are tolerated in Holland and not – as many people believe – legal. Considering the extremely slow pace of decision making in Dutch politics, it could be years before this weed pass is actually introduced. That is to say, if the law were to be implemented at all, because the absolute ban on the sale of soft drugs would have to be erased from the Opium Act essentially legalising its sale and distribution. This would be a clear violation of international treaties including a treaty against all forms of discrimination. This is yet another big issue of many in this veritable Pandora’s Box. Like it or not, to bar foreigners entrance to any establishment, including coffeeshops, would be to discriminate against a whole group of people on the basis of their nationality. On a national level therefore the introduction of a weed pass is going to be extremely complicated, but local municipalities are divided on the issue and have their own ideas. In fact, mayors have the jurisdiction to order all coffeeshops in their city not to sell weed to foreign tourists, but at the moment it’s unclear which cities support these measures. Some towns, including the southern town of Maastricht, have already indicated they are enthusiastic about another possible solution, which is to relocate the coffeeshops from the centre to the edge of town. The current government is against coffeeshops in the vicinity of schools, which means at least 58 establishments would have to move because they’re located within a 350m radius of a school. However, people who enjoy smoking a joint have been given support from an unexpected corner. Many of the youth departments of established political parties have suggested that the cannabis growing industry should be legalised in order to bring the business out of the shadows into the open. At the moment a coffeeshop manager is allowed to sell weed to the consumer legally, but he has to buy it from a murky sources, which are still obscure and controlled by the underworld. This less than sterling image is a burden that the cannabis industry currently uneasily bears and will continue doing until the ambiguity of the Holland’s coffeeshop policy is cleared up.


New offences
Other measures have also been announced recently. Soon having a joint before sitting at the wheel will carry the same weight as drink driving. Pot smokers will have to rest for at least three hours before operating a vehicle. And if you’ve sniffed coke, you will have to refrain from driving for at least six hours. This is the time the average body needs to break down the active substance to a safer level. The Dutch government expects the public prosecutor to take at least 3,000 drivers under the influence of drugs to court each year. Another change is that it seems that some stronger types of cannabis, with more than 15% THC (the active substance in hashish and weed), should be classified as hard drugs. These engineered super strains of weed have been produced over the years in Holland and can have devastating on novices such as tourists out to try a coffeeshop for the first time. The law would make the consumption of these potent forms of marijuana illegal as they carry a greatly increased risk of addiction and psychosis. Obviously the big issue is how the police and coffeeshops are supposed to check the level of THC in these products. After all, there are no devices available which can take these measurements. Perhaps the policemen will have to have a drag themselves to check the quality and potency. Anyone want to sign of for the Dutch police academy?

Getting to know the Dutch
The obscure facts that follow were selected purely at random. They either give an impression of how Dutch society functions and what a small country can achieve or, perhaps, just the opposite. Snacks & Beverages The average Dutchman doesn’t just fill his shiny vehicle with fuel at petrol stations, but also fills his pockets with all kinds of snacks. Every year no less than 62.3 million cans of Red Bull are sold, followed by a more traditional, but no less unhealthy energy drink: Coca Cola. Only 30 million of these are sold each year. Third place goes to products by ice cream giant Ola. Chinese Soon the signs at the Schiphol international airport won’t just be available in Dutch and English, but also in Chinese. This is due to the fact that one in 20 KLM passengers is now Chinese. Mountaineering Although Holland’s as flat as a pancake, this doesn’t stop the Dutch from climbing. The Royal Dutch Mountaineering and Climbing Association, which currently boasts 55,000 members, grows in numbers every year. Insects On average 133 billion insects are killed by motorists in Holland each month. This amounts to two insects for every 10km car journey. The chance to smash insects on your grill is even greater when driving through less populated provinces.



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Essential Sittard-Geleen
Sittard and Geleen may not be the first cities that spring to mind when one thinks of sightseeing in the Netherlands, but they do have plenty of interesting things to see including a beautiful cathedral.

Brouwerij De Fontein Ondergenhousweg 15, Stein,
tel. (+31) 464 26 28 58,, Find out how beer is made in one of Europe’s youngest and smallest breweries. After the tour you can tell all your friends that wort isn’t something hideous that grows on your feet or fingers, but rather an essential ingredient of the most delicious drink in the world. Naturally, the tour ends with a beer tasting, but unlike other beer tours you’ll be offered no less than four special brews. Our favourite was definitely the Euleteul, which tastes much better than it sounds. Q Open October - Easter Sat, Sun 10:00 - 22:00; Easter - September Wed - Sun 10:00 - 22:00. Also by appointment. LB 26, Beek, tel. (+31) 464 28 04 14,, Since 1998, Holland’s youngest brewery has been located in a club. The gentlemen running this small-scale operation would have preferred to name it after the local church, but unfortunately this designation wasn’t available anymore. However, the current name De heeren van Beeck, or the Gentlemen of Beeck, is a pretty good second choice. The two main beers brewed here, the De Veldwachter (The Constable) amber ale and the more fruity Double Saison are both delicious. Q PTJH

Agnetenwal B-1/2, Sittard. People who are only familiar

with modern warfare probably can’t imagine that back in the 16th century all you needed to keep out the enemy was an earthen defensive wall. Over 500 years later this primitive fortification is still nearly 75% intact. And best of all this unique piece of history isn’t locked away in some dusty museum, but completely accessible to the public free of charge. Cyclists and motorised vehicles are prohibited from riding on it, but pedestrians can follow it around the city at their leisure.

De Heeren van Beeck G-13, Pastoor Janssenstraat

Old Town B-1/2, Markt, Sittard. The heart and soul of

Sittard-Geleen is without a doubt the Old Town of Sittard and the city’s cultural and culinary life is concentrated around its central Market Square. Dating back as far as the 10th century, the old section of Sittard is what keeps most visitors occupied during their stay here. The winding, cobbled streets of this medieval city take you past soaring church spires and medieval merchant houses. Steeped in historic architecture, not to mention cosy restaurants, the town square is one of the most picturesque in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, fires and the disastrous year of 1677 wiped out nearly all signs of that ancient version of Sittard, so most of what you see now is its replacement - an attractive ensemble from the late 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.♥

Buildings & Castles
Born castle ruins (Kasteelruine Born) H-7, Kasteelpark 38, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 19 50. Can a collection of stones really be beautiful? Since 1930, the ruins of Born Castle have proved that they can. A fire devastated the impressive buildings of the original architectural ensemble from 1150 that included a nobleman’s residence, a castle fortification and a chateau farm. The castle was never reconstructed due to a lack of funds, but in 1990 its façade and the farmhouse were completely restored. Behind the castle ruins, you’ll find a beautiful garden that now functions as a public park and zoo. Doenrade Castle (Kasteel Doenrade) Limpensweg 20, Doenrade, This castle, which dates back to 1117, is one of the oldest in Limburg. In past centuries noble families ruled their lands from here but today it’s a restaurant and hotel. Prior to its current function it served as a nunnery, a home for the elderly, a furniture factory and a police academy. The plaster covered Doenrade has existed in its current form since 1920, when it was last reconstructed. Unfortunately, this new wing of the building has lent the historic structure a more functional appearance at the expense of its romantic past. On the bright side, its rural location makes the castle an excellent base of operations for walking tours and cycling trips. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun. Elsloo Castle (Kasteel Elsloo) Maasberg 1, Elsloo, Most travel guides still advertise Elsloo Castle as a proper castle with a long history, but in reality the original edifice was completely destroyed by fire in 1835 and again in 1885. A hastily repaired tower is now all that remains of its former glory, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t worth a visit. On the contrary, the current hotel and restaurant that are attached to the historic monument are a sight to be seen, and experienced. The surrounding park offers excellent views of an unusually steep hill, which is a geographical anomaly in the region, and you’ll find a botanical garden right next to Elsloo. Ruins of the former castle can still be seen when the tide is abnormally low. Q Open 12:00 - 23:00. THGBKW

Brewery & Distillery tours
Alfa Brouwerij K-13, Thull 15 - 19, Schinnen, tel. (+31)
464 43 28 88,, www.brouwerijbezoek. nl. Internationally Holland is renowned for being the world’s largest beer exporter. On a national level, however, Limburg has gained acclaim due to its high number of pubs and its correspondingly high level of beer consumption. In the past the province of Limburg boasted no less than 512 breweries, but today there are only a few left and Alfa is one of the last independent ones. In fact, it’s the only Dutch brewery that uses water from a special, recognised source. The brewing process and recipes have hardly changed since 1870 and only small scale batches crafted manually are produced here. In fact, it’s the individual brewer that determines the quality of the beer, and not a computer. This family-owned company cherishes its traditions, which means that until recently, not a single barrel of beer left the factory without Aunt Wies’ approval. In 2009 she passed away at the age of 96. Until the last day of her life she tasted the first bottle of each new batch. A tasting room, a well, a museum and a film room are all part of the daily tours that Alfa offers.

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Janssen Windmill (Janssen molen) L-12, Molenweg 2, Oirsbeek, tel. (+31) 464 42 12 76. Less than 100 years ago, the Netherlands boasted over 10,000 windmills. This invention, which was originally Japanese, is now synonymous with Holland. Unfortunately, less than a 1,000 now exist and 90 of these are in the province of Limburg. Since its construction in 1883, this circular stone mill has been an eye-catcher in the local landscape. It was originally designed to grind corn, but today the trees have grown so tall that it can no longer serve this function. Its name is derived from the family who ran the mill for decades. Kritzraedt House (Kritzraedthuis) B-2, Rosmolenstraat 2, Sittard. The province of Limburg boasts buildings of diverse architectural schools and the Kritzraedhuis is one of the best examples of the innovative Maasland Renaissance style, where architects sought inspiration from earlier building traditions including timber framing. No less than three types of regional stone were used (brick, limestone and Belgian blue stone) to construct the remarkable building dating from 1620, which is located just behind the Market Square. The building is named after Jacob Kritzraedt, a priest who was the first to record the history of the area in the mid-17th century. The lovely building now houses the Sittard branch of the Southern Limburg Tourist Information Office. Limbricht Castle (Kasteel Limbricht) I/J-8, Allee 1, Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 51 44 44, w w w. After 30 years of renovations, the oldest inhabitants of Limbricht were finally able to see their local castle reflected in the water of the surrounding moat once again. Limbricht is a striking example of a Chateau de la Motte, or in simple terms, a castle or fortified building on an artificially raised mound. Around 1250, the Netherlands boasted over 1,000 of these buildings, but Limbricht Castle is the only one that remains at least partially intact to this day. The current building, which was built upon the foundations of the old castle, originates from 1630, although exact dates aren’t 100% certain since the castle’s archives disappeared when it was pillaged in 1650. These days you’ll find the oldest remains of the first chateau in the cellars of the castle. Of all the rooms in Limbricht, the Great Hall has the most valuable design elements including its centrepiece, a unique sandstone fireplace. Unfortunately, you can only visit the castle as part of a tour group, but you can visit the large public terrace of its historic courtyard restaurant. Bear in mind that the staff aren’t the best, so you might be as old as the castle by the time you get your food. QOpen 11:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon. TJLB Maurits Park I-11, Mauritspark, Geleen. Maurits is still
a name that brings back fond memories in Geleen. Despite the dangerous, back-breaking labour that was required to work the underground coal mines, the thankless job also brought about an unprecedented feeling of solidarity among the people who worked there. Working the mines wasn’t just a way to earn money, but a way of life. Unfortunately, there aren’t many reminders left of the Dutch mining industry, with perhaps the exception of the names of the neighbouring streets that all have some connection to the Maurits mine.

Oudeweg 235, Sittard. For centuries this water mill built 1582 was set up for the purpose of sharpening knives, although it was also used to grind oak bark. The knife smiths of Sittard brought international fame to the town, but when the industry collapsed, the mill was put to use as an oil and corn mill. Due to its close proximity to many monasteries and boarding schools, the miller also earned a decent living grinding wheat and rye flower. After World War II it no longer served its original function, but since a thorough renovation in 2006, the mill and its surrounding buildings have been used as a convention centre.

Castle Limbricht Stadbroeker Mill (Stadbroeker molen) K-8,

Vakwerk House (Vakwerkhuis) B-1, Markt 20, Sit-

tard. One of Sittard’s greatest buildings is located on a corner of the Markt. The so-called Vakwerk Huis dates from 1535, but is still in prime condition due to thorough renovations over the years. The house is a typical example of the architecture of its day when buildings were still almost exclusively built from wood, clay and straw, although the ground floors were usually made of stone. The gaps between the bars were filled with woven willow twigs and a mixture of straw, cow dung and clay. A little water was added and the walls were ready as soon as it all dried. These houses were well insulated retaining heat in the winter and staying cool in the summer. Miraculously, Der Behr, as the building is known to locals, survived the town fire of 1677 that left most of the city centre in ashes.

Churches & Religious buildings
Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Basiliek Onze Lieve Vrouw van het Hart) B-1, Oude Markt 3,
Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 70 05, Basilica, which is Greek for royal, is a special honorary title the pope gives to large or exceptional churches. Worldwide 1,478 different Catholic churches are allowed to carry this title, including 22 houses of worship in the Netherlands. Holland’s very first, and still one of its most attractive, neo-Gothic buildings can be found in the heart of Sittard. The relatively small Sittard Basilica built in the 1870s is a classic example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture. Outstanding characteristics include the high lancet windows, the galleries and the use of colour in the elaborately decorated interior. The basilica’s spire is a crucial part of the Sittard’s skyline. Q J

Pool Mill (Poolmolen) I-5, Poolmolen 2, Born. The

water mill is one of the most remarkable of the 35 types of mills that have been in existence in Holland since AD 1180. The village of Born got its first mill in 1662, although the corn mill was thoroughly renovated in 1883. It’s located on a picturesque farm with attractive orchards and a pleasant courtyard. It’s a paradise for photographers most of whom fall in love with the swirling waters of Geleenbeek brook, which streams from an opening in the wall.

Hubertus Church (Hubertuskerk) I-13, Hubertusstraat 61, Genhout, Fans of the magnificent Onze Lieve Vrouwe Basilica in Maastricht will undoubtedly be impressed by its little sister, the Holy Hubertus. The building was erected during the depression in 1937 and its resident priest was an avid hunter, which is why it was dedicated to Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters. Unlike 99% of most other Dutch churches, this one is practically a piece of public art, which is probably due to the fact that so many local artists contributed to its creation.

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Regina Carmeli Monastery C-2, Kollenberg 2, Sittard,
tel. (+31) 464 57 09 93,, Although the Albanian Mother Teresa is known throughout the entire world, in this region Saint Teresa (1855 - 1938) is more revered. Her followers, neatly dispersed across 20 countries around the globe, work as the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus. Their headquarters, called the Moedercomplex, is located in Sittard at the foot of the Kolleberg. This monastic building offers 30 rooms for rent and 32 nuns who have dedicates their lives to the service of God will lovingly take care of you. The oldest part of this enormous building was built in 1898 and is worth a visit for its special religious ambience. Most of the guests come here as pilgrims who have walked the longest walking path in the Netherlands, the Pieterpad, or are on their way to the Spanish shrine at Santiago de Compostela. Q Open 09:00 - 11:00, 15:00 - 17:00, 18:30 - 20:15.


St. Amelberga’s Basilica (Basiliek Amelberga) J-5, Salvatorplein 1, Susteren, Every religion has its pilgrimage sites. More often than not these places go hand in hand with so-called miraculous recoveries. For centuries now, the people in the Catholic regions of the Netherlands have worshipped at St. Amelberga’s Basilica in Susteren due to its reputed healing powers that supposedly cure people of toothaches. Unfortunately, the holy painting of the saint has since disappeared, so all that’s left to worship is an 18th-century relic of a tooth. The next official pilgrimage will take place in 2014. Q St. John’s Vault (Sint Janskluis) I-11, De Kluis, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 51 24, www.sintjanskluis. nl. From 1665 - 1669 the plague ravaged the entire region around Geleen. Many chapels were established during that time in the hope that saints might protect people from the dreaded disease. St. John’s vault was later built as a hospital for infectious diseases in 1699. But its function soon changed when the first registered hermit moved into its premises in 1722 creating a long tradition as a shelter for the indigent. In fact, its last inhabitant died as recently as 1912 and soon after the remarkable building fell into disrepair. During World War II the Americans used the building as a warehouse for food and even as a slaughterhouse. After its latest restoration in 1985, the Sint Janskluis, with its renowned lopsided tower, was established as a chapel for prayer and as a facility for exhibitions and small concerts. The interior boasts a neoGothic décor with 14 Stations of the Cross, which are reason enough to visit this protected national monument. The annual Christmas nativity scene has become a recurring fixture at Sint Janskluis during the holiday season. St. Michael’s Church (St. Michielskerk) B-1, Oude Markt, Sit-

St. Peter’s Church (The Big Church)

St. Peter’s Church (St. Petruskerk) B-1, Kerkplein 4, Sittard. At an impressive 80m, Saint Peter’s spire is the tallest church tower in the south of Limburg and it’s also called the Grote Kerk, or Big Church, by locals. This Gothic cruciform house of worship was built in 1292 and boasts a prominent peak and layered walls made of brick and marlstone. Despite some adversity in its past, including a fire set by French troops in 1677 and a lightning strike in 1857, the church is still the pride and joy of the city. Other striking elements are its 1425 choir stalls decorated with fantastic creatures and more contemporary designs including the space dog Laika and a girl with a hoop. The statue of Saint Peter, situated 8m above the ground and the 50 church bells are also impressive. Q J St. Rose Chapel (Rosakapel) K-10, Kolleberg, www. The Saint Rose Chapel is located on top of the Kolleberg. Ever since 1675 this holy saint has been the most beloved religious figure for many people in Sittard, which is also why she is the patron saint of the city. This brick building can be found in the heart of an attractive nature reserve atop the highest hill in town. The building itself isn’t exactly spectacular, but its rich history brings hundreds of visitors and the QR code that you can scan with your smart phone here shows that it has adapted to the times. Before you leave you can burn a Novena candle for €4.

St. Salvius Church (St. Salviuskerk) J-8, Platz 2,
Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 51 55 95. The oldest mural paintings in the Netherlands are hidden in a beautiful church on the outskirts of Sittard-Geleen. It might be somewhat confusing that there are two churches with the same name in the same village, but you can probably skip the new church in the centre that was built in 1922. The church replaced the ancient one at the castle, which you definitely shouldn’t miss if you’re in the region. The history of the old Salviuskerk can be traced back to the late 10th century, but all that remains of the original church hall is the northern wall made of boulders from the River Meuse. Over the centuries, the church was enlarged several times and the tower was erected in 1458. During a restoration in 1977, murals from around 1300 were found. The paintings have been restored and after almost two years of tremendous efforts, which included the stripping of at least 20 layers of lime paint, are now on display. The paintings depict a Mary-themed cycle with portrayals of the childhood of Christ, the coronation of Mary and the salvation. Another sacred item found in this church is a box that supposedly contains pieces of Saint Salvius’ bones.

tard, tel. (+31) 464 58 06 36. St. Michael’s may not be the most attractive church in Sittard-Geleen, but it’s undoubtedly the most remarkable. The glorious history of these premises stretches back to 1669, although the most peculiar incident occurred as recently as 1938. During a well attended mass, a circus lion quietly walked into the church. Obviously intrigued by the pomp and circumstance, the animal strolled around observing the religious objects and surroundings before its owner managed to catch it. This incident has been immortalised in a lovely small statue, which is located to the right of the entrance. The nine stained glass windows from 1893 are are also worth a look, as is the impressive main altar, which is unique in the Netherlands. Q J



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Jardin d’Isabelle B-1, Kerkepad. Charles Beltjens (18321890) is a famous poet, but since he only wrote in French, not that many Dutch people have read his work. The name of this city garden, Le Jardin d’Isabelle, is a permanent memorial to the author who used to recite poems to his unattainable love Isabelle in this very garden. The French garden also contains a bronze bust of the writer. This well-maintained park is located only a stone’s throw from the busy Market Square and it also hosts plenty of concerts, festivals and other events. Unfortunately, there’s only one bench, so you’ll have to make some new friends if you’re not the first one to arrive. Jodenberg Heilig Kruisstraat / Kuppelkovenderstraat, Walking geese at Kolderiek Park Studio66
Grevenbicht. What’s in a name? The Mountain of the Jews certainly sounds cryptic, but it’s still worth your while to visit this deserted cemetery in the picturesque village of Grevenbicht. Even the locals don’t realise that there are five Jewish graves in a corner of this public garden located on top of a small hill completely covered by high grass. Decades of neglect have given these headstones their current look of disrepair. However, another 10 well-maintained Dutch graves can be found at the foot of this bizarre spot.

Elsmuseum H-13, Wolfeynde 4c, Beek, tel. (+31)
464 39 89 30, The work of an In Your Pocket writer can be difficult, yet we rarely complain, especially if we’re ‘forced’ to visit a museum dedicated to an alcoholic beverage. A bitter 34% alcoholic drink has been made according a nearly 200-year-old family recipe in Beek since 1821. Els de la Vera is named after the pharmacist couple that invented the drink. Despite attempts to make it more nationally known, the drink has been almost exclusively consumed in Limburg for the past two centuries. The recipe is still a long cherished family secret, but during the tour you’ll get a demonstration of the distillation process and a slide show will provide you with more information. After a steady building up of suspense during the tour, you can finally taste the spicy bitter at the end. Coffee lovers should also try the famous Limburgian coffee in which a little Els de la Vera is added to your cup of Joe. Q Opening dates for 2012 have not yet been published. The museum is usually open every second Sunday of the month between from 13:00 - 17:00. Groups can make reservations. THL

Rose Garden (Rozentuin) B-2, Paardestraat. De
Rozentuin, or Rose Garden, is a spacious garden situated at the foot of the town ramparts. It’s definitely one of the prettiest spots in the city, but, unfortunately, the gates are closed at night. Q J

Places of interest
Bare Foot Path (Blote Voeten pad) Schutterspark, Brunssum, tel. (+31) 638 20 63 03,, Long before the invention of Nikes our ancestors had no choice but to walk with bare feet. But just outside Sittard-Geleen many people take off their shoes for a so-called sensual experience on the Bare Foot Path. They walk sans shoes on a narrow path, which goes over sand, mud, water, wood chips, gravel and other natural materials. Supposedly, it’s a unique way to experience nature and a good way to raise your awareness of the environment. Along the way are a number of activities to keep you amused like the Elf Forest, a labyrinth, a mud trench, a stone path and a dream pond. If you’ve come with your significant other then make sure to walk down the romantic Liefdeslaantje (Lovers’ Lane). QOpen 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Open April - October. Admission: adults €6, children under 12 years €3. TB Begijnen B-1, Begijnenhofstraat, Sittard. In the Middle Ages Sittard was full of single women just like it is today, but hundreds of years ago being a single woman meant that you were left on the shelf and would have no one to provide for you. In order to give them a safe place in society, Beguine Courtyards were founded, which functioned as a kind of social safety net. However, a devout way of life was also obligatory if one wanted to live there. Artist Annemarie van Rooijen has depicted three of these ladies in graffiti on one of its walls. Q Elsloo Botanical Garden (Botanische tuin Elsloo) G-13, Maasberg 1, Elsloo, tel. (+31) 464 37 37 78, www. The castle park in Elsloo and its adjoining botanical garden is one of those unique places where culture and nature come together. In 1860 the lord of the castle had the park laid out in French fashion with a vegetable and herb garden that is also home to ferns, hostas and rare trees including the ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, and the albizia julibrissin, or Persian silk tree. It’s a pleasant walk on a lazy Sunday. Q Open Sun 14:00 - 17:00 from April - October.

Museum Het Domein B-1, Kapittelstraat 6, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 34 60, fax (+31) 464 52 91 11, info@, This is the only real museum in the municipality and although it’s a young institution, it’s still worth a visit. The whole ground floor displays international modern art, while the upstairs traces the history and archaeology of the town and region. Downstairs you’ll find photography and videos as well as more traditional art including religious artefacts like rosary beads, clerical attire, medals, pictures, tobacco boxes and biscuit shelves. Also on display are paintings, furniture, household items and kitchen utensils, tools and weapons. The region’s former mining industry is also covered. Temporary exhibitions are also shown in this former 19th-century school. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €6, children free. Free admission every first Sunday of the month. TJAG

Parks, gardens & Cemeteries
Algemene Begraafplaats Sittard C-2, Lahrstraat 18,
Sittard. This public cemetery in Sittard isn’t what we would call one of the prettiest or most characteristic graveyards we’ve ever seen. It was designed in 1920 when graves were typically given more austere designs. In other words, it’s a cemetery that you’d probably only visit if you knew someone who had been laid to rest here. That was, at least, the case until the year 2000 when Holland’s most revered cabaret performer and Sittard’s most famous son, Toon Hermans, returned to the city of his birth to be buried here. Since then, the cemetery has been inundated by hordes of day trippers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

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Sightseeing tours
Cave Biking Valkenburg, tel. (+31) 436 04 10 21, Mountain biking in the underground cave system of South Limburg is a once-in-alifetime experience. The 1.5 hour tour will literally take you through a maze of caves with your nose planted just above the handlebars as the caves, which are nearly 140km in length, are quite low in some areas. Q Admission: €32.50.


Quadtocht Gasthuis 71 - 73, Bemelen, tel. (+31) 436 04 10 21,, Fully guided tours of the area on a 400cc quadracycle. Roman Catacombs (Romeinse Katakomben) Plenkertstraat 55, Valkenburg aan de Geul, tel. (+31) 436 01 25 54, If you don’t have money or time to go to Rome to visit the famous Christian catacombs there, you could also visit Valkenburg. This might be a little less of an adventure since the catacombs are neither Roman, nor very old, but the underground cemetery here is impressive in its own right. 14 major catacombs can be visited in southern Limburg and in addition to empty graves you can also look at sculptures, paintings, air shafts and even some chapels. The subterranean passages were designed by Pierre Cuypers who created some of Amsterdam’s most beautiful buildings including the Central Station. Q Guided tours April - August at 11:00 and 16:00; September - March Sat, Sundays at 14:00. Admission: adults €7.50, children under 12 years €3.75. Stadswandelingen Old Town, Sittard. The best way to discover the city centre is by trying one of the city walks provided by the VVV (Tourist Office) located at Rosmolenstraat a stone’s throw from the Market Square. They offer walking tours that lead you past the city’s churches and timbered houses as well as local culinary tours. We particularly recommend the Brandslang walk that takes you to all of the Brand beer cafés in the city centre and includes a brew stop at each one. Q J

Flint Mine (Vuursteenmijn) Savelsbos, Ryckholt, Miners have been active in Limburg for thousands of years and the oldest Dutch archaeological and industrial monument can be found deep in the Savel Forest. According to research conducted in 1887, a large workshop was probably active here in ancient times where rough flint stone was turned into semi finished or finished products like knives, axes, spears and other necessary tools. Roughly 2,000 shafts were found, some of which reach a depth of 12m, but this prehistoric mine area probably hides many more secrets. Check its website for tour information. Q T

Fluweelengrot Grendelplein 13, Valkenburg, www. What is now nearly the highest point in the country was a seabed tens of thousands of years ago. In Holland’s prehistoric past Mother Nature created a marvellous marlstone landscape in which human hands later carved an impressive cave system. Quite a few buildings in the region have also been built from this natural stone. Today you can walk, dressed warmly, with a guide from one highlight to the next and he or she will illuminate the most bizarre charcoal drawings and secret hiding places you’ve ever seen. Highly recommended! QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €6, children 4 - 12 years €5. TG aan de Geul, tel. (+31) 436 01 22 71,, Although Valkenburg is already a fascinating town above ground, deep underneath its surface lies a completely different world. The Romans started work on these caves around 2,000 years ago when which they used as a building material. The municipal caves also provide an exciting overview of various forms of artistic expression and the living conditions of countless generations of humans. Even if you’re not in the mood for some serious spelunking, a train will take you past all of the paintings, plaques and other remains of what fugitives left below ground. QOpening times vary, check the website. Admission: adults €5, children 4 - 11 years €3.50. TJL (+31) 454 05 19 50, fax (+31) 454 05 50 10,, This company offers guided tours of the two most important regional airports: Maastricht Aachen Airport and Airport Weeze (Germany).

Carnival Monument (Carnavalsmonument) B-2,
Helstraat, Sittard. Sittard and the annual carnival are inseparable. To honour this festival the artist Desire Tonnaer was commissioned to create a work of art to celebrate the 705 year existence of the town and the 111 year history of the oldest carnival association in Sittard. This resulted in an attractive statue of four 4m-tall people wearing golden masks. They are, however, dressed in rags, which is the artist’s way of putting the two extremes of carnival into perspective.

Gemeentegrot Valkenburg Cauberg 4, Valkenburg

Guided Tours Airport Sportparklaan 11, Hulsberg, tel.

De Mijnpoort D-3, Rotonde Mauritslaan, Geleen. In 2009 De Mijnpoort was erected on this busy roundabout. The work refers to Geleen’s past as a hub of the mining industry. The statue consists of two vertical slabs of African granite connected by a horizontal chunk of the same stone. The special rock has a rough surface and a dark colour and the artist cut out a smooth round shape from the top block of stone. Locals often jokingly call the work of art the Geleen Arc de Triomphe.

Kasteelruïne Grendelplein 13, Valkenburg. This impressive castle was destroyed as many as three times since its construction in 1050. It was rebuilt twice, but unfortunately the last attack in 1672 put an end to its illustrious story. In fact, it was the Dutch king and governor William III who ordered its destruction rather than handing it over to his enemies intact. However, the picturesque city of Valkenburg, at the foot of the castle, benefited from its devastation as much of the rubble and boulders were used to restore many of the city’s buildings that were destroyed in the big fire of 1773. A guided tour will take you past two of the six town gates, a section of town ramparts and the circular tower. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €4, children 4 - 12 years €3. TJA

Jodenberg Jewish Cemetery

Theo Leerintveld 2011/2012


what to see
Image of St. Barbara (Barbara-beeld) I-11, Mijnweg, Geleen. As loads of foreign workers arrived at Holland’s state mines, the culture of Limburg was enriched with new legends. Unlike their local colleagues, these new miners honoured the Turkish Saint Barbara. She was cherished by many because of her beauty, erudition, unfailing understanding and unshakable faith in Christianity. Her father, however, was a staunch opponent of Catholicism. On 4 December 304 she was decapitated by her father in a mine where she had been hiding. God himself obviously thought this a cowardly act because the murderer was soon struck down by lightning. Saint Barbara was removed from the liturgical calendar in 1969, because ‘no historical proof whatsoever’ could be found to prove her existence. Only a stone’s throw from the mine, however, Barbara can still be seen in the shape of an imposing work of art. Since 1951 she has been a testament to the rich industrial past of Geleen. Koempel Sjeng J-11, Geleenbeeklaan 2, Geleen. Civil
servants in Holland don’t exactly have a reputation for being the most hardworking of employees, but Koempels, a term of endearment in the Limburg dialect, which is derived from the German word Kumpel, or miner, most certainly were. Although all Dutch mines have been closed since 1974, the camaraderie shared by these men will last until the end of their days. The original bronze statue is located in the Geleen town hall, but a replica has been erected in the miners’ quarter of the city known as Lindenheuvel at Geraniumstraat. This statue by the Belgian sculptor Eduard Melis is a poignant reminder of four decades (1936 - 1967) when the State Mine Maurist was an integral part of daily life in Geleen. D-4, Augustinusstraat / Pastoor Van Eijsstraat. Geleen also had its share of grief during World War II. On October 5, 1942, the city was hit by an Allied bombardment. American fighter planes made a navigational error which led them to confuse Geleen with the German town of Aachen. 83 people lost their lives and many were injured. Two years later the 40m-high gas tank of the Maurits coal mine was shot at, once again, by Allied planes, but a number of employees heroically prevented a catastrophic explosion. Since 2003, a 2m-high work of art by Jo Ramakers consisting of two panels of natural stone has been a permanent reminder of this disastrous time. The left side of the work of art shows the civilians fleeing from the gas tank in fear. The image of three planes above the bombed houses on the right depicts Spitfire planes, which were used by the British RAF but the , actual planes were American Thunderbolt P-47s.

The Burnt Gas Tank (De Aafgebrende Gaaskaetel)

Jewish Sittard
Jews began settling in Sittard in the late Middle Ages as it was a convenient stop on a busy international trade route. For three centuries they flourished as a part of local society. Most Jews worked as butchers, in the the horse and cattle trade or as shopkeepers and tailors. After Adolf Hitler came to power the number of Jewish refugees in Sittard and the surrounding area dramatically increased as they fled persecution across the border in Germany. During the years 1942 and 1943 nearly all of Sittard’s Jewish inhabitants were deported to concentration camps where they were murdered. Only a few were able to survive after going into hiding, but the once thriving Jewish community was lost forever. The local synagogues were repaired and put into use again after the liberation in 1945, but by 1947 most remaining Jews moved on to other cities or countries marking an end to their history in the city. The synagogues and the rabbi’s house were later demolished in 1953, but in 1964 part of the Vrangendael cemetery, located on the Wehrerweg, was made into a Jewish cemetery. In 1994, a plaque commemorating the murdered Jews of Sittard was transferred from the cemetery to the city garden and a year later two more memorial plaques were unveiled on Molenbeekstraat and Plakstraat commemorating the synagogues that once existed there. Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Toon Hermans A-1, Mgr. Claessensstraat, Sittard. Comedian Toon Hermans (1916 - 2000) was one of the most important icons of the city. Together with Wim Kan and Wim Sonneveld they were often called the Big Three, or the three biggest postwar cabaret performers. Hermans was born and raised in Sittard and for many people he was the most influential theatre personality, ar tist, writer, singer, poet and clown in the nation. Sittard often played an important role in his one man shows and a bronze statue of the man is now occupies a prominent location at the entrance of the Sittard theatre. William of Orange Gate (Poort doortocht Willem van Oranje) G-7, Maasstraat, Obbicht. The Eighty Years’
War with Spain began in the Netherlands in 1568. Although the war would technically last until 1648, it wasn’t one long battle. In 1568 William of Orange invaded the Netherlands with his armies of mercenaries simultaneously in four places to instigate a popular uprising. This attempt and the next one in 1570 failed, but two years later William undertook a third invasion, which finally proved successful. The current national anthem known as the Wilhelmus, a religious and political propaganda song which defended Orange’s leadership, was penned around this time by an unknown poet as a song of praise for William of Orange. In Obbicht you can find another memorial to this famous Dutchman in the shape of a tall, narrow gate. This commemorates the first invasion of 1568 when William made the crossing over the River Meuse (Maas).

Zefke Mols B-1, Limbrichterstraat, Sittard. You could

write a whole book on the life of Anton Pieter Joseph Mols (1874 - 1955). This remarkable man from Sittard may well have been the most famous tramp in town. Artist Gene Eggen immortalised Zefke Mols, as the Limburger was generally known, in a fabulous statue on the Limbrichterstraat. The mentally challenged man from Sittard never hurt a fly and gained regional fame because of his coat decorated with dozens of medals, his hat and his full, grey beard. Few people, however, know about his sad youth when he was, as was later discovered, unjustly sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. After he was released from prison, he lived on the streets and slept under the stars near the city walls with only a chestnut tree for protection from the elements.

what to see
Out of town: Places of interest
433 64 49 55, Two miracles have put Meerssen on the map of Catholic Holland and even further afield. Although these unexplainable miracles are said to have taken place some time ago - in 1222 and 1465 - this spectacular building continues to attract pilgrims from all over the world. Today the church houses many alluring details, among them the nine-storey sacrament tower and lots of colourful stained glass windows. Yet, the most amazing thing to behold is the way people behave around the altar. We’ll give you a hint: every pilgrim has his own unusual way of ending his religious journey. Q


Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament (Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament) Markt 17, Meerssen, tel. (+31)

Dutch Mining Museum (Nederlands Mijnmuseum) Mijnmuseumpad 2, Heerlen, tel. (+31) 455 71 37 07, In 1975, the last black gold was extracted from the Limburg coal mines signalling an end to 75 years of toil below ground. The fact that the current wealth of the region is owed to the miners who spent a large part of their lives working underground is acknowledged by the Dutch Mine Museum in Heerlen. Over the last few decades all kinds of tangible memories of this industrial inheritance have disappeared, but the opening of the Dutch Mine Museum in 2005 has preserved this cultural mining heritage for future generations. Instead of the usual students working as guides to earn a few extra bucks, this museum employs former miners who bring the past to life with their animated stories. Highly recommended! Q Tours: 11:00, 13:30, Sat 11:00. Closed Sun. Admission: adults €4, children €1. TJL N e t h e r l a n d s A m e r i c a n Cemetery Amerikaanse Be-

(+49) 245 65 08 29 1, info@Bauernmuseum-Selfkant. de, w w The German enclave of Selfkant can be found just across the border directly next to Sittard. It’s a farming community, which consists of 16 villages and hamlets. The rich farming and industrial history of this region is exhibited in this museum in the form of tractors, steamrollers and other practical tools. Visiting this 2,000m2 hall is a trip back in time and a visit to the most westerly municipality in Germany is interesting anyway. Sittard and Selfkant have enjoyed an alliance for the past four centuries, so it’s no wonder their dialects are almost identical. Selfkant officially became part of Germany in 1963 after 280 million Deutschmarks were paid. Today almost a quarter of the 10,000 inhabitants still retain Dutch nationality, mostly for financial reasons. QOpen 13:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat. TALBK

Selfkant Farmers’ Museum (Bauernmuseum Selfkant) L-8, Kampchen 16a, Selfkant-Tuddern, tel.

Thermal Bath Museum (Thermenmuseum) Coriovallumstraat 9, Heerlen, tel. (+31) 455 60 51 00,, Archaeologists adore this place because the Thermal Bath Museum in Heerlen is the only public bathing facility from Roman times still in existence in the Netherlands. You can admire the historical ruins from a large gangway, but visitors without a strong sense of imagination will probably only see stacks of stones. But anyone will enjoy the permanent exhibitions spread out over 12 rooms as well as the temporary collections on display. The 2,500m2 hall will transport you to a Europe not seen for 2,000 years and provide you with a glimpse of how the Romans lived in Holland. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admission: adults €6.50, children 4 - 12 years €5.50. TAL VV Limbricht J-8, Allee 9, Limbricht, tel. (+31) 464 11 00 75,, Football is Sittard-Geleen’s second religion after Catholicism. This is also true of Limbricht, a small town only a stone’s throw from the two cities. Despite the fact that the local team actually plays in the lower depths of the Dutch divisions, its supporters are fanatically loyal to their club. Since 1938, the blue and white squad has called the picturesque complex near the castle home. The antiquated home pitch is worth a visit on a match day even if you’re not into football, if only to take part in the renowned third half that’s played in the club’s canteen every Sunday. Q Wittem Monastery (Klooster Wittem) Wittemer
Allee 32, Wittem, tel. (+31) 434 50 17 41, info@, Not many places in Limburg have experienced such a tumultuous history as the monastery in Wittem. This charming building was erected in only four years from 1729 - 1733 at the behest of the German emperor. The original inhabitants, members of the Orders of Friars Minor Capuchin, had been forced to make way for the French revolutionaries before a whole new all-men’s monastery was erected. Wittem gained national fame among Catholics due to the pilgrimages to its statue of the canonized Saint Gerardus. Every year more than 150,000 people travel here, but since free admission to the monastery is limited, the structure still offers enough room for reflection and inspiration. The renovated monastery library housing one of the best collection of philosophical works north of the Vatican is also worth a visit. Those who can’t make it to the top of the Limburg hills are invited to light a virtual candle on its website, but bear in mind that these symbolic candles burn out after 24 hours. QOpen 07:45 - 18:30.

graafplaats 1, Margraten, tel. (+31) 434 58 12 08, w w w. Th e World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial lies in the village of Margraten roughly 10km east of Maastricht. It’s the only American mili tar y cem eter y in th e Netherlands and Europe’s third largest war cemetery for unknown soldiers who died in World War II. The cemetery is located near the ancient Cologne-Boulogne highway built by the Romans and used by Caesar during his campaigns in the area. In May 1940, Hitler’s armies took the same route overwhelming the Low Countries, but by September 1944 German troops once again used the route to retreat from the countries they had occupied for four years. The cemetery which covers 65.6 acres has a tall memorial tower that can be seen from afar. Enter the cemetery and walk to the Court of Honour with its reflecting pool and you’ll see a statue representing a mother grieving for her lost son. To the right and left, respectively, are the visitor’s building and the map room containing three large operations maps with texts depicting the military campaigns of the American armed forces. Stretching along the sides of the court are Tablets of the Missing that record 1,722 names. Rosettes mark the names of the men that have since been identified. Within the tower is a chapel, but just beyond it is a burial area divided into 16 plots, where 8,301 military dead have been laid to rest. The soldiers are buried under long rows of white crosses and stars of David. All the graves have been adopted by locals, who attend to the graves and lay flowers there every now and again. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. TUL



getting around
Buying a public transport ticket
The OV-chipkaart is the new means of payment for the public transport system in The Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OVchipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket.You may choose among the personal, anonymous and disposable cards. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online or from your public transport company. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be purchased at the station vending machine. This cards allows the holder to travel immediately, but it can not be re-charged or loaded with another than the original travel product. You can load travel credit or products onto the OV-chipkaart; without these, you cannot travel using the OV-chipkaart. Travel products are, for example, single but also season tickets. You can load these onto your card at the station vending machine, or at your public transport company’s ticket office. You can load travel credit onto your card using your bank card and PIN code at a vending machine or ticket office. If you have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can also select the autoreload option, to ensure you always have enough OV-chipkaart credit with which to travel. Orders from the webshop have to be loaded on the OV-chipkaart at a pick-up device. Find a pick-up device nearby. At the start of your journey, you check in at the gate by holding your OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and light signal indicates your card has been read. If you do not have a specific product on your card and, therefore, pay for your journey using the OV-chipkaart e-purse, a boarding rate will be deducted when you check in. The credit on your OV-chipkaart should be at least the boarding rate or you will not be allowed to go through the gate. In 2011, the boarding rate is €4.At that end of your journey, you check out by holding your card up to the gate screen. The sound and light signal once again indicates that your card has been read. If you are traveling using the OV-chipkaart e-purse, the actual travel costs, based on the distance travelled, minus the boarding rate is deducted from or added to the e-purse. Checking in and out is required when you transfer from any one form of transport to another, except when you transfer from one train to another.

The Sittard Central Station

In Sittard-Geleen there are no less than 60 bus routes operating between 05:30 - 00:30 to various places in and around the city. The departure point of nearly all of these buses is almost always at the central train station in Sittard, but Geleen also has a bus station. From Geleen you can easily travel by bus to Beek in the direction of Maastricht. When travelling to the town of Born and even farther afield bear in mind that most of these buses don’t operate frequently after 19:30. In the evening you can order small buses for some routes via or (+31) 900 9292.

Road assistance
If your stranded in the Netherlands with car trouble, have no fear. There are two reliable companies that can help. The ANWB (, tel. 882 69 28 88) is the oldest firm and has years of experience in helping stranded and damaged vehicles. Route Mobiel (, tel. 206 51 51 15) is a fairly new company that offers the same service. Note that any accident or incident that requires an insurance claim must be reported to the police or your insurer will not pay the bill.

Taxis in Sittard-Geleen are safe, clean and generally reliable. Ordering a taxi by phone will get you better service and lower rates for longer distances. The great majority of Dutch cab drivers are honest and hard working people like everybody else in this country, but you’re essentially at the mercy of the driver as soon as you shut the door. Just make sure that the meter is running before you set off. The following companies are among the most reliable of the bunch. Bear in mind that some of the companies that advertise that they provide 24hour service, don’t always live up to their ambitious claims. Around Christmas you should always call in advance to make an appointment to get picked up. Taxis are always available around the train station and in the city centre of Sittard on Friday and Saturday nights in front of the tourist office.

Theo Leerintveld

Claessens Taxibedrijf J-9, Economiestraat 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 77 77, Apart from the usual taxi services, Claessens Taxibedrijf also offers business and airport transportation. QOpen 05:00 - 01:00. Sieswerda Taxi’s Nusterweg 133/A, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 91 32,, www. Q Open 24hrs. Silvertax VOF Broeksittarderweg 139, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 01 50,, www.silvertax. nl. Q Open 24hrs. Taxi Zuid Limburg/ABC-Taxi Burgemeester van Meeuwenstraat 15, Beek, tel. (+31) 464 23 10 10, Q Open 24hrs.

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

getting around
Train travel in the Netherlands is easy. In the city you won’t need a train to travel anywhere, as everything in the city centre is easily reached on foot. If you’d like to travel to a different city or town around Sittard visit for the timetables. Although there has been a lot of talk lately, it’s still not possible to travel from Sittard-Geleen by train at night. If you intend to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period of time you might consider buying a Voordeelurenabonnement (off-peak hours discount pass). Travel cheaply outside the morning peak hours is its motto. On weekdays you receive a 40% discount on train fare for journeys made after 09:00. The card costs €55 per year and the price of a passport photo. Best of all, holders of this card can travel with up to three people and everyone can receive the same 40% discount on the full fare. You can also travel by OV Chipcard. For more information visit or or call tel. (+31) 900 92 92.


Cycling without frontiers
Sittard-Geleen is more than just a city; it’s a rural area with two urban centres: Sittard, with its historic old town and unique shops, and Geleen, a commercial city with a new mall. The best way to explore their rural surroundings is by bike. A number of cycling routes are available throughout the city and its outlying areas. Upon leaving Sittard by bike, you’ll soon find the Limbricht parish. Here you can choose to go to the Limbrichterbos, or have a look at the lovely Limbricht Castle and its historic ceiling paintings in the adjoining Salviuskerk. I f you continue through the woods and meadows you’ll eventually reach the towns of Einighausen and Guttecoven. Farther down the route is Born with its castle ruins, Kasteelpark and pleasant cafés where you can regain your strength. Along the way are plenty of scenic vistas and there are car-free roads with bike routes that are clearly signposted. You can even cross the Julianakanaal and travel farther to the villages near the River Meuse or toward Geleen where you can descend slowly to Heuvelland. Just beyond Sittard-Geleen you’ll find the South Limburg Heuvelland. Once you leave Sittard and bike up the Windraak you’ll be rewarded with a great view over the village. From here, the experienced athletes among us can set off to Valkenburg, Gulpen and Maastricht. The Heuvelland is shaped by the foothills of the Ardennes and the Eifel and you can cross over the these hilly areas if you’re an experienced cyclist. North of Sittard-Geleen the Dutch landscape becomes awfully flat and in the town itself isn’t difficult to climb, which makes it perfect to explore by bike.

Train tickets
Tickets can be bought at the yellow and blue ticket machines or at the NS service desk. Tickets are checked often and steep fines are charged for anyone not in possession of a ticket. The yellow and blue ticket machines are located in the centre of the hall if you enter from either the bus station or the taxi stand and kiss & drive. The machines have a touch screen with a language option. On the left side you can choose whether you’d like a single ticket, a day ticket, a five-day ticket or a weekend ticket. Children below the age of 11 will receive a discount if you select this option. After having chosen your type of ticket, select your destination. You are allowed to get out at any station along the way, for as long as you want, providing that the station is between your station of departure and your destination. Next select how many tickets you would like and then you can pay. Unfortunately, most ticket machines only accept Dutch bankcards, so as a tourist you’ll probably have to pay in cash. Be sure to have plenty of coins with you, because inserting banknotes is, as of yet, impossible, but the relatively intelligent machine will give back change. Don’t forget to take the ticket from the slot at the bottom left of the machine. Some of the new machines will also take foreign bank cards with the Maestro logo. If this sounds too complicated you can always buy a ticket at the NS service desk, which you can find in the AH to go convenience store. Bear in mind that the service point is only open during office hours and that you’ll have to pay a €0.50 surcharge for this service. This is thankfully not too expensive, but it’s typically Dutch to charge for such services and the formerly government-owned business appears to have patented this form of ‘customer service.’ You can plan your journey in English at the excellent

The easiest way to see the city is on a scooter

Sittard is located right next to the border with Germany and some of its houses are even technically on German soil. The border area called Selfkant is filled with large farms and very little urban development. Along the border you’ll find a great number of cycling routes where no cars are permitted. You can choose your own routes and can even cycle as far as Belgium. Within 10 minutes you can also reach the ferry in Berg at the River Meuse just outside of Sittard-Geleen or you can cross the waterway at any number of other bridges on to the heath area around Maasmechelen. There are plenty of other small establishments here that cater to thirsty or hungry cyclists! For more information visit the VVV Limburg Shop at Rosmolenstraat in Sittard. Here you’ll find plenty of bike route maps and information on Knooppuntroutes or ‘node routes,’ which are a network of signposted, numbered cycling routes.



Sittard-Geleen’s appeal as a shopping town stems from its many charming little streets, which make the retail experience that much more memorable. Shops are usually open from Monday through Saturday.

Department stores & Outlets
tel. (+31) 475 35 17 77, www.designer-outlet-roermond. nl. Less than 20km outside of Sittard, you’ll find the most visited outlet centre in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. Nearly 4 million people visit the 150 shops of this pleasantly designed complex each year. Parking will cost you €3/day, but that’s nothing when one considers the bargains to be had here in this 17,500m2 shopper’s paradise. Several food and beverage venues can also be found among the rather dated collections of Armani, Gucci and similar clothing lines. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00. TJ6LGBK Kleikamp B-1, Voorstad 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 23 57, The Kleikamp Family has run this shop in these historic premises for 60 years. Men will feel like a kid in a candy store with all the gadgets on offer here. Fitness equipment, knives, outdoor toys, boxing gear, darts, fishing and shooting stuff, it’s all here. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Makado H-12, Wethouder Sangersstraat 314, Beek, tel. (+31) 464 37 46 69, This biggest indoor shopping mall in south Limburg has 64 shops that specialise in fashion, books, shoes, travel and much more. Childcare is also available. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Open Sun 12:00 - 17:00 in 2011 on the following dates: October 23, November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 11, 18. PTA6ULVGKS

Designer Outlet Roermond Stadsweide 2, Roermond,

Arts & Crafts
Galerie 3G & Kleine Kunst Kado’s A-1, Steenweg 67 B, Sittard, tel. (+31) 653 57 77 78, info@galerie3g. nl, This is a medium-sized gallery where artists regularly organise exhibitions. In a separate room you’ll find plenty of affordable art. QOpen , Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. Wereldwinkel A-1, Steenweg 61, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 32 68,, www. This chain of shops has managed to discard its boring image and now sells trendy and tasteful fair trade products from around the globe. Check out its cheerful bike bags and delicious wines! QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Also at: Markt 92, Geleen.

Fietshal Limburg A-1, Steenweg 24, Sittard, tel. (+31) 642 14 74 11,, www.fietsenhallimburg. li. This trendy bicycle shop looks more like an assembly line because the bikes are really the only decoration here. The florescent frames and rims definitely aren’t for wallflowers, so be prepared to really stand out. You can also add a custom Dutch art print or your company logo to the bicycle of your choice. QOpen , Thu 12:00 - 21:00, Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun.

Ethnic food & Delicatessens
19/20, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 29 35. The fruit and vegetables at Ates are fresher and of better quality than those sold at many large supermarkets. A wide range of Turkish delicacies, such as olives, baklava, nuts, honey and affordable frozen seafood are also on sale. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00. Da Marco B-2, Gruizenstraat 32, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 92 61. The smells of Marco’s Italian specialities tempt your senses as soon as you get near this shop. Fresh sandwiches, pizza slices, antipasti and other tasty food can all be purchased to take away. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JS De Auw Stoof Confits De Steeg 13b, Schimmert., tel. (+31) 624 11 76 30, Mayonnaise, jams, tapenades and many more tasty edibles are made and packed the old fashioned way: without any preservatives whatsoever. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Mai Markt B-2, Putstraat 14, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 81 14. This pleasant little shop sells a mix of Moroccan and Turkish products and specialities including fresh fruit and vegetables and the owners know how to treat a customer. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Toko Bopp E-3, Annastraat 43, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 60 02, This is a great place for mouthwatering snacks that tempt you from their display cases. Try fresh gado gado, wonderful rendang and tasty Indonesian pasties. You can eat them straight away in the tiny restaurant at the front of the shop or take them home. QOpen 09:30 - 19:00, Mon 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. JGBKS Vink-America Slagerij A-1, Steenweg 18, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 02 49, Vink sells sausage rolls made from scratch, including the dough, that are delicious as well as other high quality meat products. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Ates Market - Turkse specialiteiten I-12, Zuidhof

Atomik A-1, Stationsstraat 9, tel. (+31) 464 51 50 74, Every comic lover’s dream! Buy classic and modern comics as well as action figures for young and old. Take a break from cyberspace! QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. AG Boekhandel Krings B-1, Brandstraat 23, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 81 00, fax (+31) 464 58 16 06, sittard@, It’s no accident that Wim Krings, the owner of this shop, was voted best bookseller in the Netherlands in 2007. The man is constantly reading and likes to talk openly and honestly about the books he sells. You’ll find a varied selection on the shelves and interesting lectures and book signings are occasionally held here. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Sittard-Geleen has shops for all tastes

Ivo Delahaye

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

Cooijmans Herenmode E-4, Raadhuisstraat 11, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 20 91,, www.cooijmansherenmode.n. A stylish fashion boutique for the discerning businessmen who expect quality clothing. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon. JA DODS mode B-2, Putstraat 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 87 84, This trendy place sells the newest and coolest items from Italy including beautiful silk dresses and tunics. Upstairs you’ll find an attractive view of the adjacent restaurant which is also part of DODS. It boasts an in-house ice cream counter selling homemade Italian gelato. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. FEE B-2, Putstraat 18, tel. (+31) 611 64 64 35, info@, This arty design shop in a former printing office sells clothes which are a mix of young and edgy labels and established brands for both ladies and gentlemen. Q Open 10:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:30 - 21:00, Sat 10:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Labels B-2, Putstraat 10 - 12, tel. (+31) 464 00 88 08, Discover top notch brand names in a fabulous, chicly designed shop, but be prepared to pay handsomely if you want to buy something here. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Level Men’s Wear A-1, Steenweg 20a, Sittard, tel. (+31) 462 04 93 00, One of few fun and trendy men’s fashion shops in Sittard, Level Men’s Wear offers tasteful décor and spacious changing rooms. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Next 2 You J-11, Marcellienstraat 15a, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 75 78,, www.next2you. nl. Browse through new and vintage ladies’ and children’s clothes by fair trade and 100% eco-friendly brands in this special little shop in the historic centre of Oud-Geleen. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. Rademakers Fur and Fashion B-2, Engelenkampstraat 55, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 68 99, www. Fake fur is for wimps and tree huggers. Rademakers has an excellent reputation for selling the real thing. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.


A step behind Scandinavia
The Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Denmark top the list of the ‘Happiest Consumers’ in Europe, while the Nether-lands was ranked just below them in fourth place. Another list compiled by the American magazine Newsweek, claims that the Netherlands is in the Top 10 best countries in which to live. The criteria used by the researchers included the quality of education and healthcare as well as the economic and political situation of the countries involved. The Netherlands secured a respectable eighth place on this list, which was again topped by Finland. This, however, doesn’t seem to jibe with the fact that this northern utopia also claims the dubious distinction of having the most registered alcoholics, not to mention suicides. This will no doubt inspire yet another poll and more point-less research, but we’ll keep you informed.

Games & Toys
Game Mania B-2, Voorstad 20 - 22, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464
00 89 26, Game Mania sells the latest games for Playstation, X-Box and Wii and offers a cool swap service for used games. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Speels B-2, Putstraat 21, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 29 13. The place to go for an original and thoughtful wooden present. It has a fabulous collection of puppets and the owner also designs glass art work. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

(+31) 464 10 55 65, This smallish flower shop mainly caters to local businesses, so if it’s closed simply place your order on its website! Q

Gifts & Souvenirs
Bloem en Bij B-1, Begijnenhofstraat 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 01 30. A few years ago Maya opened Flower and Bee, a cheerful little shop full of flowery presents and knick-knacks. In short, it’s a kind of mini kitsch kitchen. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Ferrum by Richard B-1, Walstraat 35, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 93 10, If bling is your thing and you’re a brand name watch addict then by all means drop by Ferrum. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Novidade A-1, Voorstad 26, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 35 00 05. This funny and PC gift shop sells stuff for kids, but no toys! You’ll find a nostalgic collection of Monchhichis as well as bags made of 100% recycled fire hoses and parachute materials. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Presento B-2, Helstraat 55, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 11 16 60. Discover all kinds of shiny interior design objects including large vases, bowls and paintings. QOpen 09:30 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. 2011/2012

Magic Flower E-3, Rijksweg Noord 3a, Geleen, tel.

For children
Biej Tante Esther A-1, Steenweg 35, Sittard, tel.
(+31) 464 00 00 04, Esther has a nose for original and trendy infant and kids’ presents. The wooden toy crates, which you can have painted to your liking, are especially popular. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Bling Sunday’s Best J-11, Marcellienstraat 16, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 58 37 38, info@blingsundaysbest. nl, This groovy, tiny, yet meticulously nifty shop is equipped with children’s clothes with a trendy twist. It also sells stylish gifts that are great for showing off. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun.


The Markt is the main marketplace in the centre of Sittard and a wide variety of events and markets are held here. Spiced with culture and flavoured with a large variety of goods, these markets are true social events.

Vrije Markt Brunssum Boschstraat 23, Brunssum, tel. (+31) 645 45 90 10, Head to this market if you’re looking for antiques, collectors’ items, vintage clothing, old music records and books. You can also find cheap stuff made in China. QOpen , Sun 10:00 - 17:00. Admission: €3. TLGKX

Music shops
Music Machine B-1, Paardestraat 11, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 36 68, This is Sittard’s best music shop. It sells CDs, LPs and its own private recordings of special gigs at the Ernesto Cantina by both domestic and international acts. Music Machine is also famous for its streetwear collection that includes Converse, Vans and Sketchers and it sells tickets for concerts and events in and around Sittard. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun.
The Old City Council on the Markt in Geleen Lya Cattel

Albert Heijn B-2, Walstraat 71, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 09 11. Holland’s best known supermarket chain has three shops in and around the centre. This one is located right in the middle of the city in a shopping mall. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Mon 11:00 - 20:00, Thu 08:00 - 21:00, Fri 08:00 - 18:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:00. Also at Brugstraat (Sittard); Rijksweg Zuid (Geleen); Houtstraat (Grevenbicht); and AH to Go at the train station. PTJAULBKS Jan Linders E-3, Markt 101A, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 10 54 43. The largest supermarket chain in south-eastern Holland. QOpen 08:30 - 20:00, Thu 08:30 - 21:00, Sat 08:30 - 19:00. Closed Sun. Also at Sittard (Industriestraat 19). PTJAUL Tropical Markt E-3, Markt 118, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 97 23. This shop has everything you need for a so-called Indonesian rijsttafel and other exotic Asian dishes including herbs, vegetables, fruit, fish and various types of rice. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JLS

Second hand shops
464 52 73 03, This original shop and its eccentric owner sell and rent out second hand party gear, which means you can score a slick cocktail dress or Italian tailor-made suit for very little. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Werk aan de winkel B-2, Putstraat 53, Sittard, tel. (+31) 467 85 09 39, It’s not just a shop, but a training centre with a social goal. All second hand children’s clothing is sold for no more than €5! Add to this friendly service and you’re bound to leave in a very good mood. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

Autumn’s Glamour A-1, Steenweg 71, Sittard, tel. (+31)

Speciality shops
Aardelicht B-2, Putstraat 20, tel. (+31) 467 50 53 28.
This astonishing small fair trade shop offers lots of products from Mongolia. Buy adorable felt slippers, hats and bags or a fabulous Mongolian king size bed! QOpen 11:00 - 17:30, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Aquamarijn A-1, Steenweg 38, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 36 10, In need of some reflection? This shop sells many items to help you find yourself. Buy books, singing bowls, precious stones, Buddha statues, incense and a lot more. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. A De Natuurbakkerij E-4, Rijksweg Centrum 48, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 76 64, Delicious, fresh organic bread and cakes are sold here as well as traditional Limburg rye. Several eco-friendly cheeses made with microbial rennet are also avilable. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Jules Hondenboetiek E-4, Rijksweg 56B, Geleen, tel. (+31) 653 72 26 73, Even Paris Hilton would take a detour to shop here. You’ll find everything you can think of for the fashionable and trendy pooch. An Adidog tracksuit? A Chanel bib? Sunglasses? Ballet and bathing suits? It’s all here. But beware: the owner’s spoilt dog refuses to leave the house without its jacket. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

Dieteren-Klinkers A-1, Steenweg 43, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 51 25 62. Nostalgia and sweets galore are in abundance in the prettiest sweetshop in town, also some groceries. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J Rousseau Chocoladefabriek K-8, Langs de Heij 11, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 92 82,, This famous Limburg chocolate maker originally started with peanut brittle in 1969, but now has chocolate retail outlets throughout the province. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun.

Wine & Liquor shops
(+31) 464 51 78 79. The friendly owner of this shop has been running an off-license for 50 years and enjoys giving advice on all things alcoholic. If you’ve got a bit of spare time, ask him about his preference for Rioja. QOpen 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. The Whisky Friend A-1, Haspelsestraat 4, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 00 84 65, This is the only address for whisky in Sittard and the entire province for that matter. Unusual and exotic brands include one by Skinnie Jones, a local singer/songwriter, Zittesje Whisky oet Schotland, Balvenie Rose and a Mordach that was aged in a barrel for 50 years. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

Giel van Donselaar B-2, Tempelplein 3a, Sittard, tel.

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

sittard-geleen For kids
Children don’t have to be bored in Sittard-Geleen. They can romp around in one of the area’s many playgrounds, explore castle ruins, make science experiments or learn about nature at the Plinthos Centre. Also fun for moms and dads!


De Miljoenenlijn Stationstraat 20 - 22, Simpelveld, tel. (+31) 455 44 00 18, A great place for both children and train buffs. Buy your old fashioned rail ticket and then it’s all aboard! Q Adults: €12, children: €5. Trains run from late March - December. T6UL Kasteelpark Born H-7, Kasteelpark 38, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 19 50, Located near the ruins of Castle Borne is a colourful mini-zoo that includes a playground. A walking path leads you past all kinds of exotic and odd animal species like the long horn sheep, Wizzy and Woppy, the young porcupines that shouldn’t be petted, and Bert and Ernie, skunks that look quite cute, from a distance anyway. Don’t miss the feeding times for the raccoons and the lynx. The castle park also organises frequent theme activities and events. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Adults: €7.50, children 2 - 12 years €5. TULB Ontdekhoek Limburg J-9, Valkstraat 10, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 86 55, Ontdekhoek Limburg offers more than 30 experiments from which to choose like stopping a fast flowing flood with heavy stones, making crisps from a potato, developing photos in a dark room and making a fast little sailing boat. Whatever the little ones create in the Discovery Corner can be taken home. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission: adults €8, children €10. T Ophovenerhof J-10, Molenweg 57, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 97 11, Right behind the historic Sittard city park lies this splendid example of a socalled care farm. People with mental or physical disabilities work in an environmentally friendly way at the farm and are happy to receive families with children. Visit the children’s farm, the playground, a farm shop, an outside terrace, a bakery, kitchen garden, bee-keeping area and orchards. Everything looks magnificent and the admission is free! QOpen 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat. Admission: free. TUB

Ontdekhoek Limburg: where science is fun!

1, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 75 84 23, The Plinthos education centre is located in a renovated stone factory dating from 1920. The building itself is worth a visit due to its unique historic value, but the majority of its guests come to see its natural and environmental educational projects on display. There’s even an attractive outdoor trail through the surrounding hills, which have a specially developed habitat populated by rare plants and animals. In case you’re wondering, Plithos means ‘brick’ in Greek. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun. TULB

Plinthos: Western Mining Centre for Nature and Environmental Education (Centrum voor Natuur- en Milieu educatie Westelijke Mijnstreek) J-11, Daniken

Playground at the Born Castle Park

Speeltuin De Paddestoel H-6, Florianstraat 3, Born, tel. (+31) 464 85 38 06, www.speeltuindepaddestoel. nl. This playground is adventurous and imaginative. The first thing that catches one’s eye is the ‘crashed’ wooden plane with a slide. There’s also a water pump that creates a magical combination of water and sand. The mini pool is shallow enough for paddling or other water related fun for the littlest ones. There are plenty of benches and when it’s busy you can also sit in the grass under one of many trees. QOpen 15:30 - 17:30, Wed, Fri, Sat 13:00 - 17:30. Closed Sun. Admission: €0.70. Speeltuin De Stjeinakker I-12, Hustingxstraat 4, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 22 58, This outdoor playground offers plenty of things to keep children busy. QOpen 15:30 - 17:30, Wed, Fri 13:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Open May - October. T Speeltuin Miranaburg H-10, Rafaelstraat 11 en 13, Geleen, tel. (+31) 610 01 87 93, Don’t blink or you’ll miss the tiny entrance to the playground between houses number 11 and 13! Although it may look like it’s only open to local residents, that’s not the case. Although you shouldn’t go out of your way to find it, if you’re in the neighbourhood it’s a good place to spend a couple of hours with the kids. Special outdoor equipment for the disabled is also available. Unfortunately, the opening hours change quite frequently so you might want to call ahead to be on the safe side. QOpen 15:45 - 17:30, Wed, Sat 13:30 - 17:30. Closed Mon, Sun. Admission: €0.60. TUB Speeltuin Thienbunder J-9, Mgr. Canoystraat 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 74 42, The best playground in Sittard-Geleen is without a doubt also the greenest spot in this former mining region. In 2010 the playground underwent a major renovation which resulted in the Tienbunder’s new show pieces: a wooden tower with a slide, climbing ropes and a zipline. There’s also a shop selling soft drinks, coffee, soup and sweets and plenty of seating where parents can spend the afternoon with a good book. QOpen 15:00 - 18:00, Wed, Fri 13:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00. Steinerbos G-11, Dieterenstraat 19, Stein, tel. (+31) 464 26 80 00, More than 20 different activities will keep your kids happy for a full day for only one admission fee. Try go-karts and water slides, visit animals or just hit the play area. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Admission: €6. Open May - September. TULBK Streekboerderij Daniken I-12, Ten Eysden 5, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 02 53, This children’s’ farm is located at the edge of a forest next to a brook. You can feed ducks here or pet the goats or just park your car next to the riding school where you can get a hot chocolate or an ice cream. More adventurous kids can walk a couple of minutes to a steep sand dune or go for a brisk walk in the woods. QOpen 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. 2011/2012


sports & leisure
Adventure sports
I-VY Events K-8, Sportcentrumlaan 5, Sittard, tel. (+31)
464 52 92 39,, An altitude course, team building and mountain bike tours of the area can all be arranged under the expert supervision of enthusiastic and well-trained instructors. If you get vertigo, you’d better stay at home. Q J

Bike & Scooter rental
4 Fun Rental G-13, Middelweg 7, Beek, tel. (+31) 464 36 11 53,, Rent buggies, scooters or buggy cars and go exploring on or off road. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. From dawn till dusk. N Henny’s Rijwielshop A-1, Stationsplein 2, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 20 03 55. You can rent a bike here as soon as you arrive at the Sittard train station. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun. JAL Scooterverhuur Limburg H-10, Burgemeester Lemmensstraat 115, Geleen, tel. (+31) 618 01 55 80, www. Too lazy to cycle through the hilly countryside of Limburg? Hire a scooter here. Helmets aren’t required and two people can ride on each moped. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. Half day €29.50; full day €59.50. TA

Beautiful buildings on Sittard’s Market Square

Lya Cattel

Golfbaan Echt-Susteren K-5, Hommelweg 3, EchtSusteren, tel. (+31) 464 49 49 92,, The sixth green of this 9-hole golf course is 540m long, which makes it one of the longest in Holland. You can also have a cup of coffee at the small club house. QOpen 08:30 - 20:00. TW

Billiards & Pool
Centerpocket Snooker & Poolcentrum A-1, Rijksweg Noord 26, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 01 30, www. It might take you while before you actually find this large pool and snooker centre, but it’s worth the effort The atmosphere is good even though it’s basically just a hall with a lot of pool and snooker tables. QOpen 18:30 - 24:00, Fri 18:30 - 01:00, Sat 14:00 - 01:00, Sun 14:00 - 00:00. PTJGX

Hiking routes
(+31) 464 58 60 91, This organisation offers volunteer guides that organise walks and other activities in the countryside. Q T6 Landschapspark De Graven J-11, Daniken 1, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 36 15 48, This nature park provides dozens of marked trails for hikers. Q T6B

IVN Sittard J-10, Molenstraat 7, Munstergeleen, tel.

Entertainment centres
Zuid 210, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 31 11,, This multi-purpose leisure centre offers 12 bowling lanes and a restaurant. QOpen 13:00 - 23:00. PTAULGKX

Sports complexes
Laco Glanerbrook E/F-4, Kummenaedestraat 45, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 69 88, fax (+31) 464 75 17 70,, This sports centre has a swimming pool, gym, physiotherapy, tanning beds, outdoor pool, sports halls, indoor ice rink, inline skating and cycling track, and a 400m-long skating track. Each area has its own opening hours. Q PTJFGKC SnowWorld Landgraaf Witte Wereld 1, Landgraaf, tel. (+31) 455 47 07 00,, www. SnowWorld is the world’s largest indoor ski resort. QOpen 09:00 - 00:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 00:00. TAFGKD Stadssporthal Sittard J-9, Stadswegske 8, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 87 70, Top notch handball club Sittardia plays their home games here. There’s also plenty of training space for other sport clubs as well. It has no fixed opening hours. Q TJU

Stardust Bowling & Partycentrum J-10, Rijksweg

Fitness & Gyms
(+31) 464 58 40 71, This fitness centre in the centre of town is popular with students and adolescents. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 09:30 - 13:00. Jola’s Fitcentre H-11, Parallelweg 56 - 58, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 47 47, Sports activities and a huge sauna. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Tue 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00, Sun 09:00 - 13:00. PTFG Life Style Fitness J-9, Stockholmstraat 19, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 77 05 66, Life Style is a large fitness complex with a matching range of activities. It also has an in-house physical therapist, a sauna, solarium and offers childcare while you work out. Q Open 08:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 13:30. PTFGD Medi-Sport Fysio-Sportcentrum E-3, Norbertijnenstraat 77A, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 74 34 34, www. This large sports centre offers plenty of fitness equipment as well as a medical physiotherapy practice. QOpen 08:30 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 13:00. JUL Reuvers Sportcentrum K-11, Gerardusstraat 1, Munstergeleen, tel. (+31) 464 52 99 77, All the fitness and training equipment you might need for a workout. QOpen 09:00 - 22:30, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 13:45.

Fitworld Fitness A-1, Rijksweg Noord 36, Sittard, tel.

Water parks
tel. (+31) 464 00 02 12, You’ll find everything aquatic here from aqua aerobics and baby swim classes to hydro-move and recreational swimming for all ages. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00, Tue 10:00 - 22:00, Thu 20:30 - 22:00, Sat 10:15 - 16:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Het Anker H-6, Ankersweg 52, Buchten, tel. (+31) 464 81 87 87,, www.sportfondsen. nl. A large number of different water orientated activities are available here both educational and recreational. All ages can enjoy the L-shaped swimming pool. Q TFKC

De Nieuwe Hateboer K-8, Sportcentrumlaan 9, Sittard,

Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

live sports
Sittard-Geleen is a true sports city. Whether you like ice hockey, handball or football, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. But things took a turn for the worse and in 2009 the club went bankrupt and even lost its license. Thankfully, it has since been resurrected and is slowly making its way back to the top. The team has produced such football greats as Mark van Bommel, who has played for PSV, Barcelona and Bayern München and now plays at AC Milan. The current coach of the national team and the most successful trainer in Dutch football history, Bert van Marwijk, also began his career as a professional at this club and still turns up regularly to watch the team in their traditional green and yellow colours. Fernando Rickson, who used to play for Glasgow Rangers and Zenith St. Petersburg, is now considered to be the team’s best player. Fortuna Sittard plays its home games on Friday nights in the second highest Dutch league: the Jupiler League. Almost 5,000 spectators visit the fortnightly matches at the cosy 12,500-capacity stadium. The local derby against MVV Maastricht is by far the most important game of the season and is a guaranteed full house. For more information visit Photos courtesy of StudioVR16


The history of Geleen hockey began with the opening of the city’s ice rink in 1968. Influenced by the Canadian armed forces stationed in the area, Geleen chose a English name, and an odd one, for its team. Initially the team consisted mainly of these homesick Canadians from nearby Brunssum, but the Prague Spring brought Czech dissidents, who all played under pseudonyms for obvious reasons. By their third season the Smoke Eaters has already become the best team in the league. In 1987, the Geleen ice rink was closed for renovations so the Smoke Eaters moved to the Aachen Tivoli Eisstadion in Aachen. Later in 1991, the Eaters played a European Cup game for the first time their history. Utrecht’s team went bankrupt and Geleen was asked to take their place. In the first round they met in Villach and played the dreaded Dynamo Minsk, former Soviet champions.”Die Rote Fresser” as Geleen was later dubbed by the local press were defeated, but fought valiantly and left the European arena with their heads held high. More recently in the 2003/2004 season, the Eaters competed for the Low Countries’ Cup. The current Dutch hockey league consists of nine teams (six Dutch and three Belgian) and they compete for two different cups and the national title. Ruijters Eaters Geleen started the season better than expected by defeating their first four opponents. The Eaters usually play home games on Sundays at 19:00. Photos courtesy of photos of Lex Eckhardt

OCI Nitrogen-Lions
The merging of three local handball clubs has given bir th to OCI Nitrogen-Lions, named a fter its sponsor. Last year they enjoyed a successful season even th ou gh th e team i n bl u e an d white lost the finals of the national championship. But due to this achievement, the Lions were allowed to join the European and the Benelux leagues. The currently continue to play at the highest level. At the end of the summer teams from around the world will converge on the city for the Limburg Handball Days, an internatiol handball competition. Home games are played on Saturdays at 20:00 at the Glanerbrook sports centre in Geleen. Tickets cost €8 for adults or €4 for kids. More information is available at or tel. (+31) 464 74 69 88. Live sports schedule Ice hockey: Eaters 06.11 19:00 Geleen Eaters – Tilburg Trappers 20.11 19:00 Geleen Eaters – HIJS Den Haag 27.11 19:00 Geleen Eaters – Eindhoven Kemphanen Handball: OCI-Lions 12.11 20:45 OCI-Lions – Hellas 19.11 20:00 OCI-Lions – Krmer/Hurry Up 10.12 20:45 OCI-Lions – Quintus 28.01 20:00 OCI-Lions – Fiqas/Aalsmeer 04.02 OCI-Lions – Hasselt 05.02 OCI-Lions – Bocholt 18.02 20:00 OCI-Lions – Eurotech/BEVO HC Football: Fortuna Sittard 04.11 20:00 Fortuna Sittard- FC Eindhoven 25.11 20:00 Fortuna Sittard – FC Dordrecht 09.12 20:00 Fortuna Sittard – Willem II 13.01 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - Cambuur Leeuwarden 27.01 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - Helmond Sport 06.02 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - MVV 24.02 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - FC Volendam 10.03 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - Sparta Rotterdam 30.03 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - BV Veendam 09.04 14:30 Fortuna Sittard - FC Zwolle 27.04 20:00 Fortuna Sittard - GA Eagles

Fortuna Sittard
With names like Seedorf, Bergkamp, Kluivert, Robben, Van Nistelrooy, Van Basten, Van Persie, Van der Sar and many other Vans, it’s no secret that football is king in the Netherlands. U n fo r tu n a te l y, F o r tu n a Sittard currently plays in the second highest division, but that doesn’t detract locals from supporting their home team. FSC, as the team is known locally, is the result of a merger between Fortuna 54 (Geleen) and Sittardia (Sittard) and is the first professional football club in the Netherlands. Fortuna 54 even used to be the main supplier of football players for the Dutch national team. Even though it might be difficult to imagine now, there was a period in time when the biggest clubs in the Netherlands (and from abroad) lined up to play against Fortuna 54. Real Madrid, Botafogo FR, Bayern München and Chelsea are just a few examples of clubs which Geleen used to train with in the 1950s and 60s. More often than not, the Maurits Stadium in Geleen was filled to the rafters with supporters to see international stars. Despite the army of extremely good players, Fortuna 54 never made it to a championship. They did, however, win the the Royal Dutch Football Federation Cup twice. At the location of the former stadium, you’ll now only find a commemorative plaque with the names of players of this legendary team. After the stadium was demolished home games were played in the De Baandert Stadium. It’s here that they reached their zenith playing a legendary match in the UEFA Cup against English Premiership greats Everton.



health & liFestyle
Beer breweries
(+31) 464 43 28 88,, You can take a tour of the brewery that starts with coffee and pastry at its pub followed by a discussion of the brewing process, a tour and a tasting. The tour including the tasting lasts two and a half hours and tours take place daily at 10:00, 13:30 and 17:00. Q G Bierbrouwerij De Fontein G-11, Ondergenhousweg 15, Stein, tel. (+31) 464 26 28 58,, A tour of the brewery is possible but it costs €4.50/person and you have to be part of a group of at least eight people. One beer is included in the price. Call ahead to reserve a tour time. QOpen , Sat, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. G Brand Bierbrouwerij Brouwerijstraat 2 - 10, Wijlre, tel. (+31) 900 55 59 79 8, The oldest brewery in the Netherlands is located in the small town of Wijlre, where beer has been produced since 1340. Eight different beers are now available and you can try them all after the tour of the factory. Q PG

DVD rental
Broadway Video K-9, Henric van Veldekestraat 42,
Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 07 90, The only remaining DVD / blu-ray discs rental in the municipality of Sittard-Geleen. It not only rents tons of DVDs, but also sells popcorn, drinks and other snacks. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. TA6G

Bierbrouwerij Alfa K-13, Thull 15 - 19, Schinnen, tel.

Hairdressers & Barbers
Hair Planet A-1, Steenweg 11, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 58 54 90, One of the most fashionable hairdressers in Sittard is also a specialist in dreadlocks - with extensions or your own hair. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJG Rigoletto B-1, Paardestraat 24, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 52 91 43. The ever-friendly Regetto and his team do what they do best: cut and dye hair while having a chat with their customers. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. TJ

Conference & Meeting rooms
464 74 84 64, One of the many community centres in the region, Barbare Zaelke is a conference centre for up to 200 people, which traditional clubs have used for years. Q PHGXW De Boerderij I-11, Hofstraat 30, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 57 72 75,, Formerly known as a legendary pop music hall, it’s now a beautifully renovated community centre with plenty of space to host events. Q PHEGBX Euregionaal Sport & Congrescentrum K-8, Sportcentrumlaan 5, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 38 24, www. Everything for the fanatical sportsman brought together in one location. The complex includes a sports centre as well as a budget hotel, fitness centre, pool and sports pitches. Q THFGBKDC

Orbis Medisch Centrum I/J-10, Dr. H. van der Hoffplein 1, Geleen, tel. (+31) 884 59 77 77, www.orbisconcern. nl. The hospital offers emergency services and is conveniently located at the Rijksweg that connects the two districts. Q PZTULGBKXW

Barbara Zaelke H-10, Javastraat 1, Geleen, tel. (+31)

Kids’ stuf
Kinderstad Heerlen Parallelweg 4, Heerlen, tel. (+31) 455 71 72 52,, www.kinderstad. nl. In Kinderstad Heerlen the kids are in charge 365 days a year. Plenty of indoor fun for the whole family. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. PTJGKX Pretpark de Valkenier Koningswinkelstraat 53, Valkenburg, tel. (+31) 436 01 22 89, Europe’s cheapest amusement park is fun for both young and old. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. TABK

Dance schools
Artamuse E-3, Herenhof 8, Geleen, tel. (+31) 464 23 01 00, fax (+31) 464 74 59 36,, www. A good centre for dance and music lessons. The building offers a variety of courses and workshops. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00, Mon 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. TEG Clara Lamar Danssport A-2, Rijksweg Zuid 103, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 57 38, Clara Lamar is the largest dance school in the region. It offers a diverse range of dance classes for all ages. There are no fixed opening hours here, so visit the website for a class schedule. Q TULG

tel. (+31) 464 51 36 99,, This legal practice is an institution in Sittard and provides more than 100 years of experience. QOpen 08:30 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun. TLG Kamps Van Baar Advocaten A-1, Wilheminastraat 21, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 20 56 60, www.kampsvanbaar. nl. An enterprising law office in the centre of Sittard. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. PJG

Daniëls Advocaten A-2, Rijksweg Zuid 136, Sittard,

GGD Zuid-Limburg J-11, Geleenbeeklaan 2, Geleen, tel. (+31) 468 50 66 66,, Vaccinations and anonymous STD tests are available here with no hassle and with cheap rates. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. PTULG Huisar tsenpraktijk Baander t B-1, Henri Weltersstraat 70B, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 33 39, www. Westelijk Mijnstreek is a general practice that can also be reached for emergencies on weekdays and weekends at (+31) 464 00 99 25. QOpen 08:00 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun. PTUG Sittard-Geleen In Your Pocket

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health & liFestyle
BiblioNova C-1, Broeksittarderweg 1, Sittard, tel. (+31) 464 51 03 03,, Biblionova has been steadily updating its collection in recent years. It also offers workshops, lectures and various audio-visual aids as well as internet access, magazines and newspapers. Great place to relax while reading your favorite paper/magazine or browsing the (free) internet. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00, Thu, Fri 11:00 - 20:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon, Sun. Also at Herenhof 1, Geleen; Prins Bisdomstraat 7, Born; Pancratiusstraat 24, Munstergeleen; Aan De Greune Paol 13, Grevenbicht. PTAUGW


Dutch mining
Mining has played a huge role in the history of Limburg and especially in Geleen. Despite the vast size of these former industrial complexes, you’ll have a hard time finding any tangible remnants of that period. So why have almost all mining activities ceased in the region? The answer is simple: for political and economic reasons. To clarify this, we first have to take a look at how it all began. The first major coal mine didn’t begin operating in the area until the end of the 19th century, although the Kerkrade deposit had been used by local inhabitants on a small scale since the 12th century. When large corporations and the government set up shop here two new rail tracks and the Julianakanaal were created to ensure a stable infrastructure for transporting all of the extracted coal. A total of 12 mines appeared on Dutch soil during this period of expansion. However, the discovery of gas in Slochteren and the cheaper price of foreign coal and oil eventually sealed the fate of the Limburgian coal mining business. In 1965, the Maurits State Mine in Geleen was officially closed and nine years later all coal mining operations ceased across the country. Politician Joop den Uyl (of PvdA, the social party) was the main proponent of these closings and his efforts changed the Limburgian landscape forever. While mining still flourishes across the border in Germany, where it would actually be more expensive to decommission mines, the mines of Limburg and the jobs they supplied have disappeared. Black industrial areas were soon reclaimed by nature. While the French conserved their old mining buildings and infrastructure turning them into museums, which eventually became part of the UNESCO world heritage programme, Limburg was left with a number of slag heaps, which, due to their complete isolation, have become small biospheres - a unique bi-product of the national government’s neglect. The heaps have been enriched by a colourful mix of forests and exotic fruit trees that grew from discarded pits and seeds left by the mine’s foreign employees. The result is a vibrant ecosystem full of unusual flora and fauna. Two buildings escaped destruction and now serve as a poignant reminder of a time when so-called koempels (a nickname for the miners) risked their lives to descend into the depths of the earth every day. Other mines have been cleaned up and are now home to industrial and residential buildings. One slag heap has even been transformed into an indoor ski slope. Photo courtesy of Centraal Archief DSM 2011/2012

Medical & Wellness
464 51 53 46,, This beauty salon has loads of refreshing and revitalising treatments for the weary traveller. QOpen 09:30:16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. G Meraviglia B-2, Putstraat 9, Sittard, tel. (+31) 620 43 83 90, This place is famous for its socalled fish spa. For €30 you can put your feet in a tub full of little Kangalfish that nibble and suck dead skin cells off your feet for 30 minutes. The fish are also rumoured to secrete an as yet unconfirmed ‘luck’ enzyme!

Di Belleze J-9, Zwaanstraat 18a, Sittard, tel. (+31)

Real estate
tel. (+31) 464 00 01 22, fax (+31) 464 58 58 63, info@, Independent advice on mortgages if you’re in the market for a home in Sittard-Geleen. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. PTJG

Hypotheek Visie B-2, Engelenkampstraat 45, Sittard,

Spas & Beauty treatments
Sauna Spaubeek J-13, Op ‘t Broek 6, Spaubeek, tel.
(+31) 464 43 43 84, Considered to be one of the top day spas in the area, Sauna Spaubeek is located in a picturesque old farmhouse. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. Closed Wed. Admission: €27.50. TAGBKDXC Thermae 2000 Cauberg 25-27, Valkenburg aan de Geul, tel. (+31) 436 09 20 00,, www. This wellness centre offers an innovative and stylish sauna landscape and it’s also one of the three places in the Netherlands where you can experience and enjoy the power of ‘ultra-healthy’ thermal water. With no less than 1200 m2 of indoor and outdoor pools and a huge choice of saunas and steam baths there is a choice for everybody. Also there are a wide range of massages, including the ‘Russian Honey Massage’, which you might should give a miss when you have a hairy back like this reporter... Thermae 2000 holds 3 bars and restaurants for a healthy drink to a full meal. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. Admission from €21.50 - 32.50. PTAILGBKDXC Thermen Born I-6, Langereweg 21 A, Born, tel. (+31) 464 81 86 70,, www.thermenborn. nl. This beautiful spa in the countryside offers access to a variety of swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, body peels, massages and much more. Recommended. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. Admission: €24.50. AIGBKDCW

Vets & Pets
Op d’n Diek A-2, Parklaan 28, tel. (+31) 464 51 24 17,, The place to go if your pet is in trouble. Q PTJ6G

Sittard street register
Achter Fort Picard=41 B1 Agnetenwal B2 Agricolastraat A2 Alex Schaepkensstraat=16 C1 Alphons Laudijlaan C2 Amelbergastraat=14C1 Baandert B1 Baanderthof=3 B1 Baenjehof=50 B2 Baenjenstraat B2 Beethovenstraat=8 C2 Begijnenhofstraat=31 B1 Begijnenhofwal=29 B1 Benedictastraat C2 Bergergetske=21 A1 Bergstraat A1 Beukeboomweg B2 Beukenlaan A2 Blijdestein C2 Brandstraat A1 Broeksittarderweg C1 Burgemeester Arnoldtsstraat C1 Burgemeester Coendersstraat=15 C1 Burgemeester Gijzelsstraat=10 C1 Burgemeester Lunenschloszstraat=12 C1 Ceciliastraat C2 Charles Vosstraat C1 Coendershof=32 B2 De Wieër=27 B2 Deken Haenraetspad=33 B1 Deken Haenraetsstraat B1 Deken Tijssenstraat B1 Dobbelsteynporte=52B2 Doctor Nolenslaan B1 Doctor Schaepmanstraat=56 B1 Dominicanenwal=23 B1 Elisabeth van Barstraat=20 A1 Emmastraat=34 A2 Engelenhof=44 B2 Engelenkampstraat B2 Felix Ruttenlaan C2 Fort Sanderbout B2 Frans Erensstraat C1 Gats=38 B1 Gemmahof B2 Gouverneur Van Hövellstraat A2 Gruizenstraat B2 Haspelsestraat A1 Heinseweg A1 Helstraat B2 Henri HermansstraatB1 Henri Jonasstraat C1 Henri Weltersstraat B1 Henric van Veldekestraat C1 Het Lank Getske B1 Holleweg A2 Hub Dassenplein=24B2 Jan Van Stevensweertstraat C1 Jozef Habetsstraat C1 Jozef Hoensstraat C1 Jozef PostmesstraatC1 Jubileumstraat=25 B2 Julianaplein A2 Kapittelstraat* B1 Kastanjelaan B2 Kerkepad B1 Kerkplein B1 Kerkstraatje=54 B1 Keulse Baan C2 Kleine Steeg A2 Kloosterplein=48 B1 Kollenberg C2 Kollenbergerhof C2 Koninginnegetske=53 B1 Lahrstraat C2 Landweringstraat A2 Leonard Meullenersstraat=4 C1 Leyenbroekerweg B2 Limbrichterstraat B1 Linde B1 Lindenhof B1 Louis Delruellestraat=9 C1 Markt B2 Mathias Kempstraat C1 Misboekstraat* B2 Molenbeekstraat* B2 Monseigneur Claessensstraat A2 Nieuwstraat* B2 Noordelijke Schootsvelden* B1 Odasingel B1 Onger ‘T Baogske* B1 Ophoven=26 A2 Oude Broeksittarderweg=36 C1 Oude Markt B1 Oude Rosmolenstraat=49 B2 Oudeweg C1 Overhovenerstraat A1 Paardestraat B1 Paradijsstraat=47 B2 Parallelweg=18 A1 Parklaan A2 Pastoor Jacobsstraat=35 A2 Pieter Ecrevissestraat=7 B1 Pimpernootpaadje=1B2 Plakstraat B2 President Kennedysingel C2 Professor Duboisstraat=13 C1 Pullestraat=45 B2 Putstraat B2 Rectorygetske* B1 Relindisstraat C2 Rijksweg Noord A1 Rijksweg Zuid A2 Rijksweg Zuid A2 Robert Graaflandstraat C1 Rosmolenstraat=28 B2 Ruys de Beerenbrouckstraat=11 B1 Schubertstraat C2 Schuttestraat B2 Serviampad=30 B1 Sint Josephplantsoen* C1 Sint Josephstraat=6 C1 Sjiefbaan B2 Sjtaasegetske=19 A1 Sjteegske=39 A1 Sjteivigergetske=22 A1 Stadswegske=55 A1 Stationsdwarsstraat=17 A1 Stationsplein A1 Stationsstraat A1 Steegstraat A2 Steenweg A1 Swentiboldstraat C1 Tempelplein=43 B2 Tersteeglaan A2 Tudderenderweg C1 Ursulinenstraat=51 B1 Ursulinentuin=37 B1 Vastradastraat C2 Voorstad=40 A1 Vrangendael C1 Vrangendael C1 Walramstraat A1 Walstraat B1 Wilhelminastraat A2 Willem Alexanderlaan=42 B2 Willem Goossensstraat=5 C1 Winston Churchilllaan C2


Geleen street register
Achter Het Doel E4 Agnes Printhagenstraat E5 Alberdingk Thijmlaan=8 F5 Annapad=29 E4 Annastraat E4 Ansemburgstraat=17 E4 Antoniusstraat F4 Astronautstraat D5 Augustinusstraat D5 Beatrixlaan F5 Beekhoverstraat E4 Bernhardstraat D4 Bollenstraat E5 Brouwersstraat=31 F4 Carmelietenstraat F4 Cityflat* E5 Danikerstraat=20 F5 De Katstraat=27 F5 Deken Trienekensplein=39 D5 Diepenbrockstraat=11 E4 Doctor Ariënsstraat=3 E4 Doctor Nolenshof=32 E4 Doctor NolenslaanE4 Doctor Nolensplein* E4 Doctor Poelslaan E4 Duivenstraat E5 Eindstraat F4 Eisenderstraat F5 Elisabethstraat E4 Eloystraat F4 Elsbeek=15 F4 Emmaplein D4 Emmastraat D4 Fortunapark E4 Frans Erenslaan=1F5 Gad‚Straat E5 Giesekoel=36 D4 Graaf Huynlaan E5 Gravenhof=28 E4 Gravenstraat E4 Groenseykerstraat D4 Groenstraat E4 Haagbeek=9 F4 Haesselderstraat=6 F4 Hegstraat D5 Hellingstockstraat D4 Hendriklaan F5 Henri Hermanslaan E4 Herenhof E4 Irenelaan F5 Jan Willenstraat=21 F5 Joannesstraat F4 Jubileumplein D4 Julianastraat=35 D4 Jupiterstraat D5 Kanariestraat E5 Kievitstraat E5 Kinkenweg F5 Knapenstraat F4 Kolibripad E5 Komeetstraat=38 D5 Koningsplein* E4 Kummenaedestraat E5 Kwartelstraat D5 Kwikstaartstraat E5 Leeuwerikstraat E5 Lieve Vrouwestraat D5 Maanstraat D5 Margrietlaan F5 Marijkelaan=5 F5 Markt E4 Marktpad=14 E4 Marsstraat D5 Martin Luther Kingplein E4 Mauritslaan D4 Mauritspark D4 Meeuwenlaan=2 E5 Meijsstraat F4 Mercuriusstraat D5 Merelstraat=16 E5 Molenstraat D5 Nachtegaalstraat E5 Neptunusstraat D5 Nieuwe Markt E4 Nijssenstraat=30 F4 NorbertijnenstraatF4 Olympiastaete=12E4 Op De Kraonkel=34 D5 Op De Vey E5 Oranjelaan F5 Oude Maastrichterweg E4 Parallelweg D4 Parklaan E5 Passage=19 E4 Pastoor van Eijsstraat D5 Pastoor Vonckenstraat F4 Pastoor Welschstraat D5 Pater Hubertuscour=13 F4 Pietersplein=22 F4 Pieterstraat F5 Planeetstraat D5 Plutostraat D5 Prins de Lignestraat D5 Prinsenplein* E5 Professor Oudflat=23 E4 Professor Rommeflat=18 E4 Raadhuisstraat=4E5 Rijksweg Centrum E5 Rijksweg Noord F4 Rijksweg Zuid E5 Salmstraat E4 Saturnusstraat D5 Schuttersplein=7 F4 Schuttersstraat=24 F4 Spreeuwenstraat=10 D5 Stationstraat=25 F5 Sterstraat D5 Tunnelstraat D4 Tunnelstraat D4 Uranusstraat=37 D5 Van Goudoeverstraat F5 Van Itersonstraat F4 Van Lennepstraat F4 Victoriastraat=33 E4 Wenckebachstraat F5 Westelijke Randweg D4 Wilhelminastraat D4 Zonstraat D5

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Cross Carrousel E36 D&K E34 D'Heremiet E38 D'n Aezel E31, E39 D'n Hollander E39 D'n Hook E39 Dafni E29 Damilano E32 Danas E26 De Auveleberch E23 De Bar E36 De Brand Taveerne E36 De Buren E30, E34, E42 De Buurman E36 De Gete E25 De Hei E38 De Juiste Toon E23 De Kommelhoek E23 De Krök E38 De Kroon E38 De Kroon Wine & Dine E33 De Kup E43 De Lijster E29 De Limbourg E22, E29 De Max E38 De Munsterhoeve E25 Den Tempel E31, E34, E42 De Paesjsjtal E38 De Prins E23 De Reünie E38 Der Gulden Haen E42 De Ruif E38 De Sjloes E38 De Sjoester E38 De Trechter E34

DODS Food E32 Down Under E26 Dug-Out Sportcafé E39 Dwaas E39 Dwaesj E39 El Paso E39 Ernesto's Cantina Mexicana E33, E42 Fine Food E28 Fitland Sittard Sport & Budget Hotel E24 Fong Wah E28 Foroxity Brasserie E31 Gasterij Kasteel Terborgh E34 Genesis Shop E44 Grillz E26 Guliks Hoes E31 Hartje van Geleen E42 Het Speelhuis E23 Hoeve Hub Notermans E24 Hollande E39 Hong Kong E28 Hotel Kasteel Doenrade E22 Ich & Dich E42 Ich en Dich E35 Il Buon Gusto E32 In de Limburgse Pot E42 Jeff's Satehut E30 Kebab Corner E33 Keulen E39 Kiko E32 Kota Radja E28 Kreta E30

Landgoed Hommelheide E25 Latino E32 Le Clochard E35 Lignano's E32 Lotus E28 Luna E31 Mandarin E28 McDonald's E29 MEDS E32 Meijers E39 Moon's E24 Mr. Li Wok E28 Murphy's Brassiere E35 Mustang Sally E39 Napoleon Bonaparte E42 No Nonsense E35 Ocean Paradise E26 Onder de Linden E35 Onger de Buimkes E40 Ònger de Kestaanjele Boum E43 Op de Vos E31 Ophovener Molen E29 Oranje E22 Oud Spaans E40 Paula's Broodje E28 Picasso E40 Potbelly E40 Pretzels E31 Regina Carmeli E23 Relax E44 Rendez Vous@046 E35 Salden E40 Schipperskerk E25 Schrage E35

Schtad Zitterd E43 Silvester's E33 Simla E30 Sjtadscafé de Gats E43 Skunk E44 Societea & More E35 SOHO Dining E31 Stadbroekermolen 35 Stadsboerderij Sittard E24 Stadscafé Geleen E43 Stoba E43 Subway E33 't Anker E40 't Auwt Vaerhoes E40 't Dörp E40 't Dortvaat E40 't Duvelke E40 't Engelke E41 't Kleine Verschil E31 't Sjterfhoes E41 't Spinnewiel E41 't Stübelke E29 't Trefpunt E41 't Vlaegelke E41 't Witte Broodje E35 Tapas Cantina E33, E43 Thai Garden E33 Thaiphoon E33 Toppers E41 Trenta E26 Van Der Valk SteinUrmond E22 Van Lierop E35 Venezia IJssalon E30 Wetzels E41 Wilhelmina E41


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