A romantic weekend getaway: sipping wine in the Holland countryside
Rugged untouched beaches and a unique language in the north, jaw-dropping flower-bulb fields in the west, historic cities, picturesque waterways and windmills, coffeeshops and famous artists like Van Gogh. For anyone seeking out an unforgettable travel experience, the Netherlands really does have it all.
So, does that mean the Netherlands are done for the slow traveler and seeker of hidden gems?
Have all the secret treasures been paved over or touristified beyond all recognition? Thankfully, the answer is a definite no.
A unique Dutch experience can still be had for the intrepid travelers and romance seekers amongst us.
Spend a slow weekend in the rolling hills and colorful vineyards at the extreme south of the country.
This is where the village of Epen lies just to the east of the city of Maastricht and where your mini road trip will begin. You’ll take small roads to charming villages like Vijlen and Voerendaal. You’ll drive along fragrant old orchards, tranquil villages, stunning landscapes, and terraces with delicious local cuisine.
Here’s our take on a romantic southern Netherlands road-trip through Zuid Limburg!
Strolling past half-timbered houses and water mills in Epen
“The path leads us through rolling hills dotted with nostalgic villages with half-timbered houses”
“Where the world globalizes and robotizes, the need for craftsmanship, intimacy and “local” arises.“
Where to stay: Stay in one of the seven rooms of Wijndomein Holset. The rooms have wonderful names such as ‘oyster’ and exude calm and serenity. On balmy summer mornings you can relax on the beautiful terrace to enjoy your breakfast in a wine box with delicious cakes. You can arrange a guided tour and tasting session for €15 per person.
Where to eat: De Smidse is a cozy inn with a menu filled with delicious local produce. The eclectic decor takes you back to the old days. The location is ideal, close to several hiking trails nearby.
The only mountain village in the Netherlands
Finding passion at the Netherlands’ largest vineyard
Exploring Zuid Limburg’s wine history
Where to stay: Stay in one of the four stately rooms of Villa De Proosdij. The rooms are spacious and lovingly decorated with respect to the origins of the house. Enjoy a glass of their own wine in the lovely Italian garden and watch the sun set over the surrounding countryside.
Where to eat: Hidden in the largest forest of the Netherlands, lies a cozy cabin offering local specialties and a place to relax after exploring the nearby trails. Het Hijgend Hert is a popular place for hikers to quench their thirst. When heading there for lunch, try the black pudding with baked apples.
Chasing windmills and Limburgse Vlaai in Voerendaal
Romantic dinner amidst the vines
Where to eat: Restaurant Pirandello is the perfect place amidst the vines to enjoy a romantic dinner. While you can enjoy classical Italian dishes on the melodies of Andrea Boccelli in Landgraaf, Voerendaal offers a peek into the regional cuisine of the area. The best slice of Limburg Pie is to be enjoyed at de Bernardushoeve.