Cave Experience | About the Municipal Cave in Valkenburg

About Cave Experience



Discover the oldest marl cave in the Netherlands and immerse yourself in a spectacular world.

Your journey begins with a tour by train or on foot, during which a guide who will tell you everything about the creation and history of the Municipal Cave (‘Gemeentegrot’). During your visit, you will pass murals, plaques, sculptures and air-raid shelters from the cold war period.


After that,
you will arrive at a light and sound spectacle.

In honour of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of South Limburg, we have created a new light show (18 min) with lots of original visual material.


In Valkenburg, or more precisely, underneath Valkenburg, lies a fascinating world: the Municipal Cave (‘Gemeentegrot’), visited by many people each year. Exploitation of the cave started about 2,000 years ago, when the Romans needed the marl from the soil to use it as building material. You will be amazed at nature’s primal power to adapt and change.

Thanks to fossils and shell layers, those natural conditions from far before the Christian era are clearly visible. Next to that, the Municipal Cave (‘Gemeentegrot’) offers an interesting overview of different expressions of art and living circumstances of innumerable generations of people. You will see murals and plaques through which you can have a taste of the past.

You will also discover the relics of things that routed people built in the cave when they used it as a hiding-place. This combination of nature and culture results in a unique story, which becomes even more interesting by the mystery of the dark maze of underground passages. If you visit Limburg, you should definitely come and discover the Municipal Cave (‘Gemeentegrot’) in Valkenburg aan de Geul!

All information about opening hours, entrance fees and guided tours can be found on this website. If you have any other questions, please contact us directly or via our contact form on the ‘Contact’ page. If you plan to visit with a group, please notify us in time.