5 Things to do in Vaals, Netherlands

30 Aug

No trip to Europe is complete (for me) without a visit to my friend, P in Vaals (pronounced as Faals). Vaals is a really small European town and not on the typical touristy trail (at least not for Indians) but I visit it on every trip to meet with my friends P and J and now most importantly the adorable little M. But apart from spending time with them, Vaals also has some  interesting things to see and do. So here’s a quick guide on 5 things to do in Vaals if you ever find yourself in this beautiful small town in Netherlands.

Flowers at a roundabout, Vaals, Netherlands

Flowers at a roundabout, Vaals, Netherlands

Three Land Point – This is a point in Vaals where 3 countries Belgium, Germany and Netherlands meet. This common point is referred to as Drielandenpunt (“Three-Country Point”) in Dutch, or Dreiländereck (“Three-Country Corner”) in German, or Trois Frontières (“Three Borders”) in French. There is a circle here with demarcations to show each country along with their individual flags and we had a nice time jumping all around and deciding at that stroke of a second as to which country we wanted to be in. 🙂 This is also a famous tourist spot with a children’s park, a few places to eat, a viewing point, two towers etc.

Three Land Point, Vaals. Pic courtesy - johngaton

Three Land Point, Vaals. Pic courtesy – johngaton

Scale the highest point in Netherlands called “Vaalsberg” or “Mount Vaals” – Near the Three Land Point is the highest point in the Netherlands. Though its nothing much but still something to say as achieved 🙂

Vaalberg, Vaals

Vaalberg, Vaals

Explore the quaint town – I feel that the best way to see Europe is by visiting its small unknown towns and just walking around them. This actually helps you understand the local culture, customs and people. Since these towns are not touristy they actually provide an authentic experience of the place at dirt cheap prices. In Vaals we loved just walking around and seeing the sights, the local houses, gardens, flowers, decorations, buildings, people, etc etc. Basically seeing nothing yet seeing a lot of things.

Vaals Town House, Vaals

Vaals Town House, Vaals

The streets, Vaals

The streets, Vaals

Signages, Vaals

Signages, Vaals

Flowers all around, Vaals

Flowers all around, Vaals

Walk through the beautiful fields or one / many of the nature trails in a small forest – All around Vaals are numerous fields with many walking paths and gates that you can wander through. You can see the farmers’ houses, barns, cows  – basically everything that we read in an Enid Blyton book. There is also a horse riding school in one of them. From Vaalsberg too there are numerous nature trails leading into each of these three countries and some that circle around covering all of them. We walked through some of them and loved the greenery all around and the solitude. It’s also a feeling of freedom to be able to just walk through these forests and not feel unsafe even for a minute.

Lovely green fields around Vaals

Lovely green fields around Vaals

Trails and fields, Vaals

Trails and fields, Vaals

Visit and photograph the red Roman-Catholic church – This is a beautiful church in the centre of town built by H. Paulus Bekering in 1892-1893. It was designed by J. Kayser in a neo-Gothic style with elements of Gothicism from northern Germany. I loved its majestic spires and the red glazed bricks. It is also a perfect spot for photography and I managed to capture quite a few good shots. Though I have never been able to see it from inside, I am sure that’s nice too.

The Roman Catholic Church, Vaals

The Roman Catholic Church, Vaals

Loved this shot, Roman Catholic Church, Vaals

Loved this shot, Roman Catholic Church, Vaals

Have you ever been to any such small non touristy town in Europe? If yes, do share your stories. Else do stop by one such small non touristy town in Europe, on your next trip, and get a taste of actual Europe.

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13 Responses to “5 Things to do in Vaals, Netherlands”

  1. Priyanka August 30, 2015 at 00:49 #

    Many churches that are usually locked or so.. I wanted to see so many of them. Some are really good n different….

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2015 at 12:38 #

      Oh, then they must just be opening them for maas and keeping it closed otherwise..

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  2. dfolstad58 August 30, 2015 at 03:29 #

    Very well written and shown. I wonder what photos you would have if you were more experimental with angles, and I love pictures of people. Some people if they are traveling alone use a timer to get pictures or they put something that belongs to them into the pictures like a stuffed animal or briefcase.

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  3. Indrani August 30, 2015 at 08:38 #

    Great captures. The flowery patch is very nice.
    The patterns on the arch of the door looks good.

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2015 at 12:58 #

      Thanks… The Church is brilliant for photography…

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  4. Prasad Np aka desi Traveler August 31, 2015 at 02:45 #

    Beautiful pictures… Netherlands is sure a wonderful place

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  5. The Untourists August 31, 2015 at 08:22 #

    Love these small European towns.

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  6. Marie Rogers September 1, 2015 at 05:00 #

    What a charming place! I couldn’t help noticing how clean everything is.

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    • getsetandgo September 21, 2015 at 14:52 #

      Thanks Marie… Cleanliness is like this in entire Central Europe…

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  7. 2travellingsisters September 1, 2015 at 13:49 #

    Quaint and picturesque town to explore in Netherlands 🙂

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