We are happy to give our guests tips for outings, walks or bicycle tours. In our area there is much to see and do. Cozy out to dinner, terrace on the Meuse, blossom tour, zoo or indoor skiing there is much possible.
From our house you can be in the middle of nature on foot in 2 minutes. The Savelsbos is situated on a hill and offers beautiful views. Through the forest you walk to Eckelrade, Sint Geertruid, Cadier en Keer or to Voeren in Belgium. On request we arrange a guided walk. A short walk takes half an hour but you can also make a day hike of it. If you drive by car or bus to Noorbeek, from there you can walk in a completely different part of the Heuvelland.
Cycling can be done in the hills as well as along the rivers. For the less experienced cyclist, the bike paths along the water in the valleys are ideal. For the advanced cyclist or e-bike owners, the hills are a challenge. The first big hill starts just 50 meters from us.
In Maastricht you will find stores of all major brands. From Zara to Hermes. But you can also find nice little boutiques by Maastricht clothing, jewelry and bag designers. If you really want to store differently, go to Aachen, Hasselt or Liege. There you will see brands that are not for sale in the Netherlands.
From Gronsveld you can reach Maastricht by bike, car or bus in a short time. Maastricht is a real southern city with many squares and terraces. You can find eateries in every street or a pub for a Limburg beer. Take a city walk over the ramparts and through the old city center and be surprised by the authentic atmosphere of the small alleys. For art and culture lovers, there are museums and galleries. The Theater aan het Vrijthof offers a varied program throughout the year. But there is more......Luik, Tongeren, Hasselt, Aachen. From Gronsveld you can be in Belgium or Germany in no time. Francophone Liege is a large city with a long and rich history. Tongeren is the oldest city in Belgium and has the largest antique market in Europe.
The Limburg Hill Country is a bit of a foreign country. Not only because of the hills, but also because of its history. Not so long ago, Dutch was not spoken here but the local dialect or French or German. Until the Second World War, little changed in the villages. For centuries it was an area with its own culture and language with strong French and German influences. Nowhere in the Netherlands are there so many castles and large country houses as here. Thanks in part to foreign monarchs who built their country houses here. The idyllic villages with half-timbered farmhouses are still there. Through winding roads they can be reached on foot, by bicycle or car. Many castles can be visited, some still inhabited by the original noble families. Besides forests and orchards, you will also find water in Limburg. Small rivers including the fastest flowing river in the Netherlands and, of course, the Meuse. In summer, the Maas is a popular spot for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts.
Nowhere are there so many castles as in the Limburg hill country. Apparently, centuries ago South Limburg was already a beautiful area to be in. Many foreign noble families had country houses built here. Parts of Limburg were also long owned by German nobility. Besides small, elegant castles, there are also those built as fortresses with castle moats and drawbridges. Hoensbroek is home to one of the largest castles in the Netherlands. Also very nice to visit with children. Almost every village has or had a castle. In Gronsveld there is a romantic castle built on the remains of an old castle. One kilometer away, in Rijckholt, is a robust castle with moat, carriage and hunting lodge. In Mheer and Eijsden are castles still inhabited by noble families. A little further into the Heuvelland you will find beautiful castles in and around Valkenburg and Vaals. Because the castles are a short distance from each other, a castle tour can easily be made in one day.
In South Limburg there are dozens of villages and hamlets hidden among the hills. They are often built around church and castle. Some, like Gronsveld, are built along the main road. So-called ribbon development that you also see a lot in Belgium. Traditionally, South Limburg is an agricultural area with a lot of fruit growing and cattle breeding. So you can still find many typical half-timbered farmhouses. Walking or cycling you can go from village to village. Most villages still have a café and or restaurant. Especially in the spring when the fruit trees are in bloom you see tourists from home and abroad enjoying nature and terraces.