Deep south of Holland

Alright, so far the stories of our stay in Holland had focused on the northern part of the country. However maps suggests that the country extends deeply to the south, right to the borders where Belgium and Germany meet.

Did you know the distance from Amsterdam to Maastrict (~212km) is almost the same as Amsterdam to Dusseldorf in Germany (~226km)?

While this distance may not seem to be much, the difference in both the landscape and local culture (even language some say) can be quite stark. The deep south that is Limburg had been historically influenced more by the French and Germans depending on who you ask. And be careful asking because you could get into a long conversation…

This is also the “higher” ground of Holland, being such a low lying nation (physically that is). Yeah we know they are generally quite tall…in so many ways, not just height. And because the land is hilly, it has been mined/quarried. One of the highlights is that of cave advertisements. Read the page link above for more.

Easily crossed between the three countries as you road trip along the Maas river. Good thing there are no customs or border controls!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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