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Nestled among the rolling hills of South Limburg, near Maastricht

Why visit Meerssen

Meerssen offers visitors an endless array of surprises, starting with the colossal and magnificent Basilica. The first influx of visitors were pilgrims, drawn by tales of the miracles that transpired here.
These days, tourists are drawn to Meerssen’s bustling café terraces and market square, its charming shops, its rich cultural heritage, and its endless walking and cycling routes and beautiful forests and streams. A green trip to Meerssen can be charming and serene yet bustling with activity; a place for quiet reflection and lively events.
Come and experience it yourself. Welcome to Meerssen.

Meerssen has a lot to offer when it comes to local cuisine and food.

Impression of Meerssen as a nice place to live and stay in.

Culture & Local Life

A green trip to Meerssen gives you the perfect opportunity to admire the city’s rich cultural heritage. The historic railway station from 1853, welcomes you to an area dotted with ancient churches, mills, and castles and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Famous Meerssen artist Charles Eyck left artistic marks throughout the city, as well as a must-see architectural showstopper: the Basilica.
Traditionally Meerssen is a place of reflection. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the basilica to commemorate the wonders that took place here. Not only the religious heritage encourages to take a pause for reflection. The nature-rich environment laced with rivers and streams, full of woods and fields, take your thoughts away from everyday life.
Experience the tranquility of nature on foot, by bike or by boat. Take a welcome break on a terrace, where the local culture invites you to practice the art of enjoying life.
Green trip to Meerssen

Getting there

Meerssen is easily accessible via the A2 and A79 motorways. It is also accessible by train via Bunde and Meerssen railway stations. Tourists also can use the OV-ToerPas that is developed to create a comprehensive offer tailored specifically to tourists in South-Limburg.

Public bus services will get you almost anywhere, at reasonable costs. Use 9292 for info on connections. If you use a car, make use of Park and Ride (P+R) possibilities.

Green trip to Meerssen

Getting around

Meerssen is a true walking and cycling paradise. Pick one of the many routes and stop at one of the charming restaurants along the way. For cyclists there is a complete network of cycling routes available. This ingenious network of cycle routes enables you to cycle your way around the region using the route numbers provided. Maps showing this network of routes are available at the Tourist Information Offices (VVV).

Nature & Wildlife

The green surroundings of Meerssen invite you to hop on your bicycle and put on your walking shoes. Discover a small castle in the forest overlooking a watery habitat that’s home to incredible flora and fauna and bustling café terraces at the heart of charming villages, which offer the perfect spot to rest and recharge.
The many walking and cycling routes will take you to the most beautiful spots in Meerssen and the surrounding area.
Meerssen Proosdijpark


Meerssen was the first destination in South Limburg that is selected for the 2020 Top 100 List of Green Destionations! Meerssen is ambitious and inhabitants, business, schools and the local government continue to work to improve the performance of sustainable tourism in Meerssen and quality of life for its inhabitants.

Green trip to Meerssen

Health and Safety

To deal with the COVID-19 (corona) virus, all eating and drinking establishments and tourist attractions in Meerssen take extra safety precautions and have limited space to welcome their visitors to ensure social distancing. Consult this website about all covid regulations before you go on your green trip to Meerssen.

Green trip to Meerssen

Good Practice Story

The central regional theme of the marketing and content strategy of our Destination Management Organization Visit South Limburg is ‘South Limburg, Source of Europe’. Under this central theme Visit Zuid-Limburg wants to intrigue its guests with the unique DNA of the region and with the qualities that make the region stand out from other destinations. Meerssen wants to realize this by translating this unique DNA into relevant information that will inspire visitors and residents by telling the stories and creating products that will activate visitors and guests. Meerssen will focus on the following DNA themes: the Catholic past, Wine tourism and Source of Europe.

Travel tips from our editors

Wijngaardshof Ulestraten
Wine route

Meerssen is currently developing a wine route along the three vineyards of Meerssen in order to tell the story of viniculture in Meerssen and showcase the dedication of its local winemakers.

Meerssen Bunderbos
The Bunderbos

The Bunderbos, with its exceptionally rich and rare flora, is the steepest hillside forest in the Netherlands – so be sure to wear sturdy shoes! It is home to several water sources and bubbling brooks. The forest is a riot of colour in the spring, when primula, thimbleweed, pilewort, wild garlic, and many other flowering plants burst into bloom.

Meerssen Proosdijpark Gloriette
Proosdij park

The historic Proosdij park is a stunning park with a pond, ancient trees, and numerous works of art. In the park you can find a former tea house called the Gloriette.

Meerssen St. Martinuskerk
The Church of St Martin

The Church of St Martin in Geulle aan de Maas, is believed to have been built in 1250. As is often the case, the history of this church has its own unique history. In 1298, the abbot of Kornelimünster in Geul (the old name for Geulle) appointed a pastor. In 1307, Geul was an ecclesia integra (a mature and self-sustaining church community) in the Suestra (Susteren) deanery.

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RiverPark Maasvallei

Over the centuries, the Meuse river transformed Limburg into a unique and fascinating landscape with a tangle of old river channels, meanders, dikes, forelands, and flora and fauna. Historic cities and prominent villages testify to a past interwoven with the Meuse. Grab your bicycle, slip on your walking shoes, and discover the new cross-border (tourist-recreational) nature area of RiverPark Maasvallei.

Meerssen green trip
Hike and Bike in Meerssen

The green surroundings of Meerssen invite you to hop on your bicycle and put on your walking shoes. Discover a small castle in the forest overlooking a watery habitat that’s home to incredible flora and fauna and bustling café terraces at the heart of charming villages, which offer the perfect spot to rest and recharge.

When in Ulestraten, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to walk or cycle through the hamlet of Waterval. Explore De Dellen nature reserve in Rothem and end up in the neighbouring municipality of Valkenburg aan de Geul.

Sustainability Recognition

2021 Top 100 Logo

Meerssen was selected in the both the 2020 and 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories. Meerssen was the first destination in South Limburg that passed the test and won a place among the 2020 Sustainable Destinations Top 100!

What does it mean?

  1. They have shown at least 60% compliance with the Green Destinations Core Criteria. Check out their scorecard to see their performance on each criterion.
  2. They have submitted a story that was selected to the list for its innovative, effective and / or transferable good management practice.

Meerssen Good Practice Story

Meerssen submitted Good Practice Story’s. It was about Digitalisation makes the hiking experience in Meerssen easier for everyone and prevents overcrowding. Read the full story here.


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