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Coalmine Valkenburg

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Address: Daalhemerweg 31, 6301 BJ Valkenburg, The Netherlands
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+31 43 601 2491
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Netherlands' last coal mineUnique in EuropeDiscover the world of mining...

The Netherlands' last coal mineUnique in EuropeDiscover the world of mining in a mysterious underground environment. Begin your introduction to the world of the miners in our subterranean cinema, designed to look like a mine. Here you will see a unique promotional film by the Dutch State Mines (now the chemical company DSM) from the mid-1960s. This film will tell you all about the mining industry.FascinatingAfter the film, a former miner will lead you through the world of coal mining. Experience the excitement of the difficult work of the miners. Take a journey through time past the machines which were used to extract coal.Each visit is uniqueOur fourteen guides are all former coal miners with a wealth of experience working underground. Each guide has a unique presentation full of humour and personal anecdotes which make the past come alive. Demonstrations of mining machines add to the mood. These machines work by means of a specially-installed compressed air system, just like they used to use in the mines.Visitors with disabilitiesThe Steenkolenmijn and the Jan Kruysen Gallery are easily accessible to visitors with disabilities and wheelchair users.

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have visited the caves several times but only at Xmas time and never disappointed - lovely experience every time

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Wendy C
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

have visited the caves several times but only at Xmas time and never disappointed - lovely experience every time

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks for the great revue. More 

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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

In a country where everyone speaks English, somehow this tour was entirely in Dutch. It was my fault because I didn't inquire about the language when I purchased tickets but I have been on plenty of tours in foreign countries and the guide will give at least a short explanation in English. The tour also ran 1.5 hours so I... More 

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

We are very sorry for your less then perfect experience. We have an English leaflet withe the complete tour for English speaking guests. I suspect that you did not got it. We apologize for that. More 

Dublin
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

If you have a spare hour ....I would highly recommend a visit to this wonderful & charming Coalmine. All the tour guides are ex-miners so you get a great insight into life inside the mines.

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review
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Heel hartelijk bedankt voor de vijf sterren beoordeling en de aanbeveling. Thanks. More 

Valkenburg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great educational attraction showing how miners used to work in the coal mines. real live equipment and drilling tools are operated to show how mining took place in the past.

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice revieuw More 

Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

First of all! The guide was funny and amazing! An 81 year old volounteer who used to work in the actual mines for 20 years. There is nothing better then learning from first hand stories. So impressive! Also the fact they are working with volounteers is a great thing. Very educational. But there was a big minus about this visit,... More 

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review
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Bedankt voor uw recensie. we proberen de groepgroote zo klein mogelijk te houden. Maar in het hoogseizoen kan het voorkomen... More 

Nuth, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Museum highlighting the work and life in the Limburgse Coal Mines during the 1960s and 1970s. Lots of well maintained equipment which is demonstrated by ex-coal miners (even though there are fewer and fewer of them). Good show and education for kids, which are allowed to take part in the demonstrations and use some of the tools. Highly recommended.

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review
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Bedankt voor de beoordeling van uw bezoek aan de Steenkolenmijn Valkenburg. We hopen u graag nog eens te mogen ontvangen. More 

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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We took the haunted tour in the caves, I can't say anything.. you have to see it for yourself! Highly recommended :)

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks but this review is for the spookgrot. More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

I think if we could have understood Dutch and it was the summer season this could have been 4/5 stars. Unfortunately (and this is our fault) with only a page of notes in English we missed out on the what was being said and what was probably an interesting guided tour from a former miner. The actual site itself I... More 

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks for the constructive feedback we will address the mention t shortcomings. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

This part of the Netherlands was very much linked with Cole mines activities. All mines are closed now but to keep the legacy for next generations a visit to the old Cole mine is very interesting for every age. Wear something warm because it is cold.

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Undergrounds the temperatuur is always 15¤C so yes in the summer it feels a bit chili and in the wintertime it is comfortabele. More 

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Really enjoyable & informative, English booklet given so we could follow what the guide was saying. Also interactive for children.

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Eric C, Eigenaar at Coalmine Valkenburg, responded to this review

Thanks for the possitive review. More 

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