Introducing Around Maastricht
This long, narrow province of Limburg at times barely seems part of the Netherlands, especially in the hilly south. There are all sorts of amusing notices on the A2 motorway warning drivers of impending 'steep grades' that would be considered mere humps in other countries.
The hills and forests of southern Limburg make for excellent hiking and biking. The Drielandenpunt (the convergence of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) is on the highest hill in the country (323m), in Vaals, 26km southeast of Maastricht. It's an excellent driving or biking destination.
Valkenburg to the east of Maastricht is an over-commercialized tour bus destination. It has no end of discount stores amidst some surprisingly serene forests.