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“Underground but still alive..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Coalmine Valkenburg

Coalmine Valkenburg
Daalhemerweg 31, 6301 BJ Valkenburg, The Netherlands
+31 (0)43 601 24 91
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Valkenburg
Type: Mines
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Owner description: 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.
Pickering, Canada
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“Underground but still alive..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Visited in Nov...nice & quiet...do it yourself walk about tour..
Very interesting to see all the old mining equipment.
Worth the visit

Visited November 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Not a real coal mine but ok. visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a converted cave, not an actual coal mine but with all the authentic material and machinery. Tours are led by retired miners which is great yet they have heavy limburg-accents so diffecult to follow even for Dutch people outside the Limburg province.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth going to even if you don't speak the language.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

There are extensive tunnels which you get to see how it was when the mine was working. English leaflet available and tells you most of the important points. Many of the machine will be made to work so you can hear how noisey it was when it was active. Missed out on the local guides insight into how it was and all those little tales he was telling, got the flavour however. Car park opposite cost 3euros token from machine inside entrance.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Guided tour by old mineworkers. Worth while visiting when your in Valkenburg. You get to know about life and work in the mines in the period the mines where open.

Visited December 2012
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