Coalmine Valkenburg

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Coalmine Valkenburg
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Caverns & Caves • Educational sites • Mines
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Temp_2008
76 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Well, I'm not sure how bad it is, I didn't get in! We arrived 25 minutes before the tour and the parking lot was full, so we couldn't get in. It was not possible to find a parking lot closer than 25 min on foot, so I ended up dropping my family of at the entrance and then I waited for them at the distant parking lot. My family told me I didn't miss much, there was total chaos and the tour was in Dutch. They give you an english pamflet to compensate. Ridicilous that there are no guides that speak english at a tourist attraction. Well, the conclusion must be, that this is only for dutch people!
Tip: Arrive at least 30 min before the tour and park at Couberg parking (€2 per hour - you need coins!) near the casino.
Written July 21, 2020
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Het spijt ons dat u niet de rondleiding heeft gehad die u had verwacht. Het is vanwege corona extreem druk omdat nu iedereen met de auto komt. Onze excuses hiervoor.
Written July 27, 2020
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omotto
Assen, The Netherlands26 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Very nice mine, you get a real good view of the life in the mines, even though this mine is a replica because most real mines have collapsed or are flooded
Written February 19, 2020
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Thank you forr your nice review.
Written February 22, 2020
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Paul H
11 contributions
Jan 2020
This is worth a visit because you will be entertained by real people with real stories. Most of the machinery is real and you get some sense of what it must have been like in the 1960's and 70's with the demonstrations. The Netherlands did mine coal and this museum keeps that fact alive. It gives you a little understanding of what the work must have been like for the brave miners who mined the coal that produced heat, electricity which helped advance living standards.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks for the review and the 5 stars.
Written February 10, 2020
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Leticia C
10 contributions
Oct 2019
Very nice place to visit and learn more about the coalmines and how it worked. The guide was very funny and told a lot of real stories.

You spend almost 1 hour there, but it`s worth.
Written November 4, 2019
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Thank you forr your nice review and the 5 stars.
Written November 5, 2019
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Eric A
Mariposa, CA57 contributions
Oct 2019
You start your vist with a movie about the hard labour underground, this is the first you take your hat off for those miners....
The visit starts on a slow pace but get more and more impressive along the way. Even when your are not 500 meters below the surface, the feeling is there... all the machinery the used is on show and working, I could not have worked all they in such a noice.
The approx. 75 minutes tour gives you a good impression of what the life of a coalminer must have been and I for one am not jealous at all...
Written October 21, 2019
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Thanks for the review.
Written November 1, 2019
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SunnyHunnyPaul
Hunstanton, UK12 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Not a real coal mine but informative no English spoken by guide but your given a fact sheet in English.
Written September 22, 2019
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Thanks for the review.
Written September 23, 2019
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Mary D
Adare, Ireland9 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
There are some simple administrative things that would enhance this tour for an English speaking person unless it is not meant for this group??First when we arrived there was nobody in the ticket office. The next tour time was on a clock in the window but it didn’t advise what the tour was. I took my husband to see the sand sculptures as I had done this at Christmas but subsequently found out that the tour was of the coalmine. No information was given at ticket purchase about a combined ticket. Had somebody been at the desk to sell tickets we could have done the sand sculptures visit while waiting for the mine tour. This is just very poor planning and lack of communication. As it turned out we finished our tour at 4 and so it was too late to do the sand sculptures.
I agree with all the other comments gone before re the English speaking aspect of the tour. Nothing appears to have changed despite feedback so I might be wasting my time.
Suggestions
1.someone on the entrance desk at all times
2. An audio tour in English or English tours at certain times of day
3. A price reduction if you speak English as you miss quality aspects of the information being given
4. Better information re the two potential parts to the visit to enable purchasing of a combination ticket

This experience could have been so much better as it is a worthwhile trip with an interesting guide (I think). Also the demonstrations provided during the visit provide atmosphere enhancing the reality of a mining experience.
I could not recommend it to an English speaking person as it stands.
Written July 19, 2019
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thanks for the review. Due to staff shortage there was no one at the counter for a moment. We apologize for this.
Written July 23, 2019
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Companion814110
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Friends
The museum itself is well laid out but the commentary is all in Dutch.
If you are an English speaker you are given a leaflet which has numbers corresponding with each section. Here’s the problem ..... this leaflet is in very small print which you are expected to read in the dark and each section has a small paragraph whilst the guide took (in some cases) 15 mins to tell the Danish speakers about.
With today’s technology surely a headset commentary would have been available. Really spoilt the tour particularly as it was 2 hours long which seemed a lot longer as attention span was lost at beginning.
Word of warning the card machine does not accept credit cards and only small amount of debit so bring cash.
Written September 10, 2018
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MTMKH
272 contributions
Apr 2018
Iff you want to know more about their lives, work and daily routine, go in and let yourself be surprised
Written May 27, 2018
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Thank you forr your nice review and the 5 stars.
Written May 28, 2018
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Heidi G
Belgium176 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We mainly enjoyed the tour at the "Coalmine" as the guide used to work in the mines, and he was very passionate in his storytelling.
We were a bit disappointed to learn that this is actually not a true coalmine, but that everything is staged in a "mergelgrot". Understandably as the real mines are up to 500m deep, but it takes a bit away from the authenticity.
Written December 20, 2017
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Thank you forr your nice review.
Written December 21, 2017
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