Kerkrade is known far afield as a city of sound, culture and attractions. The many music societies, the scores of works of art in the city and its specific cultural traits form the breeding ground for the city’s rich and varied cultural life. Kerkrade is host to two music festivals generating national and international pulling power: the World Music Contest (WMC) and the Orlando Festival. Kerkrade is well-known not only for the music, but in recent years it has also built up a reputation as a city of attractions.


Attractions and places of interest

Kerkrade has a broad spectrum of activities and places of interest. GaiaZOO, Discovery Center Continium, Rolduc Abbey and the Parkstad Limburg football stadium have put the city back on the map.


GaiaZOO is a modern zoo where animals live in roomy, natural enclosures. The GaiaZOO is a fantastic day out for both children and adults. Experience and discovery by the visitor are at centre stage in the Discovery Center Continium. This is not a museum with showcases, but a journey through time, science, industry and society. Rolduc Abbey is an historical building. The Parkstad Limburg Stadium is the home-base of Roda JC Kerkrade, but this modern stadium is used not only for football matches, but also for various special events.


A steam train of the South Limburg Steam Train Society runs to and from Kerkrade via the ‘Miljoenenlijntje’. Finally Kasteel Erenstein is another lovely place worth visiting. This 18th century castle is situated at the edge of the Anstel Valley.



Kerkrade has lots of green areas to spend quality time in. The various residential centres of Kerkrade have grown historically around former coal mines. They are linked to one other by stream valleys with woods, water and farmland that endow visitors spending time there with a feeling of space.


Mining past

One special aspect of the history of Kerkrade is formed by coal mining. Kerkrade was the oldest mining town in the Netherlands. Coal was being mined here as far back as the Middle Ages. The mining history in the twentieth century would ultimately define the image of the whole region.


Since the closing of the mines in 1965, there has been little left over in Kerkrade of that ‘black’ history. The former mining sites were restructured in the “black to green” operation. On the Market Place is the miner’s statue ‘d’r Joep’, The Nulland Shaft has been rebuilt into an atelier and the sites where the slag was once dumped have been transformed into green walking areas.


GaiaZOO offers a breath-taking world of animals and nature.


The Dutch zoo was elected 'Coolest Trip of the Netherlands' in 2013 thanks to a new and unique zoo concept.

In GaiaZOO you can make a journey around the world in just one day; you can feel like you’re on the African Savannah and meet the world’s most beautiful animals eye to eye, like the mighty gorillas, impressive rhinos, stately giraffes, lightning-fast cheetahs and the kings of the animals; the impressive lions. In Rainforest you discover all sorts of swinging and climbing monkeys; in the squirrel monkey forest, the monkeys climb through the branches above your head.

Erenstein Castle 

A magnificent 14th century castle is just waiting for you to find it, somewhere in the south of Limburg: Kasteel Erenstein. This castle is part of the Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Kasteel Erenstein, being surrounded by a moat and completed with a beautiful baroque castle garden, boasting both ponds and fountains.

Schacht Nulland 

Former shaft of the Domanial mine, the oldest coal mine in Europe

Parkstad Limburg Stadion 

The Parkstad Limburg Stadion is a football stadium in Kerkrade, completed in 2000. With a present-day capacity of 19,979 seats.


It is the home stadium of football club Roda JC Kerkrade from the Netherlands. In 2005 the Parkstad Limburg Stadion was the hosting stadium for the opening match and the semi-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship


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