European Summit Challenge
Netherlands - Vaalserberg, 321m

Last updated March 2007

Vaalserberg Summit The Vaalserberg may not be the most challenging of summits on the list, and is one of the many where it is possible to drive within a fee hundred metres. However this summit does have significance as it lies on the border of three countries; The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. For this reason the Vaalserberg is more popular with tourists than mountaineers. A tower on the Belgian side offers a panorama of the surroundings

At the foot of the Vaalserburg is the town of Vaals, the southern most town in the Netherlands' southern most province, Limburg. Vaals lies on the N278 road, about 17 miles (28 Km) east of Maastricht, with it's international airport, and 3.5 miles (6 Km) west of Aachen across the boarder in Germany. Aachen provides the nearest connection to the rail network. There reportedly a bus service between both of these towns and Vaals, however I have not been able to locate a timetable.

There are no mountain huts or Youth Hostels in the immediate vicinity, but hotels abound and can be booked via the Dutch Tourist website


The Institue Geographique National of Belgium produce good 1:50,000 maps. Their EUPEN 35-43 map cover the area.

Institut Geographiquue National
Abbyaye de la Cambre, 13
B-1050 Bruxelles (Dutch & French only)

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.

Map Sample of the IGN map.