article - Geleen

Geleen is a city in Limburg. It’s one of the major towns in the region, but of limited interest to average travellers as it’s mostly an industrial city.

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Geleen is a city in the southern part of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. With over 30,000 inhabitants, it is part of the municipality of Sittard-Geleen. Until the end of the 19th century, Geleen was a small village. The remains of one of the oldest prehistoric farms in the Netherlands were found here. In the 20th century the exploitation of coal mines in this area brought a fast population increase. During the 1960s and 1970s all Dutch coalmines, that were all located in this part of this province, were closed. The State mining company DSM (privatised in 1989) however remained active in Geleen, now purely as a chemicals producer.

Geleen is located near two highways, the A2 and the A76, which makes the city easily accessible by car. The city is served by two train stations, served by regional trains. Station Geleen-Oost has direct trains to Heerlen (18min) and Sittard (7min) while station Geleen Lutterade has connections to Maastricht (17min) and Sittard.

Buses in the region are operated by Veolia, and connect Geleen to nearby Sittard and other destinations. Lines 11, 12, 15, 16 all connect to Sittard, while line 42 connects to Hoensbroek, 59 to Maastricht and 49 to Gulpen.

Maastricht-Aachen airport is located 8 km south east of Geleen. Take the E14 and then E25, or bus 59 (45 min.)

Buses run from the busstation, located near the city center, to most of the city and to surrounding areas. Renting a bike is a good way to get around the city center or explore the surroundings. If you’d rather rent a car, consider renting a colorful 2CV (available from Weekendjeweg, from 99 EUR per day )

Sint-Janskluis from 1699.

A few historic sights in and around Geleen are worth listing.

  • Jansgeleen Castle, St. Jansgeleen 2, Spaubeek. Although in fact located in the village of Spaubeek, this castle is just 3 km from Geleen and therefor easy to include in your sightseeing efforts. In the 16th century, it was the first seat of the former County of Geleen. Although originally named after one of the 15th century owners, Lord Jan Rode van Opsinnich, it was later erroneously renamed after St. John the Baptist and now also often referred to as Sint-Jansgeleen. 
  • Sint Janskluis, Kluis 1, +31 46 4759769. This 17th century religious hermitage is now a praying chapel. 
  • Biesenhof, Biesenweg 1, +31 46-4432003. First records of this historic farm date back to the 13th century. The nicely restored building is now a restaurant and hotel. 

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