Vaaldersberg – The Roof of the Netherlands

July 1, 2009 at 8:45 am 1 comment

Fresh off a successful Summit Cheeseburger ascent in France we planned our next expedition. Not far from our base camp in Moenchengladbach, Germany we located the high point of the Netherlands – Vaalserberg. Located precisely where three international boundries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands) intersect, at a massive 322 meters it looms over the surrounding countryside.

In classic Griswold fashion we drove through a pedestrian-only zone to find a parking spot (a few days later we visited a relative we had never met before).  Our hike began in Belgium, and we stopped to pick up Cheeseburgers (how handy!) and delicious Belgian pommes frites. From there the group hiked over the international border to the Netherlands.

An International Hike

The high point of the Netherlands is clearly marked. In the background you can see the base of an observation tower. That’s in Belgium. And those trees to the left – they’re in Germany.

Vaalserberg Summit Marker

A closer look at the marker provides important summit information and PROOF that we’re at the high point (Hoogste Punt) of the Netherlands.

Highest Point in the Netherlands

Now, about these burgers we bought in Belgium. They look like burgers but were slathered with a curried ketchup. That didn’t go over well with members of this summit team and in the end only 5/8 could finish their burgers.  Well, it doesn’t count if you don’t finish the whole burger on the summit, so too bad!

Belgian Burgers

Vaalserberg, Netherlands – sirloinofbeef, MadeMarion, Patti, Hon, BarBarJinks


Entry filed under: International Summits.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. wimpy  |  July 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Great post, but still waiting for a post written in German.




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