Limburg has its sights set across the border. Everyday life here has always involved contact with areas that are today located outside our national borders. It is not wonder that Limburg is a European region in heart and soul. The historic city of Maastrict where Mrs Thatcher joyfully signed the treaty of Europe is also nearby.

So where is the hill high enough to create a 100m vertical in one of the world’s flattest countries? The answer is that this is a regenerated former slag heap from the local coal industry. SnowWorld is one of multiple modern and historic attractions in the area. SnowWorld can accommodate up to 1,500 people on its slopes at any one time. It is particularly surreal to wander in to the complex to find it heaving with skiers on the slopes and the après ski bars around the base of the slope full of lively après-skiers.

From the top of the hill (and through a window at the top of the lift inside SnowWorld) there are great views out across neighbouring Belgium and Germany as well as across Holland, where, it’s a relief to see one traditional stereotype remains unscathed – windmills. There are hundreds of them, albeit the modern variety generating green energy rather than grinding flour.

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