Every spring we try to go to Limburg, the south of the Netherlands, for at least one weekend to enjoy the blooming blossoms, new born lambs and local wine*. It doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you stay deep down in the south. In the Geuldal (the valley named after the river the Geul) you’ll find some breathtaking hikes in a beautiful hilly landscape, slippery bridges over the meandering river and cute pubs where you can try the famous Limburgse Vlaai (a local pie), tasty onion soup or one of the locally brewed beers. If you like wine, visit the famous vineyards close to Maastricht or go to the Fromberg winery in Ubachsberg, where they sell a fantastic sparkling Muller Thurgau (plus they let you taste all the other wines as well). And while you’re there, follow the path down towards a little village 4 kilometers downhill called Benzenrade and have dinner in their local restaurant Het Koffiehuuske.
P.S. Picture three not recommended when you suffer from hay fever.