|Local draught beer||$4.07|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$298.31|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$8.81|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$13.56|
Heerlen is one of the more ancient cities in Holland, dating back to the Roman times some 2000 years ago, when it was a military settlement by the name of Coriovallum. It now falls within the territory of Limburg province in the south-east of the country and is extremely accessible to tourists thanks to the easy availability of cheap flights to Heerlen via Maastricht that is just 26 km away. International tourists may find it more convenient to arrive via Brussels, Amsterdam or Dusseldorf, all of which are 2-3 hours drive away.
One of the first things you will find yourself doing after arrival is exploring the city centre, seeing the Pancratius church and doing the rounds of the many squares that form the heart of the town. The relatively modern institution of Schunk Glaspaleis (Glass Palace) has been converted from a shopping complex to a cultural hub. No visit to Heerlen is complete without a tour of Hoensbroek Castle, a splendid Mosane Renaissance estate that incorporates a 14th century tower and a 17th century main structure. The interiors are fascinating and give viewers a great understanding of period French décor and style. You can get some fabulous views of the surrounds from the tower. A glimpse of Roman life can be found in Thermen museum (Baths Museum) which houses coins, pottery and bronze statuettes. There are plenty of models and reconstructions of the ancient baths along with an engrossing light show, all of which need to be enjoyed and experienced.
For those interested in regional culture, a visit to the Theater Heerlen is a must with its packed program. Other notable places include the De Nieuwe Nor concert hall and SCHUNK cultural centre. The town plays host to a number to cultural events and festivals such as International Breakdance Event (September) and Booch!, a music fest held in summer. Heerlen offers great shopping opportunities, especially furniture of which an amazing array can be found on the Woonboulevard, indisputably the largest furniture boulevard in Europe. Accommodation is diverse and plentiful with many hotels in Heerlen. Go out and enjoy a great dining experience at the many restaurants and cafes spread throughout the city.