|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$1.36|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$203.39|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$13.56|
|Loaf of white bread||$2.98|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.34|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.78|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$12.20|
Kerkrade, situated in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands, is the western half of a city divided into two, the other half being Herzogenrath. Its history dates back to the 11th century which witnessed a tumultuous time under the rule of several foreign countries. At the time of the formation of the Dutch nation, the border cut the town into two. There is a considerable amount of tourist interest regarding the city with many visitors availing the several cheap flights to Kerkrade that is served by the international airport at Maastricht.
One of the most ancient buildings in the area is the 18th century castle, the Oud Ehrenstein. Set in the beautiful countryside near the castle is the Hotel Brughof, an authentic historic farmhouse where you can enjoy a delicious meal. The Abbey Rolduc is the biggest and oldest abbey complex in the country; now a national monument, the complex houses a magnificent church, a grand Rococo library and a crypt in Romanesque style as well as a hotel and modern conference centre. The Villa Rustica site is a proof of the burgeoning Roman trade in the past.
The Discovery Centre is a science and technology museum with various attractions such as Time Warp Theater that shows how world science developed, and the Explore Zone with numerous interactive models that bring life to science. The Hall of Fame is home to a beautiful assortment of objects from the past. A steam train to Valkenburg through the stunning hilly landscape is truly memorable while the Botanical Garden houses a wealth of endangered plants; there are a variety of trees, shrubs, conifers and a special wealth of perennials in the latter. Both kids and adults will revel in the marvels of the Gaia Zoo; there is a diverse collection of exotic animals and, of course, the Dino Dome which is the continent’s largest indoor playing park. Mondo Verde is considered to be the greenest park in the country while Snow World is the world's largest indoor winter sports park.
The mix of ancient and contemporary attractions draws thousands of tourists with plenty of cheap flights to Kerkrade available. The town too is extremely hospitable with a number of hotels in Kerkrade welcoming holidaymakers with open arms.