Rolduc Abbey

The Orlando Festival, as international chamber music festival, has been linked to festival location Rolduc since 1982. This unique venue contributes greatly to the unique Orlando experience. How come?

The building breaths 900 years of history, which is immediately perceptible when you enter the impressive courtyard. The collection of buildings, gardens, courtyards and outbuildings has a total acreage of 8,5 hectare, whilst the whole property, including an own vineyard totals 35 hectare.


Rolduc abbey in Kerkrade is one of the most important religious monuments in the Netherlands. Rolduc is the largest abbey complex in the Benelux and one of the Dutch UNESCO Top 100 monuments.

In the history of the abbey five periods can be distinguished:

  • 1e Rolduc (1104-1796): abbey
  • 2e Rolduc (1831-1840): Seminary diocese of Liège
  • 3e Rolduc (1843-1946): renowned boarding school nationally and internationally
  • 4e Rolduc (1946-1971): Seminary diocese of Roermond
  • 5e Rolduc (1970-present): major seminary of the diocese of Roermond (since 1974) and conference center Rolduc

The seminary is still part of the abbey complex.

The surrounding area

Rolduc Abbey is situated in the middle of the beautiful Dutch Province of South-Limburg, directly at the German border and only a short distance away from Belgium. Cities like Maastricht, Heerlen, Aken en Valkenburg are only 30 minutes away.

Not far from the abbey, you can discover beautiful nature reserves by foot or by bicycle, like for example the “Worm” valley or the “Anstel” valley. The well known “Heuvelland” region is also nearby. You can download several cycling tours via VVV Zuid-Limburg or via

The Parkstad Limburg region (consisting of the municipalities of Kerkrade, Heerlen, Landgraaf, Brunssum, Nuth, Voerendaal en Simpelveld) offers many tourist attractions, festivals, events and sights. In 2016 this region even won the Tourism for Tomorrow Award 2016: the most important tourist award in the world!

Within the abbey you mainly enjoy the peace and quiet, which suites this location very well.

Rolduc abbey during the Orlando Festival

During the Orlando Festival all facilities of this hotel & conference center are at the festivals disposal.

The complex consist out of 160 hotel rooms, devided amongst two types of rooms: 2-star economy rooms with a share communal bathroom and 3-star comfort roons with own bathroom, telephone and flat screen TV. Additionally there are over 20 halls, which are fitted as rehearsal spaces (with pianos and grand pianos) during the festival.

In the Aula Major (major concert hall) and the Aula Minor (small concert hall) daily concerts will be given during the festival period. There will even be a evening concert in the historic abbey church with organ and chamber music.

In the big dining hall all participants, visitors and musicians have their shared meals on the basis of a buffet. For our day visitors the abbey has a lunchroom. In the evenings the hotel bar will be opened.

Rolduc has different types of rooms

Comfort rooms (main building)
These are comfortable hotel rooms (3-star) with private bathroom (shower or bath & toilet), bedroom, flat screen TV, telephone and free Wi-Fi.

Comfort rooms (Hoeve Zuid)
A couple of comfort rooms are situated in the former farmhouse “Hoeve Zuid”, next to the main building. These rooms have the same facilities as the comfort rooms in the main building: comfortable hotel rooms (3-star) with private bathroom (shower & toilet), bedroom, flat screen TV, telephone and free Wi-Fi.

Economy rooms
Very plain but fine rooms (2-star) with bedroom, sink and/or shower, free Wi-Fi and a shared bathroom on the floor.

Economy room

Comfort room

Frequently asked questions


An elevator is present


Free car park is available


There are no facilities for the disabled


There is free WiFi throughout the complex.

Directions to Rolduc Abbey

Rolduc Kerkrade
Heyendallaan 82
6464 EP Kerkrade
The Netherlands

From Eindhoven
Follow the A2 motorway towards “Maastricht/Heerlen”. At the “Kerendsheide” junction, take the exit onto the A76 motorway towards “Heerlen/Aachen”. At the “Ten Esschen” junction, follow “Kerkrade”. At the “Bocholtz” junction, take the exit “Kerkrade” onto the N281 towards “Heerlen/Kerkrade”. Take the exit “Kerkrade” and follow the Brown signposts marked “Rolduc”.

From Aachen
After crossing the border on the Aachen/Heerlen motorway (A4/A76), take the exit “Kerkrade/Bocholtz” onto the N281 at the “Bocholtz” junction, towards “Heerlen/Kerkrade”. Take the exit “Kerkrade” and follow the Brown signposts marked “Rolduc”.

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