Dutch Mountain Trail Festival

Just one year ago, in October 2020, the official trail guide to the Dutch Mountain Trail was published, describing the most stunning and most strenuous hiking trail in the Netherlands. Thousands of enthusiastic walkers have since taken up the challenge to complete the trail. Many have braved tough conditions on the trail and returned home with adventures aplenty to tell.
At the 11th Dutch Mountain Film Festival we would like to share these adventures. Have you tramped the DMT or are you simply curious to hear the stories of others? If so, our film festival is the place to be! Below we have listed all the DMT-related activities and news.
See you out there!

DMT Reunion


On Sunday 7 November from 4 to 5 pm, the DMT reunion takes place in the Royal Theater, Heerlen. The reunion is the number one place to share your DMT experiences with like-minded people and perhaps make plans for the next challenging adventure over a few drinks. Write down your experiences in the Summit Register and bring your DMT trail guide with you and have it signed by Toon, Thijs or one of the other contributors to this guide. Quite possibly, your favourite hut warden along the trail will be there too! The reunion will be held in the foyer of the Royal. Admission is free, but you can also combine your visit with screenings of mountain films in the afternoon and/or evening session. We have put together a great collection of films for you, including the hilarious comedy Antoinette dans les Cévennes (see below).

The DMT photo and video competition

Have you kept your photos or video footage of your adventures on the Dutch Mountain Trail in a safe place? If so, send in your best photos and videos of the Dutch Mountain Trail by 24 October and get the chance to win VIP tickets for the 11th Dutch Mountain Film Festival as part of our special photo and video competition! The best submissions will also be on display during the festival (2-7 November in Heerlen and Aachen).
Send a series of three photos or a video of the Dutch Mountain Trail to dmtwedstrijd@gmail.com by no later than 1 p.m. on 24 October. Don’t forget to send your submissions in the highest possible resolution.
We will announce the winner on our Facebook page.

Dutch Mountain Trail Experience


The Visit Zuid-Limburg Experience, operated by the local tourist authority, is located in the Maankwartier, the impressive new station complex opposite the Royal Theater in Heerlen. During the film festival, we will be showing a continuous programme of photos and videos of the Dutch Mountain Trail, taken by enthusiastic trekkers, along with some of our own fun mountain films. The Visit Zuid-Limburg Experience is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DMT photos and videos are accessible on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Dutch Mountain Ride

In the wake of the huge success of the Dutch Mountain Trail, the cycling enthusiasts in the DMFF team were, of course, not going to get left behind. So for that reason, we are delighted to present: the Dutch Mountain Ride, a challenging route for adventurous cyclists. This gravel ride links the Seven Summits. In contrast to the Dutch Mountain Trail, the Dutch Mountain Ride is a circular route of 129 kilometres and has a height difference of 1,600 metres. The exact route of the Ride will be officially announced and opened during the DMFF.

German trail guide


The German translation of the guide to the Dutch Mountain Trail and the Seven Summits will be published in October 2021. The idea is to attract enthusiastic walkers from across the border to the Trail. The first copy will be officially presented during the film festival, at the opening of the Mapping The Mountains exhibition in Tuchwerk, Aachen, but the first copies are already available in the bookshops.

All films on Sunday 7 November