The province of Limburg is georgraphically diverse, with the moors, pine forests and unproductive soil of the Kempen
region in the north, the urban industrial zone of Midden Limburg
in the center, and the fertile fields of the Haspengouw
famland in the south. A narrow strip of lush beauty called the Maasland
runs along the Meuse River
Immediately to the east of Belgium's Limburg province, on the other side of the Meuse, lies a Dutch province, also named Limburg, whose principle city is Maastricht. The two Limburgs were once unified, but the Belgian portion was split off from the Netherlands in 1839.