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NL-6211 EK Maastricht


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50.849905 5.692346


62 m


Maastricht mit St Jan Kirche, der St. Servaas Basilika und der Basilika Unserer Lieben Frau
Maastricht mit St Jan Kirche, der St. Servaas Basilika und der Basilika Unserer Lieben Frau
Maastricht, Markt und Stadhuis
Maastricht, Markt und Stadhuis
Maastricht, Sint-Servaasbasiliek & Sint-Janskerk
Maastricht, Sint-Servaasbasiliek & Sint-Janskerk
Maastricht, Helpoort
Maastricht, Helpoort

By many considered to be the most beautiful city of the country, Maastricht is the southernmost city in the Netherlands. It's the capital of the province of Limburg and famous for what the Dutch call the "Burgundian" way of life. Dutch and international visitors alike flock in to enjoy this "joie de vie" and indulge in the many fine dining, arts, culture and shopping opportunities in town. The river Maas runs right through the city, offering some scenic views, and the lovely cobblestoned centre is full of historic buildings and impressive cathedrals. Whether you're here for sightseeing or just to shop till you drop, this is a great place to spend some time.


Situated within walking distance of Belgium and cycling distance of Germany, Maastricht claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands. It is an especially popular tourist destination in the Netherlands because of its historical old centre and broad shopping possibilities. The city is home to approximately 120,000 people. The University of Maastricht attracts many national and foreign students to the city. Geographically, the city is split in half by a major river (the Maas), with the majority of commercial activity being concentrated on the Western bank of the river, and the train station and the Bonnefanten Museum on the Eastern side.


City Centre

Perhaps one of the best (free) sights of Maastricht is simply to admire the two town squares in the centre of the city and the many old buildings around the street near the university and town wall:

  • Vrijthof. This famous square is considered by many to be the beating heart of the old city. It features the massive St Servaas Church and St Jan's Cathedral and hosts a range of large festivals throughout the year. The Carnival before Lent is an amazing occasion where (it seems) the whole city dresses up in costume and parties until the early hours. It really has to be seen to be believed, this is a North European Mardi Gras, hence colder and darker than its American cousin. 
  • St Servaas (Servatius) Basilica. This basilica is believed to be built on top of the grave of Saint Servatius. The first known bishop of the Netherlands, he is said to have died here in the 4th century. The current grand, Romanesque structure in the shape of a cross was first built around the year 1000, and substantially expanded over the centuries. Pope John Paul II made the church a basilica after his visit here in 1985. Today, this enormous structure can only be viewed by paying a €4 entrance fee, which includes the cloister and a small museum of religious treasures. Enter from the Keizer Karelplein, NW of the Vrijthof. 
  • Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek (Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption). Commonly known as the Star of the Sea, after an old title for the Virgin Mary, this Romanesque church was largely built in the 11th and 12th century. Although no archaeological research has been carried out, historians believe earlier churches stood on the same spot before. Large parts of the church treasures were lost when the city became part of the First French Republic. The church was then used as a blacksmith workshop by the military, and the cloister area served as stables. The basilica's two narrow towers, topped with marlstone turrets, make it an important landmark for Maastricht and the charming little chapel is a popular place with both locals and tourists to light a candle. Inside, the miraculous statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea is perhaps the main attraction. 
  • Market & Town Hall. The fairly large market square has been the stage for markets for centuries, and still houses goods markets on Wednesdays and Fridays. It's a lively square, surrounded by cafés, shops and eateries, but also home to the 17th century Town Hall. It was designed by Pieter Post and is an excellent example of Dutch Baroque architecture. 
  • Town wall. south of the town centre, the wall includes the Helpoort (Hell's Gate), the oldest city gate in the Netherlands. 
Civic buildings
  • Stadhuis (Town Hall) (in the Markt).  
  • Bonnefantenmuseum, Avenue Céramique 250,  +31 433 290190. Tue-Sun: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm; Mon: closed, except on public holidays. The museum is the foremost museum of Old Masters and contemporary art in the province of Limburg. The contemporary art collection contains works by an international group of artists, including Sol LeWitt. In addition to contemporary paintings, the collection also includes projections and gallery-sized installations. The collection of Old Masters emphasises on 16th and 17th century Flemish paintings, including major works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. In addition, the collection comprises magnificent medieval sculptures by Jan van Steffenswert, early Italian paintings and a presentation of Maastricht silver. Adult: €7.50; child 13-18: €3.50; child under 13: free entry. 
  • Centre Céramique, Avenue Céramique 50,  +31 433 505600. Tue and Thu: 10.30 am - 8.30 pm; Wed, Fri, Sun: 10.30 am - 5.00 pm.  
  • Derlon Museum Cellar, Plankstraat 21,  +31 433 252121. Sun: 12.00 am - 4.00 pm. The museum is not wheelchair accessible. Before the restoration of the Derlon Hotel started, Maastricht's city archeologists undertook an extensive survey of the site. The Roman finds, from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th century, are considered that important that it was decided to conserve them and exhibit these to interested parties. The following can be seen in the cellar of Derlon Hotel: part of a 2nd and 3rd century square, a 3rd century well, part of a pre- Roman cobblestone road and sections of a wall and a gate dating from the 4th century. Free entry. 
  • Natuurhistorisch Museum, De Bosquetplein 7,  +31 433 505490. Mon-Fri: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm; Sat-Sun: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm. The museum outlines the natural history of southern Limburg. Modern displays offer an insight into both the recent and distant past. Among the museum's highlights are the remains of enormous Mosasauriers and Giant Turtles found in marlstone at the St Pietersberg caverns. Fossils of all shapes and sizes show how South Limburg has changed in the course of the last 300 million years. Adult: €4.50; child 4-11: €3.00; child under 4: free entry. 
  • Museum aan het Vrijthof (formerly Spaans Gouvernement), Vrijthof 18,  +31 433 211327. Tue - Sun 10am - 5.30pm. Museum aan het Vrijthof is a young museum located at the heart of the city in one of the oldest buildings in Maastricht: the former retreat of Charles V. This private museum re-opened after major renovations in 2012. Museum aan het Vrijthof organizes a temporary exhibition three to four times each year. They look for surprising combinations and unconventional collaborations. The museum also has a freely accessible museum café, located at the covered courtyard. Adult: €8, children 15 €6,50 pp. (updated May 2017)
Tourist attractions
  • Kazematten, Tongerseplein,  +31 433 252121. A network of bunkers on the west side of Maastricht from which soldiers fired at invaders; tours are essential. 


Inside the range of 4 km:

  •   Hotel Au Quartier, Kapoenstraat 32, Maastricht, PC VII - IX

    "... Our hotel has a room where we can park the bikes. At night the room is locked. We always advise the guests to lock the bikes anyway inside the building."

  •   De Hofnar, Keizer Karelplein 13, Maastricht, PC IV - VII

    "... On the inner court of the establishment. Access through the entry hall."

  •   B&B de Stadswal, Brusselsestraat 3a, Maastricht, PC VI

    "... I have a patio, which is in the open air, but only accessible by my B&B guests. So it's a secure, locked place, but not dry when raining."

  •   Wycker Bed & Breakfast, Matthias Wijnandsstraat 18, Maastricht, PC V - VI

    "... We have parking spaces for the bikes behind the house. That's closed."

  •   Hotel NH Maastricht, Forum 110, Maastricht, PC VII - X

    "... We have a room inside the hotel where you can put the bicycles."

  •   Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht, Nijverheidsweg 35, Maastricht, PC IX - X


Inside the range of 4 km:

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