Onze Lieve Vrouweplein and Basilica
I just loved the historic feel I got in this small square in the centre and prefered it to the huge and lively Vrijthof. Here I found a handful of very popular cafes and restaurants in the shade of old trees, and you can rest your eyes on the Basilica of our Lady. When we were there, so too was the King of France! :))) There are always street performers here and this dog took his royal duties seriously.
visit the open air shopping...
visit the open air shopping area. There are so many shops to go into, you dont know where to start! My most wonderful memory of maastricht is going with our friends to the museum, and then walking to the marketplace afterwards.
In the parks along the city walls, you'll find a hertenkamp. This is the home of a couple of small animals. The start attraction are the dear. But there are also geese, chickens, goats, pheasants, peacocks and many more. You can't get in to touch the animals, but they will eat from your hand, if you go to the fence.
Art Exibitions in Center Ceramique
In the Center Ceramique there are usually a few art exhibitions on display. Usually it's modern art, but you'll also find some boards with information about certain projects here. When I took this photo there were little sculptures with a mozaique finish. Entrance to the center is free, but it is closed on mondays.
Check www.centreceramique.nl for the latest info.
The Vrijthof Square is the biggest and liveliest square in Maastricht. It is one of the most famous squares in Holland. On one side of the square you can see some of the finest buildings in Maastricht, like the St Servaas Church and the St Jans Church. On the opposite side there is a row of pubs/restaurants. This is where everybody goes to at night to have a drink or two. It's also a great place to sit outside in the summer. On the other two sides there are a couple of interesting buildings where you might spend a few hours, like the theater and the museum Spaans Gouvernement.
You can also park your car here in an underground parking. Every now and again there is a major event at the square. In teh winter there is the WInter Wonderland fun fair. In the summer there is the Preuvenemint, a food tasting festival.