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Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by Louisvanniekerk

I need to travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres on 10 June 2009. I am not keen to rent a car. What is the best mode of transport and the best route? How much time do I need?

Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by leics

If you don't want to rent a car, you can take the train.

Journey takes around 6+ hours, with several changes.

Ican't get the Dutch railway website:

http://www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers

to give me details (I can't find the international journey search). Hopefully a Dutch VT-er can help.

But if you look at the Deutsche Bahn site:

http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/index.shtml

you will at least see the train times and details of changes, in English. It won't give you fares though.

Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by MacedonianUK

You can take train from Maastricht to Liege, there are several a day from Maastricht. price €6.50
From there TALYS to Paris. TALYS takes about 2.30h.Look for offers on www.dbahn.de
BTW, TALYS goes Cologne-Paris
From Paris to Riems and onwards to Charleville-Mezieres .
Or you can go to Liege and from there local train to Chaleroi and from there to Riems via Charleville-Mezieres.
I think that the last option is better as is less in time and only 2 changes.
Chek Maastricht Tourist info website on www.vvv-maastricnt.eu
Handy website for lots of Dutch travel info is www.9292.nl
Hope this helps
MacedonianUK

Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by leics

http://www.thalys.com/

will give you Thalys train times and fares.

www.sncf.com will give you French train times and fares.

http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/ will give you Belgian train times and fares.

Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by Pijlmans

Hi,

Might want to try this as well for international train travel: http://www.nshispeed.nl/

Cheers,
Dennis

Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by K_V_B

Travelin all the way by train is not going to be straightforward, as there are no longer any trains northbound in to Belgium from Charlesville-Mezieres. There is a solution using a bus however. This goes as follows:

- Take train from Maastricht to Dinant. Trains run every hour.
For example: Maasticht dep. 10:09, arr Dinant 12:46. Change in Liége and Namur.
- In Dinant take the bus to Givet in France. Bus line is nr 154a, runs about every hour or so. Complete schedules can be found on www.infotec.be. Click "horaires" on the start page, and then enter the line nr.
Departure Dinant 12:55, arrival Givet 13:32.
- In Givet take train at 13:49, arrival in Charleville at 14:58.

Total time just under 5 hours.

Note 1: In France trains run not according to clockface schedules like in the civlized parts of Europe, so leaving at another time will mena that connections might not be so convenient.
Note 2: Prices for Maastricht - Dinant can be found on www.nmbs.be (Maastricht is a Belgian station for pricing purposes), and for the French trains on www.sncf.fr You're only taking domestic and regional trains here, and a cross border bus, so it will probably be a lot cheaper than the suggestes routes via Paris or Lille involving a TGV...

Travel Tips for Maastricht

My Collection of Cut Sponge and Stick Spatter

by 807Wheaton

About 19 years ago I decided to start looking for cut sponge and stick spatter dishes.
The first ones we found were from Maastricht, Netherlands. After a few years of collecting, I found cut sponge and stick spatter in the Nimy pattern also. Nimy is from Belgium.
There are other makers such as Adams and Baker. I have quite a few of those but my favorite collections are the colorful Maastricht dishes.

The river

by sabsi

Maastricht is located at the river Maas, hence the name. On a sunny day it must be beautiful to stroll along the river and sit down in one of the many outside cafes. Unfortunately the day we were here was grey and cold so we only crossed a bridge for scenic views!

Maastricht Tourist Office

by johngayton

The main tourist office is located in the pedestrianised centre of the old city at the river end of the main shopping street. The distinctive building, the Dinghuis, is the former 16th century courthouse. Here you can get all the usual info and advice, accommodation assistance, freebie maps and leaflets and the office also has a shop selling souvenirs and guidebooks.

There's a clock on the gabled front if you need to know the time and a weather vane atop the bell tower if you need to know what direction the wind's blowing ;)

The office is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday during the summer and 11am to 3pm on Sundays. During the winter it closes on Sundays and an hour earlier on Saturdays.

The website is pretty comprehensive and well worth a visit - Maastricht VVV

View over the water towards the bridge

by nighthawk

In the front of the picture is part of a statue which was donated to the city of Maastricht in 1984 by the builders of the Noorderbrug.
The statue is the point where remains of the original Roman bridge were found.

In the background is the Roman bridge.

The Five Heads

by Imaniac

One of the towers from the first city walls is called The Five Heads. It's not the official name, (it's official name was the 3 Pigeons) but it was called that way ever since there was an execution in 1638. The heads of 5 men who were executed on account of treason, were on display on top of this tower, hence the name. This tower was built in 1516 as a minor addition to the city walls.

It's the first tower in front of Hell's Gate. You can climb the stairs to get on top of it. If you climb the stairs and go to the top, you'll see an old canon. This was quite a surprise to me, as it wasn't visable from the ground.

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