Look for Street Signs at Intersections
When first visiting Maastricht, the city center is a bit confusing -- even with a map! In the city center, there aren't many street signs. At intersections, you will usually see signs indicating the street name on buildings.
The local Maastricht Tourist Information Office is located at Kleine Staat 1.
Mo-Fr: 9AM - 6PM
Sa: 9AM - 5PM
Mo-Sa: 11AM - 3PM
"Stokstraat" quarter - Roman Bath Area
A small area in the center of Maastricht.
The red line is showing the wooden bridge builded in the Roman period-but destructed because too many people crossed it during a ceremony.
The red circles are showing the fortified towers, defending the city
Wheel of fortune
This happened not far from St. Pieterstraat.... We were just walking and chatting, when suddenly I heard the sound which was different form the cars' tires noise and occasional honking.... some really strange sound.... I decided to investigate and... I saw a corner of another world and dove into history... seemed like everything was left untouched by the speedy flow of times... apart from the brand new Opel parked behind the gates... :))
Onze Lieve Vrouwe-Plein. It's...
Onze Lieve Vrouwe-Plein. It's my favourite spot in this city, because of it's scenery. Under the trees, in the summer, you will be sitting with your friends at a table, you feel a cool breeze, and see all the other terraces on the square lightening, by the candels on their tables. In the distance, there's the music of a accordion-player...In your hand you have your 'Ridder' beer (a beer from a Maastricht brewery) and you wonder: why was God so friendly to me , that he has put me on this very place today!?
Well, the next day you can thank Him at the Onze Lieve Vrouwenbasilica, which is located right next to the square. This basilica is also known as 'stella maris.'
It's a church, build in the 11 th. century, that is unique for it has been a church (partly) build in the art of fortification. During several ages it has been extended and rebuild. It has some parts that are build in roman style, and parts that are Gothic. The most intersting thing, however, is it's interior, that radiates a serene, severe atmosphere. It's interior and decorations are not as frivolous, as in the St. Servaas-balicia, but it's just thàt homeliness that gives the church a special cachet.