St. Pietersberg, Maastricht
De Tombe are the remains of an early "motte" located on the westbank of the Sint-Pietersberg near the ENCI forest. Original on top of this hill a castle remained.
The fundaments of the castle tower were excavated in 1920, however nowadays these are no visual details. The top of the hill was disturbed by recent cavings. A part of the moat is still there. The hill has a diameter of 30 meters and is 8 meters high.
French, Spanish and other armies used this "motte" to siege Maastricht. For that reasons it is called as the Spaanse Heuvel (Spanish Hill) or Napoleonsberg (Napoleons Mountain).
Some other names given to this motte are: Ouden Borg, Ouborch, Vetus Castrum, De Oude Tombe, Brommelentrom, Franse Batterij.
The motte is recently completely restored by the owner "Vereniging Natuurmonumenten".
The Tombe has the status of national monument, and the terrain is important for the local cultural history and very rare.
Grotten St. Pietersberg-Noordelijk gangenstelsel
Luikerweg 71, 6212 NH Maastricht
Adults € 3.25
Children (-12) €2.25
These are the caves of the St. Pietersberg just outside of Maastricht. People just these caves as a shelter in earlier days. Here you can get guided tours through the caves.
If you strawl on St. Pietersberg watch out for many differrent what seem to be smaller caves. Do not enter them to far, otherwise it is possible you get lost in the cavesystem.
If you like collecting fossils, take some tools and try to find them. I found several species when I was here.
A good way to get to the caves is by the river cruise. Cost is 11.45 euros per person which includes a stop off at the caves. Buy the ticket at the booth near the boat.
The caves are a fascinating labyrinth which extend for 250 km and 20 000 passageways.
The guided tour of the St Pietersberg caves would have been better (for me!) if the guide had spoken English and there had been more lanterns available - so I would advise bringing your own torch as there were lots of paintings / inscriptions on the walls that I otherwise would have looked at - such as inscriptions / paintings on the walls from the 1800's to the Second World War.
Well worth a visit and not promoted nearly enough.
Nice thing to do when you are with a group. On the top of a hill near the St. Pietersberg, there is an old farmstead, located in the middle of a grapeyeard. The owners produce their own wine and will give you a guided tour through the process of wine-making. After this tour you will learn all about the fine art of winetasting and you will discover the quality of Apostelhoeve-wine. The special thing about the activity is, that you may see a beautifull part of Maastricht, that most tourist dont get to see. The Apstelhoeve is situated in the area of the St. Pietersberg, and provides you with some pretty views over the valley. You have to make a reservation at the VVV - toursitinformation. Getting there is not easy. The best way is getting a taxi-van from the marketplace.
We walked to the top of the "Mountain" in Maastricht and climbed the tower at St. Pietersberg. If you like beautiful views, this is a great place to go!