Surrounding area, Maastricht
The area around Gulpen has once been votest as the Dutch most beautifull and pictoresque landscape. And this is true. The dreamy sceneries among the cobblestone roads, the timber frame houses and little farms, the deep woods and the friendly relax locals make this place worth visiting. You can take a bus to Vijlen and walk through the woods along all the beautifull little vilklages in the so called Dutch Hillside Land or rent a bike at one of the many local tourist informations and explore the up- and down going hillsside roals in between the meadows. If you see a man dressed in a bird suite (black and yesllow) singing and playing guitar with the words "ich wil vögele" just remember that you are in an unique reservate where you just find these sort of fossils.
Pinkpop is the oldest ands most famous popfestival of the Netherlands. This hughe open air
festival is being organised since 1970 each year at Whitsun weekend(in Dutch: “Pinksteren,” that’s why its called Pink pop.) and has a sort of Wood-stock atmosphere. Since the festival is more than one day, visitors can stay next to the festival ground at the campsite. Bush, Radiohead, Supergrass, Placebo are the kind bands that you can expect there; its not a popfestival for Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake lovers. The festival starts at saturday and ends at Monday night and is located in Langraaf. It has a capacity of 60.000 spectators and there are more than 30 bands on stage. The festival is also shown live nearly 10 hours at the Dutch national television and radio.
Tickets are available via www.ticketservice.nl
The busy shoppingstreets are full of windows that attracts the peoples greedy minds, but over them are magnificent old houses, facades with graceful formes and old windows hiding many secrets. So, please look also up and discover these things that actually make up the towns history much more then the HEMA, Blokker, Peek & Cloppenburg or whatever shop that you can find in every mayor Dutch town.
In the outerring, just surrounding the old town's bounderies, there are various beautiful buildings. The belonged in the 18th and 19th century to wealthy families and are called "herenhuizen" (lord's houses) in The Netherlands. Many leave them forgotten as the hop quickly from the old centres monuments to the fortifications. Look around and it's a welcome adding to the visit of Maastricht.
Ruïne Lichtenberg. The oldest remnant of a dutch medieval castle. There's also an old farm, where you can learn how to bake your own 'vlaai' (a Maastricht specialty). Adress: Lichtenbergerweg 2.
Eijsden is a little town near Maastricht with a nice castle. You can make a walk along the Maas to this village and come back by bus. It's really nice!