Surrounding area, Maastricht
From Maastricht to Aachen follow the route provincial N287 till 300 metres behind the touristic village of Gulpen, then head for "Partij" (1 km) and follow the road to Mechelen. This lovely little village is situated next to a small river called the Brielle and is surrounded by beautifull hills and coutrysides and weadows. Here you fiend the typical peace and silence that you can expect in the Voerstreek, 5 kilometres away from the francolanguaged part of Belgium. Here you find Petit France, the authentic and beutifull timber frame farms and small roads all leading to the "pley" (dialect for grand squaire). At the pley you find the brewery stemming from 1340 which is located in an outstanding peace of local archticture. It has the typical features of Voerstreek Architecture as you can also see in Noorbeek: white houses framed walls by thichk brown beams. The interior exposes all sorts of authentic Limburgian artifacts such as ovens, beuutifull furniture, old gaslamps, handmate carpets and so on. After a visit cool down at oine of the pavement terrasses at the local brewery or the grand farm situated at the Pley. and relax, plan a hike in the nearby hills and weadows on a sunny day. Bikes can be rented at the tourist office as well as maps of the surrounding area. The place is an mediaval peace of a jewel in the south of Maastricht,. Dont miss it!!!!
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.
Just by accident we found this beautiful suspension bridge on the southern edge of Maastricth, when we were leaving to continue our trip. Could not find a good angle to photograph it, but the suspension section rises from both ends to a peak in the middle, giving the bridge a very strong attitude.
Postwar Maastricht develloped itself in a fast way; new suburbs were created in a srtict tempo. As in the early 60's the suburbs Belfort and Daalhof came into being, local authorities decided that the Southern part of Daalhof was exactly the right spot to build the Enci Tower, also known as the Daalhof Tower. As a matter of fact, this is quite disputed, qua name, since strictly speaking, the tower is actually situated within the southern border of the Belfort (translated as: bell- tower) suburb. the Daalhof Tower can be seen as a manifest of the cold war period, being a hughe transmittion appartus, monitoring the local airspace on hostile miltitary planes or rockets. Nowadays, to be sure, it lost that function. the tower now has a multifunctional use. In the eraly eighties it had been used as an inglorious brothel, its been used as a platform for sky-divers, and nowadays its a protected New Monument, determining the west-southern Maastricht skyline. Once a year, on the 1 th. of april, André Rieu, the worldfamous violist-entertainer gives a concert at the food of the tower. The suburb of Daalhof is also a good startpoint to visit other sights in the neighboorhood, like: the Atrium, where there is once a month the famous African Evening, (with music by artists like Yousou n'dour and ismael Lo) and in Belfort you find the house of L. vonn Rand, one of Maastricht most eloquent speakers on Rethorics and debating. Finally, in the Northern of Daalhof you ll find the well-known skyline dominating 3 hughe flats that are situated next to the old roman Heerbaan, a high-road constructed by the romans. on the other side of the street you find the Kinder-boerderij, a farm, containing more than 8 animal-types, like pigs, cows, sheeps, horses, chickens etc. you will get amazed seeing these sorts of animals. Going from the south of Daalhof there is Wolder. wolder is a pre-war annaxated village, containing a graet deal of urbianovillagio architecture.
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!