Maastricht Sports & Outdoors

  • The city walls and its castle.
    The city walls and its castle.
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  • Facade of the church as a part of the city walls.
    Facade of the church as a part of the...
    by Jerelis
  • Patricia hikes her way up this beautiful lane.
    Patricia hikes her way up this beautiful...
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Best Rated Sports & Outdoors in Maastricht

  • Kayaking on the river Maas

    by ger4444 Written Dec 10, 2002

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    Kayaking on the river Maas, on the borderline between Holland and Belgium, means relaxing in free nature, between meadows, fields and small villages. The route is quite ok, relaxing moments and speeding up. There's no ship-traffic on the route and there are no locks on the section. If you want to rest you simply get ashore, there are many pubs along the route. (you wear a life-jacket so you can have those beers). There are 2 routes one is 21 km the other is 11 km. Costs: 12,50 euro for a single, 20 euro for a double.
    A reservation is recomanded, the excact location from which the route starts depends on whether you choose the long or shorter one. You will have to contact the number below to get the details

    Equipment: wearing a tuxedo will actually be necesarry. But if you prefer water-proofed clothes that is ok. there are changing rooms. Life jacket and all the other equipement (like, f.e. a boat,) is of course included.

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    Go for a walk !

    by cadzand Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    I love strolling through Maastricht. Thanks to Roy (Imaniac) who was our first-class guide, we made a lovely walk through and around the old city centre. As I'm not able to give you the whole itinerary, I've found a description of a perfect sightseeing walk on this page (only in dutch, but maybe you could follow by the street names). Maybe some day, if I have time left, I'll translate it for you :))

    walk through the old city

    The picture shows some of the different church towers in the old city. It has been taken from the bridge for pedestrians, which crosses the Maas river and connects the new part of Maastricht with the old one,

    some Maastricht churches
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  • handbow shooting

    by ger4444 Written Jun 8, 2007

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    Maastricht has its own Royal archery, dating from 1408. at Fort Sint Pieter they have the practise ground. They practise between april and september. There are tournements at the fist sunday in the month. The anual "Koningsvogelschieten" is held on With sun.

    Equipment: only watching

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  • Cave-mountainbiking

    by ger4444 Written Dec 6, 2002

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    Of course you want to do some sport that u wont be able to do elsewere: so that is mountainbikking in the old caves. You will get all your equipment when you buy a ticket. Then you go into the deep dark caves on your bike and explore them by crossing the tunnels up and down. Of course there will be a guide to look that you wont get lost!

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    nude beach (Naturistenvereniging De Maasplassen)

    by rolphbronkhorst Updated Dec 7, 2013

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    Maastricht has a small beach for naturists. It's located in the south of Maastricht at the Pietersplas. It's open from 16 April until 16 September (10.00 - 20.00 hrs) when the temperature is at least 20 degrees Celcius.

    Uppon arrival you can register at the small boathouse.

    Dayvisit (U don't need to be a member of the club)
    € 8,-
    Members of NFN or Athena (pas to be shown)
    € 7,-
    Children up to 18 years
    Free entrance.

    Members do not pay additional entrance fees,

    Equipment: As it is for naturists, you do not need to bring gear except your suncreame.

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    Hiking - The best way to explore Maastricht.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 27, 2008

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    Both Patricia and I have visited quite some Dutch cities over the years, but maybe there is nothing like Maastricht. Maastricht is located in The Netherlands, and yet it is a culture unto itself. Shaped by successive waves of foreign invasions, Maastricht retains a cosmopolitan European feel. People play chess on the recently restored Markt (Market Square) with its striking 17th-century town hall, young couples twine hands over a cup of latte at the the distinctly Onze Lieve Vrouweplein and the centuries old city walls are flanking the town. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Maastricht is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cosy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 45 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Most people try to rush Maastricht on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Maastricht properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out.

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    Patricia hikes her way up this beautiful lane.
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    Hiking - A historical timeline.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 27, 2008

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    The ancient town of Maastricht was established 2050 years ago. Because of its dependence of its defences, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The elegant history of Maastricht can be divided into 3 major periods, which determined the character of the city. During the Roman period, the location of the ford over the river led to the establishment of the first settlement. Then there was a period as a medieval pilgrimage city devoted to the grave of Saint Servatius. Finally came a period as a garrison city, associated with the well-known fortifications around the city.

    The cluster of sights around the Vrijthof and De Markt are heart-clutchingly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Maastricht might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs to the main areas (Vrijthof, Onze Lieve Vrouweplein and De Markt) will help you in getting around in Maastricht. Maastricht is simply a perfect place to walk for hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Beautiful old houses in the small streets. Hiking along a statue at the parc.
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    Running

    by mam3206 Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Although it was great to wake up early on Queen's Day to run with my husband through the old city center while the rest of the city slept, the uneven cobblestones were hard on my feet and ankles. A better spot to run is the path on the east side of the Maas River that runs south from Charles Eyckpark.

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    Hiking - Take time to meander, losing yourself!

    by Jerelis Written Nov 27, 2008

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    Before we visited Maastricht we already had a look at the internet. As we are from The Netherlands we are used to doing a lot by foot and we were pleasantly surprised that Maastricht is a city in which everybody walks and you're truly able to explore all the sights by foot. Our two feet were our best friends and therefore we were able to enjoy all the fascinating scenery Maastricht had to offer. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the majority of cities, Maastricht is the place to get hopelessly lost for a day. Winding alleyways leading to hidden squares, undiscovered culinary treats and cultural surprises. Maastricht is studded with hidden gems - taken for granted by the locals, but waiting to be discovered by visitors. Leave the beaten track to others, and discover what Maastricht is really like, Maastricht as the locals know it.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Maastricht's principal pleasures. Throughout the most beautiful spots in historical centre of the city we saw the curious mixture of architectural styles at the Stokstraat district, the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square and Basilica, the city ramparts, the parks, the Jeker district and the Vrijthof with the monumental Church of Saint John and the Basilica of Saint Servatius. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object with a great selection of taverns where we had our lunches and by the end of the day had a nice cold beer or rose.

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    A church next to (or behind) a house.
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    City walls - Medieval walls of 1229.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    When we first arrived by car at the city of Maastricht, we immediately saw a huge reconstructed medieval tower, which was part of the old city walls. All excited about the view we parked the car at the other side of the Old Town. Our intention was to park the car here and walk our way back to the tower and see what it was all about. We knew that the first defensive walls at Maastricht were built in the 13th century, but by 1300 the town had outgrown these walls, and new walls had to be built to enclose the enlarged town. By the end of the middle ages, Maastricht had an impressive set of walls with many towers and large gatehouses. We wanted to know what the walls we saw represented ... time to take a hike!

    But by some kind of reason we first walked around Onze Lieve Vrouweplein with its amazing church and the Koestraat (Cow Street) and continued our way to the first outer walls built in 1229. Of these medieval walls are some remnants, including the impressive Helpoort or Hell Gate, which is the eldest town gate of The Netherlands, situated in one of the most beautiful corners of Maastricht.

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    Patricia is having a look at the oldest part. Facade of the church as a part of the city walls.
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    City Walls - Some kind of archaeological promenade

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    It's always great to find your own way around. Just by studying the map we learned that we could take a hike which took us around the outside of the walls and was probably the best way to see them. The hike would also take us to the medieval tower we spotted before, so we decided to do the hike. In our opinion, it was some kind of a archaeological promenade.

    Like we said before, at the beginning of the 14th century the town was felt too cramped and the construction of a new series of walls was commenced. With the growing use of artillery in the 16th century, the defences were gradually but crudely mordenised by the construction of demi-lunes in front of the medieval walls. We walked along these walls, saw some amazing see-throughs, medieval stone structures, some old canons and, which was common with Dutch fortifications, there was a flooded ditch before the defences of Maastricht. Please do keep in mind that our walk in these tips are not a comprehensive list, but some of the main remnants - be sure to ask in the tourist information if you visit, they will be able to help you find more.

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    Patricia on a canon, on the city wall. A nice entrance to the city.
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    City Walls - Old Dutch School of Fortification.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    Via a local person we spoke we learned that the original defences were unrevetted earthworks, as was standard with the Old Dutch School of Fortification. We (later on) read on the internet that this Old Dutch School of Fortification was developed from the end of the 16th century. It favoured an earthwork rampart with false bray at its foot, fronted by a flooded ditch. But the walls were untaken several new additions and the walls were strengthened over the centuries. It's great to just follow the walls and see some kind of timeline in which these additions took place. The last important additions were done in 1814 when an outwork was built, two forts were modernised and the town's defences were revamped.

    We saw some great examples of walls, towers, forts and so on. So whenever you're in Maastricht and you're in need of a walk with historical magnificance, remember our own spotted archaeological promenade we just bounced at by accident.

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    Jeroen walks along the old city wall. The city walls and its castle.
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  • sports

    by ger4444 Written Apr 15, 2009

    South-Limburg is ideal for hiking. Many nature areas such as the Brunsummerheide are fit for hiking. You can at the gate of the parks see a map, depicting several trails in colours such as green, yellow and red, and then it is only a matter of following the trail that is marked by little pillars along the trail in these colours. Also biking is popular. In the area where is so much nature it is a favourite sport to do. Varying to quasi-heavy bike routes, such as the ones containing hills, to routes with a flat surface, everything is possible. A map of the region is available at the VVV tourist office and a bike can be rented at the railwayssation. For walking: a nice area is the Geul and Gulp valley. Also the woods are refreshing: Staats bosbeheer organizes now and then walks for groups. Such as in the Savelsbos or Sint Pietreberg. The tourist office has detailed walking maps. Those who want to make a longer hike, of several days can explore the Krijtlandpad – 100 kilometres – and is fun. As for biking, South Limburg has well signposted routes, you cannot get lost. All the connections and ways are numbred and this way you can outline your won route. The network of routes is well connected to Belgium, so that you can include Wallon or Flandres as well. Interesting for good efforts in sport are of course the Cauberg and the Keutenberg. Most routes are save, they have an extra trail for bikers along the mainroad. But watch out: when it is dark, the roads in Heuvelland are not having trafficlights, so you have to check if your light is working well. Other activities that are popular: horseriding, watersports and golf. Horseriding can be done at the Brunsummerheide (contact Blauwe Steen horse farm in Wijnandsrade) or by contacting VVV Zuid Limburg. As for watersports: at Dagstrand Oost-Maarland (along the road Maastricht-Eijsden) you can sail, swim and surf. As for golf, you can play golf at Golfclub Hoenshuis (045-5754488) or de Douseberg. In wittem there is also an opportunity, at Golf&countryclub near Mechelen. (043-4551576).

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  • Ballooning

    by ger4444 Written Jun 8, 2007

    During the whole year ballooning is possible. It give you the freedom of flying like a bird. the activity is organised in cooperation with Euregio ballooning and Bollonteam Fredair.

    Equipment: No special gear needed. just have a coat for the cold air.

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  • Jeu de Boules

    by ger4444 Written Jun 8, 2007

    Originally a french sport, jeu de boules is becoming popular in Maastricht. The game is simple, you have to trow your balles as near as possible to a small ball. You can play the game at the jeu de boule ground next to the pub at the graanmarkt. you can also play the game at the St. Pietresberg. At both locations you can hire balls.

    Equipment: balls.

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