The former top secret NATO - headoffice better known as the "Joint Operations Centre" (JOC) located deep inside in the Cannerberg is now open for public.
It was the war headoffice of the Commander 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force (2ATAF), Allied Tactical Operations Centre (ATOC) and Commander Northern Army Group (NORTHAG),
The former top secret NATO-headoffice has after a long term sanitation project after it's closing in 1992 now finally been opened.
A team of guides are ready to give you a unique underground tour and explain what happened here at the time of the Cold War in this part of the Boschberggroeve near Maastricht.
Visit the former top secret base with it's underground barracks, excercise area's, hospital, offices, operation centre and yes also 4 underground garbage dumps. Nothing was allowed to go outside without being destroyed first.
Remaining Tours in 2014:
27 december | 13.30 uur
28 december | 13.30 uur
30 december | 14.00
Tours in 2015:
17-18 januari | 14.00 uur
21-22 februari | 14.00 uur
21-22 maart | 14.00 uur
18-19 april | 14.00 uur
16-17 mei | 14.00 uur
20-21 juni | 14.00 uur
• Take good walking shoes and warm clothes.
• Kinds are only allowed under supervision of adults. The tour is not designed for children of less than 12 years.
• Entrance is at own risk.
• Tickets can only be ordered via Internet (see link below)
Visit this unique steam brewery from 1827. The brewery closed in 1970 and the buildings are listed as national industrial monuments. Public visit is only possible on Saturdays, via digital reservation or via tickets available at the tourist informstion desk (VVV). The tour includes tasting of 2 special types of beer.
The Spanish Government Museum is located in the 16th century Spanish Government House. The original building used to be a chapter house. The Renaissance arcade in the courtyard has carved medallions with portraits of Charles V, Isabelle of Portugal and young Philip II. All of these dignities stayed in the Spanish Government House from 1520 onwards.
Unfortunately this wasn't open on the Sunday morning when I found it during my wanders but the doorway certainly looks impressive, if not exactly inviting LOL ;)
According to the website (which has an excellent virtual tour) the museum focuses on the Limburg Province, past (Geology) and present (Biology) with a third set of exhibits entitled "Dynamics".
The geology section covers the region's development from about 350 million years ago through to the arrival of the Romans and exhibits include fossils found in the local clay, coal and chalk workings. The biology section covers the present day range of habitats to be found in the area whilst the dynamics exhibition looks at humankind's impact on the ecosystem from the early hunter-gatherers to the ecological changes caused by modern lifestyles.
Website has all the details of opening times and admission charges.
They renovated this old watermill and turned it into a museum/shop, you can see the workings of the watermill itself, both inside and outside and you can also purchase products that are made there such as you see on the shelf near the gearing system.
The Centre Céramique is designed by architect Jo Coenen. The library is housed in this building. The centre is not only a library, but a modern cultural centre and a meeting place.
There are all kind of exhibitions. You can see the collection of local pottery and the provincial archaeological collection, but also the replica of the ‘Parisian’ scale-model of Maastricht (1750) and the scale-model of the Céramique area..
There are also lectures and concerts. Also people come here for a drink, to read a newspaper or to have lunch.
tuesday, thursday: 10.30 – 20.30
wednesday, friday: 10.30 – 17.00
saturday: 10.00 – 15.00
sunday: 13.00 – 17.00
closed at mondays, in july and august also at sundays
There is no entrance fee.
The "Bisschops mill" is active once every week to keep it operational and in proper function like it was many years ago (constructed in the 12th century.)
A fascinating piece of hard labour - the mill is driven by the river "Jeker" and located at "Stenenbrug" near the monastry
The museum was established in 1912 by the Natural History society of Limburg. Southern Limburg has a rich geological past, and in the Natural History Museum you see the remains of Mosasaurs, giant turtles and fossils. With the help of computers and visual projections, someone can explore the modern-day landscape of South Limburg, and in the botanical garden you meet a huge variety of flowering and lash plants. The Cabinet is a lovely room, which shows the museum 90 years ago.
Ticket 3.40 euro
Maastricht has a few interesting musea, vut this one is a favourite one, for it has a collection likely, that you cant find elsewhere in the Netherlands. Because of the fact that in this regio bones of pre-historic animals were found, they are all exposed and reconstructed in this Maastricht meseum. You may find rests of giant Mosa-sauriers and giant turtles, that have lived in the Maastrich area for many miljon years ago. You will find a complete overview of all the fossils representing natural life in that regio of Maastricht. The museum itself is a beatyfull place, it has a pleasant garden, a museum café and an old typical room, the "Kabinet" which gives you an impression of Maastricht during the fin de siecle.
The Natuurhistorisch Museum is a museum about nature in the broadest meaning of the word. It specialises on geology, paleontology and flora & fauna in the area of Maastricht.
The geography / Paleontology section shows a lot of fossils, bones and other remains from the prehistoric age. Like the mosasaurus, a dinosaur that lived in the river Maas. The fauna section shows quite a lot of insects, like butterflies and beatles.
The museum is opened from monday to friday from 10 to 5 and in the weekend from 2 to 5. Admission is 3,40 Euros for adults.
The "Spaans Gouvernment" was built in the 16th century in a renaissance style. It is located on the vrijthof square, in the center of the city. The building used to be visited by the emperor Charles the fifth, but nowadays it serves as a museum. The museum shows you how Maastricht looked in the 17th and 18th century. There are all kinds of antiquities on display such as furniture, silverware and paintings.
You can visit the museum from wednesdays till sundays, from 1pm till 5pm. A ticket costs 2,50 Euros.
In the Jekerkwartier you will find one of the biggest Natuur Historische Museums of the Netherlands. It is very interesting if you want to learn more about the history of nature in the area of Maastricht and southern part of Limburg. On of the top pieces in the collection is the Mosasaur Hoffmanni. In the courtyard of the museum there is also a very big fossil of the head of another Mosasaur called Bér. This fossil is so famous they even made a beer of it, which you can buy in the supermarkets!
Foreign rulers like Karel 5 th. and Philips 2th. have stayed in this Gouvernement palace sinds the 16 th. century. Its now a museum and opened to public from wednesday-sunday. The gouvenement has beautifull rooms, build in 17 th.-century style, with portaits of these foreign rulers and furniture from that same period.
A modern building by architect Aldo Rossi houses contemporary and pre-19th century art.
Unfortunately, my visit was guided (I was with a group) and it was quite boring. I'd rather have walked around and looked for myself. Next time better luck!
Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
and public holidays that fall on a Monday.
Closed on 1th January, during the Carnival holiday and 25th December.
Adults: € 7,00 p.p. Children 13 to 18 year old, seniors (65 and older) and groups of 10 or more : € 6,00 p.p. Children up to 13 years are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult; special cardholders are also admitted free of charge.
Welcome at the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF MAASTRICHT, Maastricht is situated in the province of Limburg, which is the most southern part of the Netherlands. The museum ranks amongst the largest natural history museums in the country.
It houses extensive collections in the field of geology, palaeontology and of flora and fauna of southern Limburg and contiguous areas. The origin of the present-day landscape is illustrated in the museum's modern, updated exhibitions. In 1991, the museum was awarded the annual 'Prins Bernhard Fonds Museum Jaarprijs'. This is the most prestigious Dutch museum award.