Streets & neighbourhoods, Maastricht
I have been to Maastricht several times, by car and by motorcycle, but didnt take pictures then
Maastricht is a fun, beautifull city, fantastic, great atmosphere, very nice people and i like the Limburgs accent and the beer:-)))
Its only 1 hrs by car or t
rain from Eindhov+en.
as for daytrips, Maastricht has a lot to offer.
U can sit on terraces looking at the river "Maas".
Looking East from the central and very historic St. Sevaas bridge you can see the beautiful view of "Wijk" and St. Maartin's church and the former Ridder Brewery. The brewery is now closed and is, in fact, partly a private home!
The Jeker area is named after the little river Jeker that streams here. It is located on the north side of the city walls. Over the river you can see this little nice House, with beautiful facades on both (!!) sides.
The central square.....Market square... Not much to add here...
On Friday morning they opened a mobile market, which was closed shortly after lunch time and the square was back used as a huge car park.
In the days of the Roman Empire the eastern part of Maastricht was called “Vicus”(suburb) and indeed, it was the Maastricht suburbian erea. The name Wyck comes from Vicus. In this part of the city you can find the Ridder brewery, that is open to public (guided tour) and is famous for its Wyckse Witte, a tasty beer that is very popular in the Netherlands, and even outside the country. The quarter has some interesting spots, f.e the Hoogbrugstraat. This is one of the eldest streets in town; and has on both sides of the street some 17 th. Century houses, build in a typical local style, called “Maaslandse Renaissance” style. A style that can be characterized by span-roofs, broad facades, big carriage-entrances, windows framed by big stones that come from Namur (Belgium). At the riverbank you find the so called Waterpoortje, a 13 th century gate, that is part of the mediavel townwall. In Wyck you find a lot of small, typical shops, that are situated in the Rechtsstraat. In spring they celebrate the Wycker Bronk. Originally a religious festival, nowadays you find in several parts of the quarter live-music and people dancing on streets.
The Sint Martinushofje, a garden surrounded by 18 th century houses, was build to accommodate the towns poor elderly women, who couldn’t support themselves. The Martinushofje is situated in the Grote looijersstraat, a street that has many big imposing houses, that – in those days - belonged to the wealthy owners of the towns tan-yard. That’s why the street is called looijersstaat (tanner street). When you enter the gate of the Martinushofje, you can see a stone tablet at the top of it, depicting St. Martinus, who - as you may know- shared his coat with a begger. This act of charity symbolizes the charity received by the poor elderly women. The text underneath the picture says “MartInI pUra LiberalItate ConDItUR,” which means something like “fouded by the generous Martinus.” The capital letters together form the year 1715, the year in which these small houses were build
The stokstraat nowadays is some of the most expensive shoppingstreets in Holland. This neighboorhood used to be a red light district in the old days (some ages ago) ! Now you find little shops, boutiques and liitle café's in this erea. It contains many old buildings and when you pass through the little alleys that are between the houses, you find yourself suddenly in pictoresc little courtyards, surrounded by the green of the trees. In the Stokstraat you can also find the "smalles" pub of the Netherlands: de Mondriaan. A café that has a surface of only a few square meters. Finaly, in this street you will find the statue of "The mestreechter Geis" very important for the Maastricht people, for it symbolizes the spirit of Maastricht.
The jekerkwartier is the most pictoresque erea of the town. It contains many beautifull old buildings, like old Watermills, convents, small townsquairs and small medieval bridges over te river Jeker. You must take your time to stroll through the small streets and taste the atmosphere. There are many sights to visit in this part of the old town. F.e. the old watermill "Bischopsmolen" (Stenenbrug 1), the towngate called Poort Waarachtig, the convent of the Faliezusters.
The River Jeker flows through Maastricht. In ancient days many mills lined the Jeker. In this spot you can see an old mill. This is just about a two minute walk from my office
This street is an important North-South connection on the East bank of the Maas river.
You have to cross it when you go from the train station to the old town.
On the O.L.V-square you will also find a bronze statue of Jupiter, made by Fons Bemelmans. Jupiter is the Roman God who symbolises light, weather and agriculture.
On a walk along the city walls you will find many little lanes full of beautiful old houses with nice window shutters and there's flowers everywhere along the walls. A great area for a walk!
On the Ezelmarkt, donkey market, in the Jekerkwartier you can see this beautiful bronze donkey sculpture that was made by Gertrud Januszweski.
This beautiful little square is always green. Or so it seems. On the square you will find the entrance to the St.-Janskerk and closeby also the entrance to the St.-Servaasbasiliek.