During the entire month of December Maastricht is wrapped in Christmas spheres and of course visiting the Christmas market is a must. From the central station alight route will guide you through the charming streets of the old town. At the end of the route you will find the Christmas market with ice rink and Ferris wheel at the Vrijthof. Right here you can enjoy the Christmas spirit and even start a tour through Maastricht by a tilt-cart.
We strolled along the Christmas stalls and saw some nice Christmas trinkets. We walked zigzag along the Christmas stalls were amazed by all the different stuff sold. We bought a nice hat, but even so we were able to buy candles, incense, teddy bears, airplane tickets to other Christmas market around Europe, et cetera … you name it and it was there. After we saw all the stalls it was time to indulge in an authentic bratwurst and another glass of mulled wine. You guessed it right, we stayed for quite a long time at the Christmas market. Walking around, be amazed by the great scenery, the numerous lights and enjoy some more mulled wine. What else did we need? LOL
“Het Vrijthof” prove’s that Maastricht has more to offer then just art and culture. Durring the summer you can relax at one of the nice pavements with a great view of “de Sint Servaasbasiliek”.
Besides many bars and café’s, Maastricht has many restaurants where you can tatse the Burgundian kitchen and typical local specialities like “grotchampignons”, “rommedoe-kaas” and “asperges”.
Whenever we decided to go to Maastricht for a weekend we wanted to combine this with the Christmas market of the city. Therefore we visited the city during December 2012 when all the winter fun was in full effect. We knew that winter in Maastricht would mean endless fun and that the historical city centre would be enjoying the holiday season. Highlight would be the winter fun at the Vrijthof square. So there we went!
When we arrived in Maastricht we saw that the entire historical downtown was connected by lit streets and squares, giving this very nice and magical atmosphere. We definitely felt the Christmas spirit and enjoyed it to the fullest. Finally we arrived at the Vrijthof, the place we wanted to be. Immediately we saw a large ice skating ring, the Christmas market and the Ferris wheel located at the square and just stopped our walk and waiting for a few seconds, tot stand in awe by the sight we saw. By now it was time to sit back and give our feet a rest. We found a seat on one a heated café terrace with a view of the majestic Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of St. Servatius) and the Sint Janskerk (Church of St. John). During our break we enjoyed one of the many winter specialties such as “oliebollen” (deep-fried doughnuts) to go with, of course, mulled wine.
The Center square in Maastricht.. A very nice big opening with St Jan Church on one side...
The terraces of the cafes are very crowded in summer time.. If there is an event happening in Maastricht than follow peoples footsteps and you will be here..:)
This is the view most people get of these major churches from the Vrijthof - Central Square in Maastricht.
This small building next to the St.-Servaasbasiliek was of great importance to the city. It was the place where the keys to the city gates were kept!
Het Vrijthof, a square full with pavements, a loveley place to sit, drink, eat and for look to other peoples.
The Vrijthof is a pleasant square. One one side you see these two old churches. To the left is the gothic St. Jan, which became a protestant church in 1632.