Maastricht Tourist Traps

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    Marktplein - Enjoy life to the fullest!

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 28, 2012
    The statue of P. Minckelers, the professor.
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    The centre of the city of Maastricht is especially attractive, due to its wealth of historical buildings; some 1450 monuments are protected by law. Care is taken that both new and renovated buildings maintain the period atmosphere of their surroundings. Because of its heritage value, the whole of Maastricht city centre has been declared 'protected area', So do keep in mind that the roads onto the Marktplein (Market Suare) are blocked and you need to park the car in dedicated parking areas and walk towards the square.

    Once you're there you can't miss the monument on the Marktplein which is dedicated to P. Minckelers, a professor of the University of Leuven, who was born in Maastricht. He discovered the procedure to extract liquid gas from pitcoal - hence the flame on the monument. And don´t forget that the newly renovated vibrant heart of Maastricht has some fine gastronomic locations with authentic cuisine. Have a seat at the terraces, have a look around, enjoy your drink and definately enjoy life to the fullest!

    Address: Marktplein, Maastricht.
    Directions: From the St. Servaas bridge you go via the Kesselkade, Mariastraat and Muntstraat to reach the Marktplein, the old central Market Square.

    Unique Suggestions: Have a seat at the terraces, have a look around, enjoy your drink and definately enjoy life to the fullest!

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    Marktplein - Natural centre of Maastricht.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    Numerous sidewalk caf��s and eateries.
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    Maastricht is trully a beautiful city in the Dutch province of Limburg, of which it is the capital. The city is situated on both sides of the Meuse (Maas) river in the south-eastern part of the country and near the Belgian and German borders. Its name has some great historical background and is derived from Latin Trajectum ad Mosam or Mosae Trajectum, meaning "Mosa-crossing", and refers to the bridge over the Meuse river built by the Romans during the reign of Augustus Caesar.

    The central square called Marktplein is the natural centre of the city of Maastricht; a stage for various minor or major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 16th century. Like most cities the Marktplein features numerous sidewalk cafés and eateries. We can trully state that the busiest of Maastricht's many squares is the Marktplein, at its most crowded during the wednesday and friday morning market. It's a so called wares market and takes place from 8 am to 1 pm.

    Address: Marktplein, Maastricht.
    Directions: From the St. Servaas bridge you go via the Kesselkade, Mariastraat and Muntstraat to reach the Marktplein, the old central Market Square.

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    Marktplein - The 17th century Stadhuis.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 18, 2009
    The Stadhuis at the Marktplein.
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    From the St. Servaas bridge you go via the Kesselkade, Mariastraat and Muntstraat to reach the Marktplein, the old central Market Square. Right here we trully admired the Stadhuis (Townhall) built by Pieter Post in dutch baroque style.

    The Stadhuis reflects the continuing influence of Holland on the banks of the river Maas. The entrance to the Stadhuis has two seperate entry staircases. Tradition has it that the left stairs were for civilians of Brabant, who were alinged with the Dutch souvereigns and represented the families of St. Servaas. The civilians from Liege, representing the families of St. Mabert, entered the Stadhuis via the right stairs.

    The Marktplein is beautifully surrounded by guild houses and that makes the Stadhuis an even better place for what it´s used today ... namely these days the Stadhuis is mostly used for weddings, but if you're able to enter in ... the admission is free!

    Address: Marktplein, Maastricht.
    Directions: From the St. Servaas bridge you go via the Kesselkade, Mariastraat and Muntstraat to reach the Marktplein, the old central Market Square.

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  • Museum at Vrijthof

    by merak Written Apr 10, 2007

    You'll see a red painted old building whith "MUSEUM" written on it.
    Inside is to see a collection of baroque and classicistic furniture and objects, also a fortepiano of 1801 not to touched at all. There is also a changing exposition, at the time of tea sets of the 30s.

    Nice to see, but 5 Euro is overpriced for the size of the rooms and exposed items. Seven years ago it costed not more than 5 florines, less than the half!

    Fun Alternatives: The entrance to St. Servaas is only 3;50 Euro and you can see the rich and rather large church treasury.

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    Bargain dining

    by stoto Written Nov 14, 2006

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    Whenever someone goes to a city, they always try to find the city centre because it always has a lot of people and a lot of shops. In Maastricht, the city centre is called the Vrijthof. And yes, it has a lot of people and a lot of restaurants. One of the adjacent streets is the shopping district, too. The Vrijthof restaurants can be a bit pricy though. Another good place to go is Our Beloved Lady Square. It's a bit tucked away, but pretty close to the Vrijthof. This square was voted Best Square in the Netherlands in 2004. It's quiet and relaxing and has cheaper restaurants than the Vrijthof. The food is just as good, also.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to eat in the Vrijthof, look at a few of the outdoor menus for the best price before making a selection.

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    Exchanging money

    by stoto Updated Nov 14, 2006

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    Main post office in Maastricht - on the Vrijthof

    The best place to exchange money is the post office because it has the best rate. However, the post office doesn't accept US dollar bills over 20's. If you have 50's or 100's, they won't do it there. They'll make you go to a bank (ING, Rabobank) or to the train station across the river (TMK Exchange).

    Unique Suggestions: Change at the bank if you have to. But bring only 20's.

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    Bus tickets

    by groover101 Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    Everytime I travel overseas I try and learne something new about the way the locals live.This visit I was determined to learne how to use the "strippenkarts" for the busses.Strippenkarts are a much less expensive way to ride the bus and they are really pretty simple to learn.Most stores and retailers sell strippenkarts.The idea is to purchase a strippenkart with either 45,30,or 15 "strips".When you board the bus tell the driver what you destination is and hand him the strippenkaart and he will stamp the correct strip.For example a trip to Aachen from Maastricht will cost 10 strips and on the return another 10 strips.You can always purchase a ticket as you board the bus but strippenkaarts are much cheaper and it also allows you to be a local for a day.

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  • Parking

    by ger4444 Written Dec 13, 2002

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    This not actually a tourist trap, but its something a lot of tourists feel the bad consequances of, simply because they are not aware of it. A lot of tourists that are here by car park their car in the center of the city without knowing that you need a licence to prak your car there. Of course normally you would look for the traffic sign that tells you that you are not allowed to park without a licence / or paying money; but in certain area's - f.e Boschstraatkwartier- its very attractive to park your car and the trafficsigns are far from visible; so that you may get a bill on your carwindow when you return to your car.

    Unique Suggestions: look out for those trafficsigns that forbid free parking and even when you think it's o.k to park your car, ask some locals in the street if its a free-parking area. Its not allways clear; but i guess (hope) its not on purpose!

    Fun Alternatives: After having recieved a bill you could go to the police-office, making your point that you are a foreigner by speaking in a language that is totally non-comrehensable while making a scene; they would probably let you get away with it...

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