Maastricht Travel Guide

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Maastricht Highlights

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     Beautiful fortified city, where you can easily spend some days. A great base to explore southern Limburg. 

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     Not enough hotel rooms. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Come Enjoy the Burgundian Lifestyle in the South of the Netherlands! 

Maastricht Things to Do

  • Streets & neighbourhoods

    Maastricht really suited my personal style of tourism. The city centre is compact and eminently walkable (although the cobblestones can be a bit hard on the feet) . The various streets and districts are diverse with all sorts of interesting individual features. To my mind if you walk about with a guidebook then all you'll see are the things in...

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  • St. Pietersberg

    A spur trail of the Napoleon Trail that I'm still following (Paris, Waterloo, Elba, Pyramids ...). The French Emperor visited the hill St. Pietersberg on the 31st of July, 1803. Our tour guide informed us, however, that Napoleon did not actually enter the intricate network of mineshafts and corridors, but merely set foot on top of the hill.

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  • St. Servaas church

    Inside the basilica of St Servatius, there are many beautiful fixtures, fittings, statuary etc. None the least is the beautiful tiled floor. The side altars featuring some wonderful icons, statues, pictures etc. are a joy to behold (as they say). I was fortunate to be able to join in the praying of the rosary in the little chapel before going into...

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Maastricht Hotels

Maastricht Restaurants

  • Thai Food

    A great restaurant, beautifull decorated and amazing Thai food, in the centre of Wyck. To much to name !!!

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  • Fries

    Reitz is a popular place to get a famous Dutch snack: "Patat" (or French Fries).The shop is around for more than 100 years, serving you with the best fast food.Besides a quick snack, you can have a good meal inside,Reitz also sells:Soups, Salads, Hot meals including their famous mussels and desserts.The shop is fully licensed for beers and...

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  • Fantastic food!

    Our visit to Fa-Meuse was a pleasant one. Let me explain how we chose this restaurant. We arrived just before dinner time at the famous Vrijthof (square). First of all we had a glühwein at the terrace with a nice view at the Christmas market at the Vrijthof, after that we walked our way over the market and then decided to go for a nice diner. This...

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Maastricht Nightlife

  • As Idiosyncratic As They Come

    As soon as I walked into this little bar, which I discovered purely by chance during my wanders, I knew this was a John pub. Not only was it a John pub but is now firmly entrenched as one of my top 3 bars anywhere, joining such illustrious company as the Ruggle at Widecombe and the Cardinal's Hat (when it was in its heyday) in Worcester.Take One is...

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  • Another One For Us Beer Lovers!

    With its 13 taps and 41 bottled beers its no wonder that De Poshoorn (The Posthorn) is one of only 41 members of the Dutch beer appreciation society ABT (there are two others in Maastricht including Take One).This is a stylish bar, part of its eponymous hotel, but with a very laid-back and casual atmosphere. In summer the terrace facing the...

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  • Another Idiosyncratic Late Bar

    On its homepage Sway introduces itself as "an openminded cafe in a historic building on the market square". For "openminded" read "gay" but it's not exclusively so. For a late drink the bar is open from 5 pm until 2 am Sundays and weekdays and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday - closed on Mondays.This is a lively, friendly little bar with music and...

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Maastricht Transportation

  • Maastricht Train Connections

    When visiting Maastricht, the best option is to travel by train as parking is quick difficult and not to mention relative expensive (parking fees were increased on 01-01-2014, and now vary from 1.60 Euro up to 4 Euro's an hour, up to a maximum day fee).Train regular daily intervals (holidays and early / late connections are different):- Each 30...

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  • The local bus

    The bus station is next to the train station.All local Connex buses stop at the station and at the market square at the other side of the Maas river.There are also buses to other towns (even Belgium ones).

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  • The Cross-border Dagkaart

    Worth doing if you are staying a few days in Maastricht is to have a day out to the former capital city of the Holy Roman Empire, Aachen, where Charlemagne reigned and for 500 years the German Kings were crowned.The #50 bus runs between the two cities every 15 minutes during the day and half-hourly in the evening with the journey taking about an...

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Maastricht Shopping

  • Secondhand books

    This shop is one of many De Slegte stores you find in many other Dutch cities.Stiil, each local one differs from the other, especially in the true second hand section.In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE.2014 update: Well the POLARE giant had a short life. It looks like most shops will return in some local form with a name...

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  • Best hats in town

    A small shop having a lot of hats for ladies and men. From traditional to modern. A nice hat for a party, wedding or just for fun. From 100 euro and up.

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  • The newest Maastricht Shopping Mall

    The Mosae Forum Mall has the following shops: BufkesDayliEspritFree Record Shop (closed in 2013)Grand Café Centre VilleH&MI amIntersportJumboKap-TifKruidvatMosae Gusto!S. OliverSam & DiagoSissy Boy HomelandThe StingSubwayVan Haren SchoenenVilla HappYournails & BeautyShopping Hours:Mo: Noon - 6PMTu-We: 10AM - 6PMTh: 10AM - 9PMFr-Sa: 10AM -...

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Maastricht Local Customs

  • Dialect

    Because of its location and diverse modern history Maastrichters have developed a dialect unique to the city which is heavily influence by Belgian and German and even has some French and Spanish minor roots. It differs from Standard Dutch not just in intonation but also regards vocabularly in that there are some terms which do not translate...

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  • Carnaval

    it afternoon in town and the town hall is full of crowds. With an invitation you can get in and see the ‘ sleutel-overdracht’ ( handover the key of the city). It is always celbrated they saterday before Carnival starts. The local celebrities are invited as well some national persons in the field of politics. Such as ministers and parlement members....

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  • Student associations

    After I had been riding around Maastricht for a few hours, it gradually dawned on me that I had come during the Students’ Introduction Week or INKOM, in which new students are introduced to the city and the university and to the “many social, sports and student associations” that go to great lengths to recruit the new students as members.There are...

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Maastricht Warnings and Dangers

  • A Dodgy Taxi Driver

    On my last trip I was travelling with a friend and so a couple of times we used local taxis to get back to our hotel at night. On the third occasion, picking up a taxi from the rank at the railway station, the driver took us the long way round, using the bridge further down the river.When I pointed out to him that this wasn't the fastest, or...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Internet Cafés Don't Open Until Noon!

    In the morning of my second day in Maastricht, I wanted to log onto the internet to check my email. I located two internet cafés -- the first on Boschstraat near the Markt and the second on a small side street between the VVV and the Vrijthof. Neither was open until noon! They both had operating hours from noon to midnight. Apparently, they assumed...

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Maastricht Tourist Traps

  • Marktplein - Enjoy life to the fullest!

    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...

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  • Marktplein - Natural centre of...

    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...

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  • Marktplein - The 17th century Stadhuis.

    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...

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Maastricht What to Pack

  • Good shoes and a good coat

    Travel light....Carry enough warm clothes but dont load yourself down too much. If ya go in the summer be sure to prepare for warm weather. I visited Maastricht in July and temps were 36c everyday. Remember most places do not have air conditioning so it gets hot in a hurry. Good leather walking shoes,leather jacket,blue jeans,gloves.If you are...

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  • Travel Light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • A sarong!

    Well, a nice bag to go with everything, as you can see. How can something that sounds like "soooo-wrong" look sooo-right?!...The more vibrant, colourful or floral the sarong the better, with chic sandals, nice top, heavy/elaborate earrings and sensual, chic cropped hair. My Maastricht pictures taken with a mixture of Kodak Gold 100-3 and...

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Maastricht Off The Beaten Path

  • Surrounding area

    On the second day of our visit to Maastricht (19 June 2013) we made an early morning walk in the countryside, our point of departure was the village of Bemelen. Notice the characteristic hollow road, a rarity in the Netherlands.

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  • St. Pietersberg

    Grotten St. Pietersberg-Noordelijk gangenstelsel Address Luikerweg 71, 6212 NH Maastricht Entrance fees Adults € 3.25 Children (-12) €2.25 These are the caves of the St. Pietersberg just outside of Maastricht. People just these caves as a shelter in earlier days. Here you can get guided tours through the caves. If you strawl on St. Pietersberg...

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  • War Graves

    The main cemetary in Maastricht, locates a number of wargraves from Dutch, Belgian soldiers, allied pilots and Jewish residents who lost their lives during WWII. Several honour fields and memorials are located at the cemetary.

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Maastricht Sports & Outdoors

  • nude beach (Naturistenvereniging De...

    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...

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  • Cycling - The Landelijke Fietsroute 3A

    Maastricht is at one of the Dutch countrywide bicycle routes.The 3A route follows the Maas river. A bicycle with 7 or more gears.

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  • sports

    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...

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Maastricht Favorites

  • Parks

    If you have the chance, on a sunny morning, to contemplate the medieval towers of Maastricht from Mount Saint Pieter, you will not find it hard to imagine yourself back in centuries past. Strolling down the hill towards the city, you might pass along cornfields, stroke a horse’s head over the barbed wire and pick a poppy flower from the grass. Your...

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  • Vrijthof

    The Vrijthof is the city's main focus for both locals and tourists. The eastern side is a row of terraced cafes which face the twin churches of St Jan (with its distinctive red tower) and St Servaas. Also around the square is the former Spanish Government House, the old Customs House and the Vrijthof Theatre. On the square itself are several...

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  • The Maas/Meuse River

    The Maas, as it is called in Dutch and German (Meuse in French and English), is actually not a very busy river. I seem to have taken pictures of it mainly when something was going on, such as a barge passing through, but there were long periods when the river was just empty.I assume it must have been much busier in the nineteenth century, when for...

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City walls
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Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk / Church of Our Lady
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Vrijthof
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Fortifications
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Bonnefantenmuseum
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St. Jan church
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The old city defence lines and "Hoge Fronten"
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Vrijthof Christmas - not worth to go
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Prins Bernhard Monument
Off The Beaten Path
War Memorial Tree "Old Hickory" Division
Off The Beaten Path
Walking tip: Bemelen
Off The Beaten Path
Napoleon Trail
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Games, DVD's and CD's
Shopping
Vauban was here
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Christmas Market – Christmas spirit.
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Christmas Market – At the Vrijthof.
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Christmas Market – Magical atmosphere.
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Beautiful view!
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Try the Eitje Tijl.
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Still Wandering - Visit #2 - Raised Bridge
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The Market On The Markt
Shopping
Still Wandering - Visit #2 - The Bear Pit
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Still Wandering - Visit #2 - d'Artagnan's Statue
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Very Maastricht!
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Still Wandering - Visit #2 - Statue With The Flame
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Enjoy The Christmas Market
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Another Friendly Bar For Your Morning Coffee
Favorites
Where The Onion Soup IS French (maybe)!
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Winkels
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Take a walk
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The best Italian restaurant in town
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Asian Wok restaurant
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Good breakfast or lunch in Maastricht
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Baccara Flower's
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Children Playground "Fort Willem"
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Centre Céramique
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The Gronsveld Tower Windmill
Off The Beaten Path
Cycling in Maastricht
Transportation
Trains to Maastricht
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Wycker Brugstraat
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Map of Maastricht

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