Maastricht Travel Guide

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Maastricht Things to Do

  • St. Servaas church

    Must visit! Have a look at my travelogue; inside you'll find the church treasure, relics, and the crypt with burial site of St. Servatius. In Wikipedia I read that as early as the 10th century the king of Germany and founder of the Ottonian dynasty, Henry the Fowler, demanded that the relics of Servatius be handed over to him, but he received only...

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  • Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk / Church of Our...

    This church is one of the oldest at Maastricht. It is well possible, hat at this location the oldest church of the Netherlands was located before the present church was constructed, but documents about it were lost. The official Dutch name is Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Tenhemelopneming. The present building was build in the 11th and 12th...

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  • 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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Maastricht Restaurants

  • Great terrace in Maastricht.

    his is one of a line of restaurants at the main square named Vrijthof in Maastricht overlooking the cathedral. Like the others in this row of restaurants it has an extensive terraced area. However it also has a beautiful interior, which triggered us to enter the restaurant in the first place. We arrived at just before noon and we noticed that...

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  • Great terrace in Maastricht.

    During a nice hike in the amazing city of Maastricht we suddenly had the urge for a nice cold beer. The Lanteern is situated at a very pretty square and this place is a must if your visiting Maastricht. Therefore we went to the Lanteern for a this nice afternoon beer and a quick bite. We were lucky to find at least one table available as it seemed...

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  • Nice Italian

    Friendly family Italian restaurant in a great setting at Maastricht market. It's Pizza or Pasta here for sure!Singing waiters and more Italian stuff.Discount for students.Business hours:Ma-Sa: 11AM - 11PMSu: 1PM - 11PM

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Maastricht Nightlife

  • The Maas River

    Both day and night the St. Servaas bridge is the spot for people watching.The bridge got its name from Saint Servatius, the first bishop of MaastrichtIt's the oldest Dutch bridge. A first wooden structure was build by the Romans at about 50 AD. This bridge collapsed in 1275 from the weight of a large procession and 400 people ere killed in the...

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  • Center city theater

    The Theater aan het Vrijthof is located in a former city palace from 1805. The theater was opened in 1992 after a renovation.In the theater events like cabaret, dance, shows, concerts, music and opera are performed. Dependent on the venue.

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  • 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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Maastricht Transportation

  • Car parking at Maastricht

    Car parking at Maastricht is well organized. In and around the old city center parking is not free.Best look for a parking garage. At the major entrance roads to the city are display that indicates the free spots in the parking garages.Besides the garages there are Park & Walk areas at 10 minutes walking from the town at:- The Stadspark- The...

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  • The local bus

    The bus station is next to the train station.All local Veolia 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) like bus 50 to Aachen Hbf in Germany.

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  • NS Train

    Maastricht can be easily reached by Intercity train.There is a second local station to the South called Randwyck, next to the MECC conference center.Real time Public Transportation info on the Maastricht map.

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Maastricht Shopping

  • Shaving stuff and more

    A drugstore where time stood still. Looking at the average Dutch shop appearance, this business is a real gem.They even seem to have a dry cleaning service.This is a shop that must be visited for real; nothing virtual. Anything from shaving stuff to toothpaste. Normal prices.

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  • CLOSED: Vroom en Dreesmann

    Vroom en Dreesmann, or V&D in short, is represented at Maastricht. This department store still is popular at the Dutch Middle Class shopper.2016 Update: February 16, 2016 was a black day for the Vroom & Dreesmann stores. Despite negotiations with new investors, the chain was forced to close their store as the real estate owners had different...

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  • Fine food and drinks

    Maison Florop is a great shop for fine high quality food.The shop was founded in 1863 by the Florp family. Soon the shop with special food also sold fine French wines and became very popular.Business hours:Mo: ClosedTu-We: Noon - 6PMTh-Fr: 11AM - 6PMSa: 11AM - 5PMSu: Closed Fine foods.

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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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  • Green streets

    The old city center of Maastricht is wonderful to wander around. Special the smaller cobblestone paved streets offer their own atmosphere of this ancient city.The local love to keep their area green and it shows.

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Maastricht Warnings and Dangers

  • Bicycles

    Maastricht may be hilly, but it differs not from other Dutch cities looking at the number of cyclists.The smaller streets of the old city center are mostly pedestrian areas, but outside those just watch your steps (and don't be knocked down by a bicycle).And when you decide to cycle yourself be aware that even parking space for bicycles is rare at...

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  • Road works

    Maastricht can be reached by car using the A2 highway. This international road to Belgium is a very busy one. Traffic increased after improvements of the highway at other locations (Utrecht and Eindhoven) and the opening of the A73 highway from Nijmegen.The highway runs through Maastricht on ground level and knows a number of busy crossing with...

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  • 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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Maastricht Tourist Traps

  • Vrijthof – Numerous events.

    Although most tourists know this square and Maastricht is famous of it it’s not the best square to go. However it is a nice big square (no grass) surrounded with trees and where birds come and some busses pass by. There are lots of bars with terraces, museums, a theatre, 2 churches (St. Servaas being a basilica and the St. Janskerk). In all it is a...

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  • Vrijthof – Restaurants and cafes.

    Het Vrijthof is a beautiful square in the center of old town Maastricht, paved with old cobblestones and surrounded by trees. Many very nice restaurants and cafes encircle the square. Adjacent to the Vrijthof is the St. Servatius Basilica, a Romanesque cathedral with crypts and treasures.The square is surrounded by cafes and restaurants (note - the...

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  • Vrijthof – Square since medieval times.

    Maastricht is a great city with many historical structures and squares. But there’s one place in particular that you cannot miss visiting and that’s ‘het Vrijthof’. This square has attracted people since Medieval times when pilgrims came to see the grave of Saint Servatius. These days, Vrijthof is known for its outdoor cafés and events.For a lot of...

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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

    The ancient town of Valkenburg was established long ago. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle. Because of its dependence of its defenses, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The elegant history of Valkenburg can be related to a timeline...

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  • St. Pietersberg

    De Tombe are the remains of an early "motte" located on the westbank of the Sint-Pietersberg near the ENCI forest. Original on top of this hill a castle remained. The fundaments of the castle tower were excavated in 1920, however nowadays these are no visual details. The top of the hill was disturbed by recent cavings. A part of the moat is still...

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  • Valkenburg – From castles to caves.

    The ancient town of Valkenburg was established long ago. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle. Because of its dependence of its defenses, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The elegant history of Valkenburg can be related to a timeline...

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Maastricht Sports & Outdoors

  • Geusseltbad

    The Swimming Pool of Maastricht, which has 5 pools (4 inside, 1 outside) and a Grand Cafe. Swimming clothes.

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  • 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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Maastricht General

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  • 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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  • Public Toilet

    Like in many other Dutch cities public toilets are somewhat rare. So, the one at the Maastricht station is one to start with. Others can be found in department stores like the HEMA, V&D and Bijenkorf. Of course, all bars have toilets, but what about it's in the middle of the night and these are closed.2016 Update: Forget V&D. February 16, 2016 was...

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