Maastricht: Historic city with international flair

In the capital of the Limburg region there are numerous cultural highlights and historical sights. As the oldest city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is nevertheless very modern and also hosts many cosy cafés and trendy bars. The influence of international students gives the city its cosmopolitan character and combines modernity with history in the cityscape. Maastricht can be explored by bicycle, both comfortably and in accordance with the country. For a discovery tour through the city, Maastricht offers visitors an all-round programme: churches, exciting museums, parks and regional markets attract visitors from all over the world to the charming city.

Travel tips for Maastricht

For a visit in Maastricht it is recommended to plan enough time due to the great variety of highlights. The following small selection of attractions provides tips for an eventful stay in the Dutch city.

The bookstore in the Dominican Sisters Church

A visit to Netherlands most beautiful bookshop is especially worthwhile for literature fans and architecture enthusiasts. In the centre of the town, between Vrijthof and the market, the Gothic building of the former Dominican church with its high ceilings and round arches is an impressive building. In addition to the special architecture, there are more than 20,000 books here, which invite you to browse in an impressive atmosphere. A real hotspot in beautiful Maastricht.

Maastricht Underground

This special sightseeing tour shows Maastricht from a completely different perspective and takes you underground. Before going underground, the tour starts at Fort St. Pieter, which is connected to the underground caves. From there you have a unique view of Maastricht. The northern grottos were once created by the extraction of marl and today still form a kind of maze of winding corridors. The beautifully decorated walls tell exciting stories thanks to extraordinary illustrations. In the caves farmers from surrounding villages once sought shelter from the French siege. The Zonneberg Grottoes also impress visitors with ceilings up to 10 metres high and create an almost sacred impression. During the Second World War, these caves were originally intended to protect up to 47,000 citizens of the city in the event of an evacuation. For this reason, bread ovens, water pumps and a chapel can still be found there today. In addition to the caves, the casemates form a 14-kilometre-long underground labyrinth of mine tunnels and brick tunnels. These show the Maastricht defence system at the time of the siege and house bomb-proof rooms and powder chambers.

The Lumière Cinema Maastricht

In case of bad weather, an excursion to the Lumière Cinema is recommended. There, visitors do not expect a standard cinema, but a cultural organization that is run by 15 employees and hundreds of volunteers. Arthouse films, documentaries and world-famous classics are presented here in the original language, mostly with subtitles. Visitors will be particularly impressed by the design of the spacious industrial-style hall. In addition, the in-house restaurant creates delicious dishes that can be enjoyed overlooking the water. 

The Bosch Brewery

The only remaining municipal brewery in Maastricht is the Bosch brewery. Here beer fans will discover the background to brewing and the history of the town. Since 1758 beer has been brewed in the brewery, which has been owned by the Bosch family since 1827. Today, however, the brewery has been shut down since 1970 and instead allows a journey back in time to the 1970s. In addition to guided tours of the museum, you can also visit the brewery house. There you can taste the original beer of the brewery, which is still produced in another brewery today.

The Maastricht Market

In the heart of the city centre is the regional market, surrounded by stately villas and the imposing town hall. On Wednesdays there are 200 stalls with a large selection of plants, clothing, cosmetics and food from 9 am to 4 pm. Every Friday this offer is extended to 300 stands with a fish market. Also, in the organic market Boeremerret Limburg you can find sustainable, local as well as handmade goods, which are worth a visit.

Hotel tip

Only 25 minutes from Maastricht, the Romantik Parkhotel Het Gulpdal in the idyllic village of Slenaken in Mergelland invites to relax. Here guests find peace from city life and enjoy culinary delicacies from the renowned cuisine. The luxurious rooms provide a pleasant stay after an eventful day in Maastricht.