Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, has a unique location at the heart of Europe. With eight airports within an hour’s journey by road or train, Maastricht is easy to reach.
One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Maastricht bears witness to the passage of time. The city’s unique and vibrant culture has evolved throughout the centuries under Germanic and Roman influences.
The charming and compact city centre has something to offer everyone – and the highlights are all within walking distance. Historical buildings and beautiful churches, trendy designer shops, open squares with welcoming pavement cafés and a good range of high class restaurants – yours to explore and enjoy!
Features of Maastricht
Vrijthof Square has been called the most beautiful square in the country. Perhaps because it is the cultural heart of the city. 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.
Basilica of St. Servatius
This historical church was dedicated to Saint Servatius, an Armenian missionary who died and was buried in Maastricht. The grave of the saint, as well as the many relics in the church treasury, made the basilica a popular pilgrimage site. The basilica, which is the oldest in the Netherlands, has one of the most magnificent treasure rooms of Europe
The Bonnefanten Museum
This is Maastricht’s main art museum which holds a mixture of medieval and contemporary art. The structure itself is a great architectonic highlight. The first floor highlights Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting as well as the museum’s extensive collection of Medieval sculpture. The second floor exhibits contemporary art with a focus on American Minimalism, Italian Arte Povera and Concept Art.
Cafés and terraces
Maastricht is known as the most ‘bon vivant’ city in Holland. Everywhere you go, you can enjoy excellent food and drink in beautiful surroundings. You can choose from countless terraces and cafés. You can also discover the history of the old brewery and the centuries-old watermill that still grinds grain for the bakery.
- The City Park and the vineyards of Maastricht
The City Park is a perfect place to explore the rich history in and around the park. Climb the centuries-old city walls to take in the beauty of Maastricht for a moment. The vineyards of Maastricht are some of the oldest in Holland, initially planted back in Roman times. You can visit these vineyards, just outside the city, and taste Pinot Noir, Riesling and Müller-Thürgau.
- St. Peter’s Caves
In one of the highest spots in Holland, miles of tunnels make for a unique experience. A tour beneath Saint Peter’s Mount near Maastricht allows you to explore the caves that were excavated by men through the centuries.