Sights Of Maastricht
Maastricht is known for its picturesque squares, romantic streets, and
historical buildings. The tourist information office (VVV) is located in
the Dinghuis, a 15th-century former town hall and law courts building on
the corner of Grote Staat and Kleine Staat. The main sights include:
Inner-city shopping district, including Grote Staat and Kleine
Staat, and high-end shopping street Stokstraat. Maastricht is also
well known for its cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Dinghuis, a medieval courthouse with an early Renaissance façade
Entre Deux, a recently rebuilt shopping centre which has won several
Dominican church, a bookstore located in a former 13th-century
Dominican Church. In 2008 the British newspaper
The Guardian proclaimed this the world’s most beautiful bookshop.
Sint Servaasbrug, the oldest bridge in the Netherlands
This famous square is considered by many to be the beating heart of
the old city. It features the massive St Servaas Church and St Jan’s
Cathedral and hosts a range of large festivals throughout the year.
The Carnival before Lent is an amazing occasion where (it seems) the
whole city dresses up in costume and parties until the early hours.
It really has to be seen to be believed
Sint-Servaas Basiliek, the Romanesque church of Saint Servatius. The
tomb of Saint Servatius in the crypt is a favored place of
pilgrimage: Pope John Paul II visited here in 1985.
Sint-Janskerk, a sandstone Gothic church dedicated to Saint John the
Baptist with a distinctive red tower. It is the city’s main
Theater aan het Vrijthof, the main city theatre, with a Neoclassical
Onze Lieve Vrouwenplein:
A picturesque treelined square with an abundance of pavement cafés.
Basilica of Our Lady, an 11th century church, commonly known as the
Star of the Sea, after an old title for the Virgin Mary.
Derlon Museumkelder a small museum in the basement of Hotel Derlon
with Roman remains.
The fairly large market square has been the stage for markets for
centuries,and still houses goods markets on Wednesdays and Fridays.
It’s a lively square, surrounded by cafés, shops and eateries.
The Town Hall, built in the 17th century by Pieter Post.
Mosae Forum, a brand new shopping center and civic building.
- A restored early 19th century inner harbor with restaurants and
- A picturesque neighborhood with the small river Jeker popping up
between old houses and remnants of city walls.
- The old quarter on the right bank of the Meuse river. Rechtstraat is
the main shopping street in Wyck with a mix of specialty shops, art
galleries and restaurants.
- A modern neighbourhood on the site of the former Céramique
potteries. Now a showcase of architectural highlights and musea like
the Bonnefanten Museum which is one of the foremost museum of Old
Masters and contemporary art in the province of Limburg
Helpoort: a 13th-century town gate, the oldest in the Netherlands
Fragments of the first and second medieval city walls
Hoge Fronten (or Linie van Du Moulin): remnants of 17th- and
18th-century fortifications with a number of well-preserved bastions
and an early 19th-century fortress, Fort Willem
Casemate, an underground network of tunnels, built as sheltered
emplacements for guns and cannons. These tunnels run for several
miles underneath the city’s fortifications. Guided tours are
Stadspark, the main public park on the west bank of the river.
Monsigneur Nolenspark, an extension of Stadspark with remnants of
the medieval city walls.
Aldenhofpark, another extension of Stadspark, with a statue of
Charles Eykpark, a modern park between the public library and
Bonnefanten Museum on the east bank of the Meuse river.
Griendpark, a modern park on the east bank of the river with an
inline-skating and skateboarding course.
Fort Sint-Pieter, an 18th-century fortress fully restored in 2008.
Grotten Sint-Pietersberg (caves) - a sandstone (marl) quarry with a
network of man-made tunnels. Kasteelruïne Lichtenberg, a farmstead
containing a ruined medieval castle keep.
D’n Observant, an artificial hilltop on Sint-Pietersberg.