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Saint Servatius Bridge of Maastricht in the Evening Even though Maastricht is a relatively small town (its population is approximately 122,000 and its area is almost 60 square kilometers), the city is distinguished by the atmosphere of a capital and a large international center. Dutch, French and German, along with the local dialect are the leading languages here. The city is rich in culture, history, monuments, folklore and traditions.
The majority of popular tourist shops in Maastricht are located close to Vrijthof Square. You can find many popular clothes stores with frequent sales and various promotions, as well as … Open
Every year Maastricht is visited by over 2.6 million tourists. Both Maastricht locals and the Dutch usually describe the city as Burgundy, foreign, international city, cozy, typically southern and sunny. What makes Maastricht such a unique place? Why do thousands of tourists come here to enjoy shopping, make a walk, go to a restaurant or just relax on an outdoor terrace of a cafe? Not only the Dutch, but also their neighbors, the Belgians and the Germans, are in love with the special atmosphere of the city. Maybe, the reason for this is in a great location on the Maas River, in its ancient history or a historical center with its nearly 1,500 monuments? Is it in large squares, in 400 cafes, chic restaurants and boutiques? Or maybe (and, most likely, this is the most obvious explanation), the reason is a combination of all these factors?
Maastricht has no shortage of epithets - the oldest city of the Netherlands, the city of monuments (Maastricht is the second city after Amsterdam in terms of the number of monuments), the city of the first bishop, the oldest industrial city, a city of shopping, a student city and the most comfortable city of the Netherlands. Life is very fast in Maastricht. New shopping centers , fancy hotels and chic restaurants , some of which are awarded with Michelin stars - all these factors attract to Maastricht numerous visitors who want to enjoy shopping or have a good weekend. Do not forget to visit Vrijthof and discover other notable sights of Maastricht. Feel the city as Maastricht residents feel it. Copyright
In Maastricht, travelers with children will find many wonderful entertainments. They can walk in mysterious caves, relax in beautiful gardens, and visit many interesting museums. Start your … Open
The Basilica of Saint Servatius.
Do not forget to visit the basilica itself, , as well as its treasury. This is the place where the history of Maastricht is kept, embodied in jewelry. The Shrine of St. Servatius, the first bishop of the Netherlands, as well as the golden tomb that keeps the remains of this patron saint of the city. All the items here are directly or indirectly connected to this historically important figure. The basilica is the place where you can see the holy cup of Saint Servatius, his belt, crosier and key. Besides this, the basilica stores a unique collection of silk and lots of wonderful paintings and drawings. The basilica and the treasure vault are open at the same time. However, during the divine service the entrance to the treasury is closed. Visitors are welcome to visit the basilica throughout a year. From May to October here are organized guided excursions to the church, and tourists don’t have to pay extra for an opportunity to hear interesting stories about this place.
Maastricht Vrijthof.
In Dutch Vrijthof means "enclosure" or "a courtyard outside a church". In Maastricht Vrijthof Square has the second meaning. It is located in front of the Basilica of Saint Servatius and is often called the heart of the city. This is the place where you can get acquainted with the province of Limburg just like it is, and, probably, like it always will be. There are nice restaurants and cafes around the square, where you can taste the most delicious local food and drinks. The route of the city tram also starts from Vrijthof Square. Here visitors can make a 45-minute tour to the historical center of the city and see many wonderful places of interest. The tram is fully closed, equipped with heating and it has 35 seats. By the way, this is the only tram that can be seen on the streets of Maastricht. Besides the tram, the square is the location of Vrijthof Theatre. Almost every day the theatre hosts performances of the highest quality - opera, cabaret, musicals and dance shows - the stage of the theatre has seen all kinds of performances.
While walking around the city, you can discover most unusual and original gastronomic facilities. For example, Pakhoes restaurant offers to its guests most popular dishes from Dutch, French … Open
The Church of Saint Jan.
This church has appeared on the site of the baptismal chapel of XIV century in front of the Basilica of St. Servatius. Over the years the church has grown and expanded. In 1632, the church became the property of Dutch Reformed Community. The 70 meter tall tower painted in red color is the most striking element of the church. Do not forget to go inside the church to see the pulpit created by Conrad Perkins and a wonderful organ.
Town Hall Maastricht Dominican Church.
Dominican Church was built in the end of the XIII century. The church is built in gothic architectural style, but there are also elements of romance. The northern part of the church is the place where you can see wonderful arches decorated with frescoes of the XIV century. You will be certainly amazed by frescoes made by Thomas Aquinas. These are the oldest murals in the Netherlands and oldest works by Thomas Aquinas. During last 200 years, the church was used for a variety of purposes, and some of them were really unexpected – the church was a banquet hall, and even a terrarium... Nowadays, the church has been restored and now it houses the Selexyz bookshop.
Of course, the southernmost city of Holland is distinguished by special national features. Its residents cherish the traditions and customs of their ancestors. You will understand this if … Open
Market Square (Markt van Maastricht).
Markt van Maastricht, which is located alongside Vrijthof, is one of the most important squares in the city. The beautiful Maastricht Town Hall is located here. The square appeared at the time when the town hall was built - in the XVII century. Nowadays, Market Square is the location of a great number of restaurants and cafes. Every week a market is open here on Wednesday and Friday. On Fridays, the market is especially great.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Maastricht and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Maastricht
♥   Shopping area ' Stokstraat' Maastricht, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Wycker Brugstraat' Maastricht, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Kleine Staat' Maastricht, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Grote Staat' Maastricht, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Maastricht
♥   Castle 'Valkenburg castle' , 9.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alden Biesen Castle' , 12.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Jansgeleen Castle' , 15 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hoensbroek Castle' , 17.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Landsfort Heerlen' , 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Maastricht
♥   National Park 'De Meinweg' , 43.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' , 53.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Maasduinen' , 86.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Loonse en Drunense Duinen' , 97.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Grenspark de Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide' , 108.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Maastricht and around
♥   Art museum 'Bonnefanten Museum' Maastricht, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Maastricht from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Abteiberg Museum

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
The year 1901 is considered the official date of the museum's foundation. It occupied several rooms in the city hall building for the first three years of its existence. The museum moved to the former Protestant school building in 1904. It was located there until 1925. The museum was moved to the Karl-Brandt House in 1926. It stayed there until 1944. This historic building was destroyed during the Second World War. So the museum had to find a new location. It was located in the Oskar-Kühlen-Haus building until 1982. The museum building is an outstanding architectural landmark of Monchengladbach today. … Read further

Aachen Cathedral

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
A lot of amazing legends relate to the cathedral. According to one of them, the money for the construction was donated by the Devil himself. In exchange, he wanted to take the soul of the first creature who will come to the finished cathedral. Local residents managed to outwit the devil. When the cathedral was completed, they let a wolf come first. A number of outstanding historical events are associated with the place. Here, 35 kings and 14 queens of the German Empire were enthroned. Today, the Aachen Cathedral is as majestic as hundreds of years ago. Once inside, it’s impossible to look away from artistic colorful stained-glass windows, marble walls and ceilings, incredible painting, and other items of decor. … Read further
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