A visit to Maastricht can provide a wide variety of amazing opportunities for sightseeing, especially architectural.
Maastricht holds their claim to fame as being the oldest preserved city in all of Holland. Holland is a state of the Netherlands. (Edit: Maastricht is the longest continuously inhabited city in the Netherlands and is located in the province of Limburg.) The city’s name literally means crossing at the Meuse and refers to the bridge built by the Romans to cross the river “Maas” in the 1st century. Great site!
We visited the VVV which is the information center for the city and a must do as soon as you enter the city. The helpful personnel at the site recommended the ride along the river as well as the city self guided walking tour. They sold us 2 maps for 3€ that were a detailed description of the walking tour and of the whole city center. The walking tour had a plethora of information written in English.
During our sightseeing cruise tour on the river, we observed many historical and even prehistoric highlights including the locks of the river which have an amazing history that you must go on the tour to find out about. The tour was just 7,50€ per person and well worth it. They play the information over loud speakers in English and then in Dutch. The boat tours also offer an additional tour of the caves for just 5 euro extra (only offered in Dutch). The caves were used by the soldiers of Maastricht during the early ages and span the entire city! It is a must see.
The walking tour took us to St. Servaasbasiliek, the St. Jan’s Church and the Het Vrijthof square in the middle of town. St. Jan’s (John’s) is an ancient monument from the 16th century. We also visited hells gate, which is the original entrance to the city dating back to the old ages .
The market located around Town hall built in the 17th century by Pieter Post. It is open every day except Monday. It is vast market that includes all that European markets would expect. A short walk away is the Centre Cermique- also on the map- which is a public library and exhibition space and The treasury of the Basilica of Our Lady, a beautiful church with religious artifacts. A fun fact is that Maastricht attracted over 100,000 people to its population in just 100 years. In 1818 only 20 thousand people lived in Maastricht and now it’s a hustle and bustle cultural hotspot. After all was done we made our way back to the car that we parked at the Mosae Forum. We stayed for approximately 4 hours and were charged 11 euros for our stay. Good money for great parking that can be extremely hard to find in the hustle and bustle of Maastrichts city center. Take a day or two and stroll the beautiful and historical streets of this delightful Netherlands city.Parking: Mosae Forum Laag 40 Maastricht 6211JW Other Parking Options