Not quite sure where to start your sightseeing in Maastricht? We’ve listed the most famous and our favourite sights below!
Choose the sight you would like to visit in the menu below, and get the shortest route from the hotel. In the overview below you may read more about the different places.
Built in the 6th century atop the grave of St. Servatius, the first Bishop of Maastricht, Roman Catholic St. Servaaskerk is the oldest church in the Netherlands. Highlights include the Imperial Hall and the Imperial Gallery, built between 1165 and 1677, and the fine south doorway known as the Bergportaal, with its Biblical statuary from the 13th century.
Mountain Sint Pieter, the northernmost section of a large plateau stretching between Maastricht and the city of Liège in Belgium, is well-known as a nature reserve and recreational area, as well as for the 18th-century Fort Sint Pieter.
The fort was built to defend the city from the French. Underneath the fortress and the mountain are the famous St. Pietersberg Caves, a large system of tunnels and passages formed over many centuries by the quarrying of local marlstone. The caves are open by guided tour, and along with their historic interest, they also offer the chance to see evidence of ancient fossils.
The impressive Basilica of Our Lady (Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw) was built around AD 1000. The fortress-like character of the Romanesque west front, with its two stair turrets, recalls the church’s former function as part of the town’s fortifications. The Late Gothic choir with its large crypt is particularly pleasing, as is the side chapel containing the image of Our Lady Star of the Sea dating from the 15th century. Other features of interest are the west crypt, which belonged to the earlier church, the church treasury, the beautiful 16th-century cloister, and the west tower.
Maastricht’s Old Town preserves entire segments of the first circuit of town walls, built around 1229. The wall’s most impressive sections are Hell Gate (Helpoort), the oldest town gate in the Netherlands, and the Jeker Tower. Also, of note is Onze-Lieve-Vrouwewal, a stretch of old wall offering fine views over the municipal park with its old cannons, as well as over the Maas. The remnants of the town’s second circuit of walls date from around 1350.
The Vrijthof is a beautiful square in the centre of the old town Maastricht. 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. You can enjoy the outdoor cafés of Vrijthof Square. Enjoy one of the many different kinds of beers that are served in Maastricht or try a piece of Limburgse Vlaai, a fruit pie famous among the Dutch.
Visiting Vrijthof? Don’t forget to go to the Museum aan het Vrijthof; Housed in a 16th-century former home of the Dukes of Brabant, its collections include paintings, sculptures, furniture, silver, porcelain, and glass work from Maastricht. Particular highlights are the Wagner-De Wit collection of works by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists, as well as paintings from members of the Hague School, plus sculptures from the Middle Ages.
During the summer, there will be an unique performance by André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as soloist and guest appearances. Every year André makes a big splash with special guest artists at the Vrijthof.