Maastricht is the capital of the Netherland’s most southern province Limburg. Limburg is renowned for its relax atmosphere and exuberant lifestyle. The city has a rich history which dates back to 50 BC when the Romans built a bridge across the across the river Meuse which gave Maastricht his name, derived from the Latin ‘Mosae Trajectum’. Many European cultures and trade have come together in Maastricht and the surrounding area ever since. Today, you can still feel, taste and experience this multi-cultural touch everywhere.
The streets are full of reminders of Maastricht's history. While it began as a Roman tradingpost, it has been a city of pilgrimage, a medieval fortified military city and the handcraft centre where the Dutch Industrial Revolution began. The city it is today has a lot of remains showing these developments.
Maastricht has a compact city centre. Almost all hot spots are within walking distance. Experience the good life of Maastricht by strolling the streets for a day and shop in the many boutiques of the city centre. At night there are plenty of opportunities to visit one of the many theatres and see a play or concert. Maastricht is home to André Rieu’s world famous Johann Strauß Orchestra which gives outdoor concerts in the summer months. The river Meuse flows through Maastricht's city centre, which makes a great spot for walking or just relaxing in one of the riverside parks.
Due to its long history, Maastricht is a protected cityscape with 1677 monuments. Here you can see the oldest city gate as well as the oldest bridge of the Netherlands, multiple important churces and fifteen castles and estates. The most important sights include the Market, with its Dutch classicistic city hall dating back from 1664; the Bassin, the old inland harbour; and the two most important historic districts Wyck and Jekerkwartier. Make sure you visit the Vrijthof and Onze-Lieve-Vrouweplein, the two liveliest squares of the city, for some real Dutch 'gezelligheid'.
Maastricht is the culinary capital of the Netherlands. It has the highest national density of cafes, where you can have a taste of the locally brewed beers or a good cup of coffee on one of the outdoor terraces. It is home to excellent restaurants, boasting ten restaurants with a Michelin star. The people of Maastricht like to wine and dine extensively, which makes this place heaven for the ‘foodies’ among us.
If you would rather clear your mind and be out in the open, you are in the right place too. South Limburg boasts and interesting pattern of landscapes due to the ice ages. The hilly landscape makes excellent terrain for hiking and biking. The caves of Limburg have exposed a gateway to the past. You can see the K-Pg boundary and many fossils have been found here, including Mosasaurs and giant sea turtles. These can be seen in the Museum of Natural History in Maastricht.
Welcome to Maastricht!