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Mesmorising Maastricht, capital of the province of Limburg, Maastricht balances a lively cosmopolitan ambience with an abundance of history, culture and coffee shops.
The city is situated on the banks of the River Meuse (or Maas) from which it took its name. Confined within the borders of Germany and Belgium, this Netherlands city is found within its south eastern territories.
Maastricht was one of the first settlements in the Netherlands. The city’s earlier days were lived out as a Roman settlement named after the bridge built to cross what was then known as the river ‘Mosa’. At this time (around 50 BC) the city was called Mosae Trajectam. A considerable time before the arrival of those Romans, the Celts were comfortably settled in the area and there were others before that.
Day-trippers seem to enjoy the fruits of the northern realms of the River Maas, in and around the zone known as the Maasplassen. The reasons for this include the plentiful supply of water sports facilities, the stunning marinas and a lively atmosphere. Whatever your fancy from jet-ski to nice and easy river cruise, there is something on offer here for everybody.
While in Maastricht, why not enjoy a spot of ghost hunting at Thorn. A beautifully preserved medieval town 48 kilometres outside of Maastricht, packed with ‘ghostly’ whitewashed houses, Thorn (otherwise known as the ‘White Village’). For hundreds of years, Thorn was women only autonomy, this was where the Roman noble classes sent their daughters for knowledge in the workings of Christianity.
A popular destination for sightseers, this is where you can enjoy a stroll into the past, to trample some cobbled streets, discover hidden courtyards and soak up tons of smoky atmosphere. While in Maastricht, as much as you could try resisting the special charms of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Square, once you lay eyes upon the beautiful Basilica, all resolve will immediately vanish out of the window. Another irresistible meeting place is that of Vrijthof Square boasting its own basilica, St John’s Church and the Vrijthof theatre. Why not book up some tickets for a show while you are here.
At the Kerkberg, many find themselves inspired by the stunning high altar and its surrounding interior in the style of the baroque. Within the old stone abbey expect to find an intriguing little museum. Adjacent to this are a collection of sights to enjoy including the heavenly doll museum and gramophone museum (for those who remember those pre-walkman days!)
For an afternoon of old masters, there is no other place in town to compete with the Bonnefanten Museum of Art. You can’t miss the museum’s unique but magnificent exterior, this is where to come to enjoy both classical and contemporary fine art at its best.
Many a visit to Maastricht includes a trip to the World War Two caves. An interesting experience while here is to explore the St Pietersberg hill labyrinthine passageways which acted as hiding places from the occupying forces. This is found over in the south of the city flanked by an old fort.
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Maastricht Aachen Airport
is situated 10 kilometres outside of Maastricht city centre.
The airport is easily accessible by train or bus as there is the ‘Veolia’ bus service (bus stop is found adjacent to the terminal) from Maastricht Central Train Station. The destination of the bus is actually ‘Beek’ and the journey takes about twenty minutes. This service is much more frequent during the week than at weekends.
A taxi ride to and from the airport to Maastricht city centre will set you back about 25 euros (for a fifteen minute journey). If travelling on to Aachen, the cost for a taxi will be in the region of 70 euros.