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MaastrichtNetherlands

Explore medieval fortifications, admire historical cathedrals, and stroll down gorgeous cobbled streets in this vibrant Dutch river city, which combines its industrial history with a lively and sophisticated present.

Maastricht is a lively city of culture and history, with a proud industrial heritage and a hip, exciting future. It is the capital city of the province of Limburg, which is located in the south of the Netherlands, and it is surrounded by some truly lovely countryside.

The area around Maastricht was settled by Romans in the first century B.C., although the region had been inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribes even before then. Maastricht was awarded town status in 1229, and the fortifications that were built to protect the young city through the Middle Ages still remain, in part, today. The city’s fine cathedrals, largely Spanish in influence, are testimony to a strong religious tradition as well. Most recently, Maastricht entered history as the place where the treaty for the European Union, the Maastricht Treaty, was signed.

The city is made for exploring, with a historic old town that can be navigated on foot or by bike. Southeast of town is the 13th-century gate to the city walls, the Helpoort (Hell’s Gate), which is now home to an informative museum. Helpoort is the last of Maastricht’s gates, and it is actually the oldest city gate still standing in the whole of the Netherlands.

Head into the city centre, just west of the River Meuse, to find the Vrijthof. This tree-lined, cobbled town square is home to the Gothic cathedral St. Janskerk (Church of St. John) as well as the legendary Basilica of St. Servaas, where Saint Servatius is said to have been buried in the fourth century.

The VVV Maastricht, the city’s tourist centre, is located at the other end of the Grote Straat (Big Street). There you can sign up for a guided tour of the Fortifications Trail, a labyrinthine network of more than 20,000 tunnels at the St. Pietersberg Caves to the south of the city.

Reach Maastricht by train or by plane, or drive for 2.5 hours from Amsterdam. After seeing the city, head out to the surrounding countryside to hike and see the castles in the hills. Another novel attraction, just to the southeast of the city, is the point where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands all converge.

Top hotels in Maastricht

Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht
Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht
4 out of 5
Pierre De Coubertinweg 3, Maastricht
The price is NZ$91 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

Located in Wittevrouwenveld, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of De Geusselt Stadium, Market, and Vrijthof. Maastricht University is 2 mi (3.1 km) ...

3.8/5Good! (562 reviews)

"Good price for good service and quality. Loved the water pressure in the shower!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht
NH Maastricht
NH Maastricht
4 out of 5
Forum 110, Maastricht
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$125 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Located in Randwijck, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, Maastricht University, and Market. Vrijthof ...

4.1/5Very Good! (642 reviews)

"Great service . Value for money and close proximity to the center ."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

NH Maastricht
Crowne Plaza Maastricht
Crowne Plaza Maastricht
4 out of 5
Ruiterij 1, Maastricht
The price is NZ$202 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Located in Maastricht-Centre Urban District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Market and Vrijthof. Maastricht University is 0.7 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (582 reviews)

"Location was ideal. Nice Neighbourhood.and also next tot the center."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Crowne Plaza Maastricht
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Maastricht

Urban Residences Maastricht
Urban Residences Maastricht
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$196 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Located in Maastricht-Centre Urban District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vrijthof, Market and Maastricht University. Dominicanenkerk ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (205 reviews)
Exceptionally Spacious

"Exceptionally spacious apartment for family of 4 ( Family XL) and beds are super comfortable! Great location, everything at your doorstop. Best apartment on our travels. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Urban Residences Maastricht
Resort Mooi Bemelen
Resort Mooi Bemelen
3.5 out of 5
Gasthuis 3, Bemelen
The price is NZ$91 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

Situated in the suburbs, this condominium resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fluwelengrot, American War Cemetery and Wilhemina Toren. Valkenburg Caves and Valkenburg ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Read the small print on additional costs!

"Advertised price is good but read the additional charges carefully. Only stayed two nights but got charged €50 for cleaning, €6 for bedding and there were no towels. The place is also still a building site with no facilities. Caveat emptor!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2018

Resort Mooi Bemelen
Panorama Camping Gulperberg
Panorama Camping Gulperberg
2 out of 5
1 Berghem, Gulpen, LI
The price is NZ$103 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.

Situated in Gulpen, this campsite is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Klooster Wittem and within 9 miles (15 km) of Dreilaendereck and American War Cemetery. Valkenburg ...

4/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"Mooooi huisje op n prachtig liggend park vriendelijk personeel"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2020

Panorama Camping Gulperberg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Maastricht

Vrijthof
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Vrijthof

5/5(4 reviews)

Be part of Maastricht’s café culture at this delightful town square, the largest in Maastricht and home to storied cathedrals, an elegant theatre and the city’s annual carnival.

Bonnefanten Museum
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Bonnefanten Museum

Visit this modern art museum to see great works both inside and out. Works from old masters as well as local artists are housed in an eye-catching building.  

Basilica of Our Lady
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Basilica of Our Lady

4.5/5(6 reviews)

This grand Romanesque church is home to some breath-taking architecture, an underground chamber of glittering artefacts, and a Virgin Mary statue that has attracted pilgrims for centuries.

Top activities in Maastricht

Vacation Photographer in Maastricht
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Vacation Photographer in Maastricht

NZ$376
Per adult
Aachen - Old town Guided tour
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Aachen - Old town Guided tour

NZ$415
Per adult
Aachen Private Walking Tour
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Aachen Private Walking Tour

NZ$307
Per adult
Maastricht Tourist Scavenger Hunt
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Maastricht Tourist Scavenger Hunt

NZ$53
Per adult
Maastricht Sightseeing Walking Tours
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Maastricht Sightseeing Walking Tours

NZ$115
Per adult
Walk and Explore Maastricht Self-Guided Interactive City Trail
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Walk and Explore Maastricht Self-Guided Interactive City Trail

NZ$52
Per adult

Reviews of Maastricht

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21 Dec. 2019

Loved Maastricht the shopping the river the architecture but was very busy lots of people around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Jul. 2019

Loved it! Quaint atmosheric old town, with great ambience, super restaurants, designer shopping, best when an Andre Rieu concert in town! Would love to return one day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 May 2019

The limestone caves are a must as is the walking tour.

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Sittard

Valkenburg Castle featuring a castle, building ruins and heritage elements

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North Rhine-Westphalia which includes heritage architecture

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Wittem

Wittem