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Exploring Maastricht: Best Activities for Your Netherlands Visit

The capital of the province Limburg, the Netherlands Maastricht is a wonderful Dutch city with almost 120.000 inhabitants located in the southeastern part of the country, very close to Belgium and Germany.

The city attracts each year around 3 million tourists and has many interesting things to explore.

Netherlands Maastricht City view

Maastricht City view Netherlands

The name of the city comes from the river which crosses it, the Meuse River and comes from the Roman times. In the 1st century AD, the Romans built a bridge across the river and name the water Meuse.

In and around the city are many interesting places to visit.

Here is a list of the most visited  Netherlands Maastricht attractions:

1. Vrijthof Square

This is the main square of the city. All the major events from the city are held in this place, including the Maastricht carnival.

On a daily basis, the square is a great place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious dutch waffle-biscuit with caramel.

2. Lichtenberg Castle ruins

One of the Maastricht best places to visit is the ruins of Lichtenberg Castle. This is considered to be one of the oldest castles from the Netherlands. Its history dates back in time until 10th century when the main part of the castle was built.

3. Visit Hell’s Gate

Hell’s Gate was one of the main entries in the city in the XIII century. When the city expanded in the XV century, this gate lost its function.

Today this is the oldest gate from the Netherlands and is open for visiting between Easter and late autumn.

4. Shop around the Wyck district

This is the coolest street for shopping from Netherlands Maastricht. You will find here international brands and local boutiques as well as many restaurants and cafes.

5. Explore Sint Janskerk

Sint Janskerk is one of the most popular attractions in the city. This gothic church with its incredibly tall tower was built in XV century. Take your time and take a photo of the colourful statues located in the center of the square.

Netherlands Maastricht City of Netherlands

Maastricht Netherlands City of Holland

Netherlands Maastricht is a wonderful city and has many interesting places. We spend some wonderful days here and we definitely want to come back again.

We chose to stay at Mabi Hotel Centrum , a very modern hotel located close to the city centre.

The room, breakfast, and services were great! We have such beautiful memories from there!


Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
We always use as they have the best price-quality ratio and they offer a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and villas to choose from.

You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.

Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without HeyMondo Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.