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13 Must-See Sights of Maastricht

  • 24/09/2015
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Last April, the EuroSTAR team had the privilege of visiting Maastricht for a site visit ahead of the EuroSTAR Conference 2015 this November. During our free time we explored the city to see what it had to offer, and we were not let down.

If you are planning on attending the EuroSTAR Conference this year, make sure to check out these sights…

 

Fort Sint PieterFort Sint Pieter

Fort St. Pieter is one of the most impressive features of the defensive works of Maastricht. It dates all the way back to 1701 and was completely restored in 2007. You can now explore the fort and avail of the spectacular view over Maastricht

The Fort is a 35 min walk from the MECC. View transport info Here

 

RampartsRamparts

The remains of 13th-century ramparts and fortifications can be found across the Maas in the Céramique district.

 

The Ramparts are a 30-32 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

BonnefantenmuseumBonnefantenmuseum

The Bonnefantenmuseum is a very interesting building to look at and even more interesting to on the inside. Designed by Aldo Rossi, the museum opened it’s doors in 1995 and features some amazing works of contemporary art.

 

The Bonnefantenmuseum is a 15 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

VrijthofVrijthof

Het Vrijthof is a beautiful square in the center of old town Maastricht, paved with old cobblestones and surrounded by trees. Many very nice restaurants and cafes encircle the square.

 

The Vrijthof is 33-36 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Museum Aan Het VrijthofMuseum Aan Het Vrijthof

Just off Vrijthof square, this museum features local art, history and crafts to tell a compelling story tracing Maastricht’s history and creativity. It also contains a quirky little cafe that is work a look.

 

The Museum Aan Het Vrijthof is a 32-35 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Onze Lieve VrouwebasiliekThe Basilica of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek)

The Basilica of Our Lady is a Romanesque church in the historic centre of Maastricht. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and is a Roman catholic parish church in the Diocese of Roermond.

 

The Basilica  is a 30 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Sint ServaasbasiliekBasilica of Saint Servatius (Sint Servaasbasiliek)

The Basilica of Saint Servatius is a real icon of Maastricht. This Romanesque church is situated next to the Gothicchurch of Saint John, backing onto the town’s main square, Vrijthof.

 

The Basilica  is a 35 – 40 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Sint JanskerkSt. John’s Church (Sint Jansker)

Right next door to the Basilica of Saint Servatius is a 17th-century Gothic church the protrudes into the Maastricht skyline. You can’t miss it, it’s red!

 

The church is a 30 – 35 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Maastricht UndergroundMaastricht Underground

If you’re looking for a thrill, then check out the Maastricht Underground which runs spooky, amusing and fascinating tours.

 

The Maastricht Underground is a 45 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

FortificationsFortifications

At the end of Sint Bernardusstraat, the Helpoort is the oldest surviving town gate in the Netherlands (1229). The remains of more 13th-century ramparts and fortifications are across the Maas in the Céramique district. Some people even live within these walls today!

 

The Fortifications are 28-30 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Markt MaastrichtMaastricht Market

Who doesn’t love a market? The Maastricht Market Square is in the heart of Maastricht and also features a statue of Johannes Petrus Minckelers with a flaming rod.

 

The Market is 33-36 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

 

HelpoortHelpoort

The Helpoort is a former city gate beautifully maintained. The port is part of the first medieval city wall of Maastricht and is located in the Jekerkwartier at the southern end of St. Bernard Street (formerly called Helstraat), opposite the Pest Huys.

 

The Helpoort is 27-29 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here

 

Château NeercanneChâteau Neercanne

Château Neercanne, the only terraced castle in the Netherlands, is situated on the edge of Maastricht and offers panoramic views of the Jeker valley. The picturesque Château is also the location of this years Community Dinner.

 

The Château is 1hr 10 min walk from the MECC. View transport options Here 

 

See these sights for yourself! Join us in Maastricht :-)

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Daragh Murphy

Daragh is Content Marketing Specialist for EuroSTAR Conferences & Huddle. An avid rugby fan, Daragh loves to watch Munster and Ireland games. If you see him at the EuroSTAR Conference he might have a video camera in his hand - stop him and ask him about his beagler (beagle/king charles cavalier cross) pup Nelson.

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