When I go somewhere for a day I am a typical tourist. I want to have seen the most important sights and, most of all, have a nice stroll and look around.
This is also the case during a day in Maastricht. Of course, you cannot avoid eating “vlaai” – which is a Dutch cake with fruit – somewhere with a cup of coffee or tea. But there are a few more things in this city that you really shouldn’t miss.
These are the most important sights in Maastricht!
Perhaps the best-known attraction in Maastricht is the Vrijthof. A square in the middle of the center surrounded by beautiful old buildings.
It is the fairytale setting of Andre Rieu’s concerts. And also the place where you can visit many historic buildings including: Sint Servaaskerk, Sint Janskerk, the Spanish Government, the Hoofdwacht and the Generaalshuis.
Do you like restaurants with outdoor seating areas and a nice view? Then the Vrijthof is the place for you. You will find many of those restaurants and bars here. A bit more touristy than in other parts of the city, but it is one of the most beautiful locations in the center.
During this time, keep in mind that different rules may apply at the terraces and that you often need to make a reservation in advance and leave some personal data so you can be contacted in case of a Covid19 outbreak.
Are you going to Maastricht in the winter months? Then you should go see Magisch Maastricht, which takes place from the end of November at the Vrijthof until the new year. This is a Christmas market with a figure skating rink.
Basilica of Our Lady
Even if you are not religious, it is sometimes very relaxing to light a candle in the church. In memory of someone you miss. The Basilica of Our Lady is a perfect place for that.
You will also find various ecclesiastical works of art and treasures here. A nice place to look around and cool off on hot days.
Even if you don’t want to look inside the basilica, the outside is definitely worth a visit. The building has a beautiful location on the Maas, which is also a great spot to take nice pictures.
This watermill from the 11th century can be found in the Jekerkwartier in Maastricht. A historic spot that also looks calls for taking some pictures.
Behind the mill is a bakery where you can get all kinds of local delicacies, including of course the famous “vlaai”. At the Bisschopsmolen they are proud of their traditional way of baking and make everything with love and passion.
Definitely worth a stop!
City walk Maastricht
Do you want to see all the sights without having to search yourself? Then an organized city walk is recommended. This costs €8.25 per person and includes a guide who tells you all the fun facts about the sights of the city.
This tour lasts 1.5 hours and is suitable for everyone from 12 years old. Due to the current regulations, there are only a few spaces available, so book your city walk in advance .
Shopping and restaurants
Now that we have seen the sights, it is time for shopping and for something tasty. Most shops can be found between the Maas and the Vrijthof.
Here you will find Dutch department stores, such as the Bijenkorf and Hema, but also many local, small shops. The best way to discover all the shops is by strolling through the streets between the Vrijthof and the Sint Servaasbrug.
Still feeling like taking a long walk, then walk along the Maasboulevard and enjoy the view over the water and the old buildings of the city. This route is quite romantic so definitely fun to do with the two of you.
These were the must-see sights in Maastricht. The city is very suitable for a day out with some culture but also good food and shopping. There is plenty to do and see.