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The Ultimate Maastricht, Netherlands Travel Guide - FORTH Cities Guide

netherlands 27 June, 2021 22:36HRS


The beautiful city of Maastricht is the capital city of Limburg state in the southeastern Netherlands. Maastricht is located in the south Limburg; the river Meuse flows through this city and divides it into two parts. Maastricht has a population of more than one hundred thirty thousand people. Every year many tourists from around the world visit Maastricht to enjoy its tourist attractions like its beautiful canals, famous churches, architecture, history and unique heritage as Maastricht is one of the most beautiful cities in this region of Europe and is a very ancient city as well.

Maastricht is the largest city in Limburg province in Netherlands.

The Limburg Province of Netherland is famous for its pies, this state has a variety of delicious and traditional pies which tourists and visitors must try and taste as many varieties as they can.

Maastricht is an ideal spot for a perfect weekend or a romantic weekend. The size of this city makes it a perfect city for weekend trips and small city tours because in order to enjoy the beautiful nature, array of cafes, atmospheric streets, acclaimed restaurants, ancient churches and other noteworthy features of Maastricht; travelers and tourists don't need plenty of time and hence 2-3 Days will be ideal for visiting Maastricht.


Address of The Treasury of St. Servass: Keizer Karelplein 3, 6211 TC Maastricht, Netherlands

It is located adjacent to the Saint John Gothic church

The Treasury of Basilica of Saint Servatius also called The Treasury of St. Servass (Sint Servaas) was constructed in 6th Century right above the grave of the first Bishop of Maastricht at that time named Saint Servatius who died in 384 AD. St. Servatius was the first bishop in the Maastricht’s Roman Catholic Romanesque Church named the St. Servaaskerk. The medieval church of the Saint Servaaskerk is also the oldest church of the Netherlands and it is a very iconic building of this city.

The highlights and treasures display inside the St. Servaas (Sint Servaas) treasury are divided into 4 sections:

Servatiana, it displays all objects and ancient treasures that were related to Servatius.Reliquaries and Relics, it highlights all relics that are connected to city of Maastricht and its culture over times and era.

Liturgical Implements, it presents numerous liturgical objects that are made of precious metals such as gold and silver.

Ancient textiles is the section that displays a vast collection of textiles and fabrics from ancient periods that date back to 7th CE.

The museum of The Treasures of St. Servaaskerk is the most time worthy sight to visit in this old church. It also has a big art and archaeology collection at display for the visitors. It has a famous metalwork masterpiece of art called the Noodkist, Noodkist means Distress Chest (Emergency Box). Noodkist was made to be carried around this city of Maastricht whenever some emergency occurs or any disaster happens.

Treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius Website

Treasury St. Servaas  Phone: +31 43 321 0490

Treasury of Basilica of Saint Servatius Hours:

Monday               10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Tuesday               10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Wednesday        10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Thursday             10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Friday                    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Saturday              10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1000 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Sunday                 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (1230 HRS – 1700 HRS)



Fort Sint Pieter address: Luikerweg 80b, 6212 NH Maastricht, Netherlands

Saint Pietersburg caves address: Slavante 1, 6212 NB Maastricht, Netherlands

Mount Saint Pieter of Maastricht city is also known as the Caestert Plateau. Mt. Saint Pieter has many notable features such as its untouched nature reserves and its recreation area, the famous old medieval castle Fort Sint Pieter of the 17th Century is also located on this mountain. The Fort Sint Pieter was built for military purposes and still has in the 18th Century in order to defend the town of Maastricht from the French Invasions and is not very far from the centre of town.

Below the Fortress of Sint Pieter and Mount Saint Peter lies the renowned caves of St. Pietersburg, also known as the St. Pietersburg caves. The cave system of the St. Petersburg caves is spread across a large area and consists of more than 20 thousand unique passage which expand to a length of over 200 Kilometres.

These passages of Saint Petersburg caves are worth to be visited by travelers and tourists who are visiting or are planning to visit Maastricht. These caves have plenty of space and passages consist of Bakery Restaurants, Storeroom, Coffee Shops, Chapel and small shops. Additionally tourists can hire guides for tours on foot or on scooters or bikes as well, All these tours will be guided.

St. Pietersburg caves open Hours: Monday                11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Tuesday                11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Wednesday         11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Thursday              11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Friday                    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Saturday               11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

Sunday                 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1600 HRS)

More about Mount St. Pieter

More about Fort Sint Pieter



Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw address: Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 7, 6211 HD Maastricht, Netherlands

The Basilica of Our Lady is also known as the Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw is a Romanesque style catholic church with a beautiful architecture. The Basilica of Our Lady in Maastricht was constructed in AD 1000, and in AD 1150 transepts, art treasures and other crypts were added to this church. After the Basilica of Our Lady was built, later in the early 1200 AD the eastern choir was constructed to the main church building and then the gallery was made above the ambulatory.

Notable features of this famous church include Our Lady Star of the Sea is a giant image with a crypt that is very beautiful and worth to see image, it was placed in the 15th Century CE and is now located in the side chapel of the Basilica of Our Lady church. This medieval church was also utilized as a fort for Maastricht before and that’s the reason why it has an architecture character similar as of a fortification and still has medieval defense structures on it.

Basilica of Our Lady Website

Basilica of Our Lady Phone: +31 43 321 3854

Basilica of Our Lady Hours:

Monday                8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Tuesday               8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Wednesday        8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Thursday              8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Friday                   8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Saturday              8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Sunday                 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)



Bonnefanten museum address: Avenue Ceramique 250, 6221 KX Maastricht, Netherlands

Bonnefanten museum is located close to the banks of the river Maas which flows through the dutch city of Maastricht in Netherlands; it is close to the centre of town. Inside the Bonnefantenmuseum the most valuable art treasures and art collections are displayed. The name Bonnefanten comes from the previous name of this building when it was utilized as a convent home that was called the “Bonne fanten” that translates to good mannered children.

The spacecraft shaped building of the Bonnefanten was designed and planned by Italian architect Aldo Rossi, Museum has paintings from the Italian, dutch and multiple other modern artists as well as the Bonnefantenmuseum exhibits collections of sculpting, woodworks and many other art pieces from the medieval times. See full list of the art collection displayed at this museum .

Bonnefantenmuseum Website

Bonnefantenmuseum  Phone: +31 43 329 0190



Museum aan het Vrijthof Address: Vrijthof 18, 6211 LD Maastricht, Netherlands

Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof is also known as Museum aan het Vrijthof, it is a dedicated museum for specially photography and also has many collections of arts, sculptures, furniture, glass works, porcelain works and multiple other paintings. The Museum Aan Het Vrijthof is also among the Maastricht’s most important museums and is located in Maastricht's city centre.

A permanent exhibit, 500 Years Made in Maastricht, spotlights art and industries that have flourished throughout the city's history.

The Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof is built on the Dukes of Brabant 16th Century house. The museum displays many arts from the Hague School and from other Dutch and Flemish artists’ art pieces and sculptures that date to the Middle ages. One of the exhibits of Museum aan het Vrijthof displays the 500 years of evolution and advancement of industries and arts of the Maastricht and its nearby towns.

Museum aan het Vrijthof (Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof) Website

Museum aan het Vrijthof Phone: +31 43 321 1327

Museum aan het Vrijthof Open Hours:

Monday          CLOSED

Tuesday         10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Wednesday    10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Thursday        10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Friday             10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Saturday         10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Sunday           10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)



Bridges in Maastricht, Netherlands

The Sint Servaasbrug and the Wilhelminabrug are bridges located in Maastricht town in Netherlands, Wilhelminabrug bridge was made in between 1930 to 1933 and St. Servatius Bridge was made in the late 12th Century and is famous for its Saint Servatius statue, these bridges and are an ideal location for enjoying the city on foot or for Urban walking trips. The Wilhelminabrug bridge is located close to Maastricht University and just takes a 15-minute walk to get there on foot. Wilhelminabrug bridge is by construction a cable bridge made on architecture of the Dutch standards.

The Sint Servaasbrug bridge and Wilhelminabrug bridge are constructed above the river Maas and offer an aesthetic and pleasant view of the river banks and neighbourhood districts of Maastricht that are located on the rives side of Maas river.

From here visitors and tourists can see or walk to the nearby Jekerkwartier neighbourhood which is located on the banks of Maas river and Jeker river in the old city center of Maastricht; or travellers can also walk towards the Wyck neighbourhood which is on the right side bank of Maas and is famous for its historical heritage. It takes around 7 to 10 minutes to go to Wych, Maastricht from Wilhelminabrug on foot.



De Bisschopsmolen Maastricht address: Stenenbrug 3, 6211 HP Maastricht, Netherlands

De Bisschopsmolen is also known as Bishop’s Mill, it is a famous water mill (water-wheel) that was made in the 14th Century and it is still in a fully working and operational condition. Bisschopsmolen is located close to the Maastricht City center (Maastricht City Hall / town hall) and not far from Maastricht University.

To date, the De Bisschopsmolen (Bishop’s mill) of Maastricht is fully operational and produces flour by grinding grains. This flour is used to bake pastries, breads and cakes for the Bisschopsmolen  Bakery and Cake shop.

Traditionally the cafés, bakeries and cake shops here are famous for Limburgse vlaai which is a form of 14th Century dutch pie with lattice top and it is generally filled with apricots, plums, cherries or different kinds of berries.

Bisschopsmolen Website

Bisschopsmolen Phone: +31 43 327 0613

De Bisschopsmolen, Maastricht open hours:

Monday        CLOSED

Tuesday       8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Wednesday  8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Thursday      8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Friday           8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Saturday      8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (0830 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Sunday        9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (0900 HRS – 1700 HRS)


Address of Natural History museum at Maastricht: De Bosquetplein 7, 6211 KJ Maastricht, Netherlands

The Maastricht Natural History Museum is not a very large museum but it is a magnificent one because of its exhibits and displays. Maastricht Natural History Museum is also known as Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht, it has many interesting exhibits that include prehistoric skeletons, fossils of dinosaurs and other Jurassic era creatures, many kinds of rocks and stones.

Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht also has a Rat King in the display, Rat King is a collection of multiple rats that are connected together naturally from the ends of their tails. This phenomenon of Rat King is especially seen in Germany and nearby areas.

Website of Maastricht Natural History Museum

Maastricht Natural History Museum Phone: +31 43 350 5490

Maastricht Natural History Museum Visiting hours:

Monday          CLOSED

Tuesday         11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Wednesday  11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Thursday        11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Friday             11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (1100 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Saturday          1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (1300 HRS – 1700 HRS)

Sunday            1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (1300 HRS – 1700 HRS)



Maastricht's Medieval City Walls Address: Sint Bernardusstraat 24b, 6211 HL Maastricht, Netherlands

The Old City wall of Maastricht are still preserved and almost undamaged or deteriorated since they were constructed and built in the 1229 AD, these ancient city walls of Maastricht are very close to the city centre and are even located pretty close to the Maastricht University.

The other section of these old town walls is called Onze-Lieve-Vrouwewal and this city wall was constructed in 1350 and from here tourists and travellers can get a nice sight of the Maas river,  Municipal park and the market square of Maastricht City.

The Ancient city walls of Maastricht city run along almost the entire boundaries of this old Dutch town.

Amongst all the locations and sights of the Old Medieval City walls of this city, the main and the most impressive is the Helpoort, Helpoort is also known as the Hell Gate or Gates of Hell. The Maastricht's Hellpoort was constructed in the 13th century and is on the St. Bernardusstraat which is the most ancient city gate (town gate) of the Netherlands.


Helpoort Website

Helpoort Phone: +31 43 325 7833

Helpoort Visiting Hours:

Monday          1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Tuesday         1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Wednesday    1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Thursday        1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Friday             1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Saturday         1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)

Sunday           1 PM to 4:30 PM (1300 HRS – 1630 HRS)



Daalhemerweg 27, 6301 BJ Valkenburg, Netherlands

Valkenburg Castle Ruins are located in the town of Valkenburg which is also known as Valkenburg aan de Geul town, Valkenburg is only 13 kilometers to the east of Maastricht city and it is famous for the only castle in Netherlands that is located on a hilltop and Valkenburg is also famous for its East Castle and resorts for holidays that have popular and calming spas for vacation and relaxation. To enjoy the beautiful nature and aesthetic views of Valkenburg it is recommended to take a RIDE ON Valkenburg Cable cars for a thrilled and exciting ride.

The Valkenburg municipality is located very close to Maastricht city and it takes under 30 minutes to go to Valkenburg from Maastricht by public transport specially train, these local trains are available at every 30 minutes intervals on train station of Maastricht (60 minutes interval for Maastricht Central Train Station, Central Station is located on the Right bank of Maas river) and at similar intervals on the railway stations of Valkenburg town, Netherlands.

Thermae 2000 is a renowned spa and wellness center in the Netherland with modern architecture, it is among the list of largest spas in the Netherlands. The Thermae 2000 Sauna & Jacuzzi is famous for its spring-fed warm baths, swimming pools, saunas, healing mineral waters, crystal waters and a splendid botanical garden.

Website of Valkenburg Castle Ruins

Valkenburg Castle Ruins Phone number: +31 43 820 0040


Monday         10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Tuesday        10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Wednesday   10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Thursday       10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Friday            10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Saturday        10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)

Sunday          10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (1000 HRS – 1730 HRS)



Derlon Museum Cellar address: Plankstraat 21, 6211 GA Maastricht, Netherlands

Museum Derlon or the Derlon Museum Cellar is also known as Museumkelder Derlon and it is a speciality museum located in basement of Derlon Hotel in city of Maastricht, Netherlands.

The Museumkelder Derlon museum is focused on the Roman heritage and history, it displays plenty ancient Roman ruins and pieces from real Roman architectures in multiple exhibits around this museum. The Derlon Museum Cellar exhibits Roman era artifacts and objects that belong to the 2nd Century to the 4th Century. Almost all the exhibits or so to say, the majority of the exhibits that are displayed in this museum were founded in the early years of 1980 while renovations were being conducted.

Among the exhibits and displays inside the Museum Derlon are remnants of old Roman Fort, remnants of Roman temples, pieces of cobblestone streets that were made by the Celtics, front wall façade, Base from Jupiter’s statue and many others Roman walls or gate pieces. Other exhibitions also include pots, glass works, metal works and art works from the Roman empire times.

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