Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Maastricht

Maastricht is a charming Dutch city situated on the banks of the River Maas. It has a rich culture, which is reflected by the city's numerous museums, theaters and art centers. There are more than thirty galleries that showcase the artistic heritage of the country. This tour will provide you with insight into Maastricht’s cultural scene.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Netherlands » Maastricht (See other walking tours in Maastricht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Theater aan het Vrijthof
  • Marres Center
  • Huub Hannen Gallery
  • Lighthouse of Music
  • Post Garcia Gallery
  • Center Céramique
  • Bonnefantenmuseum
Theater aan het Vrijthof

1) Theater aan het Vrijthof (must see)

Theater aan het Vrijthof is one of the city's most important cultural venues. It was officially inaugurated in 1992. The theater is located in a beautiful palace built at the beginning of the 19th century. The largest hall, the Papyrus Room, seats about 855 people. The Papyrus Room hosts the majority of the theater's performances. The theater's repertoire includes both artistic and popular performances: dance and cabaret, classical and modern music concerts, musicals, dance, theater and drama. The theater cooperates with other cultural venues and participates in inter-cultural programs.
Marres Center

2) Marres Center

Marres Center is a center for contemporary art and design. It has spacious exhibition rooms and a garden where a variety of cultural events and art exhibitions are often held. The center organizes lectures and projects on philosophy and the problem of actuality. Marres Center has a large specialty book shop where you can find all kinds of books on art, design, fashion and photography.
Huub Hannen Gallery

3) Huub Hannen Gallery

Huub Hannen Gallery was founded by Huub Hannen about 15 years ago. The gallery focuses on promoting young, talented local artists with an emphasis on contemporary art: sculpture, painting, photography and glasswork. Expositions of two or three artists' work at a time provide contrasts and spark discussions.
Lighthouse of Music

4) Lighthouse of Music

Lighthouse of Music is a famous music venue in the city. It is located not far from the bank of the River Maas. It organizes brilliant live concerts and music festivals. The Lighthouse also provides musical education and has helped nurture a number of successful musicians. If you are a fan of jazz music, be sure to catch a concert at the Lighthouse, as the center’s pop/jazz department has been putting on high-quality jazz concerts for more than 10 years.
Post Garcia Gallery

5) Post Garcia Gallery

Post Garcia Gallery was founded by Paloma Garcia and Peter Post and is located on Ceramique Avenue in a beautiful building designed by well-known Swiss architect Mario Botta. Visit the gallery to plunge into the world of contemporary art. The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday.
Center Céramique

6) Center Céramique

Center Céramique is one of the city's most popular attractions. It is located on Céramique Avenue. The building is cube-shaped and is situated right across from the bridge. It boasts a large library with plenty of Dutch literature. The center houses art exhibition halls, the city archives, a cafe and meeting rooms. There is a great view of the city's 16th-century defensive fortifications from the reading room.

7) Bonnefantenmuseum (must see)

Bonnefantenmuseum is a famous art museum specializing in the history of art. It features archeological finds from the region, as well as sculptures and paintings from the southern region of the country, which date back to the medieval period. It is situated in a noteworthy edifice designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi. It was built in 1995 on the left bank of the River Maas. It houses private and public collections of old and contemporary artists.


TEFAF is a unique venue that houses the world's largest art and antiques fair. TEFAF was established in 1975 as the Pictura Fine Art Fair. There is no other place where you can see such a fine collection of antiques and rare art objects. Here you will find paintings from Bruegel to Bacon, as well as original applied art dating from 4000 B.C. Every item is of very high quality, and the authenticity has been verified by international experts. Different cultural events such as dance and theater performances and classical and jazz music concerts are often held at the center.

Walking Tours in Maastricht, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Maastricht

Create Your Own Walk in Maastricht

Creating your own self-guided walk in Maastricht is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Statues and Monuments Tour

Statues and Monuments Tour

Maastricht’s citizens are spiritual people who have a good sense of humor. Their attitude towards life, as well as their customs and traditions, are reflected in the numerous statues and monuments found all over the city. The following guide will lead you to the most famous sculptures in Maastricht.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Maastricht's Historical Religous Buildings

Maastricht's Historical Religous Buildings

Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and has many beautiful and significant religious buildings dating from the 12th century onwards. Majestic cathedrals, old abbeys and charming chapels attract people with their grandiose architecture, history and spiritual atmosphere. Take this tour to discover Maastricht's most notable churches and abbeys.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Notable Buildings Tour of Maastricht

Notable Buildings Tour of Maastricht

Maastricht is a charming city located on the banks of the River Maas. The city boasts numerous religious and secular buildings designed in the Gothic style. There are also many fine examples of Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. This tour will guide you to some of Maastricht's most fascinating historic buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Maastricht Delicacies Tour

Maastricht Delicacies Tour

Maastricht has retained its culinary traditions throughout the centuries and offers a splendid array of local and regional delicacies. In the city's numerous bakeries, patisseries, candy shops and wine shops, you may taste and smell the unique products of the Netherlands. This self-guided tour will lead you to Maastricht’s most noteworthy specialty shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Maastricht is notable for its hilly landscape, paved roads and famous labyrinthine caves. Moreover, Maastricht was the city where the treaty establishing the European Union was signed. Its long history and rich culture are reflected in the amazing array of art and artifacts on display at Maastricht's museums and art galleries. Visit Maastricht’s fabulous cultural attractions on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Maastricht Introduction Walking Tour

Maastricht Introduction Walking Tour

Among other things, the Dutch city of Maastricht is noted for its medieval architecture and vibrant cultural scene. The cobbled streets of the old town, the Gothic-style St. John Church (Sint Janskerk) and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius are just a few local sights worth checking out. Follow this orientation walk to explore other “must-sees” of Maastricht.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles