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Maastricht Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Maastricht

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.
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Maastricht Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Maastricht Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Maastricht (See other walking tours in Maastricht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • City Hall (Stadhuis)
  • Street Market
  • Dominicans Church (Dominikanerkerk)
  • St. Servatius Church
  • Museum Aan Het Vrijthof
  • St. John Church (Sint-Janskerk)
  • Hendrik van Veldeke
  • Kruisherenklooster
  • Kazematten
  • Aldenhofpark
  • Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum)
  • Helpoort
  • De Hoeg Brögk (High Bridge)
  • Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)
  • Pieke oet de Stokstraot
  • Sint Servaasbrug
  • Grote Staat
  • Vrijthof
City Hall (Stadhuis)

1) City Hall (Stadhuis) (must see)

The City Hall of Maastricht is a distinctive building located on Market Square. It was designed by Pieter Post, and the first stone was laid in 1659. It was finished in 1684 with the construction of the tower. The Hall represents the Revival style of architecture. The design takes into account the two rulers of that period- the Duke of Brabant and the Prince-Bishop of Liège. The left side of the building was Brabant’s and the right side was designed for Liège. Several original sections of the facade and interior have been renovated. The chimneys were demolished.
Street Market

2) Street Market

Maastricht Street Market is located on Market Square. At the stalls surrounding City Hall you will find all kinds of fresh food from local farmers and bakers. There is also a large choice of textiles, cloths, flowers and plants. Prices are quite reasonable.
Dominicans Church (Dominikanerkerk)

3) Dominicans Church (Dominikanerkerk)

Built between 1267 and 1280, Dominikanerkerk is considered to be one of the oldest Gothic structures in the country. The church is located on a street bearing the same name, close to Vrijthof Square. The chapel was added in the 14th century, although a tower that was initially planned was never built. Today this former church houses a large book store and serves as a venue for concerts and lectures.
St. Servatius Church

4) St. Servatius Church (must see)

St. Servatius, also known as St. Servaas Church, is the most famous religious building in Maastricht. It was built on the site of St. Servatius’ grave. The building’s architectural style is Romanesque but some Gothic elements were added later. The church is located at Vrijthof Square and was erected between the 11th and 13th centuries. Its Bergportaal, built in the 13th century, was the first Gothic construction in the city. It also has a Gothic tower, which was constructed in the 16th century. The interior is richly adorned and is worth seeing.
Museum Aan Het Vrijthof

5) Museum Aan Het Vrijthof (must see)

Museum Aan Het Vrijthof is housed in the so-called Spanish Government building, one of the oldest non-religious buildings in Maastricht, facing the city's main square, Vrijthof. The building was originally part of the ecclesiastical territory of the chapter of the church of Saint Servatius and was probably built for one of the chapter's canons. In the early 16th century the house was rebuilt and enlarged. At that time the facade on the ground floor was largely blind, except for an arched gateway that led into the courtyard.

In 1954, the wealthy couple Frederik Wagner and Ambrosina de Wit bequeathed their art collection to a foundation based in the city of Maastricht. Since 1973 the Wagner-De Wit collection has been on display in what was then called Museum Spaans Gouvernement. From 2010 till 2012 the museum closed for renovations and extensions. The renovation included a partial restoration of the originally largely blind facade of the Spanish Government building. The extension consisted of adding a neighbouring building to the museum's exhibition space, as well as roofing over the courtyard. The enlarged museum is now about two and a half times bigger than the old premises.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5.30 pm.

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St. John Church (Sint-Janskerk)

6) St. John Church (Sint-Janskerk) (must see)

Sint-Janskerk is one of the most distinctive buildings in the city center. It was erected in honor of St. John the Baptist. The original church was built in the 13th century, but the current church dates back to the 14th century. The church has a distinctive red tower and a small bell called the “gate clock”. The building is one of many Gothic constructions in Maastricht. The church has a three-aisle nave and a choir. Inside you will find a Louis XVI-style pulpit from the 18th century, marble gravestones and several murals.
Hendrik van Veldeke

7) Hendrik van Veldeke

The statue of Hendrik van Veldeke is located at a small square named in his honor near St. Servaas Church. Hendrik van Veldeke was the first author to write in Dutch. One of his well-known works, "The Legend of St. Servatius", was written in the 12th century. His other famous story is about the Trojan hero Eneas. He also wrote stories, poems and songs that were sung by troubadours across Europe. The statue of Hendrik van Veldeke is made of bronze and was created by famous Maastricht sculptor Charles Vos. It was unveiled in 1934.

8) Kruisherenklooster

Kruisherenklooster, also known as the Crutched Friar, is a former monastery dating back to the 15th century. It was built in the Gothic style and has a beautiful courtyard surrounded by three walls of the monastery and one wall of the church. It was renovated in the 19th century by architect Cuijpers. During the French Revolution it was used as a garrison, bakery and arsenal. Today it houses a luxurious hotel.

9) Kazematten (must see)

Kazematten is a system of underground tunnels and mining galleries located in the western part of the city. They were used to defend the city from enemies. Kazematten were built between the 16th and 19th centuries and total 14 km in length. The vaulted corridors and walls are built of marlstone. The newest part of the tunnel was built in the 20th century during the Cold War to serve as a shelter in case of a nuclear attack on Maastricht. At the time of WWII, the tunnels could accommodate up to 30,000 people. Kazematten are located in Waldeckpark.

10) Aldenhofpark

Aldenhofpark is one of the most famous parks in the city. It was founded in 1918 and designed by Pierre Lieven Rosseels. The park is a former bear pit. When you cross the River Jeker you will notice a bronze sculpture of bear sitting on a bench. The other notable monument is De troostmachine (The Consolations Machine), a piece by Michel Huisman, which was completed in 2001. The sculpture consists of a young woman caressing the head of a dead giraffe. The park is also famous for the statue of the legendary D’Artagnan who died in 1673 in Maastricht. “One for all, all for one” is written on the pedestal. The eyes of the Musketeer, who is drawing his sword, speak of firmness. The statue is a tribute to a noble man's courage, as he remained true to his king and comrades.
Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum)

11) Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum) (must see)

If you are interested in wildlife and want to learn more about local flora and fauna, geology and paleontology, visit Natuurhistorisch Museum, which is located in the Old City. The museum occupies the building of the former Grey Sisters Cloister. The most valuable exhibits are the Cretaceous fossils, the remains of a Mososaur and giant turtles. There is also a large collection of precious stones. You can learn how climate change is impacting the region in the Dynamics department. The museum has an adjacent garden situated on the bank of the River Jeker.

12) Helpoort (must see)

Helpoort, or Hell's Gate, is the oldest city gate in the country. It got its name due to the fact that prisoners were kept in its tower. Construction of the gate, commissioned by Henry I, began in 1229; it is a part of the First City Walls and served as the southeastern entrance to the city. When the Second City Walls were constructed in the 15th century, the gate was no longer needed as an entrance to the city. Over the years, it served as a residence, storage space and workshop. Today the gate houses a museum dedicated to the history of Maastricht's fortifications. You can visit daily from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
De Hoeg Brögk (High Bridge)

13) De Hoeg Brögk (High Bridge)

De Hoeg Brögk (Hoge Brug) is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the River Maas. It opened in 2003 to connect the Old City of Maastrciht and the Ceramique district. The bridge was designed by architect René Greisch. This steel arch bridge is 261 m long, 7.20 m wide and 10 m tall. The bridge starts at City Park on the left bank of the River Maas and ends at Square 1992 on the right bank.
Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

14) Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) (must see)

Church of Our Lady is a Roman Catholic church and is one of the most important and oldest religious buildings in the city. The oldest walls of the church date back to 1000 AD, but the majority of the church was erected in the 12th century. The building is an ideal example of Romanesque architecture. Its miraculous 15th-century statue of Our Lady attracts people from all over the world. Inside, the church has sculptures, capitals and reliefs, some of which date back to the 12th century.
Pieke oet de Stokstraot

15) Pieke oet de Stokstraot

Pieke oet de Stokstraot is one of the most famous and interesting monuments in Maastricht. It depicts a boy sitting on a wall with his dog Maoke and selling cigarettes to passers-by. Pieke and his dog are two characters from a novel by Bèr Hollewijn. Pieke lived on Stoksstraat at a time when the city suffered from great poverty. The piece was designed by R. van Kesteren and created by sculptor Nicolas Van Ronk Stein. It was unveiled in 1996.
Sint Servaasbrug

16) Sint Servaasbrug (must see)

Sint Servaasbrug is an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht. It is named after Saint Servatius, the first bishop of Maastricht, and (despite being largely rebuilt after World War II) it has been called the oldest bridge in the Netherlands. The Sint Servaasbrug connects pedestrian traffic from the Binnenstad district of Maastricht on the west bank of the Meuse to the Wyck district on the east bank.

The bridge is made of limestone, and in its current configuration it is 160 metres (525 ft) long and 9 metres (30 ft) wide. Its seven arches each span approximately 12 metres (39 ft), and are supported by seven piers. A separate steel draw bridge with a span of 54.5 metres (178 ft 10 in) connects the east end of the bridge to the east bank of the river.

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Grote Staat

17) Grote Staat

Grote Staat is Maastricht's main shopping street and home to shops such as C&A, Hema, Douglas, the former V&D and smaller shops such as Manfield, Jamin, etc. At one end of the street, you will find Maastricht's Tourist Information Office (VVV in Dutch) while the other end of the street leads you to the Vrijthof Square.

18) Vrijthof

The Vrijthof is a square in the center of Maastricht . It is the largest square in the center of the Limburg capital. The square is known for its many monuments (including the Netherlands unique church twins), various cultural facilities, many café terraces and events that take place regularly.
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Walking Tours in Maastricht, Netherlands

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Maastricht Landmarks Tour

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