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Notable Buildings Tour of Maastricht (Self Guided), 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.
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Notable Buildings Tour of Maastricht Map

Guide Name: Notable Buildings Tour of Maastricht
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: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ursuline Convent
  • Dominicans Church (Dominikanerkerk)
  • City Hall (Stadhuis)
  • Het Dinghuis
  • Jesuit Church
  • Spaans Government Building
  • St. John Church (Sint-Janskerk)
  • St. Lambert Church (St. Lambertuskerk)
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Ursuline Convent

1) Ursuline Convent

Ursuline Convent was built in 1890 by architect John Kayser, and it is famous for its Neo-Gothic style. The design of the building was influenced by German Gothic architecture. The convent is made of glazed brick and the nave is decorated with stepped gables. Ursuline Convent was heavily damaged during WWII. Today the building houses a cultural center.
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Dominicans Church (Dominikanerkerk)

2) 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.
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City Hall (Stadhuis)

3) 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.
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Het Dinghuis

4) Het Dinghuis

Het Dinghuis is a Gothic building erected around 1470. It is located in the center of the city at the end of one of Maastricht's busiest streets. Het Dinguis was the highest building in the city at the time of its construction. The facade is half-timbered and also built of Namur stone and marl. The Dinghuis has a large clock with only one hand and a bell that still functions to this day. Over the years, the building has served as a high court, a city prison and even a theater. Today the building is occupied by the Maastricht Tourist Office.
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Jesuit Church

5) Jesuit Church

The former Jesuit Church is one of the city’s best examples of Baroque architecture. The church was designed by Jesuit architect Huyssens and was built at the beginning of the 17th century. When the Jesuit order was dissolved a century and a half later, the church was closed and turned into a theater.
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Spaans Government Building

6) Spaans Government Building

The Spaans, or Spanish, Government Building is one of the oldest non-religious edifices in the city. It is located at the city's central square. Its construction dates back to the 13th century, and it belonged to the local ruler Brabant. It was renovated and enlarged in the 17th century. The building combines the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Three Gothic windows bear the inscription of the Roman Emperor and the coat of arms of Hapsburg.
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St. John Church (Sint-Janskerk)

7) 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.
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St. Lambert Church (St. Lambertuskerk)

8) St. Lambert Church (St. Lambertuskerk) (must see)

The Sint-Lambertuskerk is a church built between 1914 and 1916 and was named after the Maastricht-born saint Lambert. At the time of its completion, it was the first church outside the old city wall. The church was designed in neo-Romanesque style on a cruciform plan. The church was initially operated as a Roman Catholic parish church. Soon after its completion in 1916, subsidence cracks developed in the structure. Ten years later, the church was restored and no further damage occurred until 1970. Beginning in 1970, portions of the structure began to sag and new cracks developed. Since 1985, the church has no longer been in use. As of 2010, the church was undergoing a renovation at a cost of 12 million euros.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Maastricht Introduction Walk

Maastricht Introduction Walk

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
Maastricht Landmarks Tour

Maastricht Landmarks Tour

Maastricht has many secrets, legends and myths. The old fortified city was the site of many battles. Parts of the city's 13th-century fortifications remain today. In addition to the walls, you can see old gates and bastions, forts and casements, the oldest bridge in the country, as well as beautiful parks and squares with notable sculptures and monuments. Take this tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
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
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 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
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