Things to do in Maastricht

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No trip to explore Maastricht would be complete without experiencing the incredible culinary traditions on offer. Five of the city's restaurants have Michelin stars -quite a feat in a city of just 130,000 people.

Almost every cuisine under the sun can be found here, so it takes time to explore Maastricht. Castles, country estates, farmhouses, vaulted underground chambers, warehouses, churches, and even the former wool weighing house have all been transformed into restaurants making dining out one of the top things to do in the city.

For a stylish afternoon or evening out, the Holland Casino Valkenburg is a much loved tourist attraction. Perched on the top of the Cauberg Hill in Valkenburg, it is one of the most beautiful spots in South Limburg, and a visit here means roulette, blackjack, slot machines and more.

museums in maastricht
Museums and galleries

A city rich with history and heritage, a visit to Maastricht's museums is one of the top things to do in the city. The Bonnefantenmuseum combines modern and medieval art, with an impressive collection of art objects dating from 1200 to 1600. The Natural History Museum holds more than 550,000 natural objects and depicts the natural history of South Limburg.

For art lovers there are plenty of galleries, housed in beautiful buildings to explore, so you can enjoy the stand-out architecture of the city whilst devouring the art scene. Take in the lovely sculpture garden at Galerie Bell’Arte, support young artists and designers at Galerie DIS and don’t miss the paintings, sculptures, glass art and tribal art at Arteaux Gallery.

To add to your list of things to do in Maastricht, the city also boasts a flourishing schedule of festivals and events.

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Sightseeing in Maastricht

One of the best ways to explore Maastricht is on foot and simply wandering through the cobbled streets, café-lined pavements, beautiful parks and grand squares is one of the top things to do in the city. Hoensbroek Castle, dating back to 1250, is one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the Netherlands with fairytale-like towers, and an impressive moat.

The picturesque 'White Village of Thorn' is a popular historic tourist attraction dating back to the late 10th century, famous for cobbled streets, a beautiful Abbey Church and characteristic white houses. Relive the sieges of Fort St. Pieter with a guide. Learn about the shooting holes in the moat, the underground passages, the secrets of the well and of course the guns!

Finally, just outside the city, taste pinot noir, riesling and müller-thürgau at some of the oldest vineyards in Holland in the Limburg hills.

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Ativities and tours in Maastricht

Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend break or you plan to take the ferry to Maastricht for a family holiday, there are some fantastic sightseeing options. A visit to the castles, caves, mines and museums brings the centuries-old history of the region to life.

GaiaZOO in South Limburg offers a breath-taking view of the world of animals and wildlife and was voted four times as 'Most Beautiful Zoo of the Benelux'. The Valkenburg cave aquarium is located in a real underground cave and displays a collection of fresh water and marine fish, reptiles and amphibians.

The Caves of St Pieter are another popular tourist attraction. Over the centuries the mining of marl in the caves has resulted in the formation of a labyrinth with over 20,000 tunnels.