Maastricht is one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities. Therefore it comes at no surprise that its vivid history and rich culinary culture make up the city's inevitable charm. Locals have mastered the joy of living in Maastricht and visitors happily follow the lead.
- Historic city renowned for its culinary culture
- 2nd monument city of the Netherlands
- Largest concentration of castles in the Netherlands
Museums & attractions
Maastricht’s historic city centre is very compact and easily discovered by foot. The cobblestone streets are lined with a numerous boutiques, cafes, galleries, and pass by beautiful squares. Even without a specific itinerary, strolling along the streets of Maastricht is a relaxing and refreshing activity.
Maastricht ranks second behind Amsterdam in the number of monuments to be seen in the city: 1,678 to be exact. There is also a variety of museums and art galleries in Maastricht showcasing everything from modern art to industrial heritage. Most renowned is the Bonnefantenmuseum for historic, contemporary and modern art as it excels at the Maastricht skyline.
In addition, the 90 castles and country estates that can be found in the region make for an inspiring visit before, after or even during an event.
Wining & dining
In the Netherlands and beyond, Maastricht is well renowned for its gastronomic experiences. There are no less than 170 restaurants to choose from, not to mention an additional 244 bars and cafes.
What makes Maastricht’s culinary scene unique is the range of fascinating locations in which restaurants are housed: castles, country estates, vaulted cellars, warehouses, and former churches are just at the top of the list. Nearly every type of cuisine is represented in Maastricht. And from Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional pubs, chefs pride themselves in using local products whenever possible.
Each summer, the Netherlands’ largest fine cuisine festival Preuvenemint takes place at the Vrijthof in Maastricht, establishing the city’s culinary position.
The Maastricht Region boasts some of the finest and most scenic landscapes in the Netherlands. While it is generally considered a very flat country, you can find the Netherlands’ highest elevations in the Maastricht Region. No need to worry about needing extra oxygen though! The Vaalserberg, located at the “three-country-point” of Holland, Belgium and Germany, is standing the tallest at a mere 323 meter/1,100 feet. Maastricht’s surroundings are perfect for walks and easy bike tours with a view to remember.
A visit to Maastricht’s caves and Fort St. Pieter will take meetings to a different level, quite literally. Discovering Maastricht Underground will surely change perspectives!
For even more tips about planning a meeting, corporate event or convention in Maastricht contact the Maastricht Convention Bureau.