Between 1575 and 1825, a network of underground passageways or mine galleries was created on the western side of Maastricht. During times of siege, these tunnels were used to approach and surprise the enemy from under the ground. A tour through the casemates of Maastricht is an exciting experience.
- 14 kilometre defense works dating from the 18th century
- See where 25,000 people sheltered in WWII
- Educational family outing
History of the Casemates
Thanks to its strategic position alongside the Meuse, Maastricht has always had a strong appeal to foreign rulers. The city was attacked and besieged on countless occasions. For seven centuries, almost unceasing work was carried out on building and maintaining the city walls, moats, forts and other defensive works around the city. This resulted in a labyrinth of cleverly laid-out underground passageways, which could house army units of as many as 5000 men. Every soldier knew exactly what to do if the enemy came within range.
Tour the Casemates
You can arrange a guided tour at the tourist information office (VVV). The guide will explain every detail of this monument to the art of war to you. Unfortunately the site is not accessible for wheelchairs.
Spending the night near the caves
Book a hotel or B&B just outside Maastricht’s city center.