Casemates of Maastricht
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.