1 The best shopping tips, sights, restaurants and hidden treasures. with 2 walking tours & map 2014
2 CITY from north to south and east to west 26 CULTURE all over the place 60 SHOPPING till you drop 80 DINING & NIGHTLIFE tasteful tips 104 EXPLORING THE REGION crossing borders 117 PRACTICAL INFO who, what, where, when
4 Welcome to our international city! It is my honour to welcome you to Maastricht. Maastricht is a very international city, and that shows in a number of ways. Many Dutch visitors say that coming to Maastricht is like going abroad. We take that as a compliment. Of course we re proud of the Dutch culture, but throughout history we ve enjoyed combining different cultures. For centuries Maastricht was heavily influenced by Belgium and Germany. That international character can be heard on the streets. In addition to the sing-song Maastricht dialect (and of course Dutch), you ll hear languages from all over: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, and countless others. Some of these people are tourists, but most are people who work or study in Maastricht. With our many international organizations and educational institutes like Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht School of Management, and United World College, we welcome talented people from around the world. As a result, while it s clear that Maastricht is not an international metropolis in terms of size, it certainly is in terms of its character and outlook. It s a lively, dynamic, historic city which is easy to get around in. It offers countless historical landmarks, rich and varied shopping, and renowned gastronomic experiences. Life can be thoroughly enjoyed here. Maastricht hosts major international events like The European Fine Art Fair, the André Rieu concerts, Jumping Indoor Maastricht, City Polo Maastricht, the Preuvenemint culinary festival, the Château Maestricht regional cuisine event, Magical Maastricht, and much more. Maastricht is also working towards the future. In the field of life science, for instance, the Academic Hospital Maastricht and Maastricht University work together on the Health Campus. The city is also working on practical connections like the subterranean double-decker tunnel for the A2 motorway. It s this combination of old and new, of history and future, that makes Maastricht so attractive. Enjoy every bit of it! 3 O. Hoes Mayor
5 Maastricht: a star among cities.
7 Maastricht: one of the Netherlands oldest cities!
8 The city 7 Historic buildings and trendy design shops. Beautiful churches and adventure-filled caves. Tantalizing menus and welcoming café terraces. Dynamic festivals and high-profile expositions. Open squares and expansive vineyards. Maastricht is all this and more! No wonder it s such a popular destination for a day out, a weekend away, or an unforgettable holiday. MARCHING MUSIC! The colourful Zaate Herremenie, representing a Carnival orchestra, welcomes you to Vrijthof square, one of the Netherlands most famous squares. The statues created by the artist Han van Wetering symbolize the three days each year that the square is coloured red, yellow, and green during the traditional Maastricht Carnival celebrations.
9 WALKING DISTANCE You ll soon know your way around Maastricht. The city centre is compact. The highlights are all within walking distance and most streets are off limits to cars, so you won t lose your way! JOIE DE VIVRE Charm, playfulness, a healthy helping of humour, and a zest for life: Those are the ingredients of the Maastricht native character. This character has been immortalized by the artist Mari Andriessen in the bronze statue Mestreechter Geis, on the square near Stokstraat. RIEU S ROOTS The waltz king André Rieu returns to his birthplace Maastricht every summer with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. The Vrijthof square becomes the backdrop for a huge open-air concert filled with delightful melodies and lots of romance!
10 Unique neighbourhoods: Every neighbourhood in Maastricht has its own unique character. Experience for yourself the many flavours of the different neighbourhoods! 9
11 Discover the characters of Maastricht s neighbourhoods here. The back of this guide has a map showing the neighbourhoods. Stately lady The Markt square is the heart of Maastricht, boasting the contemporary architecture of the municipal offices and crowned by the beautiful seventeenth-century city hall. The Markt s character suits the centre of a city, with the bustle of businesspeople and a noisy weekly market. Maastricht s living room The Vrijthof square, perhaps the Netherlands most famous square, is the backdrop for the Preuvenemint culinary festival, the André Rieu concerts, and the Theater aan het Vrijthof. Sit down at one of the welcoming café terraces and enjoy the heavenly view of the St. Servaas basilica and the St. Janskerk. Exclusive charm The Stokstraat quarter is exclusive and charming, with a hint of spirituality. Little alleyways are reminiscent of the city s Roman past. The quarter s highlight is Stokstraat itself. This former ghetto is now one of Maastricht s most exclusive shopping streets. It borders on the charming Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square with the Onze Lieve Vrouwe basilica, where hundreds of visitors light candles daily in honour of Maria Stella Maris. It s worth the trip! Latin Quarter The Jeker quarter combines picturesque settings with a hospitable, artisanal character. The Jeker river babbles its way through the quarter. Surrounded by the old city walls, this quarter has a rich student life thanks to nearby Maastricht University, Maastricht Drama Academy, and Maastricht Academy of Music.
12 Across the river The district of Wyck serves as Maastricht s front door, the first district that you see when you step off the train. Wyck has a unique atmosphere: contemporary flair in a historic setting, filled with fashion, accessories, design, antiques, and gastronomy in the most stylish shops and restaurants. Architecture par excellence Céramique, Maastricht s newest district, exudes lifestyle and architecture at its best. Walk from historic Wyck to modern Céramique past large-scale buildings by internationally renowned architects and inspiring high-end interior design shops. The Bonnefantenmuseum and Centre Céramique are the district s highlights. Hill and dale Sint Pieter is a park-like neighbourhood bounded by the Sint Pietersberg hill, the Jeker valley, and the city park. Here you ll find the 300-year-old Fort St. Pieter and the marl caves. It s an easy walk from the city centre over St. Pietersberg hill and past the sloping vineyards into Belgium. A look ahead Belvédère is a developing eloping neighbourhood that s a cross between Manhattan, tan, Milan, and Hyde Park, with a dash of an English garden. It s the home of the harbour t Bassin with its historic cellars on the wharf (now housing restaurants and shops). The Timmerfabriek is the neighbourhood s cultural heart. Across the border The enjoyment doesn t stop when you leave the city limits! Among the green hills flanking the Meuse you will find high-class restaurants and hotels with private vineyards, fruit orchards, and countless opportunities for outdoor and water recreation. 11
13 GO LOCAL Discover the real Maastricht with a local guide who will be happy to show you the city s most beautiful locations. GUIDED TOURS A walking tour of the city with a professional VVV guide is a must. Stories, anecdotes, and background information make history come alive. The guide will lead you to the most beautiful spots in the historic centre, including the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square, the town ramparts, the parks, and the Vrijthof square with the St. Janskerk and St. Servaas basilica. Price Adults 5,95 / Children 4,95 Hours till 5 Jan: daily at except for 1 Jan. 6 Jan - 17 Apr: Sat & Sun at Apr - 21 Apr: Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon at Apr - 27 Apr: Sat & 2.30 PM. Sun Apr - 5 May: Mon - Fri Sat & 2.30 PM. Sun May - 28 May: Sat & 2.30 PM. Sun May - 4 Jun: Thu, Fri & Sun Sat & 2.30 PM. 5 Jun - 13 Jun: Sat & 2.30 PM. Sun & Mon. 14 Jun - 4 Jul: Sat & 2.30 PM. Sun Jul - 31 Aug: Mon - Sun & 2.30 PM. 1 Sep - 12 Oct: Sat & Sun & 2.30 PM. 13 Oct - 26 Oct: Mon - Sun & 2.30 PM. 27 Oct - 10 Nov: Sat & Sun Nov - 16 Nov: Tue, Sat & Sun Nov - 21 Dec: Sat & Sun Dec - 4 Jan 2015: Mon - Sun Except for 25 & 26 and 1 Jan.
14 13 THEMED GUIDED TOUR You can see the A2 tunnel close up with a guided tour of the construction work. It s also possible to take a guided tour of the ENCI factory, and for early birds there are guided tours of the city every Sunday at 10:00 AM from 20 April to 26 October. WALKING ON YOUR OWN Would you rather explore the city on your own? VVV Maastricht has maps describing various routes of one and a half hours, each with a different theme: City, Fortifications, Wyck, Memorial Tablets, Statues, Sacred Sites, The Jeker, and Vineyards. All are available in Dutch, while the City Walking Tour and Fortifications Walk routes are also available in English, French and German. The routes start at the VVV Maastricht shop (Kleine Staat 1), and the maps cost between 1.60 and For more information, come to the VVV shop at Kleine Staat 1 or call T +31 (0)
15 CITY ON THE MEUSE Maastricht thanks its existence to the Meuse River. A settlement arose around the bases of the Roman-built bridge over the Meuse. This settlement grew into the Maastricht we know today. From the water, you can see a different side of Maastricht. Discover Maastricht from the water OVER WATER Rederij Stiphout has five passenger ships sailing a regular scheduled service. The trips vary from a short trip on the Meuse to a full day trip to Liège. There s also a Sunday morning Brunch boat trip and a Saturday Night Dinner Cruise. Each of the many trips offers a great way to get away from it all for a bit. Information and schedule Rederij Stiphout T +31 (0) or Starting point: Maaspromenade 58
16 15 Cruise on the Meuse This boat trip gives you an excellent overall view of Maastricht from the water. The trip takes you past the historic St. Servaas bridge, the new Céramique district, the Gouvernement building and St. Pietersberg Hill. Just before the Belgian border, the boat turns back towards the centre of Maastricht. Duration approx. 1 hour Price for adults 8.95 Children 4 to 12 years 4.95 Cruise on the Meuse with a tour of the tunnels under St. Pietersberg Hill The same trip as described above, but with a stop at St. Pietersberg Hill. After cruising for 20 minutes, you disembark and walk up the hill, where you are given a one-hour guided tour of the marl tunnels by a VVV guide. After the underground tour, the cruise continues. Attention: not suitable for people who have difficulty walking. Duration approx. 3 hours Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years 9.90
17 Boat trip through the historic inner harbour: t Bassin This historic and fascinating boat trip takes you through no fewer than three sets of locks and a tunnel which was part of Maastricht s fortifications. In the inner harbour, t Bassin, you ll have a beautiful view of the historic cellars along the quayside, which now house various shops and restaurants. Duration 2 hours Departure AM, 1.15 PM and 3.45 PM Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years 7.40 Boat trip Maastricht - Liège (Round trip) The boat cruises via the Meuse to the locks at Ternaaien, where it is locked 15 meters upwards to the Albert Canal. Via this canal, you proceed to the city centre of Liège, where you arrive at about 12:30 PM to explore the city on your own. The boat departs at around 3 PM for the return trip to Maastricht. Duration approx. 7.5 hours (incl. a 2.5 hour break in Liège) Departure 10 AM Price round trip for adults 23.50, round trip for children 4 to 12 years 14.50, one-way trip for adults 14.50, one-way trip for children 4 to 12 years Locks boat trip This boat trip circles around Maastricht over Dutch and Belgian waters and passes through 4 locks, including the well-known lock at Ternaaien. Duration 4 hours Departure AM Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years 11.70
18 Saturday Night Dinner Cruise On the first and third Saturday of every month from 3 May to 20 December (and every Saturday evening in June, July, and August), you can participate in a delightful two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise during which we will pass through the well-known lock at Ternaaien with its 15-metre difference in water level. During the cruise, the starter will be served at your table. The main course and the dessert will be served buffetstyle, and there is an extensive choice of dishes. The Saturday Night Dinner Cruise has a different theme every month. Duration 2,5 hours Departure 7.30 PM Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years Brunch boat trip From 13 April to 14 December, on every second and fourth Sunday of the month, you can take part in a fun brunch boat trip. An ample brunch buffet with cold and hot dishes helps make this an enjoyable excursion for the entire family. Duration 2 hours Departure 11 AM Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years 1.50 per year of age Pancake Cruise An afternoon boat trip on the Meuse, complete with delicious pancakes which you garnish yourself with bacon, apple or warm cherries: scheduled on every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 13 April to 14 December. Duration 2 hours Departure 2.30 PM Price for adults Children 4 to 12 years Reservations are required for all trips!
19 GUIDED TOURS OF MAASTRICHT Stiphout Tours & Trips offers original tours of beautiful Maastricht in its American school buses. The route includes both the historic city centre on the western bank and the delightful, bustling district of Wyck with the neighbouring modern architectural district of Céramique on the opposite bank of the Meuse. The bus departs from the Rederij Stiphout jetty at Maaspromenade 58 (between the St. Servatius bridge (Sint Servaasbrug) and the Wilhelmina bridge). Tour A City Tour Maastricht An interesting tour in an oldtimer bus through historic as well as modern Maastricht. Duration approx. 45 minutes Departures 11 AM, 12 AM, 1 PM and 2.30 PM and 3.30 PM Price adults 6.75; children 4 to 12 years 3.75 Tour B City Tour Maastricht + cruise on the Meuse After the city tour, you will board one of the Rederij Stiphout cruise boats for a Meuse cruise of about an hour. Duration approx. 2 hours Departures 11 AM, 12 AM, 1 PM, 2.30 PM and 3.30* PM Price adults 14.00; children 4 to 12 years 7.75 *Departure at 3.30 PM only between 26 April and 31 August. Tour C City Tour Maastricht + cruise on the Meuse plus cave visit This programme begins with a city tour of Maastricht. You will then take a cruise on the Meuse, with a walking tour of the caves beneath the St. Pietersberg Hill halfway through the cruise. Duration approx. 4 hours Departures 11 AM, 12 AM and 1 PM Price adults 19.95; children 4 to 12 years Departure Rederij Stiphout, Maaspromenade 58 (between the St. Servatius bridge and the Wilhelmina bridge). For more information and timestables +31 (0) of Scheduled tours: 12 Jan. to 23 Mar. every Sat 26 Mar. to 29 Jun. Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, and Sun 2 Jul. to 31 Aug. daily 3 Sep. to 2 Nov. Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun 9 Nov. to 4 Jan. every Sat
20 FLIKKEN MAASTRICHT FILE Solve a high-profile murder in the Maastricht city centre. Just imagine you re a character in the Dutch television series Flikken Maastricht. For sale at VVV Maastricht. Kleine Staat 1 T +31 (0) Price each Duration approx. 3.5 hours Only available in Dutch. MAASTRICHT CITY TOUR A horse-drawn carriage ride through Maastricht, lasting 45 minutes. Departure from Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square. T +31 (0) Year round in good weather. Price adults p.p.; children 5.00 p.p. MAASTRICHT ECO-TRAM Experience Maastricht s city centre with the solar eco-tram. Departure Kesselskade T +31 (0) Price adults 6.00 p.p.; children 4.00 p.p. See the city from a different angle 19
21 HISTORY OF MAASTRICHT Maastricht not only vies with Nijmegen for the honorary title of oldest Dutch city, it is also the Netherlands second monumental city. Maastricht s history as a Roman settlement, religious centre, garrison city, and early industrial powerhouse is still visible. Old, but not obsolete
22 THROUGH THE YEARS Roman settlement Around the beginning of the Common Era, the Romans drove the Celts out of Maastricht and built a bridge over the Meuse. Maastricht comes from the Latin Mosae Trajectum, meaning ford over the Meuse. Religious centre 380 Bishop Servatius moves the episcopal see from Tongeren to Maastricht. In the Middle Ages, his grave is a popular pilgrimage site Maastricht is granted medieval city rights. During the Middle Ages Maastricht comes under the joint sovereignty of the dukes of Brabant and the prince-bishops of Liège. Garrison city 1579 The Spanish army, led by Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, conquers Maastricht The Stadtholder Frederik Hendrik brings Maastricht into the Seven United Netherlands The French Sun King, Louis XIV, captures Maastricht. During the attack on the city walls, the famous musketeer d Artagnan is killed Maastricht is restored to Dutch rule Maastricht becomes part of the French Republic, which abolishes joint sovereignty and grants French citizenship to all residents Maastricht again comes under Dutch rule. General Dibbets succeeds in keeping Maastricht in Dutch hands during the Belgian Revolution of Early industrial city 1830 Industrialization is started in the Netherlands when Petrus Regout, a glass and pottery manufacturer in Maastricht, purchases the first steam engine The State University of Limburg is established in Maastricht in hopes of reinvigorating the economy of Limburg after the mines are closed. In 1996, it is renamed Maastricht University The cooperative platform established by the Dutch, German and Belgian provinces in 1976 acquires legal status in 1991 as the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. The cooperation initially applies primarily to universities and businesses Representatives of twelve European countries sign the Treaty of Maastricht leading to the introduction of the euro. 21
23 The past in the present ZICHT OP MAASTRICHT: A CULTURAL BIOGRAPHY Maastricht is taking an innovative approach to its history. In a website chock-full of information and unique activities, the city s present is constantly linked to its rich past. Like people, a city can also have a biography - a cultural biography, that is. Zicht op Maastricht, which is part of BV Limburg, is continuously working on this biography. The city s stories are being supplied by cultural heritage institutions, scientists, and professional and amateur historians, but mostly by the residents of Maastricht themselves! Go to for the complete biography and to discover a historical view of the city through files, timelines, and interactive maps.
24 Maastricht shines! INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CITY Maastricht is a vibrant international student city. Over 10% of its residents are students, almost half of whom are from outside the country. This international ambience is very much in line with the character and location of Maastricht in the heart of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe... Anyone wanting to study in Maastricht has countless choices: range of study programmes. distinct art faculties: the Academies of Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, and Drama. Public Administration is the leading educational centre for European affairs. Management is the Nether lands largest business school. Centre is an educational institution for media professionals.
25 2. MAASTRICHT AS A KNOWLEDGE CENTRE When it comes to the future, Maastricht is quite ambitious. This is demonstrated by the 2030 City Vision goals: Maastricht wants to grow into a top location for high-quality knowledge technology, with a strong economy, sufficient job opportunities, and a pleasant living environment. High-quality, internationally-oriented education is a precondition for achieving the goal of being an innovative city. Studium Generale As part of Maastricht University, Studium Generale organizes activities relating to science, art, and culture and society. These activities are a challenging and stimulating addition to the educational programmes, and they are open to all. From student to professional
26 3. BUSINESS MEETING POINT Maastricht is an appealing location for any business event. Its central location in Europe makes it easily accessible. Maastricht is experienced in hosting international groups. Although the population is a mere 120,000, Maastricht has a large conference centre and many hotel rooms. Maastricht has an international focus, with many international institutes, an academic hospital, and a university. The city has five airports nearby and good national and international train connections. The quality of the accommodation and the location are critical for the success of a convention, meeting, trade fair, or event. Maastricht and South Limburg are perfect in this regard. There are locations to match every taste and requirement, from an international congress centre and elegant hotels to exclusive and unique locations in caves and châteaus. The many squares, bars, restaurants, café terraces, the gastronomic atmosphere, and hospitality also make Maastricht a delightful place for after your event is over. For information & inspiration: Maastricht Convention Bureau Kleine Staat 1, 6211 ED Maastricht T +31 (0) F +31 (0) Want to look for yourself? Use the Venue & Service Finder on to find and contact the most suitable venues or services for your purposes. Facts & Figures hotels: 39 hotels: hotels: Airport: 100 km International Airport: 125 km International Airport: 100 km Aachen Airport: 9 km auditorium: guests exhibition space: m² Maastrichts Expositie & Congres Centrum (MECC Maastricht) Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht T +31 (0) F +31 (0)
30 IT S ALL IN THE MIX! No matter what you do, in Maastricht culture is always an experience. You are submerged in a blend of shapes and styles, colours and fragrances. The past and the present are intertwined in the countless imposing monuments and modern architecture. Its cultural palette gives Maastricht a unique character - mysterious and provocative with its underground cultural treasures and characteristic towers, and dynamic and extroverted with its lively festivals, expositions, and breathtaking performances. 29 Whatever your taste, Maastricht is guaranteed to tickle your senses.
31 MONUMENTS There are certain sights you just have to see when you visit Maastricht. Don t miss the Helpoort, the oldest city gate in the Netherlands, which was built by Henry I of Brabant in 1229 as part of the city s fortifications. Now it houses an exhibition on Maastricht s fortifications. The city s fortifications include the pentagonal Fort St. Pieter, on the northern edge of St. Pietersberg hill, dating from You should also visit the Museum aan het Vrijthof, in the 14th-century home of the Duke of Brabant. It now houses a museum, café, and shop. The City Hall on the Markt square is also part of Maastricht s heritage. It was built in by the architect Pieter Post. The tower dates from 1684 and houses a carillon with 49 bells which is still played regularly. Dinghuis Another historic building is the Dinghuis, on the corner of Kleine Staat and Grote Staat. The Dutch word staat in these street names means the place where municipal authority is located. The name Dinghuis comes from the Dutch dingen, which means to administer judgement. This building was the courthouse until around These days, it houses VVV Maastricht, the Maastricht tourist board.
32 SUBTERRANEAN SURPRISES Much of Maastricht s cultural heritage is not visible to the eye, as there are almost as many cultural treasures below ground as above ground. The Derlon Hotel s cellar houses a museum with Roman artefacts from the second, third, and fourth centuries. Another underground museum, Schuilen in Maastricht, is located one of the galleries of the Kazematten underground bunker complex. This museum is devoted to the shelters created in Maastricht during World War II and the Cold War. Maastricht is also surrounded by the Du Moulin Line and the Kazematten, a network of tunnels and mine shafts used in defending the city during times of siege between 1575 and MAASTRICHT CAVES The tunnels made by mining for marlstone are also worth visiting. St. Pietersburg hill has the North and Zonneberg Caves; and the Jesuits Cave, with sculptures from all over the world, is at Cannerberg hill. Ancient hidden treasures 31
33 Helpoort (Hell s Gate) The Helpoort, built in 1229, is the oldest city gate in the Netherlands and the only remaining city gate in Maastricht. The staff provide information and answer questions. St. Bernardusstraat 24/b Entrance fee voluntary donation. Opening hours 25 Apr to 1 Nov, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM daily (subject to change). Museumkelder Derlon Artefacts from the second, third, and fourth centuries. Plankstraat 21 T +31 (0) Entrance fee free. Opening hours Sunday 12:00 noon-4:00 PM (except Carnival Sunday). City Hall on Markt square Built in The tower dates from 1684 and contains a carillon with 49 bells. The hall is open to visitors. Markt 78 Entrance fee free. Opening hours Mon to Fri 9:00 AM-12:00 noon and 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. Maastricht monuments
34 RELIGIOUS CULTURE Maastricht has been a tourist destination since the Middle Ages. Pilgrims flocked to the city to visit the grave of St Servatius. Over fifty churches, chapels, monasteries, and convents take part in the annual religious processions through the city, showing that religion is still a vibrant part of Maastricht s culture. The St Servatius procession is a ten-day religious event held once every seven years since It brings tens of thousands of visitors to Maastricht. The next one will take place in MAASTRICHT S TREASURES The core of the medieval transept basilica of St Servatius dates from around AD 1000 and was built above the grave of St Servatius (St. Servaas). Maastricht keeps its greatest relics in the basilica s treasury: the chest reliquary (Noodkist), the goblet, and the bust of St Servatius. The collection includes precious metals, ivory, silks, paintings, and statues. The treasury of the basilica of Onze Lieve Vrouwe is no less magnificent. It contains religious art and articles including richly embroidered liturgical garments, relics, processional banners, liturgical silver, and statues. The Gothic St. Janskerk is also part of the city s rich religious heritage. Originally a Roman Catholic parish church, it was converted into a Protestant church in It has a very special pulpit, beautiful gravestones and wall paintings, and the monumental Binvignat organ. 33
35 Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek treasury O.L. Vrouweplein 20 T +31 (0) Entrance fee 3,00 p.p.; Children up to 12 years 1,00 p.p.; 65 plus (with pass) 2,00 p.p. Opening hours Easter to All Saints Day: Monday- Saturday 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Sint Servaas treasury Keizer Karelplein T +31 (0) Entrance fee for treasury and basilica Adults: 4.00 p.p.; 65+/children 18 and under (unaccompanied)/students: 2.50 p.p.; Groups 9 >: 3.50 p.p.; Groups of pupils accompanied by a teacher: 1.50 p.p.; Wheelchair users and companions: 1.50 p.p. Note: You must be able to produce proof of age/identification on request. Opening hours Mon-Sat 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sun from 12:30 PM-5:00 PM Guided tours: May-October, Mon-Sat at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Sint Janskerk Elegant 13th-century Gothic church with a unique pulpit, beautiful gravestones and wall paintings, and a striking 70m tower. Vrijthof square, entrance at Henric van Veldekeplein square. Entrance fee Admission to the church is free. Admission to the tower: Adults 1.50 p.p.; Children up to 12 years 0.50 p.p. Opening hours Easter to end of November: Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Religious splendour
36 FROM CHURCH TO The people of Maastricht are highly inventive, particularly in preserving their heritage. Over the years, many churches, monasteries, and convents have been threatened with closing. They have them from destruction by receiving a new use. The fifteenth-century Kruisherenklooster (Monastery of the Crosiers) and its church is a perfect example of this. The entire complex was transformed into a luxurious design hotel with respect for its history. The thirteenth-century former Dominican church and monastery have also been repurposed. After thorough restoration work, it now houses a bookshop. BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES The churches of Maastricht are numerous and most are well worth visiting. For detailed information on the churches listed below and virtual tours of Maastricht s two basilicas, go to Romanesque churches: St. Servaasbasiliek, Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek Gothic churches: Cellebroederskapel, Dominicanerkerk, St. Janskerk, St. Matthiaskerk, Eerste Minderbroederskerk, Nieuwenhof Other churches: Augustijnenkerk, Lutherse kerk, Bonnefantenkerk en -klooster, Jezuïetenkerk, Tweede Minderbroederskerk, Waalse kerk, Synagoge, St. Martinuskerk, Koepelkerk, St. Lambertuskerk 35
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