Touted as the most beautiful city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse River at a meeting point of sorts. The city is perfectly nestled between Germany to the east and Belgium to the west. It is the capital of Limburg, Netherlands, and has a population of 122,397.
Due to the city’s location, Maastricht is home to a blend of cultures resulting in a unique city throughout the Netherlands. A walk through the town reveals a diverse cuisine, breathtaking views, beautiful bookshops and never-ending tales about legends.
Some of Maastricht’s unique gems include:
- Fort Sint Pieter and the Caves of Maastricht: The area offers a delight to explore with a natural reserve, recreational center, and an 18th-century fort. It also harbors caves that were used in the second world war to protect art treasures.
- The Basilica of Our Lady: Built at about AD 1000, an original portion of the impressive Basilica of Our Lady still stands. The fortress-like building showcases 15 and 16-century architecture and art.
- Bonnefanten Museum: This ultra-modern building sits at the banks of River Maas and is designed to resemble a 1950s rocket ship. The museum displays some of the most important art collections in Maastricht.
- De Bisschopsmolen: The Bishop’s Mill dates back to the 14th century and is still functional. The nearby bakery still uses it to grind flour and grains used to make their bread and pastries.
Maastricht is an artistic and historical treasure perfect for those looking for a quiet romantic getaway, adventure and culinary experience.