In the extreme south of the country near the borders with Belgium and Germany, Maastricht is the capital of the Dutch province of Limburg. It’s one of the country’s oldest cities, is famous for its university and is a major administrative centre for the Netherlands as well as the European Union. A mix of old and new is what you’re likely to find on visiting. Here, you’re likely to come across some impressive architecture from the medieval era, while it’s possible to see some more modern buildings alongside the castles and municipal buildings, especially around the university. Thanks to its student population, Maastricht has a buzzing nightlife, owing to its many bars, clubs and cultural venues.
A smaller vehicle is the best thing to drive here, as it will make street parking easier. Fuel in the Netherlands tends to be a little pricey, so something economical will help on that front too.
Driving in Maastricht
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Important things to note
Parking in Maastricht is known to be expensive. To save money, it might be worth parking in some of the suburbs as it tends to be cheaper.
Parking outside the city centre also makes sense as most of that part of Maastricht is pedestrian access only.
Drivers should be aware that cycling is very popular in Maastricht. Even though there are designated cycle lanes, some cyclists tend to ride on the roads.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Bonnefanten Museum in the city centre is the best place to go if wanting to see works from the Old Masters. Alongside works from some of the greats are a number of pieces from contemporary artists, some of whom are from Limburg.
Just outside Maastricht are the Saint Pietersberg Caves. This local marlstone mine has been used for bomb shelters during wars and sieges and is open to the public most days. The caves have over 20,000 passages and are accessible by boat from the city centre.
One of Maastricht’s biggest cultural events is the European Fine Art Fair. Every year, visitors from all over the world descend on the city to buy some artworks for thousands of Euros as well as see some of the other works on sale.
The Vrijthof and Markt squares are the best places in the city centre to look for bars and restaurants. They both come alive at night, especially some of the dance clubs, while live music and three-course meals are on offer wherever you look.
Maastricht Aachen Airport is almost six miles northeast of Maastricht city centre. Also serving the German city of Aachen, it serves as a hub for low-cost airlines offering flights to destinations in Southern Europe.
The airport is accessible from the A2 motorway, which goes south towards the city centre. To get there, take the right onto the Viaductweg and drive westbound.