Maastricht is not only known as a beautiful historical city but also famous for its culture all over the globe.
Maastricht has around a dozen museums. A number of them include the Bonnenfanten Museum (fine and contemporary art), the Netherlands Architecture Institute Maastricht, the Museum aan het Vrijthof (history, art and artifacts in Maastricht), the Treasuries of the Basilicas of Saint Servais and of Our Lady, the Natural History Museum, the Saint Peters Museum (local history) and the Centre Céramique (exhibitions and archaeology).
Maastricht has hundreds of attractions and historic buildings including the Vrijthof with the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the Sint Jans Church and the Spanish Government, the Square of our Lady with the Basilica of Our Lady, the Market Square with the statue of Jean-Pierre Minckelers and City Hall, the shopping streets, Saint Servatiusbridge, the Bassin (inner harbour), the Helpoort (13th century town gate with city walls), de Sint Pietersberg (hill), de Bisschopsmolen (old watermill) and much more.
Maastricht has, coming second after Amsterdam, the biggest number of national monuments of the country.
Pilgrims find their way to Maastricht to pay their respect to the devotions of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saint Servatius, Monulph and Gondulphus, Lambert, Hubertus and the Black Christ of Wyck.
You will not easily find a city with a more flamboyant atmosphere than Maastricht. Maastricht has many fun restaurants including four restaurants with a Michelin star. Dining in Maastricht can be done in style, hip, trendy, relaxed or in business style. There is something for everyone. Good food is no problem in Maastricht. The capital of Limburg has the highest density of pubs in the Netherlands. Most of the pubs and restaurants are situated on the Vrijthof, around the Market Square, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouweplein and the Platielstraat leading to the cozy small Sint Amorsplein.
Carnival is one of the special Maastricht events, a three day street festival where every ‘Maastrichtenaar’ will get dressed up and which always starts with a large parade through the city centre of Maastricht. Carnival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Maastricht, especially outside on the streets. Songs and music will be played on the streets by Samba bands and local “Zaate Hermeniekes” (small informal brass bands).
Culture is a key factor in South Limburg. Just think of all the local products that are offered but also the South Limburg Railway Company ZLSM (“Zuid Limburgse Stoomtrein Maatschappij”), the various activities in the tourist town of Valkenburg, the festivals in the area like Pinkpop and Cultura Nova and the museums, zoos, botanical gardens and sports centres.
You can also enjoy yourself in the Belgian city of Hasselt. Dining is amazing in this “Capital of Taste”. Hasselt has many restaurants and pubs where you can spend the evening. Your taste buds can certainly be entertained in Hasselt: the National Jenever Museum is situated in this city.
Hasselt has many museums: besides the National Jenever Museum there is also the Stadsmus (museum voor history, future and people of Hasselt), the Urban Fashion Museum, various arts centres, the Literary Museum, the Hollywood Movie Museum and the Parfum-O-Theek (perfume museum). Follow the comic route through the town. Nero, Jommeke, de Kiekeboes, Urbanus and Samson and Gert will lead the way.
The Grenslandhallen with the Ethias Arena in Hasselt is the place where various sports, music and business events are staged. Also the first Belgian indoor theme park, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt is located here. If that is not enough, the largest discothèque Versuz and the largest Japanese Garden can be found in the capital city of Belgian Limburg.
Liège is not known as a cultural city but it has very nice streets with plenty of pubs and restaurants for an evening out.
In the German city of Aachen you can, besides going out, also enjoy the healing spas, the beautiful architecture and the Heiligdomsvaart which is held in a seven year cycle and attracts thousands of visitors.