Things to do in Maastricht

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Maastricht Tourist Attractions & Activities

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1. Vrijthof

Feel the history of cobblestone pavements and take part in Maastricht’s coffee culture in the picturesque Vrijthof. This ancient square was once used exclusively as a cemetery and later, as the location for executions. Despite this macabre past, it has formed part of a route followed by pilgrims for centuries to the tomb of St. Servaas. Take the time to enjoy a coffee at one of many cafés, and then begin sightseeing around this iconic location.
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Maastricht’s largest square blends the old and new with ancient churches and airy crypts as well as delightful outdoor cafes and modern restaurants.

2. Bonnefanten Museum

Browse one of the Netherland’s most prominent collections of modern art in the Bonnefanten Museum. This expansive gallery space features works from the School of Paris and minimalism alongside a number of spectacular historic works. Among the paintings, browse sculptures collected from all over Europe. Even the building is a work of art, with its ornate housing considered one of the finest buildings in Maastricht.
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Learn the long history of art in this extensive museum which features spectacular works from the medieval age along with paintings of contemporary masters.

3. St. Servaas Church

St. Servaas Church is an ornate building that stands by the café-populated Vrijthof Square. Descend into the sacred crypt of St. Servaas to walk a path that pilgrims have followed since the fourth century. As you pass, admire the church’s Romanesque and Gothic architecture, which is decorated with murals and reliefs.
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Visit the crypt where the fourth-century remains of St. Servaas are buried and see the treasures that lie within this fine Romanesque church.

4. Dominicanenkerk

Step out of Maastricht’s busy Entre Deux shopping center into this former church, Dominicanenkerk (Dominican Church). You might be surprised by the towers of new and used books stretching up to the high vaults. Admire more than just reading materials in this bookshop, notably the views from the highest shelves of the ceiling frescoes and towering pillars.
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This former church built in the 13th-century has been called the most beautiful bookstore in the world. View its stone vaulted ceilings and otherworldly light to understand why.

5. Basilica of Our Lady

Discover medieval artworks and ancient murals within the wide, sombre halls of the Basilica of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek). This grand church features the Star of the Sea Chapel, which holds the sacred statue of Mary within. Pilgrims from all across the continent have visited this statue in the hope of being healed. Delve into its treasury and witness a sparkling collection of silver, gold and religious artefacts.
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Visit this ornate Romanesque church to explore a treasury full of priceless artefacts and a statue that is believed to heal the sick.

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