A day out in Maastricht? 17 local things to do in Maastricht

Wat te doen in Maastricht

Things to do in Maastricht on a day outWelcome to Maastricht, capital of the Limburg province, at the base of Mount Saint Peter! A city filled with shops, friendly bars, lively squares, old churches and inhabitants that are a little hard to understand even for other Dutch people.

Thanks to the classic atmosphere and southern mentality it's the ultimate location for Dutch people to feel like being on a holiday without having to cross the borders.

Situated by the river Maas in the hilly (adding to the sense of being abroad) province of Limburg there are definitely more than enough things to do for just one day on your trip!

Sightseeing Squares Parks Museums Roermond Valkenburg Events

Sightseeing in Maastricht city center

The area of Maastricht is where people have been living for over 20 centuries and a popular destination for day trips for more than just the endless shopping opportunities.

Also the city offers an impressive list of sights to see that take you back in time into the rich history of the city. Below you find a number of these that definitely deserve a spot on your must-see list.

Basilica of Our Dear Lady

Basilica of Our Lady, a sight to see in Maastricht At the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein (Square of Our Dear Lady) in Maastricht you find the Basilica of Our Dear Lady. This Roman style church has a turbulent history and has even served as a horse stable and a cannon forge. Walk in when your around [...] Continue reading about Basilica of Our Dear Lady.

Basilica of Saint Servatius

A trip to the Basilica of Saint Servatius Welcome to the oldest still existing church in the Netherlands, the Basilica of Saint Servatius at the Vrijthof. On this exact location there have been no less than four churches over the course of the previous centuries, with this being the last. Starting with the [...] Continue reading about Basilica of Saint Servatius.


Visiting the Helpoort in Maastricht The Helpoort (Hells Gate) used to be a prison and is the oldest still existing city gate in the Netherlands that to the day of today is home to an interesting historical collection. During the centuries a multitude of fortifications have been added to the [...] Continue reading about Helpoort.

Sint Janskerk

Sint Janskerk in Maastricht When strolling around the Vrijthof in Maastricht, be sure to visit the 80 meter high tower of the Sint Janskerk to enjoy an amazing view over the city. For sure you won't be able to miss this church from the 14th century, thanks to the [...] Continue reading about Sint Janskerk.

Sint Pietersberg

Sint Pietersberg at Maastricht What many visitors of Maastricht don't know is that there are many defense tunnels below the city that were dug underground over time. The best example of this can be viewed at the Sint Pietersberg (Mount Saint Peter, two kilometers south of the Helpoort). The [...] Continue reading about Sint Pietersberg.

Wall of Our Dear Lady

Our Lady shore in Maastricht Like the remaining gate at the Helpoort, the city walls of Maastricht provide a glimpse of the history around the 13th centry when the city got permission to build these. A great spot to have a look at the walls is around the Wall of [...] Continue reading about Wall of Our Dear Lady.

Maastricht hotspots from the Vrijthof to the Markt

Maastricht definitely owes part of its beauty to the many squares scattered across the city, both large and small. The Vrijthof being the most famous one, but there are plenty more.


Shopping and having a drink at the Markt in Maastricht Welcome to the Markt (Market Square) in Maastricht with its 17th century city hall and dozens of national heritage monuments like the various mansions that surround the square and make it a sight itself. Remarkable is the Mosae Forum on the side of the Maas [...] Continue reading about Markt.

Square of Our Dear Lady

Square of Our Dear Lady in Maastricht The Square of Our Dear Lady, named after the church at the square, has in the past been chosen as the most beautiful square of the Netherlands and today remains a sight to see while visiting Maastricht. Besides a great place to relax on one [...] Continue reading about Square of Our Dear Lady.


Must see - the Vrijthof in Maastricht The Vrijthof is definitely the most famous square in Maastricht, where many terraces and restaurants invite you to enjoy the more frequent beautiful weather. Next to that, the Vrijthof is the location for carnivals and events like the Preuvenement (last week of August) which turns [...] Continue reading about Vrijthof.

Head over to parks in Maastricht

Both around the Maas river and in the rest of the city center of Maastricht you’ll find quite a bit of green to enjoy in the city parks. A nice way to briefly relax while shopping during your trip to Maastricht.

Hoge Fronten

Discover the Hoge Fronten in Maastricht The Hoge Fronten (High Fronts) is more a landscape than just a park, despite it being found close to the city center of Maastricht. The almost 40 acres of the protected natural monument are definitely worth exploring with the city walls that are scattered throughout [...] Continue reading about Hoge Fronten.

Stadspark Maastricht

A relaxing day out in the city park in Maastricht The Stadspark (City Park) in Maastricht is a widely known area as inhabitants of the city refer to the entire green strip from the Maas river up to the Prins Bisschopsingel. Part of this large area are, among others, the Faliezusterspark, the Henri Hermanspark and [...] Continue reading about Stadspark Maastricht.

Dive into the archives at museums in Maastricht

Given the rich history of the city of Maastricht, the excellent museums you’ll find there shouldn’t come as a surprise. To get an idea of what to expect, have a look at the examples below.


A trip down art history at the Bonnefantenmuseum At the Bonnefantenmuseum (name originating from the french 'bons enfants') in Maastricht you find masterpieces of both old masteres, like Rubens and Van Dyck, as contemporary art. In the presentation of the works the museum collaborates with various private collections making the variety of the [...] Continue reading about Bonnefantenmuseum.

Centre Céramique

Centre Céramique in Maastricht The Centre Céramique is where visitors are welcomed to explore the diversity in collections that are owned by the city of Maastricht. Like ceramics and glass collections that contain items from times that have long gone, like those of the Romans and the Middle ages. [...] Continue reading about Centre Céramique.

Museum at the Vrijthof

Museum at the Vrijthof in Maastricht Curious about what Maastricht was like throughout the centuries? Come and visit the Museum at the Vrijthof and you're sure to discover it. Assisted by the latest in audio and projection techniques the museum lets you see history through the eyes of an authentic historical [...] Continue reading about Museum at the Vrijthof.

Natuurhistorisch Museum

Visit the National History Museum in Maastricht In the Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum) in Maastricht there's actually a real Kids Museum during your day out. Like you can find on the website, it's an interactive museum with many fun puzzles and searches for kids between 8 and 12 years old. Here [...] Continue reading about Natuurhistorisch Museum.

Day trip from Maastricht to Roermond

Every year Roermond is the heart of the Limburg street festival which offers entertainment ranging from spectacular shows in the middle of the city to solo performances in local farms.

The city center of Roermond is where you’ll also find the monumental Munster Church. In short, quite a trip to enjoy at only 30 minutes distance from Maastricht by train.

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Day trip from Maastricht to Valkenburg

Less than fifteen minutes by train (from Maastricht) you find the oldest train station of the Netherlands in the friendly city of Valkenburg, surrounded by lots of nature.

Evidence of the rich history of Valkenburg can be found at the ruins of Valkenburg castle which goes back to the 11th century.

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Upcoming events and activities in Maastricht

While planning to visit Maastricht, keep an eye out for the events on the city’s event calendar. Ranging from jazz festivals to culinary highlights, they’re sure to make your trip even more worthwhile.


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