Maastricht’s old centre is well-packed with bars, restaurants and antique shops. Maastricht belongs to the Limburg province of the Netherlands, which borders Germany and Belgium. The cultural influences of the two neighbouring countries are visible mainly in the city architecture, local food and… in the language abilities of the locals. Maastricht’s inhabitants always smile and are ready to help with any piece of advice in their mother tongue, English, French and German.
Maastricht’s old city square bears the name of Vrijthof. We could not admire its genuine beauty and its balanced open space because the square was prepared to host a concert of the famous André Rieu.
The maestro and his staff wanted to celebrate the 13th consecutive year of his summer concerts in Maastricht through a special series of performances. We noticed that people from all around the world came for the event. We saw them checking the area. Some others, who did not manage to get a ticket, tried to book a restaurant seat facing the square.
Since the square was inaccessible we instead enjoyed a walk in the heart of the city. Touring Maastricht by foot gave us the possibility to admire the beautiful buildings around the city main square.
Maastricht’s streets are very clean, romantic and of very good taste. I rarely saw cobbled streets as the ones in Maastricht, where the rounded stones fill the surface perfectly, so a walker does not stumble upon.
The traces of a fortified ancient city are still visible. The strong walls and bunkers speak for themselves. There is no corner of the city centre without flowers of all colours and breeds. After all, we were in the Netherlands, the country of worldwide famous horticulturists.
Maastricht is crossed by the river Maas (Meuse in Belgium). The two sides of the city connect through a number of beautiful bridges.
There is a bus city line available to tour the city. The buses look like the American old buses. We saw some American “trace texts”, which are still visible on the bright and strong yellow background of the buses.
We have never seen so many bikes in one place! Biking is already a tradition in the Netherlands and anyone can see the impressive number of bikes that are used as a sort of “national vehicle”. Needless to mention the Dutch national awareness of getting closer to nature and protect it.
We spent some time to admire the Sint-Janskerk and its temerarious clock tower.
Maastrichtenaars claim that their city is the oldest in the Netherlands.