Maastricht Vacation Packages
Maastricht is the capital of the southern province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The ancient city gained fame as the place where the treaty for the European Union was signed. André Rieu, the world-famous violinist and conductor, studied and held some of his biggest concerts here. Walk the city’s cobblestone streets past old merchant houses, go shopping in the Stokstraat or, if it rains, explore churches, museums, ancient tunnels and caves.
This is a city where “anything goes” coffee shops and an annual carnival get the same attention as the upscale restaurants and religious processions. Join the soft-spoken locals, many of them fun-loving students, in the bars. They say this is “gezellig,” a typical Dutch word for a cozy get-together.
The Maastricht region, which by Dutch standards is considered hilly, had already been inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribes before the Romans settled in the first century B.C. Maastricht’s medieval defense structures, Spanish-style cathedrals and French-inspired love for fine cuisine show the various influences this city has had.
The city is best explored on foot, by bus or bike. Start out in the city center, just west of the river. Vrijthof is the main square, home to the great Basilica of St. Servatius with its treasury, courtyard and garden. Head southeast to the 13th-century Helpoort, the oldest gate, which is still standing, in the Netherlands.
Follow the Grote Straat (Big Street) to its end to find the VVV Maastricht, the tourist center. Join a tour to explore the Fortifications Trail, a labyrinth of over 20,000 subterranean tunnels at the St. Pietersberg Caves, dug under a fort in the city's south.
Maastricht is strategically located on the Maas River and is 2.5 hours by car from Amsterdam. You can also take the train and even fly there. Once you’ve seen the city, drive or ride out to see the castles or hike in the hills surrounding the city. Just to the southeast you can stand on the exact point where the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet.
Accommodation in Maastricht
If you aren't sure where to stay in Maastricht, browse our Maastricht hotel options. There are 131 different accommodations to select from in this beloved destination.
Why not kick-start the search for the ultimate Maastricht room by browsing the great amenities at the fantastic Kruisherenhotel Maastricht, located at Kruisherengang 19-23, and the Hotel Klein Zwitserland Wellness & Spa, at Grensweg 11. Should you find that those don't meet your taste and budget, the Chateau St Gerlach and the Thermae 2000 Hotel are two more economical options that may tick all your boxes.