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Vrijthof

Visit Maastricht’s largest square to discover ancient churches and stylish houses overlooking an enticing array of cafés and restaurants. 

Paved with cobblestones and lined with neatly-pruned old trees, Vrijthof is a picturesque square. The square’s original use was far less enchanting, as it used to be a cemetery and later a place of executions. Follow the route that pilgrims have taken since the Middle Ages when you visit the tomb of St. Servaas and enjoy some of the city’s best views when you climb the high tower of Sint Janskerk (St. John’s Church). Take in a performance at the city’s main theater or catch one of the regular outdoor concerts and events held here. Make sure you take the time to sit in one of the many cafés and enjoy the atmosphere of this iconic location. 

The city’s first bishop, St. Servaas, was buried here in  A.D 384. Start your visit at the St. Servaas Church to see his tomb. The grand, Romanesque church dates back to the 10th century, although records show there was a structure here long before that. Spend some time browsing the religious artworks. 

Next door you will find the large, Gothic church of St. John. In the summer months you can climb to the top of the distinctive red tower for views across the city. 

Enjoy a night at the Vrijthof Theater, which has a year-round program of events. Even if you don’t attend a performance, be sure to stop and admire the impressive neoclassical façade.

Regular events take place in Vrijthof. The most important is the Maastricht Carnival at the beginning of Lent each year. Join the thousands of costumed people who descend on the square to watch the hoisting of a giant mascot. If you visit in the summer months, attend one of the classical outdoor concerts. 

On any given day you can participate in one of Vrijthof’s most enjoyable activities, sitting at a café table and watching the world go by beneath the trees and the shuttered windows of the Dutch mansions.


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Lodging Near Vrijthof

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Amrâth Hotel DuCasque $79
Amrâth Hotel DuCasque

Amrâth Hotel DuCasque

Helmstraat 14, Maastricht
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 222 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Binnenstad, this hotel is steps from Dominicanenkerk and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

    Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur $81
    Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

    Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

    Stationsstraat 2, Maastricht
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 777 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Maastricht-Centre Urban District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Bonnefanten Museum, and Basilica of Our Lady. Market and St. Servaas Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      The Student Hotel Maastricht $66
      The Student Hotel Maastricht

      The Student Hotel Maastricht

      Sphinxcour 9A, Maastricht
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 117 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        This hotel is located in Maastricht (Boschstraatkwartier), close to Market, Stadhuis, and Dominicanenkerk. Also nearby are Vrijthof and St. Servaas Church.

        Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht $96
        Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht

        Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht

        Nijverheidsweg 35, Maastricht
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 341 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Heer, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre and Bonnefanten Museum. Basilica of Our Lady and Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Crowne Plaza Maastricht $110
          Crowne Plaza Maastricht

          Crowne Plaza Maastricht

          De Ruiterij 1, Maastricht
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 312 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Maastricht hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Basilica of Our Lady, and Bonnefanten Museum. Market and Natural History Museum are also within 15 minutes.

            Hotel Beez NO.106 $72
            Hotel Beez NO.106

            Hotel Beez NO.106

            Boschstraat 106, Maastricht
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 131 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Boschstraatkwartier, this hotel is steps from Stadhuis and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

              Le Theatre Hotel $122
              Le Theatre Hotel

              Le Theatre Hotel

              Vrijthof 50, Maastricht
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 48 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Binnenstad, this hotel is steps from Dominicanenkerk and St. Servaas Church. Market and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

                Boutique Hotel Grote Gracht $66
                Boutique Hotel Grote Gracht

                Boutique Hotel Grote Gracht

                Grote Gracht 56, Maastricht
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 80 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Binnenstad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Vrijthof and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.