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Maastricht Local History

Considered to be one of the oldest towns in Holland. Maastricht was founded in 47AD at the last crossing of the river Maas on the road from Cologne to Boulonge. In the early 8th century the city was both a spiritual center as well as a center for trade.

Maastricht grew steadily and uneventfully until the Spanish captured and looted the city in 1579. After the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, the city came under the rule of William of Orange in 1814 and was proclaimed the capital of the district. Due to its location Maastricht was one of the first cities in the Netherlands to be liberated by the Allies in World War Two.

In 1992 Maastricht made global headlines with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, which symbolised the uniting of Europe. The city is home to some outstanding historical monuments that reflect its long past.

Maastricht Attractions

Maastricht Shopping

In the old center of Maastricht, between 'Vrijthof' square and the railway station, there are a wide variety of shops and department stores. An indoor shopping center, 'Entre Deux', is to be found between Spilstraat and Helmstraat. A second indoor shopping center, 'Brusselse Poort', is located in Dr. Bakstraat (Maastricht/West).

At various times during the week there are several markets for general goods, fish, farmer's produce and flea markets. Specialties of the district include: Limburgse flan, gingerbread, apple dumplings, 'Boules de Berlin', Maastricht beer, Els (strong drink), Maastricht wine, rommedou (cheese), mushrooms and trout. Chocolate specialties include bonbons, 'Steerkes' and 'Grameerkes'.

Maastricht Activities

Dolls Museum - Grote Gracht 41. A permanent exhibition of children's dolls from around 1780 to 1950 can be found here. The collection includes about 400 dolls from wood, wax, papier-mache, bisque and fabric. Also included are accessories such as dolls furniture, dinner and tea services, tin toys, trains and teddy bears. On the third floor is a sales department of art and toys for a charity.

Maastricht Parks & Gardens

Green Belt - On the south side of the city is a 'green belt' containing six separate parks. The Botanical Gardens to be found in the very center of Maastricht contain a large number of plants, which can otherwise only be found in nature reserves.

Maastricht Restaurants and Bars

The food in Limburg is considered to be the best in the country with its bourgondisch tradition and fresh produce it also benefits from a strong French influence. In this part of the country you will find many bars known as cafe's that serve locally brewed beer such as Brand or Gulpener you can even visit the breweries! Limburg goat's cheese takes its name from this region where it is made.

Maastricht Restaurants

Chateau Neercane - Cannerweg 800. Close to the Belgian border town of Kanne lies this most distinguished restaurant. A member of the Maastricht Culinair group this establishment is a monument to haute cuisine. Closed Mondays and Saturday Mornings.

't Plenkske - Plankstraat 6. Only 35 meters away form Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Plein, this restaurant has been one of the cities finest and most popular for over thirty years. The restaurant is in a romantic red plush setting, overlooking an exquisite winter garden. The menu includes Maastricht, Liege and French specialties and also Italian and other Mediterranean specialties.

Da Vinci - Havenstraat 27. This restaurant combines the aspects of architecture, atmosphere and affordability to create an enjoyable experience for the weary traveler. Closed Saturday lunch, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Maastricht Bars & Clubs

Coopers Bar - Sint Amorsplein 3. An excellent choice if you are looking for a place to drink, dance and have a good time. Featuring a wide range of music including rock, dance, the latest hits and more. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

De Preuverij - Kakeberg 6. A lively hangout situated near the university frequented by twenty and thirty year olds. The place plays all types of music, you can get something to eat here and there is a dartboard as well. Open daily from about 10am until 2am weeknights, 3am weekends.

Cafe C'est La Vie - Sint Amorsplein 4. Featuring live acts and bands, this bar is known for its great atmosphere. Open daily from 10am until 2am, 3am on weekends.

Maastricht children's activities

Dolls Museum - Grote Gracht 41. A permanent exhibition of children's dolls from around 1780 to 1950 can be found here. The collection includes about 400 dolls from wood, wax, papier-mache, bisque and fabric. Also included are accessories such as dolls furniture, dinner and tea services, tin toys, trains and teddy bears. On the third floor is a sales department of art and toys for a charity.

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