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Planning a short break to Maastricht? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Maastricht. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Maastricht. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Bonnefantenmuseum

Avenue Céramique 250, Maastricht. This is the foremost museum of Old Masters and contemporary art located in the province of Limburg. The museum, one of Maastricht's major landmarks, was built by Italian architect Aldo Rossi. The use of natural materials and an abundance of daylight gives the building its unusual and exceptional appearance.

The museum houses two collections, the contemporary art collection with works by an international group of artists and the collection of Old Masters. The emphasises is placed on 16th and 17th century Flemish paintings which include major works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission for Adults is EUR7.00, EUR3.50 for 13- to 18-year-olds and admission for children (up to12) is free.

For more information visit - www.bonnefanten.nl

City Walk

The best way to get know Maastricht is to go for a walk in the old centre of the city. Under the guidance of a VVV host you will be taken on a tour of the restored Stokstraat quarter, the old ramparts, the various parks and the famous Vrijthof square. You can combine the city walk with a visit to the treasure chamber of the St. Servaas basilica, the St. Jan church, the Spanish Government house or the entrance hall of the Museum of Natural History. Guided tours are given by Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish speaking guides.

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St. Pietersberg Grottoes

The extraction of marble as building material this hill on the South side Maastricht has resulted in a vast labyrinth of corridors. Walking on the floor of a former sea under the guidance of a VVV guide, is wonderful experience. Even today the walls and ceilings give information about the way in which the "block breakers" worked. Numerous interesting inscriptions and drawings, some of which are very old, can be found on the walls. A visit to these grottoes lasts for about an hour. Because the temperature in the corridors is a constant ten degrees Celsius, a sweater or jacket and robust footwear are advised. Two corridor systems are open to visitors. Departure from the Northern Corridor System is from Chalet Bergrust, Luikerweg 71, Maastricht and the Zonneberg Corridor System depart from Buitengoed Slavante, Slavante 1(St. Pietersberg near ENCI). For reservations email reserveringen@vvvmaastricht.nl

Boat trips on the Maas

During the summer months (Easter to the middle of September) Rederij Stiphout organises boat trips on the Maas. You can combine a boat trip with a visit of the Zonneberg grottoes which lasts about 3 hours or you can make a day trip to Liège, a border trip around the city of Maastricht. Cruises by candlelight with a cold buffet or a brunch boat trip are also available. A brochure is available on request.

Prices are as follows - Boat trip on the Maas: adults € 5,90; children € 3,60, Boat trip with grottoes: adults € 9,40; children € 6,10, Liège (return trip): adults € 18,40; children € 10,90, Border trip: adults € 14,90; children € 8,90, Candlelight Cruise: € 45,90, Brunch boat trip: €;28,20. For reservations contact the Maastricht Tourist Office (VVV) - reserveringen@vvvmaastricht.nl

Steam-driven beer brewery De Keyzer N.A. Bosch<

This former beer brewery has recently been opened to the public. The Bosch family operated the brewery until 1997 at which time it was closed. Everything inside the brewery is almost completely intact. It now serves as an important industrial-archaeological monument in Maastricht and both the brewery and its five-story malt-house are listed as national monuments. During the guided tour you will be shown all aspects of steam-driven beer brewing. Unfortunately the brewery is only open for group visits. Guided tours during the November to March cost EUR52,50 per group and from April to October EUR57,00 per group. Information and reservations through Maastricht Tourist Office (VVV) - reserveringen@vvvmaastricht.nl

D’Artagnan Adventure Trip

This adventure trip takes place in the underground fortifications of Maastricht, known as the Casemates. The object of the adventure is to find your way around the underground fortifications that date back to the 16th century. The Commander of the First Musketeers Company, D’Artagnan, who fell in battle in 1673, plays the leading role in this trip. By following his instructions and carrying out several assignments you can find your way out. The trip is suitable for adults only (minimum age 20). You are advised to wear comfortable leisure wear and tough but comfortable shoes. Each participant must take an electric torch with as this will be the only source of light during the trip. The adventure takes about two and a half hours. Remember, if you are claustrophobic, this trip is not for you!. The starting point is at Linie van Dumoulin, Cabergerweg and you will finish at Minister Goeman Borgesiusplantsoen. Information and reservations through Maastricht Tourist Office (VVV) - reserveringen@vvvmaastricht.nl

The European Fine Art Fair (EFAF)

This fair takes place in Maastricht annually. This blockbuster event draws more then 75,000 visitors from around the world every year. The TEFAF has become one of the world’s most prestigious arts and antiques fairs, and is a trendsetter in the field. This is must for antique experts and buyers.

For more info go to www.tefaf.com

Hotel Beaumont Maastricht

Wycker Brugstraat 2. Maastricht. This hotel dates back to 1912, but is livelier than ever before. If offers both private guests and business travelers a home away from home. This hotel has an excellent reputation and you are sure to have a wonderful time staying there. It is situated in the quarter Wyck (district 21) in the heart of Maastricht. Most of the museums, cinemas, the theatre, restaurants and the city centre are all within walking distance from the hotel. The French occupation has left its marks in this area. The Restaurant Beaumont is a genuine French restaurant with a menu that offers delicious dishes from this part of France.

For info www.beaumont.nl/beaumont-en.asp

Playground Fort Willem

Kastanjelaan 50, Maastricht. This playground has some 50 activities, a paddling pool, a miniature golf course and restaurant/snackbar. Take the children for a day of swimming and running around in the sun and fresh air while you sip on a cold one at the restaurant. Open daily from 1 April to 15 September, at 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is EUR1,10.

Falstaff

Emmaplein, Maastricht. Falstaff is located on a small square in the center of Maastricht. The terrace surrounds a towering monument. There are plenty outdoor tables and benches, and the bar consists of two stories.

This is the place to go if you love beer. You will be able so sample hundreds of beers. The pub have about 10 beers on tap, and the rest comes in the bottle with a matching beer glass. The waiters will help you find a beer to your liking even if you are not a beer drinker. They have beers that are made from Cherries, peaches and raspberries.

Warm drinks, wines, soft drinks as well as a small cocktail menu is available for those who do not drink beer.

Only one warning, the drinks do not come cheap. Most of the beers cost between EUR2,60 - EUR4, but you switch to the house beer, Grolsch, which is available in small glasses for EUR1.60.

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