Maastricht Market Square (Markt)
Kickstart your self-guided walking tour at the heart of the city - the vibrant Market Square, known as Markt. The edges of Markt are adorned with inviting cafés, where you can enjoy a leisurely break. Among the city's notable landmarks is the Dutch Baroque Stadhuis, which serves as Maastricht's city hall. Originally constructed as a Cloth Hall in the 1650s, its neoclassical façade stands out, boasting an impressive doorway accessed via a grand double staircase.
Basilica of St. Servatius
Maastricht's grandest square is home to the majestic Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of St. Servatius). This monumental church, fondly called 'Sintervaos' in the local dialect, graces the historical center of Maastricht, nestled between Vrijthof square, Keizer Karelplein, and Henric van Veldekeplein. Legend has it that the basilica was erected on the burial site of St. Servatius, making it the oldest surviving church in the Netherlands and an UNESCO world heritage site.
On the picturesque banks of the River Maas stands the remarkable Bonnefanten Museum, an architectural marvel resembling a futuristic 1950s rocket ship. Its name traces back to the museum's previous convent residence, renowned for its well-behaved children, the ``bons enfants.`` The palatial edifice, with a striking conical tower reminiscent of a rocket ship, is now home to an extensive and impressive array of artworks.
Maastricht City Park
You have to take a stroll around the city park - a calm and beautiful blend of history and nature. Choose a spot on the lawn near the cannons and bask in the glorious sunny weather, or take a leisurely stroll along the historic city walls where you can find many hidden gems and enjoy a breathtaking view of the park.
Discover the Frontenpark, an extraordinary urban oasis unlike any typical city park. Here, you won't encounter meticulously manicured lawns; instead, you'll be captivated by an enthralling and untamed slice of nature nestled in the heart of the city. Encompassing an impressive 20 hectares, the Frontenpark proudly stands as the wild and unbridled backyard of the Sphinxkwartier. Years of neglect have unleashed nature's reign, transforming the park into a thriving space that embraces natural growth, preserves cultural heritage, and hosts events seamlessly.
Since the autumn of 2006, the extraordinary Dominicanen bookshop (formerly known as Selexyz Dominicanen and Polare Maastricht) has found its home in the centuries-old Dominicanenkerk (Dominican church) in Maastricht. Two centuries ago, the church lost its sacred purpose and witnessed various uses throughout the years, serving as a reptile house, bicycle shed, and even a 'carnival temple.' The Dominicanen bookshop boasts an extensive selection of books, music, and professional literature. Surprisingly, it also captivates the interest of non-book enthusiasts, making it a must-visit destination in Maastricht.