Member Travel Tips: Maastricht

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This month's destination is Maastricht!

Maastricht is about as far as you can get while still in the Netherlands -- and it feels completely different than Amsterdam. Instead of canals there are man-made caves and even hills. You'll hear more French and German. And there are cute restaurants everywhere you turn. It's the perfect weekend getaway.

Lodging:

  • Kruisherenhotel - 3 recommendations, including one from Rhonda Jimenez. One member said, "We stayed a couple of nights at the Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht and loved it. It is an old monastery which has been converted to a hotel and inside is a mixture of the old architecture with modern elements. It is extremely convenient (very short walk) to the shopping area and Vrijthof. Best of all, they are pet friendly. They charge a pet fee, but they give you a bed, dog bowls and a chew toy! The restaurant was amazing, as well all of the staff there. They really bent over backwards for all our requests."
  • Le Home apartment (available on Booking.com) - Rhonda Jimenez says it's "located close to station in a beautiful townhouse. We stayed with 4 people. It does have a circular staircase up to the bathroom. Walking distance to the old city center."
  • Mabi - "a cool boutique hotel" got two votes
  • Château St. Gerlach - "beautiful!"
  • This Airbnb was beautiful -- very comfortable, and the hosts were really kind and thoughtful.

Restaurants:

  • Harry's
  • Cafe Sjiek (Be prepared for a lengthy wait!)
  • Restaurant 55
  • Vino & Friends
  • Kruisherenhotel for lunch and dinner
  • Au Coin des Bons Enfants - one member "had an unforgettable dinner" there!
  • The best gelato is at Candiero on Koestraat.
  • The best fries are at Frituur Reitz on the Markt -- worth the wait.
  • Pinky's waffles are a very popular (and delicious) snack.
  • Lunch, drinks or (early) dinner at Petit Cafe Moriaan -- the smallest restaurant in Maastricht.
  • Koestraat is an adorable street packed with restaurants and outside tables. You probably can't go wrong with any of them!
  • Try the local specialty, vlaii, at Bisschopsmolen (or any other bakery).
  • For a really special dinner, try Restaurant Le Bon Vivant.

Activities:

  • Drink coffee and visit the bookstore in the old Dominican church.
  • Shopping at the boutiques in Wyck ("little Paris"), followed by an outdoor lunch on one of the terraces there.
  • Shopping in the center: Platielstraat, St. Amorsplein, Minckelersstraat & Stokstraat area.
  • Cocktails at Mr. Smith, an underground speakeasy in the Rechtstraat.
  • Take a boat tour on the Maas River.
  • Try the "excellent" free walking tour: https://citysightsmaastricht.com/ "We met in front of oldest church. It was led by a young man who was very personable and funny. We loved it!"
  • Touring the North caves at Sint-Pietersberg is fascinating! There are English 1-hour tours daily -- book ahead and be sure to bring a jacket. The recreational area is really pretty, and you can also follow hiking routes at the Dutch version of a mountain (really a plateau between rivers).
  • Maastricht also has a Christmas market: Magical Maastricht.

Other Tips:

  • "Bike ride! Bike ride to Belgium! Bike ride to wineries! Yes! Wineries. I love Maastricht. Hills bring me a fresh perspective on The NL. Need hills!"
  • "You can also do a half day trip to Liege. Practice your French :)"
  • Or, a day trip to Aachen.

Do you have tips you'd like to add? In our member's only Facebook group, there's a lively conversation!

Next month, we'll be sharing tips for the beautiful city of London! Please help fellow AWCAers by sharing your experiences in our our very short survey.