The city of Maastricht, Limburg, Holland

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maastricht is like a diamond in the rough. The city has 1650 listed historic buildings with a great influence of Spanish and Roman history. You will find heaps of Spanish and Roman ruins and also Belgian and French twists in the architecture. Maastricht is also the location for the signing of the namesake treaty,which created the modern EU in 1992. Maastricht sits on a little geographic appendage dangling down like a appendix but it is well worth a visit. We were able to catch a bus just outside the caravan park to the city. Made an early start, well not too early but we caught the 9.25am bus. It only took 10 minutes or so to get to the city. We never really know where to get off in these places but we figured that when everyone gets off we should too. This is usually at the railway station and yes this theory did not let us down. The tourist office was not open yet so we decided to just walk along the streets and see what happens. After passing lots of shops we came across a large square called Vrijthof. This square is surrounded by lively cafes and cultural institutions. A good place to sit down and take it all in. A church named Sint Servaasbasiiek dominates the square, this church is a smorgasboard of architecture and dates back to AD 1000. A nearby church named St Jan's Church was named after John the Baptist. It has a red tower which can be climbed. 218 steps lead up to 43 metres where you can have a great view of the city. I might add that these steps are circular and very narrow. We paid our 1.50Euros each and had a go at it. Yes we did get to the top, Rick is not very good with heights but enjoyed the view just the same. Going down was a bit easier as well. Found the tourist office open this time and bought a map of the city with all it's interesting points. We found the Medieval wall that was build around the city in 1229. Very interesting to see. Coffee time by now and stopped at one of the many cafes in the city. The place buzzes and it was good to sit there and watch the world go by. Walked around a bit more and came across all sorts of historic sights. Found ( by accident ) a water mill build in 1426. It was used to mill grain. Thankfully it was restored in 2004  and the mill house is now someones luxury home. We walked through the park for a bit and made our way back to the bus stop, ready to go home.
It has been a great visit to the city of Maastricht, it is beautiful, historic, friendly and very very interesting as well. Thanks for showing us your beautiful city. On the road again tomorrow.
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