Famed for being one of the most visually lavish destinations in Europe, Maastricht boasts a distinct continental flavour and unforgettable medieval beauty that continues to captivate even the most seasoned of travellers. The mesmerising Dutch town is bursting with museums, churches and historic buildings, but if you enjoy more cosmopolitan attractions you can also wile away the hours in the wealth of sophisticated shops and bars that populate the cobblestoned centre. Why not grab a cheap flight to Maastricht on Flybe and experience this stunning location for yourself?
Situated in the south of Holland and surrounded by luscious countryside, Maastricht is an area of endless splendour and historical intrigue. Sandwiched neatly between Germany and Belgium on the Meuse River, it claims to be the oldest town in the Netherlands and retains authentic Gothic ambience to this very day.
Split in half by the river Meuse, the famous Sint-Servaasbrug Bridge connects the east and west banks and is arguably the most iconic of all of the town's many structures. The arched stone footbridge is like something out of a fairytale, first apprehended in 50AD by the Romans and reconstructed in the 1200s. A walk around the town presents ample opportunity to absorb a myriad of beautiful buildings, including the ancient Basilica of Servatius and St Servaaskerk, the oldest church in the Netherlands.
Easy to navigate, the destination is perfect for travellers who enjoy exploring on foot or bicycle. The first port of call for culture vultures has to be the leafy Het Vrijthof, the historic square that has been attracting people from all over the world for centuries. Known for its sophisticated restaurants, the square is the perfect place to relax and absorb the stunning sights.
A centre of culinary excellence, the food in Maastricht is extremely good - attested by the fact that there are six Michelin star restaurants with a populace of only 120,000 people. The square boasts street entertainment, music and a seasonal calendar crammed with festival happenings. The huge university population ensures there are no shortage of friendly bars and exciting nightspots to let off steam, where you can enjoy huge jugs of perfectly-frothed Dutch beer.
If you want to absorb enthralling artwork, a trip to Bonnefantenmuseum is an absolute must. Noted across the globe for its all-encompassing collection of art from different periods through history, the world-class museum was designed by the celebrated Italian architect Aldo Rossi and is a hub where old meets new. Explorers will love wandering through the stunning landscape outside the city - a cruise to Mount St Pieter presents the opportunity to explore the mysterious network of ancient caves and passages.
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