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The Dutch city of Maastricht is well known to art connoisseurs thanks to The European Fine Art Fair, but the town itself—one of the oldest in the Netherlands a lot to offer. As one art world eminence and regular visitor says: “Maastricht is an utterly charming small city with a lovely historic center, wonderful restaurants and shops, and a wide rushing river cutting it in two.” Other good news for visitors: the city has benefited from recent renovations and some areas (including the Markt and Central Square) are almost entirely pedestrian.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in a converted 15th-century cloister and Gothic church, Kruisherenhotel
  • Experience…what’s been called the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Bookstore Dominicanen
  • Splurge…on a Harry Winston or Cartier gem at Leon Martens jewelers
  • Eat…at Beluga, a two-Michelin starred restaurant on the east side of the river
  • Drink…a Dutch beer with regional dishes at Café de Bobbel
  • VisitTEFAF, the annual international art fair, held in Maastricht every March
  • Savor…a leisurely walk along the charming and cobblestoned area, Jeker Kwartier
  • See…the shows at the Bonnefanten Museum
  • Shop…for bespoke tailored suits Montulet International
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Lay of the Land

Maastricht is in the south of the Netherlands, bordering Belgium and Germany. The Meuse River runs through the center with the Old City (including Onze Lieve Vrouweplein and Maastricht Convention Center—the site of TEFAF) as well as most of the city’s hotels, shops and restaurants on the west bank. To the east of the river, lies the Bonnefanten Museum and the train station.

Getting There

Maastricht-Aachen airport (about six miles from the city center) is a small, regional airport. Most visitors fly to Amsterdam and then drive approximately two hours (or take a three-hour train) south to Maastricht. There are also flights into Düsseldorf, Eindhoven and Brussels, which are all a one hour drive from Maastricht.

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