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Hailed as one of Holland’s most culturally diverse and dynamically different cities, Maarstricht is a rich part of the Netherland’s colourful cultural tapestry. Surrounded by scenic hills and punctuated by impressive historic monuments, Maastricht is certain to surprise and seduce visitors expecting the usual. Art, architecture and ancient majesty abound, in one of Holland’s oldest cities, in which a gorgeous gastronomical scene also thrives. Choose from quaint coffee shops, buzzing bars or Michelin starred restaurants when appeasing your appetite.
Maastricht’s most alluring attraction is undoubtedly The Caves of St. Pieter, an labyrinthine network of over 20,000 subterranean tunnels created by marl miners. Imaginative artists have left their mark on these wall over the centuries, so explorers can observe everything from modern sketches to ancient etchings.
The city’s imitable architectural style is best discovered on foot, as relaxed wanders allow visitors to truly appreciate the visual complexity of Maastricht. Begin your stroll in the Vrijthof Square, a bustling and beautiful place home to many important icons.
Famed for its majestic melange of both classic and contemporary art, the Bonnefantemuseum Maastricht takes visitors on a journey from the modern to the medieval. An impressive collection of art and objects covers a wide breadth of history and culture; exhibition highlights include 15th dentury wood carvings, 12th century bronze pieces and classic art pieces from painting pioneers.
The physical dichotomy of the stylish Sofa Restaurant indicates the creative innovation of its culinary concepts. Housed within the ancient grounds of a castle, the impeccably chic bar and brasserie boasts an extensive wine list and perfect presentation; if you want to experience Maastricht’s sophisticated and sleek side, Sofa, is the place for you. (Hoge Weerd 6, 6229 AM Maastricht, Netherlands)