The Maastricht Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city. See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from City Hall to Aldenhofpark and Bonnefanten Museum while taking a few side trips and taking on various challenges.
Maastricht is a predominantly a university city, here in the south of the Netherlands. The city is marked by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. It is also the capital of the province of Limburg. The city spans both sides of the Meuse river (Maas in Dutch) at the point where the Jeker River joins it.
Neanderthal remains have been found to the west of the city, as well as 8,000 to 25,000-year-old Paleolithic remains. Later, Celts lived here around 500 BC along the Meuse river where it is shallow. The Romans eventually arrived here and built a bridge over the Meuse in the 1st century AD. Archaeological digs have revealed remains of the Roman road, a Roman Bath and 4th-century houses. Artifacts from these digs are now on display at the Centre Céramique, which is along this Tourist Scavenger Hunt route.
The Armenian-born Saint Servatius, Bishop of Tongeren, died in Maastricht in 384. He was, in fact, a widely traveled Roman Catholic diplomat whose reputation, over the centuries, became legend. Early biographies indicate he is a descendant of John the Baptist, thus a distant relative of Jesus. This led to the city becoming a major Medieval religious center by 1204 when it was formally incorporated. In those early times, the city was part of the Carolingian Empire. It was in fact under dual authority: with the prince-bishops of Liège and the dukes of Brabant. After prosperous growth, well into the 15th century, the city suffered during the wars of religion of the 16th and 17th centuries. It didn’t recover fully until the industrial revolution of the early 19th century.
Maastricht was taken by the Germans early on during WWII. It was the first Dutch city to be liberated by Allied forces in 1944. Following the war, the city evolved from its pottery based industries to a service economy. The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 lead to the creation of the European Union and the Euro.
You will see:
- Sint Janskerk
- Basilica of St. Servatius
- City Hall
- University of Maastricht
- The Vestingstad
- Bonnefanten Museum
- Centre Céramique
- Sint Servaasbrug
- Natural History Museum
One of us has visited and walked this tour in the fall of 2017.
Maastricht Scavenger Hunt Specifications:
- Starting Location:
- Stadhuis van Maastricht, or city hall, Markt 78, 6211 CL Maastricht, Netherlands
- 7 km / 3.54 mi. Walking is ideal
- 2h30 – 3h00 – depending on walking speed and riddle solving time.
- A fully charged Smartphone with internet access.
- You might want to connect to Google, Google Maps or Wikipedia to help find clues or answers.
- Bottled water.
- Local street map or tourist map.
- Courage to ask questions of locals if you need help!
- Also, pen and paper will come in handy, unless other people in your group have a smartphone to take notes.
- You can find convenience stores along the route.