Things to do in Maastricht, the Maastricht Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 5.7 km / 3.54-mile self-guided walking tour with varied challenges. It should take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete, and ends near the start location.
Click here for the Maastricht walking tour and tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the complete list of locations seen.
You will see
- Sint Janskerk
- Basilica of St. Servatius
- City Hall
- University of Maastricht
- Plaza Vrijthof
- The Vestingstad
- Hope Bridge
- Theater at the Vrijthof
- Bonnefanten Museum
- Centre Céramique
- Sint Servaasbrug
We visited and walked this tour in the fall of 2017.
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of normal.
The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your Maastricht walking tour, you will need to head to City Hall / Stadhuis van Maastricht, Markt 78, 6211 CL Maastricht, Netherlands. This is the start location.
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Maastricht is a predominantly 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 which 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 led to the creation of the European Union and the Euro.