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If you are looking for your fix of Dutch culture, why not venture across the border to Maastricht? This charming city has plenty to offer to visitors from Dusseldorf and it is so close that a day trip is entirely possible! Although, a weekend getaway is also definitely a good call!


How to get to Maastricht 

The speediest method of transport is to drive, with the journey clocking in at an impressive 1 hour and 16 minutes. If you don’t have a car, renting one is always a cheap option too. However, if you would like to opt for a more environmentally friendly option – and avoid looking for parking! – Deutsche Bahn is the way to go. With a plethora of timing options, it will take around two hours and twenty minutes before you arrive in the cobbled streets of Maastricht.

Please note however that you will have to change trains at Herzogenrath on this route on both legs of your journey.

Of course, as mentioned, though it takes a bit longer, buses are also usually very cheap!

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Cafes You Have to Check Out While in Maastricht

You have now arrived in Maastricht and while in awe of the general splendor, you are also in need of a caffeine boost– or perhaps some brunch. Some good options that you will naturally pass on your way into the center of the action include:

  • Zondag (popular with students, funky interiors) 
  • Van Wijck (think all-American brunch vibes)

Both are within meters of each other so if one proves to be full, fret not! 

Other eateries that guarantee a delicious sweet treat include Pinky – try the waffles!

Further coffee shops that also deliver on décor and culinary delights- and therefore warrant a mention here – are KOFFIE, Vers, and Livin’ Room


What You Have to See in Maastricht Before Heading Home

The brunch has been consumed; the caffeine buzz has not yet faded – what’s next? 

  • Cross the river Meuse to the other side of the city.
  • Trot to Vrijthof Square where you’ll find the Basicila of Saint Servatius – and check out its neighboring church St. Janskerk with its unmissable red hue! There are markets on this square on Friday and you can also enjoy concerts there during summers.
  • A lot of restaurants line the square. It’s a perfect spot to get a quick meal and enjoy some people watching.
  • If you’re seeking a new literary escape, have a gawk at the Book Store Dominicanen, an awe-inspiring book shop housed in a former church.
  • Walk around the Lichtenberg Castle ruins.
  • Enjoy an amble through the City Walk park – can you locate the old cannon?
  • There are also many museums in the city including art museums such as Bonnefanten Museum and Museum aan het Vrijthof.  You can also pay a visit to the Natural History Museum.
  • The streets of Maastricht are lined with endless stores – both some local Dutch stores and recognizable chains.
  • You will also encounter some talented buskers on your laps of the city!

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Charming Restaurant Options in Maastricht

You can stumble upon many charming restaurants at every corner. There are a few I’d definitely recommend, but it’s also part of the fun to explore on your own and see what you find.

With its winding streets perfectly suited for wanders and full of recommended eateries, Maastricht’s proximity to our beloved Düsseldorf means it is a trip worth planning for this summer!

If you’re up for some more Dutch explorations don’t miss out on Amsterdam, Giethoorn, and Katwijk!

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