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Life in Maastricht and our province of Limburg is nice: our native specialities are proof. Two dishes stand out: limburgse vlaai is a scrumptious pastry with a candy filling. There are many flavours, however one of the best is rijstevlaai, made with a wealthy rice-pudding centre. You gained’t discover that anyplace else within the Netherlands.

My favorite comes from Bakkerij Paulissen, however you should buy a slice along with your espresso in nearly any cafe in Maastricht. It’s greatest to not go away it till the afternoon, although – they’re highly regarded. The opposite factor to strive is zoervleis – bitter meat. It’s referred to as that as a result of the meat – at one time horse, however now beef – is marinaded in vinegar, however the sourness is offset by onions, fruit and candy Dutch gingerbread. Strive it at Café Sjiek – pronounced “stylish”, in a nod to our popularity for dressing up and dwelling the nice life.

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Inspiration

Boekhandel Dominicanen is a medieval church transformed right into a bookshop and area for the humanities. {Photograph}: Ralf Liebhold/Alamy

I like to stroll across the outdated centre of town. I nonetheless repeatedly discover locations I’ve by no means explored, even after a few years of dwelling right here. In the event you’re a e book lover, go to the Dominicanen between the Vrijthof and Market Sq.. It’s a Thirteenth-century church transformed right into a bookshop and artwork area, and you’ll browse the cabinets whereas taking within the frescoes and structure.

Throughout the river within the newer a part of town, near the place the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, is the Bonnefanten Museum. It has a mixture of conventional Dutch artwork and fashionable exhibitions, however it’s additionally value visiting only for the constructing. Its centrepiece is a rocket-shaped tower, which makes for a dramatic landmark. While you’re inside, take a great lookup (possibly even lie on the ground, if it’s not too busy). The shapes and hues of the ceiling make it look as if it’s shifting.

Sint Servaas bridge over the Meuse within the centre of Maastricht. {Photograph}: JacobH/Getty Photographs

Neighbourhood

The Wyck district, simply throughout the river from the centre, is the place the railway station is, and lots of people use it as a hall to get to the bridge into city. However it’s really a very nice space. For years it was run-down, filled with empty and deserted buildings, however now it’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood, with unbiased outlets and a rising variety of good eating places and inns.

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The De Ridder brewery has been there since 1857 however was shut down by Heineken in 2002. My colleagues and I began a microbrewery on the location in 2018. We’ve renamed it Stadsbrouwerij Maastricht, though the historic De Ridder signal nonetheless hangs on the constructing. We’re proper on the water on the east financial institution of the river, the place the night solar lasts longest.

Inexperienced area

Sint Pietersberg Mount is a former quarry and now a nature reserve, exposing the native limestone and marlstone geology. {Photograph}: Frans Lemmens/Alamy

Not like the remainder of the Netherlands, Limburg is hilly, and simply to the south of Maastricht is Sint Pietersberg Mount. It’s the place Maastrichters go for some contemporary air, or simply to stroll the canine. It’s a bit little bit of a climb, however it’s a comparatively brief stroll from city and price it for the views of town, the river and countryside. The cave networks beneath the hill have been used to cover many issues, together with Rembrandt’s well-known Evening Watch and different artworks throughout the second world warfare. The hill was quarried for hundreds of years however is now a nature reserve, with a lake of clear blue water.

Nightlife

For the total Maastricht night expertise, a great place to begin is Koestraat. All of Maastricht comes right here for dinner. It’s a tiny avenue, filled with eating places, and even narrower in heat climate when there are tables outdoors. The proprietor of the Kaasbar, at no 14, loves cheese, so he opened the place to share each his passions. It’s the place plenty of restaurant and bar employees get collectively after work. Later within the night, there’s plenty of motion round Platielstraat in locations like Café van Bommel. Round 2am all the things strikes to the Market Sq., the place some bars have permits till daybreak. Round Carnival time – sjoenkele– there’s dwell music within the bars and it will get very crowded, everybody swaying in time to a waltz.

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The place to remain

The most effective locations to remain are in Wyck – near the station however handy for town centre. Lodge Beaumont (doubles from €125 room-only) is a family-run lodge that has been going for greater than a century. Townhouse Maastricht (doubles from €120 B&B) is way more fashionable.

Tom de Lepper is founding father of the Stadsbrouwerij Maastricht

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