4 Local Hidden Gems To Explore In Maastricht

We love to explore places that are unique to Maastricht. Whether it's a new restaurant, a hiking route or a tour of the city. Here we wanted to highlight 4 local hidden gems (well somewhat hidden!) that is worth checking out on a free day in Maastricht!

1. The Dominicanen Book Shop

If you are looking to do some shopping in a unique book shop, the Dominicanen book shop is the place to explore. This store is located inside of the 13th century gothic-style church. These days you can explore the church ground floor as well as a few levels full of books of all topics. You can also buy gifts, games and stationary products here.

2. The Bisschopsmolen

Built in the 7th century, the Bisschopsmolen mill has been a true part of Maastricht through the years. It has been owned by many people too, such as the Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, Henry Fabry and the Lemaire brothers. Restored in 2004, it has been grinding spelt since 2005 which are mostly used by the Gulpener Bierbrouwerij. but you can explore it best by seeing the mill moving most mornings and trying their local fresh breads and famously known Limburgse Vlaai.

3. The Underground Caves

Did you know there are more than 400km worth of tunnels and caves in the region? Most of them are not allowed to be visited to the public due to safety and that you can get lost! However you can also visit safely with a guide at two locations, both with tours available daily in English. Both entrances are near the ENCI old factory just south of the city center which is also cool to see. Book a tour for the underground caves at exploremaastricht.nl

4. Sphinxpassage

This beautiful passage is a 120 meter long hallway with close to 30.000 tiles. How unique is that!? Each tile has been placed to tell a story along the the hallway. This story tells all information about the ceramics industry history, shares old advertisements, teaches you about the workers and more - with 26 chapters in total. It's perfect for visiting on a rainy day in Maastricht.

Fun fact: it's the longest covered tiled passage in the whole of the Netherlands.

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Written by our local guest blogger Zoe from Together In Transit

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