Maastricht is one of Holland’s popular tourist destinations with its historical attractions and fasionable shopping possibilities. Restaurants and hotels are plentiful, but for Andre Rieu dates, the city is busier than usual and it is advisable to book well in advance. Use this page for information on Maastricht, its attractions and where to stay.
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Maastricht is the capital city of the province of Limburg in the Southeast of the Netherlands (Holland). It is very close to the borders of Belgium and Germany. It is the city where the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, leading to the European Union and the Euro.
When we went to Maastricht it was from Friday to Sunday, so we only really had the Saturday free and we did shopping and a nice lunch. One of my sisters and her husband stayed a few days extra and really loved the city.
Regarding attractions and what to do in the city of Maastricht, I have two good links to recommend that I bookmarked myself:
- The first is the Maastricht section of the larger Holland.com site – Click here
- The second is a nice clear blog I found which includes details on how to travel to Maastricht and plenty of information on things to do in the city – Click here
(Note: Links in paragraph below are taken from the www.holland.com link given above)
From word of mouth and from what I read, I can recommend the Maastricht cruise on the Meuse River, a visit to the vineyards of Maastricht just outside the city with a tour and a taste of the best or what we did… shopping! The city is renowned for its shopping, from daily markets to chique boutiques and art design galleries.
Another great resource is the Andre Rieu fan site here by a lovely
Dutch couple Ruud and Ineke. There is information about the concert, fan outings, travel and Maastricht attractions.
Good guidebook to Maastricht but published in 2005 so an updated version would be welcome! (Click the link to view on Amazon.com)
Maastricht & South Limburg (Dk Eyewitness Travel Guide)
The good old Lonely Planet Travel Guide – Especially useful if you plan to explore Holland beyond the boundaries of Maastricht. 2013 edition (Click the link to view on Amazon.com)
Lonely Planet The Netherlands (Travel Guide)
Hotels are plentiful in the city of Maastricht, but it is advisable to book as early as you can. The city is especially busy for Andre’s dates – hotels are booked out way in advance. I was shocked to find so many hotels booked out, over 6 months in advance of the concerts. (But really, it’s Andre… so no wonder!) My sister and I stayed in the Derlon Hotel. It was very central and we gave it a very good review. As I mentioned earlier, Andre’s two special guests Jermaine Jackson and Trinny Lopez were staying at our hotel (So we must have picked a reputable establishment!) We met both of them! Jermaine had his two sons with him too and we got photos with them and they were all very friendly. We had drinks and a sing-song with Trinny! Also we met the Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, who was staying at the Derlon.
The Derlon is centrally located, with nice cobble stone streets outside the front door! This is funny because it is something I wanted particularly – a hotel where we stepped out onto a nice cobble block street – the funny part is that most of the city has cobble block streets and if you’re in heels you’ll wish you’d a regular block street after a few metres! My sister and I actually walked back to the hotel from the concert with no shoes (but apart from the foot pain we can add a little Dutch courage to that equation !!!!)
The staff members were very pleasant and helpful. Food-wise we only had breakfast and that was perfect. Jermaine was having dinner when we saw him at first after the concert at our Hotel. I didn’t ask him how it tasted, but he looked happy! There is an “Andre Rieu” suite which apparently has a huge terrace. Our rooms were standard double rooms with a view out onto the street with no terrace. There is a large bar terrace outside the hotel and that was right outside our window – but with the windows closed, we had complete silence and the rooms were not stuffy. The air conditioning is available if you need it. Overall I really liked this hotel. There are several choices of room type, including a two level apartment.
To view more on the Derlon here it is on Booking.com
From my initial research on where to stay and also from what I saw and experienced while in Maastricht, other hotels I can recommend are (click on the name to view more):
I found www.booking.com very useful for this reason: it shows a clear map of all the nearby hotels and when you hover over, you can see if there are still rooms available or not. Perhaps other hotel sites do this too but I did found booking.com was clear and user-friendly. It was easy to categorize hotels to appear in order of location, price or star rating etc. You can also book directly through most hotel’s official websites. Just make sure It’s a reputable booking agent or website and that you find the best rate!