Although Amsterdam is Holland’s beautiful capital it is so well worth to explore The Netherlands a little more. There is so much more to do and see. Plus, The Netherlands have a couple of cities that are perfect for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Hop on a train from Amsterdam and visit beautiful Maastricht.
Maastricht is the most southern city in The Netherlands and maybe one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Maastricht has a large student population, the most excellent restaurants in The Netherlands and some amazing shopping options. Since it takes around 2.5 to get to Maastricht from Amsterdam it is well worth staying overnight. Check out these 3 top things to do in Maastricht.
Visit the book shop in the church
Maastricht has the most beautiful bookshop in The Netherlands. Libris bookshop has been voted the most stunning bookshop in the world several times, and I think that this is very just so. The bookshop is set in an old Dominican church, dating back to 13th century. You can climb the steps high, higher, highest to browse all the books. But having a cup of coffee is also worth it.
Shop til you drop
Maastricht is maybe (probably!) the best city in The Netherlands to go shopping. Maastricht was occupied by the French in the 18th century and that French style and class somehow lingered and can now be found in dozens and dozens of lovely boutiques. Check out the Jerker quarter for the best shopping options.
It’s almost impossible to have a bad meal in Maastricht. The people from Maastricht love living the good life and think that proper food and drink are very important. And who are we to disagree! There are some pretty swanky options in town, but I think the less expensive cafés and restaurants are just as good. ‘t Wycker Cabinet is perfect for lunch and drinks, and just across the street Zondag is never short of clientele. Some funkier options are found just a little outside the city centre: Brandweerkazerne (a large restaurant in an old fireman station) and Tapijn (a bar and restaurant in old army barracks).
This article was written by Esther de Beer who tells you all about travel in The Netherlands on her blog Your Dutch Guide .