Maastricht, The Netherlands Cruise Port

Maastricht is both a town and municipality that is located in the Southeast region of the Netherlands. The town also serves as the provincial capital of Limburg Province. Maastricht is situated on both sides of the Meuse River where the Jeker River joins it and has a very rich history, since it began as a Belgic settlement until it was conquered by the Romans. From a Roman settlement, it then grew to become a religious center, an industrial city, and to its current state of being a cultural city. The town has 1,677 national heritage sites spread all over the country, and it is also considered to be the birthplace of the European Union. Featured below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that visitors could enjoy after cruising to Maastricht, The Netherlands:
 
  • Visitors who are interested in learning about the region's artistic history should visit the Bonnefanten Museum. The museum boasts of very rare art exhibits that include a variety of paintings from the Dutch Masters and also a variety of Italian and modern works.
     
  • Those interested in the architectural and historical aspects of the town's structures, should visit the Basilica of Our Lady. It was built around 1,000 AD, and only parts of the original building remain intact. The building bears a resemblance to fortresses built for defense.
     
  • Nature lovers and adventurers alike should visit Mount Saint Peter and the St. Pietersberg caves. The mountain is found on the northernmost section of the town and it serves as a nature reserve and a recreation venue. The caves are a large system of 20,000 passages.
     
  • Visitors who are interested in learning more about the natural history of the region, should visit the Maastricht Natural History Museum, as it offeres exhibits of fossils and local rocks that tell of the geological development of the South Limburg region.
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