Fort Sint Pieter
At the end of Sint Bernardusstraat, the Helpoort is the oldest surviving town gate in the Netherlands (1229); this area is laced with...
Maastricht Underground, which also operates Fort Sint Pieter runs spooky, thrilling, amusing and fascinating tours throughout the year...
The Bonnefantenmuseum features a 28m tower that's a local landmark. Designed by Aldo Rossi, the museum opened in 1995, and is well...
Cheery place known for its good assortment of hash and pot.
Cafe Ut Mooswief
This otherwise unassuming cafe stands out by giving you ultra-comfy seats while providing superb fare. Among the Dutch classics, the pea...
Lonely Planet review
Much of Maastricht is riddled with defensive tunnels that had been dug into the soft sandstone over the centuries. The best place to see the tunnels is Fort Sint Pieter, which dates to Roman times and has now been restored to its 1701 appearance. It's 2km south of Helpoort.
The Romans built the Northern Corridor System Tunnels throughout the hills over a period of 2000 years; at one stage, the tunnels extended under the Netherlands–Belgium border.
This is a really beautiful area, pastoral despite the ominous walls – the fort is an arresting sight looming over the charming hillside – and it's a fine walk from town.