This rough-cut-stone tower-gateway dating from 1229 dominates the most impressive of several fragmentary sections of medieval city wall. You can look inside but the main charm is snapping a picture of the southern exterior, a red box-window sitting above a tunnel-passage that photogenically frames the lantern-lit old houses of Sint Bernardusstraat. The structure is claimed to be the oldest surviving town gate in the Netherlands.

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Nearby Maastricht attractions

1. Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek

0.15 MILES

Dominating an intimate cafe-filled square, this millennium-old basilica-church is a fabulous example of Mosan architecture, made 'extra authentic' through…

2. Centre Ceramique

0.31 MILES

Primarily a state-of-the-art library, this modern airy cube also has changing exhibitions in the spacious foyer area.

3. Museum Aan Het Vrijthof

0.33 MILES

Exhibitions in this small museum change every few months but even if the current subject doesn't interest you it's worth popping your head inside.

4. St Janskerk

0.37 MILES

This attractive 17th-century Gothic church has a soaring if relatively unadorned interior and a 43m limestone tower whose deep red hue was originally…

5. Vrijthof

0.37 MILES

Home to a range of city festivities and occasional funfairs, the Vrijthof is an expansive square on which a row of terrace cafes face off against two…

6. Bonnefantenmuseum

0.37 MILES

Maastricht's star gallery has an excellent collection of early European painting and sculpture on the 1st floor, but is best known for contemporary art,…

7. St Servaasbasiliek

0.44 MILES

Built above and around the shrine of St Servaas (Servatius), the first bishop of Maastricht, the basilica presents an architectural pastiche whose…

8. Markt

0.44 MILES

The Markt, Maastricht's commercial heart, still hosts markets several times a week in the shadow of the 1664 city hall, a distinctively spired, cubic…