Maastricht, a university town in the south of the Netherlands, with medieval architecture and a very fun cultural atmosphere where there are lots of delicious little shops and bars, places to dream and also where you eat very much. Very well.
We arrived by car from Dusseldorf Airport. The Three Wise Men had given me tickets to the Maroon 5 concert and decided to take the opportunity to visit Maasstricht. One of the few cities we didn't know about Holland yet and we were really looking forward to going.
We stayed at the Derlom hotel in the heart of the city, in Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, one of the most beautiful squares in Masstricht and more lively.
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and you can see that as well as walking through its historic center. Churches, walls, incredible houses and squares and many terraces always full of people enjoying a coffee or a beer. The streets are cobblestone and they also have many shops all beautiful and with that taste between Dutch, Belgian and French that defines this part of the Netherlands that I like so much.
But since the king of the mambo is bread here, we are dedicated to visiting some of the most named bakeries and bakeries in the city. One of the pastry shops I liked the most is Bisschopsmolen where all they bake is with spelt flour: spelt crackers. We had some delicious biscuits and also had a breakfast with eggs and very rich bread rolls. The only problem is that the menu is only in Dutch, but they are very friendly and if you speak English you will have no problem. To snack strawberry pie and rhubarb whose recipe I decided to make for my book Loleta by Loleta.
Another one we loved was Bakkerij Hermans which is also one of the best known in the city for its fruit cakes: the peach with apple you can not miss it. The smell of freshly baked bread and buns means you can't resist entering. It has a couple of small tables at the entrance in a small square under some trees perfect to be able to sit and taste some of its cakes. The bakery has been around since 1936 and everything is freshly baked every day according to an old family recipe.
For dinner, an incredibly nice place with a delicious meal in Petit Bonheur. But watch out, because dinner and lunch schedules are much earlier than ours and close at 21:30, so you have to have dinner about 20:00 and not later, or you won't be able to try it
The walk around the city is simply delicious. Get carried away by the breeze that runs thanks to the messe river that crosses the city and discover beautiful little corneres. You can not miss the Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, a church converted into a beautiful library of the most beautiful we have visited.
One of the best known images of the city is the view with the Roman bridge in the background that leads to the oldest area of Maastricht and in which you can see the Town Hall.
Vrijthof Square is a beautiful square in the center of Maastricht, cobbled and surrounded by trees that you can walk through and from which you can hear the clock of the towers of the Basilica of Saint Servatius. A square full of outdoor cafes where people enjoy the tranquility of this city.
Near the university you can see the statue of the most famous musketeer, D'Artacán, who died during the siege of the city. PAra the Dutch flowers are very important, and here you can see them in all their splendor in the Market Square.
Anyway, a city treat to come back and go.