One of the main attractions at Maastricht is its rich history, cobble stone walkways and of course its famous fortifications…
There is actually a whole series of fortifications and watch towers as shown on this map.
According to our favourite online encyclopedia, the first ring of medieval fortifications was built in the 13th century. The city of Maastricht flourished with trade and grew economically but declined during religious wars of the 16th century. The most famous of these remnants has got to be Helpoort…
Helpoort is a famous 13th century town gate and is kept in excellent condition. It also happens to be the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands.
The other well known fortification is the Stadsomwalling (or what is left of it)
It was quite nostalgic to walk along this path. There were residents living along the Stadsomwalling. As you can see from the picture, it is actually right in front of their doorstep! Imagine waking up to such rich history each morning!
Here are some of the other shots around the fortifications of Maastricht
Kate and I also ventured to the top of a watch tower to catch the views there…
Part of the fortifications also has underground tunnels of passageways and storage locations. You may want to get on a tour to view these places.
It is really interesting how the modern Maastricht has grown and merged with the historical Maastricht. One moment you are at a historical part of the wall, the next moment (as you pass the wall) you’ll be greeted by streets and modern structures.
If you ever visit the Netherlands, make a trip to Maastricht to visit these historical fortifications. A leisurely stroll through these cobbled streets, passing by these historical gates and walls brings about a very different travel experience altogether!
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