Two minutes' walk
Become acquainted with a beautiful, hidden and historic city quarter, two minutes’ walk from the Vrijthof. Maastricht's Latin quarter.
This little piece of Maastricht has picturesque streets, small-scale boutiques, galleries and restaurants, many monumental premises, the Natural History museum, the historic wall and the Stadspark. Its quiet, understated character is what makes this neighbourhood special.
When leaving the Vrijthof, go to the leftside of the Sint Janskerk and go up the steps to the Henric van Veldeke square. In the summer, you'll feel as though you've been transported to La Belle France. At the top, turn left into the St. Servaas-klooster and at the end you will find the former provincial government building which currently houses the law faculty. At this point, turn right into the Bouillonstraat and walk up to the main entrance of the Theatre Academy. From now on, you are on the Tongersestraat.
Walk up the Tongersestraat and see what the street has to offer. At the end of the Tongersestraat, turn left by the wonderful mural into the Kakeberg and walk back as it were parallel to the Tongersestraat. On the right, you will see the Jan van Eyck academy (designed by the architect Frits Peutz). You will eventually arrive at the Ezelmarkt. Here you will turn right. On the corner, you will see the former Bonnefantenklooster from the 17th century, which is now Maastricht University's visitors’ centre. Now keep to the right and enter the Bonnefantenstraat. Halfway along you will see a house built over the Jeker. After this, you will see the Natural History museum's gardens, which used to be the former Grauwzustersklooster (17th century). This is most definitely worth a visit. If you keep walking you will see the conservatorium on the left-hand side, but you will often hear it before you see it! If you now look to the right, you will see the former Jezuitenklooster where part of the university is now located.
Keep walking straight ahead and you will see sluices on the right-hand side. Before you lies the Heksenstraat. Enter the street and turn right to walk up the steps behind a metal gate and emerge on top of the city wall. This will give you an incredible view over the Stadspark, a beautiful example of park planning from the 19th and 20th century. Now walk to the left over the city wall until you see a set of steps to your left heading downwards. Head down and take an immediate left into the Zwingelput, leaving the city wall behind you. The first street on the right is the Grote Looierstraat, through which the Jeker still flows to this day, although it cannot be seen. Walk down this beautiful linden-lined street and turn right at the end into the Lang Grachtje.
Walk along the first city wall and turn left halfway along the street into Hilariusstraatje, which is Maastricht's narrowest street. At the end, turn left again into Tafelstraat. At the end of the street turn right. Go left into Achter de molens, Keep left in the bend and walk along the first city wall once again. Cross the Jeker and arrive at the Verwerhoek. Follow the road to the right and you will eventually come out at the Lenculenstraat. At the end of the street turn left and walk past the Theatre Academy’s amazing building. You will now find yourself back at the Tongersestraat, where the
cafes always have fresh coffee on the go and nice cold beers on tap and the restaurants serve a special 'Taste of Tongersestraat' menu.
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