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THE MAGAZINE PACKED WITH IDEAS FOR GROUP TRIPS AND EVENTS

PLENTY TO DO ALL YEAR ROUND IN MAASTRICHT!

THE NETHERLANDS’ MOST EUROPEAN CITY

CULINARY HOTSPOTS WITH CHARACTER


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PLEASE CONTACT US! TEL. +31 (0)43 350 62 62 OR SEND AN E-MAIL TO INFO@ GROUPS-EVENTS.NL

Rederij Stiphout Discover Maastricht from the water Stiphout‘s five passenger boats cruise the Meuse and the Albert Canal on a daily basis, showing you some of the most beautiful spots in the region. Take one of the many regularly scheduled cruises or charter your own boat for a group activity. During the boat trip to Liège and the 4-lock excursion, you will pass through the well-known lock at Ternaaien, where the difference in water level is no less than 15m. The boat trip to the historic inner harbour of ’t Bassin, on the cruise boat ‘MPS Jekervallei’ is a nostalgic cruise experience, and the one-hour long cruise on the Meuse is a comfortable way to become acquainted with the lively city of Maastricht.

Scheduled cruises • Boat trip on the Meuse river

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• Cruise in combination with a visit to the marl caves • Historic boat trip to the inner city harbour ’t Bassin • 4-lock excursion (excursion around Maastricht incl. passage

WELCOME

through 4 locks) • Day trip to Liège (incl. 2.5-stop in Liège) •  Saturday Night Cruise (2.5-hour evening excursion incl. dinner buffet) • Brunch boat trip (2-hour boat trip with extensive brunch buffet) • Pancake boat trip (2-hour boat trip with pancake buffet)

Charter a boat For groups of at least 30 people, you can charter one of our passenger ships and specify the times and route for various cruises, such as:

Where northern and southern Europe meet, at the crossroads of the three countries forming the Euregio, where it seems like you’ve already left Dutch soil, that’s where you’ll find Maastricht.

• Lunch cruise • Afternoon cruise • Drinks cruise • Dinner cruise • Moonlight cruise

Rederij Stiphout Maaspromenade 58 6211 HS Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 351 53 00 E: info@stiphout.nl www.stiphout.nl

Henriette Manager Maastricht: for Groups & Events

A city which is exuberant by nature; made all the more so by its international students and visitors. A city where impressive historic highlights intermingle with modern innovative concepts. Located on the Limburg Knowledge Axis, this city is becoming more and more attractive for business visitors.

A city which seems to keep growing in size thanks to the countless possibilities of the surrounding hill country and of neighbouring cities in Belgium and Germany. Which, thanks to its mix of nature, culture, and architecture, makes every visit unforgettable. In short, a city just waiting to be discovered!


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 1 Plenty to do all year round in Maastricht! 3

Maastricht

Venues that tell a story 12

Active Maastricht:

Team building, games & workshops 35

PLENTY TO DO ALL YEAR ROUND IN MAASTRICHT!

Maastricht

Good to know 43

Maastricht

Spend the night 16 Maastricht

Maastricht

The Netherlands’ most European city 4

Maastricht

Underground 20

It will leave you wanting more 46

Every year, the city is buzzing with unique events and festivities such as Magic Maastricht, TEFAF, Maastricht Museum Night, Maastricht Pilgrimage, AndrĂŠ Rieu concerts at Het Vrijthof, the Preuvenemint Food Festival, Docfest, the national arrival of Santa Claus, and much more.

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As you can see, Maastricht offers unique ingredients for an unforgettable experience all year round! Come along with your family, friends, colleagues or clients to enjoy an amazing and international melting pot of events.

For Groups & Events 10

Tours & trips 24 Q&A 33

Maastricht Culinair:

Fine dining, tasting sessions, games & culinary workshops 49

Prices and VAT rates subject to change

Maastricht Go Local:


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MAASTRICHT

THE NETHERLANDS’ MOST EUROPEAN CITY

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INTERNATIONAL, ORIGINAL, DYNAMIC, HOSPITABLE, AND AUTHENTIC Maastricht is one of the Netherlands’ most European and international cities. You can feel it, see it, and taste it. It’s a place with an authentic energy and dynamism that you won’t experience anywhere else in the Netherlands. Its mix of cultures, languages, and flavours makes the city burst with creativity, research, enterprise, and culinary delights. Discover all these things together with your friends, family, colleagues, or business contacts. For centuries now, Maastricht has been a dynamic converging point of the two most significant European cultures, the Roman and the Germanic. Southern European-style vineyards and limestone quarries such as the ENCI quarry give Maastricht a beautiful an un-Dutch landscape. The international atmosphere reigns supreme throughout the city, not just due to the many different languages spoken in the streets but also the way of life – or savoir vivre – that is so typical of Southern Europe.


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MUST DO! Maastricht is a compact city. All its hotspots are a short stroll away, are easy to find, and easy to get to, even for large groups. From snow-covered slopes, hikes through hill country, and wine tasting sessions to caves. There are plenty of opportunities, in both the city and surrounding area. Maastricht’s location in the heart of Europe means it is very easy to get to - by car or train, or by plane from various international airports forming a ring around Maastricht.

INTERNATIONAL ALLURE For years, Maastricht has been labelled the ‘Gastronomic capital’ of the Netherlands. You’re in the right place for a relaxed and mouth-watering dining experience. But Maastricht is so much more than this. The arrival of the university, some 40 years ago, gave the city its international charm. Whereas you’d previously hear mainly Flemish and German being spoken around you, it’s no longer surprising to hear four or five different languages on any given day. International students, business visitors, and tourists alike add colour and an energetic mix to the city. Furthermore, the university’s various faculties are housed in magnificent historic buildings which are carefully maintained in tiptop condition and are open for viewing during the Arts & Heritage tour. You can book a Dutch or foreign student or a local to give you a guided tour of the city, looking at it through their eyes. Would you prefer a little more history? Then opt for a highlights tour, a tour of buildings which have been converted for other purposes, or an architectural walk accompanied by a local guide. They will be happy to regale you with all their tales.

FROM INDUSTRIAL CITY TO CENTRE OF EXPERTISE Not only has the university given Maastricht international allure, it has also transformed it from an industrial city to a centre of expertise. There is good reason why Maastricht is becoming increasingly popular as a conference city and attracting a greater number of business visitors. The venues that can accommodate these business gatherings are capitalizing on this trend by offering groups, large or small, a tailor-made welcome. From the official conference and exhibition centre MECC Maastricht to compact châteaux, country houses, wine cellars, and everything in between.

MAASTRICHT REGION Spend the morning in Liège, the afternoon in Aachen, and the evening in Maastricht. You can do it all in a day. Similarly, you can swap the pistes of SnowWorld for a tour of Maastricht’s underground passageways and a wine tasting session on an estate in Limburg’s hill country. That, too, is possible. And all in a single day. Not only is Maastricht a city with plenty of activities and accommodation, it is also a region offering countless possibilities. Both in the Netherlands, against the backdrop of the South Limburg hills, and in the rest of the Euregion. The possibilities are boundless.

After Amsterdam, Maastricht has the most monuments of any city in the Netherlands. Thanks to its rich history and remnants of its industrial heritage, Maastricht has plenty of unusually charming venues where you can surprise your guests. From castles and country estates to caves and old industrial buildings. As it is the city with the greatest density of Michelin-starred restaurants, where culinary delights and local artisan producers are more than amply represented, you won’t have a problem finding a great place to eat.


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Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht Art & architecture programmes The Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht – the cultural hotspot on the river Maas – is also the perfect location for group outings. From an exclusive evening showing, a private guided tour, a workshop and an art talk to an interactive trail or a drinks party in a cultural setting in the tower of café Ipanema. It can all be arranged. Bonnefantenmuseum stands for: an exciting art collection / looking at art / workshops / lunch / art talks / museum visits / auditorium / studio Rossi / outdoor café / exhibitions / old masters / contemporary art / audio tours / interactive trails / event location on the river Maas, and more…

General information Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00 Group arrangements and customised programmes for 10 - 650 people also possible outside opening hours. Bonnefantenmuseum Avenue Céramique 250 6221 KX Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 329 01 11 E: info@bonnefanten.nl www.bonnefanten.nl / www.ipanema.nl

Huiskamer De Groote Sociëteit The grandeur of olden times for stylish parties and celebrations The Huiskamer Groote Sociëteit is a well-known monumental building on Vrijthof square. It exudes the grandeur of olden times but with the facilities and functions of today, making it a fantastic venue for meetings and parties in style. Located on the ground floor are two newly restored halls. The large windows provide a magnificent view of the historic Vrijthof square. In total, we can seat 130 diners. For parties and receptions, there is room for 200 people. Smaller gatherings also find this a perfect setting thanks to the intimate atmosphere of the rooms. We are happy to take care of your dinners, buffets, lunches, drinks, or afternoon tea. Host Daniël and hostess Noëlle will tailor all catering to your wishes. The location can also be rented just for your event, guaranteeing your privacy.

Eden Designhotel Maastricht **** Stayokay Maastricht Something different with your group!

Hospitality takes centre stage in a contemporary interior The Eden Designhotel Maastricht is just a few minutes’

Groups of friends, sport clubs, colleagues, and families: many

walking distance from the central railway station. Behind

have already discovered Stayokay Maastricht. It’s a popular

the beautiful historic façade, hospitality takes centre stage

place for guests and also for Maastricht’s locals. That’s hardly

in a modern interior. The hotel is located in the trendy Wyck

surprising with such a fantastic view over the Meuse and such

district and has 102 uniquely decorated rooms. The historic

a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our staff will ensure that

city centre is just a short stroll away. Visit restaurant Brasserie

you and your group have an unforgettable experience. Want

FLO Maastricht next to the hotel for a delicious dinner. As a

to go shopping, dine out, or go on a cycling trip to discover

guest of the hotel you are welcome to start your day here with

the beautiful surrounding area? Stayokay Maastricht is the

a scrumptious breakfast.

perfect starting point!

Sunny summer & warm winter barbecues

Classic French cuisine at Brasserie FLO Parisian cuisine in Maastricht. Brasserie FLO specializes in

Every evening, all year round, you can enjoy a barbecue on

classic French cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner daily.

the terrace overlooking the Meuse. Prefer to enjoy a complete

The restaurant has a Fruits de Mer menu, an extensive season-

dinner? No problem. We can even serve dinner to up to 500

al menu, and the popular FLO à la carte menu. Brasserie FLO

people. Every group has its own requirements. No doubt you

was awarded the 2016 public prize for best French restaurant

do too! We’d love to hear them.

in the Netherlands and is a unique dining experience for a

Our facilities: •  Free Wi-Fi •  Breakfast included •  Optional private rooms •  Own shower & toilet •  Terrace overlooking the Meuse •  A small-scale, personal hotel

Huiskamer De Groote Sociëteit Vrijthof 36 6211 LE Maastricht

Stayokay Maastricht Maasboulevard 101 6211 JW Maastricht

T: +31 (0)43 321 28 87 E: info@huiskamerdegrootesocieteit.nl www.huiskamerdegrootesocieteit.nl

T: +31 (0)43 750 17 90 E: maastricht@stayokay.com www.stayokay.com/maastricht

couple or groups of up to 160. Private dining facilities are available for groups of up to 35 guests. Facilities: 102 hotel rooms - free Wi-Fi - free gym 120 dining chairs - multifunctional hall (5 - 35 people)

Eden Designhotel Maastricht & Brasserie FLO Stationsstraat 28-40 6221 BR Maastricht T:+31 (0)43 328 25 25 E: info.designhotel@edenhotels.nl www.designhotelmaastricht.com www.flomaastricht.nl


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MAASTRICHT SPECIALISTS Would you like to know what is hip and trendy in Maastricht? Then meet Kimberley. She is enthusiastic, young, knows a little about everything, and knows how to filter the best trips and outings. Kimberley knows exactly where to find the perfect location for a stag or hen do, or a night out with friends. Let Kimberley know what it is you are looking for and she will organize everything. Make your day in Maastricht an experience you’ll never forget.

It’s no easy task organizing a weekend away for the whole family, or a company or team outing that aims to be fun as well as educational. Or facing the challenge of putting together a side programme for business contacts in which the choice of food, drinks, and venue are perfectly matched. Help! Where do I start? Right here, at Maastricht for Groups & Events. A team of local and professional Maastricht experts will be happy to take the work off your hands.

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FOR GROUPS & EVENTS

From low-budget to exclusive packages, standard or customized, with or without an overnight stay, and with or without charters, a professional guide, or transport. Maastricht for Groups & Events comprises a team of locals

and professionals who know everything about organizing events and activities, and who know the city like the back of their hand. Each of them has their own specialist area. That’s why we call them our Maastricht experts.

Kimberley adviser

If you want to experience the unique range of flavours offered by Maastricht, Joyce can arrange a taste of Maastricht in traditional fashion. With her knowledge of local cafés and restaurants and her love of the good things in life, she’ll make sure that you too will acquire a taste for Maastricht! Another of Joyce’s passions is the Meuse river and everything associated with it. She is also the person in our team who specializes in collaborating with incoming tour operators.

Joyce adviser

You can contact Joost with all your questions, whether large or small! He will assist you and make sure you find the answers you are looking for. Joost is the man of the team. He is creative and driven. Joost’s broad knowledge makes him the friendly ‘oracle’ at Maastricht for groups & events. He also specialises in setting up activities for small groups.

Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl. You can follow our Maastricht specialists via facebook.com/maastrichtgroupsevents.

Joost adviser


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VENUES THAT TELL A STORY Treat your guests to tasty morsels created by a Michelin-starred chef, while they dance to the beats of a DJ within the confines of a former church. After a busy day of meetings or team building activities, sit and relax at the elegantly laid tables in the atmospheric caves. Or watch the city go by on a drinks cruise along the Meuse. Want to give your family, friends, colleagues, or business partners a never-before-had experience? Let us help you put together your own programme and choose from one of our unique venues.


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Hotel Monastère Maastricht**** The perfect location for dinner, event, private dining or meeting in unique monumental 4-star hotel Hotel Monastère Maastricht is situated in a former 14th century monastery and located in the heart of the city center. The restaurant provides space to 60 people, and is suitable for bigger groups and events. For the business guests there is a spacious meeting room with a capacity of 12 people and private dining possibility. The hotel has 52 luxurious rooms and a suite. Ask directly for our groups and event packages!

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Beaujean Vacances Explore Maastricht from the comfort of your own holiday home Choose your own charming half-timbered house, stately castle, or trendy loft in one of South Limburg’s finest areas. Cosy up in front of the open fire after a busy day shopping or step into your own personal sauna. It’s all possible! You can also book catering or activities for your stay. It’s easy to book your holiday home at www.geuldal.com or call us for advice over the phone.

Hotel Monastère Maastricht Boschstraat 69-71 6211 AV Maastricht E: groups@vondelhotels.com www.hotelmonasteremaastricht.com

Beaujean Vacances Gulpen T: +31 (0)43 455 90 75 E: info@geuldal.com www.geuldal.com

Derlon Hotel Maastricht**** Ultimate hospitality at the square of Our Lady In the heart of Maastricht’s historic centre, on the charming

Hotel Au Quartier*** A delightful overnight stay in the heart of Maastricht Kapoenstraat 32 6211 KW Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 325 80 88 E: info@auquartier.nl www.auquartier.nl

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l’Empereur****

Petit Bonheur

Comfort and convenience in the city centre

Dine in a unique ambiance and a perfect location for groups of 10 to 150 people

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l’Empereur is a 4-star hotel located in a listed building in Art Nouveau style. The hotel is located in the city centre of Maastricht, opposite the Central Station and a 5-minute drive from the A2 Highway. The meeting and event venue is perfectly suitable for up to 1.250 guests. The meeting rooms provide daylight and are directly situated next to the courtyard garden. Furthermore, the hotel offers a

Achter de Molens 2 6211 JC Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 321 51 09 E: info@petitbonheur.nl www.petitbonheur.nl

Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square, stands the four-star Derlon Hotel. Stay overnight in one of the 50 luxury hotel rooms, suites, or city apartments. Since 1870, hotel guests have been praising the personal service at Derlon, whose name is an homage to the French chef Louis Desiré Derlon. Organize your culinary or business event (for up to 120 people) below Maastricht’s current street level, directly adjacent to authentic Roman excavations. Discover more than 2000 years of history in the museum basement ‘Piazza Romana’. Also an ideal starting point for your excursion or night out. Meetings can be held at the meeting venue Forum X, uniquely located on the site of the Jesuit cloister. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in our restaurant or on our beautiful terrace. Restaurant Derlon serves new and classic dishes with a surprising twist. Fresh regional and organic ingredients form the basis of our menus.

Crowne Plaza Maastricht**** The perfect starting point for exploring Maastricht Crowne Plaza Maastricht is a four-star hotel situated in a beautiful location beside the River Meuse. Its 144 rooms provide a perfect starting point for exploring Maastricht’s historic city centre with its luxury boutiques, elegant restaurants, and charming café terraces. Crowne Plaza Maastricht is also a suitable location for meetings, conferences, product presentations, or training courses. The hotel has nine luxury multi-use meeting rooms, some of which can be joined together. Crowne Plaza Maastricht is also a fantastic venue for celebrations. Gatherings can be organized for up to 1500 guests and conferences for up to 350. The hotel restaurant ‘De Mangerie’, with its romantic terrace looking out onto the Meuse, is a wonderful place to relax and unwind after a busy day of conferences or exploring the city.

restaurant and an indoor pool. We look forward to welcoming you.

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l’Empereur Stationsstraat 2 6221 BP Maastricht

Derlon Hotel Maastricht Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 6 6211 HD Maastricht

Crowne Plaza Maastricht Ruiterij 1 6221 EW Maastricht

T: +31 (0)43 321 38 38 E: info@hotel-empereur.nl www.amrathhotelempereur.nl

T: +31 (0)43 321 67 70 E: info@derlon.com www.derlon.com

T: +31 (0)43 350 91 91 E: info@cpmaastricht.nl www.crowneplazamaastricht.nl


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SPEND THE NIGHT!

One day is simply not enough. Do you want to make the most of your business visit, have a good time with your group, or want to combine business with pleasure? Then spend the night. There are plenty of options in and around Maastricht for group accommodation in one of the luxurious, trendy, smaller, larger, family-style, or business-oriented hotels. HOSPITALITY At times, it has been joked about that hospitality was invented in Maastricht. Whether that is true or not, what we can say for sure is that the city offers excellent hospitality year in year out as its Hotel Management School produces the finest ambassadors when it comes to hospitality. Wherever you stay, you will be taken care of by professionals who pride themselves on their hospitality and quality.

Whether you stay in a youth hostel, a hotel in a historic building, a trendy designer hotel with quadruple rooms, a château hotel or prefer the service level of an international hotel chain. When you spend the night in Maastricht, you do it your way: in charming and hospitable surroundings just a short stroll from the city’s many attractions. Maastricht for Groups & Events will be happy to advise you on the most suitable accommodation for your group and travel destination. With the help of our network of hoteliers, we can quickly and easily take care of your group booking.

NEW KIDS IN TOWN!

THE STUDENT HOTEL

Situated in the iconic Eiffel building, the Student Hotel really is the place to be in the up-and-coming Sphinxkwartier neighbourhood. And you needn’t be a student: it’s a hotel for all!

HOTEL MONASTÈRE

The latest addition to the city will open its doors in 2018: a four-star boutique hotel in a former monastery, also in the Sphinxkwartier neighbourhood.

EASY HOTEL

One of the new arrivals on the block is easyHotel, offering comfortable and competitively priced hotel rooms with a simple yet practical design.


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On your bike! Explore Maastricht and its surroundings on a top-quality bicycle! As a partner of Maastricht for Groups & Events, Cycle Center bicycle

Dormio Resort Maastricht

Dormio Hotel de Prins van Oranje

rental will put together the perfect day out for you. Experience

The best of both worlds

LUXE HOTEL

own leisure or have the Groups & Events team organize a day for

Located on the top of the Dousberg, within reach of Maastricht, and directly at the International Maastricht Golf, this luxury resort provides its’ guests with the best of both worlds; de peace and quiet of nature and the bubbling city-life.

Dormio Hotel ‘de Prins van Oranje’ is a new, high-end hotel, part of the reknowed Dormio Resort Maastricht. This 4-star hotel is the ideal venue for every event or meeting, in combination with a delectable lunch or scrumptious dinner.

you with a delicious picnic, more active package, or other activity.

Every (hotel-) apartments is spacious (approx. 80m2), well furbished and offers 2 single-bedded bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms with shower and toilet, and an upscale kitchenarea. The livingroom gives access to a large terrace with a beautiful view. Free WiFi-access is available. The (hotel-) apartments are available as apartment or separate suite or hotelroom.

head office is in Valkenburg (10 minutes by car from Maastricht,

At the highest level of Dormio Hotel ‘de Prins van Oranje’, under the starry skies of Limburg, you’ll find the acclaimed restaurant ‘Rantree’. Here you will enjoy an exquisite dinner while savoring a panoramic view on the Limburg and Belgium landscape.

The company is located at the newly opened Par’Course sports

Dormio Resort Maastricht offers spacious, luxury furnished holidayhouses, suitable for up to 20 persons. For every group we are able to personalize a suitable proposal, for both short stays as well as long(-er) stays. All the holidayshouses are furbished with high-end kitchen and a luxury design. Some of the holidayshouses have a private sauna and/or hot-tub available. In order to enhance the stay of our guests, Dormio Resort Maastricht has an inviting food court, a tasting room, and a swimming pool.. The heart of Maastricht, with its famous Vrijthof, can be reached within 10 minutes on bike.

a more active, cultural, or culinary trip in the city or enjoy the Heuvelland hills – there’s no ascent too great when you’re on an e-bike with a centre motor. Visit the most beautiful spots at your

Cycle Center rents top-quality bicycles, including e-bikes and tandems, kickbike scooters, road bikes, mountain bikes, city bicycles, or even Vespas, electric Solexes, and more. The company’s in the green heart of South Limburg) and has more than 3,000 bicycles on offer. Serving groups from 8 to 400 people, the company can deliver your bicycles to your hotel or accommodation. Hop on and enjoy! park near Valkenburg city centre and is open every day during the summer months. Check the opening hours and book your bicycle directly on the website!

We would gladly discuss our tailor-made possibilities for your groups or our package-deals.

Dormio Resort Maastricht Het Wilhelmus 1 6216 GK Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 204 30 80 www.dormio.nl/maastricht

Resort

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Dormio Hotel Prins van Oranje Het Wilhelmus 1 6216 GK Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 204 30 80 www.dormio.nl/maastricht

Dormio Hotel

ANNO 2018

Cycle Center tweewielerverhuur De Leeuwhof 21 6301 KZ Valkenburg aan de Geul T: +31 43 601 53 38 (information and bookings) E: info@cyclecenter.nl www.cyclecenter.nl


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The cultural heritage of Maastricht goes deeper than the eye can see. Underground, still more historical treasures await. Go back in time, enter the darkness, and let your imagination wander as you listen to the stories of Maastricht Underground. Maastricht Underground is the collective name for everything there is to see and experience in Fort Sint Pieter, the caves of Maastricht and South Limburg, the Kazematten, and the ENCI quarry.

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UNDERGROUND

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TripAdvisor® Traveller Review

PURE NATURE Maastricht Underground brings history to life. From the Cretaceous Sea and the Mosasaurus, to the world of ‘block breakers’ and the three musketeers. Discover what it was like to sit in an air raid shelter during the Second World War and the Cold War, and experience being a soldier in a city under siege. Or experience total darkness and utter silence in the 10,000 corridors making up the South Limburg cave network. Maastricht Underground’s experienced guides will take you and your guests on a fascinating journey, passionately recounting thrilling stories that you’ll never have heard before. These memorable tales are full of interesting facts and they may even change your view of history! What makes Maastricht Underground really special is the authentic character of the locations. There’s no high-tech equipment or effects: everything you see is authentic and natural, created over the years and remaining the same as ever. And this is what makes the past so beautiful, so real, and so tangible.

NUMBER 1 ON TRIPADVISOR Children and grown-ups, adventure-seekers, sports enthusiasts, historians, and culture lovers: Maastricht Underground has something for everyone. And don’t just take our word for it, just ask TripAdvisor! For years, TripAdvisor has heralded Maastricht Underground as the number one attraction in Maastricht, and in 2017, its famous sites (caves of St. Pietersberg hill, Fort St. Pieter and Kazematten underground tunnels) were once again awarded the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’.

This Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodation, attractions, and restaurants that consistently receive high praise from travellers on the TripAdvisor travel-review website.

IMPRESSIVE INSIDE AND OUT When you hear about Maastricht Underground, the caves and its passageways are probably what first spring to mind. However, it offers much more, not only in the way of culture but also nature. With St. Pietersberg hill as an impressive and imposing icon and the ENCI quarry a true gem, there is still a hive of activity and environmental development taking place in and around the cement factory. Here, marl quarrying will cease in its entirety in 2018 after almost 100 years. More recently, the area has been increasingly transformed into a breathtaking nature reserve. Over the years, the area has proven to be of great historical significance. Large numbers of fossils (including the Mosasaurus) have been found in the quarry that give a glimpse of life in this area millions of years ago. Find out more during a special tour, which is often given by former employees of the ENCI factory. By the end of 2015, a viewing platform and downward steps will have been completed to transport you a million years into the past with every step you take! The underground treasures in the Maastricht region entice you to take part in all kinds of activities: treasure hunts, cycling, kick-scooter tours, walks, or however else you’d like to explore this hidden world that is unique in the Netherlands. From bare to richly coloured caves, from open quarries and forts to the Kazematten tunnels beneath the city.

Who’d have thought going underground could brighten your day! We live in the Netherlands and had visitors from the UK. The weather was typically cold and miserable for the start of December and going underground was really just to have something to do. What a wonderful hour it turned out to be! Our guide, Edwin L., was just brilliant. We learned so much, saw incredible sights and experienced true darkness too! Thank you, Maastricht Underground, for filling our heads with knowledge and happy memories, and for brightening our day! Carolinki S. | 22 December

TripAdvisor® Traveller Review

It really delivered! A tour you shouldn’t miss once you visit Maastricht! It was an hour full of interesting historical facts and inside stories. I tend to get bored very easily once tour guides start getting into dates and unnecessary details that no one will remember 5 minutes later but our tour guide Willy was something else! More like hanging around with a friend that tells you the story of a place rather than a boring tour. Willy managed to captivate our attention with this direct way of narrating and his nice jokes. I am sure he has told them a million times, but it sure felt like a first time to me! He was also more than knowledgeable in his field and he was able to answer all kinds of questions regarding not only the fort but also the city itself. Totally recommend it! Olia K. | 6 February

TIP The temperature in the caves is a constant 9 to 11 degrees Celsius, so we recommend that you bring along a cardigan, jumper, or jacket.


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TOURS OF THE MAASTRICHT UNDERGROUND CAVES Do you dare go underground? Not afraid of the dark? Then go exploring on a tour of the Maastricht Underground Caves! No light, no sound, no smell, no radiation, no pollution, no mobile phone signal, no idea of time… Explore underground Maastricht; a place where history comes to life! Duration: 1 hour Price: € 7.20 p.p. / 15

Voted for the fourth time by visitors as the best thing to do in Maastricht and awarded the Certificate of Excellence on the TripAdvisor website.

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TIP COMBINATION CAVES & FORT

Kimberley’s tip

The Fort is connected with the North caves below by a steep underground spiral staircase. How did the enormous domed space in the caves come into being? The stories of the North caves and the Fort Sint Pieter are inextricably intertwined. Discover their secrets at a very attractive combined ticket price! Duration: approx. 2.5 hours Price: € 11.10 p.p. / 15

Kick-scooter tour through Zonneberg caves A unique way to explore the caves! It’s also great fun to do, especially as it means the guides can take you to places that are usually too far away, such as the reopened Zonneberg Museum with a true-to-life copy of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, reproduced in the early 20th century.

GUIDED TOUR OF THE KAZEMATTEN Discover how a good defence is the best form of attack! Enter the fourteen kilometres of underground brick tunnels and mine galleries to be transported back to the time of the Maastricht sieges. Imagination and guts required! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 7.20 p.p. / 15

DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF FORT ST. PIETER You‘ll be amazed by this extraordinary historic monument and the fascinating stories told by a guide from Maastricht Underground. The fort is a protected natural monument, and you‘ll also have the chance to see the fort‘s unusual flora and fauna during this tour. At the top of the Fort St. Pieter, enjoy the stunning views of Maastricht, and the Meuse and Jeker Valleys. Duration: 1 hour Price: € 7.20 p.p. / 15

Explore the northern tunnel system of the St. Pietersberg hill and the underground Kluis (vault) where Rembrandt’s Night Watch was safely stored during the Second World War. The guide will also entertain you with interesting anecdotes about the occupiers as well as the resistance. This is a short tour of a unique bit of heritage that offers a mixture of history, culture, and art. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 8.50 p.p. / 14

The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

JEZUITENBERG Just outside Maastricht, close to the Belgian border, you will find one of the most exquisitely carved limestone quarries in the world. Exploitation of this quarry took place between 1704 and 1880, when marlstone was widely used as a building material. The fact that these underground passageways now contain a subterranean museum can be attributed to Maastricht’s Jesuit Fathers who carved numerous reliefs and statues in the marl walls between 1860 and 1960. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 7.50 p.p. / 10 (extra: € 10.00 reservation fee)

COAL MINE IN VALKENBURG Discover the world of mining in a mysterious underground environment. Go underground and discover the world of mining. View and experience the underground beauty of coal mining with the help of unique film fragments, demonstrations of mining machines, and fascinating first-hand accounts by ex-mine workers. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Price: € 7.80 p.p. / 20 costs for a guide € 15,00

YEAR OF REMBRANDT

> A stunning view of Maastricht, Belgium, and the Limburg Hill Country.

MAASTRICHT’S UNDERGROUND CULTURAL TREASURES

To mark 350 years since Rembrandt’s death, 2019 has been dedicated to the master himself. Innovative and provocative, Rembrandt turned the art world turned upside down in the Dutch Golden Age. In July 2019, the Rijksmuseum will start conservation work on Rembrandt’s The Night Watch under the watchful eye of the public. But did you know that Maastricht also offers a life-sized Night Watch by artist Jules Sondeijker, hidden in the Zonneberg caves? This work is also currently being restored by the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg foundation. Come see this truly unique painting during one of the specially organized tours in spring 2019.

TOUR OF THE VELVET CAVE AND A VISIT TO THE CASTLE RUINS An exceptional combination of the Netherlands’ only hilltop fortress and the network of caves below it. Walk through the ruins of the great hall and the armouries, and then descend into the caves with their beautiful murals, inscriptions, and French chapel. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: starting at € 12.00 p.p. / 25 excluding costs for a guide

CAVE DRAWINGS BY CANDLELIGHT

SECOND WORLD WAR UNDERGROUND

North Caves (Grotten Noord) in St Pietersberg hill are full of unique charcoal drawings. These were made in dim conditions, so it is only natural that they are best seen by candlelight. This unique tour can only be booked after 5:30 PM, so that the only lights shining in the cave are from your group. Duration: 1 hour Price: € 11.00 / 15

St Pietersberg hill saw a lot of use during the Second World War as a shelter for 50,000 people, a route for smugglers, and as a vault for the Netherlands’ most valuable works of art. A special safe was built to protect works of art including Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’, which was stored here for four years. Tours also walk for two kilometres outside the cave in order to reach all locations. Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 12.00 p.p. / 15

KICK SCOOTER TOUR OF THE CAVES The kick scooter is the ideal way to cover large distances in the caves. You’ll be able to see places you wouldn’t normally get to on a normal tour. This is an exciting and surprising excursion with a real sense of momentum! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 18.50 p.p. / 12

Paul’s tip Rijksbewaarplaats nr 9 Known as the ‘Rijksbewaarplaats,’ this was a vault where national treasures were stored during WW2 and is one of the intriguing sites hidden in the Grotten Noord caves near Maastricht. This construction commands respect, and there is a wealth of stories to be told about occupiers, smugglers’ routes, and safe storage of The Night Watch by Rembrandt. It’s a place of sheer wonderment.

If you want to experience Jurassic World in real life, you can go on a journey seventy million years back in time to the Cretaceous period, walk along tropical sea beds, and meet the Mosasaurus! Where: in the caves and quarries in Maastricht, at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht, and at the new Columbus earth theater in Kerkrade.

ZONNEBERG PHOTO SAFARI The caves are an intriguing landscape for both amateur and professional photographers. Zonneberg Caves have cathedral-like tunnels, beautiful charcoal drawings, and peculiar markings. The complete darkness is a unique opportunity to play with light, shutter speed, and movement. You will be taken on a guided tour and given ample time to take amazing photos. Although the guide will provide some tips, you will have to put your own photographic skills to use! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 105.00 per group (max. 10 people)

THE UNIQUE DEFENCE OF MAASTRICHT (COMBI: FORT ST PIETER AND THE KAZEMATTEN UNDERGROUND TUNNELS) As a result of its strategic location, Maastricht used to be an important fortified city. But due to the hilly landscape, protecting Maastricht was an extremely tough job. To solve this, the city devised two ingenious structures that made Maastricht unique among fortified cities in the Netherlands. The tour begins at the centuries-old Fort St Pieter and ends at the ‘Waldeckpark,’ where the Kazematten tunnels lie hidden. Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 12.00 p.p. / 15


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If you’re interested in tours, art and culture, you’ll find great suggestions here! Experienced guides will show you what makes the city so special, such as two basilicas, several churches, an old fortress, and centuries of history and tradition behind every door. The official guides are proud locals who are keen to show you the most beautiful locations in their city. They will also show you Maastricht underground: dark passageways quarried out of the mountain or made for soldiers.

TOURS & TRIPS

MAASTRICHT

GO LOCAL

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Highlights of Maastricht Tour. Fascinating and memorable tour led by an experienced guide. If you’re familiar with Maastricht but would like to see the city in a whole new light, this tour is for you! Bart T | 6 December

OFFICIAL GUIDES A perfect way to get to know Maastricht! Go Local Maastricht is a club of passionate local residents who are eager to show visitors around their city. There’s something for everyone: picturesque squares and back alleys, quaint stores, friendly pubs, and everything from urban chic to classical charm. It’s a unique introduction to Maastricht’s highlights on foot, by bike or by kick scooter. Duration: all desired tour lengths possible. Price: from € 91.50 (for 1.5 hours).

MINI-CRUISER Step on board a private nostalgic mini-cruiser with skipper and enjoy the unexpected contours of Maastricht interspersed with views as far as the eye can see. You can choose from two routes: A trip on the Meuse towards the Belgian border and the locks at Ternaaien. The Historic boat trip through the river harbour ’t Bassin, including passages through three sets of locks or a combination of both routes. Duration: 2 hours Price: starting at € 310.00, max. 8 Persons

> The building recently underwent extensive renovation. The tower dates from 1684 and contains a carillon with 49 bells, which are sounded regularly.

TOUR OF CITY HALL A visit to Maastricht’s impressive city hall, built between 1659 and 1664 by architect Pieter Post, is an absolute must. The interior features stunning wall tapestries and beautiful stucco work, frescos, and mantelpieces. The foyer and one or more ballrooms will be visited during the tour. Despite its museological value, the city hall is still a working building used by the Municipal Executive to this day. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 91.50 per guide / 15 Extra details: exclusive tour on Saturdays: € 255.00 for 90 minutes, excluding tour guide costs


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THE MAASTRICHT THIRST

MAASTRICHT SLOOP

Discover Maastricht by taking a beautiful walk, punctuated with intriguing stories and anecdotes about the thirst of the people of Maastricht, from the Middle Ages to the present day; the thirst for water, which was still polluted well into the 20th century and caused deadly diseases such as cholera, but primarily the thirst for beer and wine. You will learn about the many breweries, the earliest inns, and the varied array of pubs and cafés in the city during the walk. Naturally, the walk includes a visit to the city‘s oldest wine merchant and the oldest café. The walk concludes at the Bosch brewery. After tasting a delicious craft beer, you will be given an enjoyable tour of the brewery. To round off the excursion, you can enjoy a second craft beer. Duration: 3 hours Price: € 21.00 p.p. / 10

Would you like to enjoy a wonderful private cruise through Maastricht on the River Meuse or on the waterways heading towards the Belgian border? If so, you can charter your own sloop and shipmaster for an unforgettable nautical adventure! You’re welcome to bring your own food, drinks and music, although we can arrange everything for you if desired. Sloops can be hired for small to medium-sized groups (max. 32 people on board). Duration: 2 hours or more Price: from € 17.25 / 20

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The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

On Maastricht‘s grandest square you‘ll find the impressive and monumental Basilica of St. Servatius. This basilica, which is the oldest in the Netherlands, has one of the most magnificent treasure rooms of Europe. It‘s not for nothing that it figures on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. It is one of the highlights of Maastricht that you mustn‘t miss! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 4.50 p.p. entrance fee, € 91.50 per guide

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The most enjoyable way to get to know Maastricht and its surrounding hill country is by bike, on a tour which takes you past beautiful views, river banks, and historic buildings and fortifications. From adventures in green landscapes to a trail right through the vibrant city centre! Duration: starting at 1.5 hours Price: € 28.50 p.p. / 10

SOLEX TOUR THROUGH THE HILLS INCLUDING PICNIC

If you want to become well acquainted with Maastricht in a short space of time, join this vigorous walk that takes in the city’s highlights, accompanied by an enthusiastic local guide who can’t wait to share this special city with you! It’s a fun and inspiring way to see the city’s highlights, including visits to two authentic Maastricht icons. This can include City Hall, the Basilica of St Servatius, the Piazza Romana and the Bosch Brewery (includes a regional drink). Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 17.85 p.p. / 15

MAASTRICHT‘S MONUMENTAL CEMETERY This is one of the most striking and oldest public cemeteries in the Netherlands. This stone archive tells us a part of the history of Maastricht in its own special way, as well as the stories of a few of the city‘s well-known past residents. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 8.95 p.p. / 14

THE BEAUTIFUL SINT PIETERSBERG HILL

BOAT TRIPS ON THE MEUSE RIVER

While staying in the city is a great experience, Maastricht also has overwhelming and unique natural beauty at its doorstep. Travel upstream to visit the foot of Sint Pietersberg Hill. After a short climb, you will reach Slavante Estate, where you can enjoy lunch on a terrace with a stunning view. You can go exploring in Maastricht Underground during a guided tour through the caves. The second part of the cruise will take you to the Belgian border, after which the boat returns to the centre of Maastricht. This is a delightful package, during which you can discover the countryside just outside Maastricht and strike the perfect balance between activity and relaxation. Duration: 4 hours Price: € 33.80 p.p. / 10

Discover Maastricht from the water: floating along the Meuse, with the contours of the city as your backdrop, on board with a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of Limburg sweet tart... Simply delightful. A variety of boat trips, each with their own theme or destination, all depart from a very central spot on the Meuse in the city centre. As soon as you board one of the tour boats, you will feel that holiday feeling taking hold, and you can relax and enjoy learning even more about this beautiful city. Below are just some of the trips on offer:

MADE IN MAASTRICHT

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HISTORIC BOAT TRIP TO THE INNER CITY HARBOUR, ’T BASSIN Discover Maastricht from a different perspective as you float gently on the water admiring the unexpected contours of the city interspersed with views as far as the eye can see. Along the way, you‘ll pass through three different locks. You‘ll also sail through a tunnel that used to be part of Maastricht‘s former fortifications. The trip ends at ’t Bassin river harbour where you can enjoy a delightful view of the old quayside storerooms where ships used to unload their freight, but which have since been converted into charming shops and restaurants. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 14.75 p.p.

During this tour, you will explore a variety of Maastricht specialities, including culinary traditions, long-established and more modern crafts, and the finest historic locations. This tour is tailor-made to suit your individual wishes. Duration: 3.5 hours Price: € 59.50 p.p. / 15

Visit the only American war cemetery in the Netherlands and you‘re bound to be moved by the serenity of this extraordinary place. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 91.50 per guide

THE MAASTRICHT SHOPPING ROUTE Discover the fashion and shopping city of Maastricht! If you don‘t want to miss a thing, take a walk with a local guide to learn about the unique shopping experience the city has to offer. Designer boutiques and major labels are found in abundance, punctuated by genuine one-of-a-kind shops with unique must-have fashion, lifestyle, and design items and accessories. All this only adds to the rich setting of the historic city centre. And this excursion includes a typical Maastricht surprise! Duration: 2 hours Price: € 18.95 p.p. / 10

On a Meuse cruise, you‘ll discover some of Maastricht‘s unique highlights on a single boat trip. Duration: approx. 1 hour Price: € 10.50 p.p.

What better combination than seeing Maastricht from the water and visiting the Zonneberg caves on the same trip? This immense cave system with towering walls and ceilings is known as the south entrance to the St. Pietersberg hill. In the 1940s, the caves were prepared for the evacuation of Maastricht, and the chapel, bakery and pump rooms remain intact to this day. It also features exquisite charcoal drawings, and in 2018, the Zonneberg Museum – featuring a 100-year-old replica of The Night Watch – reopened. Duration: approx. 3 hours Price: € 17.75 p.p. / 15

ARTS AND HERITAGE TOUR

VISIT TO THE AMERICAN CEMETERY IN MARGRATEN

> If you don‘t know Maastricht very well as a shopping city, then this route will be a great help to you. It will lead you to some of the most interesting shops and boutiques, so that you can easily hunt down that item (of clothing) you‘ve been searching for.

MEUSE CRUISE

MEUSE CRUISE, INCLUDING A VISIT TO MAASTRICHT UNDERGROUND

Explore the Limburg hill country on a trendy electric Solex and enjoy a a scrumptious picnic in Valkenburg. This is an ideal activity if you want to experience La Dolce Vita! Duration: min. 5 hours Price: starting at € 49.50 p.p.

MAASTRICHT HIGHLIGHT-TOUR

TOUR OF THE BASILICA OF ST. SERVATIUS AND TREASURE ROOM

TOUR DU MAESTRICHT

Take a peek behind the façades of the university premises and discover these monumental buildings with their extraordinary works of art. Maastricht University is housed in a number of remarkable buildings in the city, each with its own individual ambience and character. Behind the interesting façades of these buildings, there are also unique art works to view. Accompanied by enthusiastic students from Maastricht University or local guides, you can marvel at stunning wall murals, statues, paintings, reliefs, monuments, and sculptures! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 91.50, max. of 20 persons

EXPLORE MAASTRICHT AND THE SURROUNDING REGION ON A VESPA OR RETRO SCOOTER Ride from the heart of Maastricht on a pedigree Italian motor scooter to explore the region. This form of transport offers great flexibility and it’s up to you whether you want to visit the vibrant parts of the city centre or explore the beautiful surrounding hills. This tour can be booked with a picnic at a beautiful spot in the South Limburg countryside. You could also take the tour with a guide to ensure you don’t miss out on those charming secret hideaways. Duration: 2 hours Price: starting at € 17.50 p.p. / 2

HISTORIC HEART OF THE CITY TOUR This tour is the most popular and best known in Maastricht, and for good reason. A single route joins together the most beautiful monuments, the liveliest squares, and the most atmospheric little streets. From the city walls and defensive fortifications to remains of a distant Roman past and stately basilicas, and from a characterful park, through a former slum area, to one of the most exclusive shopping streets in Maastricht. Duration: Starting at 1.5 hours Price: € 91.50 (up to 1.5 hours), max. 20 people


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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING

THE BONNEFANTEN MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Discover the impressive art collection and architecture of the Provincial Government building, built partially on an island in the Meuse. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours and by appointment only

Enrich your knowledge with a visit to Limburg’s number one art museum, accompanied by a guide. The museum houses a mixture of classical, modern, and contemporary art, with regularly changing exhibitions. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 8.00 / 10, Guide’s fees: € 112.50, introductory tour: € 75.00

TIP Marres, House for Contemporary Culture: This is the ultimate spot for lovers of art, architecture, design, great books, and divine food.

WYCK IS MAGNIFIQUE

SOLAR ECO-TRAM

The historic yet trendy Wyck district on the eastern bank of the Meuse is a unique area with quaint little streets, cool hotels, authentic shops, bustling businesses, and monumental buildings and façades. Discover this part of town with a local and have a nice cup of coffee in the period residence of the Bosch brewer. Here you can enjoy coffee with handmade chocolates and bask in the 1920s ambiance. At the end of the short tour of the residence, you will be invited to try a craft bier before being transported back to the hustle and bustle of 2019! Duration: approx. 2.5 hours Price: € 21.00 p.p. / 10

The Solar eco-tram is the easiest and most relaxing way to discover the many facets of Maastricht. The tour is enlivened by various interesting facts about the city and its history in a variety of languages. Not only does this make the eco-tram environmentally friendly but the absence of a noisy motor means you can enjoy the view and ambiance of Maastricht in peace. Duration: 1 hour Price: € 5.00 p.p. / 8

The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

EXPLORER TOUR The confluence of innovation and tradition and the repurposing of old buildings and former industrial estates can all be seen on the streets of Maastricht. Maastricht has a lot to offer, be that an abandoned cloister transformed into a hip design hotel, an impressive church that houses one of the most stunning bookshops in the world or a massive factory that has been transformed into a melting pot for the creative industry. If you love innovative concepts and the blending of old and new, then you’ll love going on a journey of discovery through Maastricht. A local guide will show you the hidden gems of Maastricht and give you an insider’s look at the buildings and their stories. Duration: About 2 hours Price: € 8.95 p.p. / 15

GUIDED TOUR MUSEUM AAN HET VRIJTHOF INCLUDING COFFEE AND VLAAI (SWEET TART) Museum aan het Vrijthof tells the unique story of ‘Made in Maastricht’. Past and present come together in the museum’s exhibitions and building, where enterprise, collaboration, and hospitality are a top priority. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 25.00

THEATRE WALK

HISTORICAL PRINTING MUSEUM In our modern world, text and images can be distributed in an instant. But how were things done before the information age? Take a tour and discover how graphic art and industrial heritage go hand in hand. Duration: 1 hour Price: € 60.00 (6-15 people) / €4.50 p.p. (over 15 people)

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A hilarious personal encounter with Maastricht. Meet famous Maastricht characters, whose roles are performed by local actors! If you want to discover the history of Maastricht in a fun and original way, this excursion is highly recommended. Get acquainted with Pieke, Pater Vinck (Father Vinck), and Dikke Mia (Big Mia)! Duration: approx. 2 hours Price: € 27.50 p.p. / 20

KICK SCOOTER THROUGH MAASTRICHT Are you an active type who would enjoy exploring Maastricht in a way that takes you back to your childhood? If so, book a colourful kick scooter and embark on a voyage of discovery! Maastricht is the ideal city for this tour. With its compact size and many beautiful sights, touring the city by kick scooter is the perfect sightseeing activity. Make a stop along the way for a treat of coffee and regional Limburg vlaai at a cosy café. The kick scooter is quicker than walking, and is easier to stop than a bike. You‘ll therefore be able to get the most out of the tour, while enjoying the childhood memories it conjures up. One thing is certain, you‘re sure to have fun! Duration: 2 hours Price: € 19.95 p.p. / 10

HIDDEN PLACES, SECRET SPACES SPHINXKWARTIER Taking you on an enchanting journey through the hidden, secret spaces of industrial areas, working-class neighbourhoods, and cloisters and ramparts, this tour around the Statenkwartier (‘Staten quarter’) is intended for tourists who have already seen the most famous sights. Whether Instagrammers, amateur photographers, urban exploring enthusiasts, or even Maastricht residents, this tour caters to a range of interests. Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Price: € 13.75 / 15 (including beverage)

EXPLORE MAASTRICHT ON A SEGWAY THE MUST SEES OF MAASTRICHT An impression that will certainly be reinforced during this tour of the city, in which you’ll be told all about the historic highlights and actual and figurative treasures the city has to offer. The tour kicks off at a charming Maastricht location with a real Maastricht tradition: coffee and sweet tart! You’ll then visit Maastricht’s most remarkable treasure room and its collection of impressive treasures – the Basilica of St. Servatius on Vrijthof square. Here you’ll find treasure rooms overflowing with tradition, history, religious culture, and architectural gems. Before embarking on the second part of the tour, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch, your local guide will take you to the city’s historic centre. The tour ends on an exciting note with a tour through the St. Pietersberg caves. Duration: 7 hours Price: € 49.50 p.p. / 15

Explore Maastricht on a Segway, an electric two-wheeler. Find your balance and become one with your surroundings while you take in Maastricht‘s beautiful skyline! The tour guide will make sure you get to see all the city‘s hotspots whilst regaling you with fascinating facts about Maastricht! Duration: starting at 1.5 hours Price: starting at € 49.00 p.p. / 4

SOUTH LIMBURG STEAM TRAIN

HIDDEN PLACES SECRET SPACES JEKERKWARTIER > Learn more about the world of canals and inland shipping. Experience a voyage, see how the bridges and locks worked and see if you can steer a ship yourself!

DE BRUG EXPERIENCE CENTRE This bridge over the Albert Canal, located just across the Belgian border near Maastricht, is a truly remarkable site. This is where the Second World War started in Belgium. The centre gives you the unique opportunity to experience the Second World War first hand. On a different section of the bridge, you can learn more about inland shipping. Duration: 2 hours (including tour) Price: € 6.00 p.p. entry, guide‘s fee: € 60,00 (max. 20 people)

From romantic city walls and imposing villas to underground tunnels and narrow streets: discover the hidden gems of the Jekerkwartier. A local guide will lead you down the streets of old Maastricht and show you how the city’s strategic position influenced daily life over the years. Are you interested in discovering secret places and do you want to learn more about the history of Maastricht? Then this is the tour for you! Walk across the old city walls, stroll through the underground tunnels, and discover the new Tapijn Kazerne. Find out what it was like to live in a fortified city. Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Price: € 13.75 p.p. / 15 Extra details: incl. a drink

Step aboard for an unforgettable journey back in time passing the most picturesque places of the South Limburg hills! Duration: approx. 5 hours Price: from € 13.50 p.p. / 20

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Explore Maastricht Memorable stories, exciting anecdotes, and interesting trivia you might never have been able to uncover yourself. Follow the Official Maastricht Guide who will take you on a journey of discovery in and

Maastrichtsloep.nl Welcome aboard! Company events, team building, stag and hen parties, family parties: Maastrichtsloep offers an exclusive Maastricht experience on the water for groups of 2 to 109 people. Relax as you cruise through Maastricht. Take the boat on the way to another activity, or go on a cruise, with optional activities on board such as wine tasting, cocktail workshop, etc. Find out about our customized packages.

around Maastricht – both through the streets over ground and the city’s

Maastricht Eco-tram

mysterious underground. All you have to do is say which part of Maastricht you want to discover.

Wherever the sun takes you...

Whether you want to experience the city’s highlights or hidden gems, our

Experience Maastricht’s city centre with the solar eco-tram. Discover the charm of Vrijthof square, the characteristic market, the historic Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square, and the authentic Bassin inner city harbour. See the modern Mosae Forum complex and the renovated contemporary Maasboulevard. We’ll take you along the old city canals and through the stunning Stadspark. During your ride, we’ll tell you many interesting facts about the city.

guide will make sure your city experience is unforgettable thanks to his or her training as a guide and in-depth knowledge as a local. After all, locals know best! If you’re looking for a more active day, why not try out a bicycle or kickbike scooter tour? And if you’d like to go further in a shorter amount of time, a bus tour is the perfect option. You can combine each tour with a tasting session, museum visit, or even a boat trip.

Price: € 6.00 p.p., kids € 4.00 and groups from € 5.00.

Contact Maastricht for Groups & Events to plan your very own Maastricht experience! Let’s explore Maastricht!

Maastrichtsloep.nl Bassinkade 9 6211 AL Maastricht

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Slavante Country House Eat, drink, and party, while enjoying the view! Situated on St. Pietersberg hill, with a wonderful view over the Meuse river valley, the Slavante Country House, which dates back to 1846, provides an authentic setting for group lunches, buffets, and dinners. This is also the starting point for tours of the marlstone caves accompanied by a Maastricht Tourist Board guide. In the evening, the Slavante can be hired exclusively for group parties, or dinners, etc. Take a look at our website or ask for our group brochure.

Zonnetrein Maastricht Kesselskade 6211 EN Maastricht If you’re part of a smaller group, you can easily book your tickets online at www.exploremaastricht.nl

T: +31 (0)6 12 36 44 16 E: info@zonnetrein.nl www.zonnetrein.nl

Stiphout Tours & Trips

Valkenburg Coal Mine

Explore Maastricht in an American school bus

“The black gold”

Take a tour to discover historic Maastricht with the Market and Vrijthof square and modern Maastricht with the new Céramique city district and the striking Gouvernement building. City-Tour A: City tour (45 min.) City-Tour B: City tour with boat trip (2 hours) City-Tour C: City tour with boat trip including cave visit (4 hours) Our splendid school buses are also available for chartering to transport your guests to various locations in very original style.

Discover the world of coal mining in a mysterious “underground” environment. Go back in time and experience the atmosphere of those hard and impressive times! First, you will be shown “unique” film material on coal mining in Limburg. A coal mine tour guide will then tell his story and “actually” operate the mining machines still present. The guided tour will take approximately 75 minutes. Afterwards, you can take a break in the pleasant atmosphere of the Grotcafé. This guided tour is extremely interesting for groups! Group

Stiphout Tours & Trips Maaspromenade 58 6211 HS Maastricht

reductions from 20 people. The Coal Mine has private parking facilities diagonally opposite

T: +31 (0)43 351 53 00 E: info@stiphout.nl www.stiphout.nl

the entrance.

Buitengoed Slavante Slavante 1 6212 NB Maastricht

Steenkolenmijn Valkenburg Daalhenerweg 31 6301 BJ Valkenburg aan de Geul

T: +31 (0)43 321 00 15 E: info@slavante.nl www.slavante.nl

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Brasserie Monte Nova

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Top relaxation and enjoyment in Maastricht Located on the flank of the beautiful St. Peter’s mountain and adjacent to the historic Fort Sint Pieter from the 18th century Brasserie Monte Nova offers a large terrace and mini golf with a stunning view of the city of Maastricht. Enjoy the idyllic tranquility within walking distance of the city centre.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND WANT TO KNOW

Near Brasserie Monte Nova, you are assured of: • an extensive menu with delicious dishes and drinks • a beautiful spot on the most beautiful mountain of the Netherlands (Sint-Pietersberg) • minigolf 18 courses, fun for the whole family but also for e.g. children and company celebrations • enough seating and space, also for groups • plenty of free parking

Brasserie Monte Nova Luikerweg 78 6212 NH Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 321 17 29 E: info@montenova.eu www.montenova.eu

Het Rijk van Margraten golf course Experience the beauty of golf Het Rijk van Margraten golf course is nestled between farmland, vineyards, and ancient forests in the beautiful rolling hills of South Limburg. The superb 18-holes golf course is in top-condition and the varied character of the holes makes each round exciting and challenging. The course has a difference of elevation of 50 metres and you can play golf all-year round, as the course is professionally maintained. In addition to the high-quality complete golf course, Het Rijk van Margraten also has a 9-holes Short Golf Course. The ‘short’ distances make the game suitable for people with various levels of experience. The spacious terrace provides a magnificent view over the surrounding landscape.

CAN YOU SEE MAASTRICHT IN JUST ONE DAY? There’s a lot you can see, do, and experience in just a day in the city, but it’s not for nothing that Maastricht has the most hotels per square metre in the Netherlands. If you really want to discover Maastricht, you’ll need several days. In addition, the city’s favourable location means you can combine a stay in Maastricht with a visit to the trendy city of Liège in Wallonia, the German student city Aachen, the beauty of the hilly countryside, or SnowWorld and GaiaZOO in Parkstad.

Want to know more about Maastricht? Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl

WHEN IS THE BEST TIMETO BOOK? The earlier you book, the more choice you will have, the better the prices will be, and the longer you’ll have to look forward to your visit. It also gives you the chance to come and test out the location beforehand. Booking early also ensures that your colleagues, friends, or family can schedule the trip in plenty of time and you can share the anticipation.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?

DOES ORGANIZING AN OUTING REQUIRE A LOT OF WORK?

Any time at all! In Maastricht, every season has its own charms, flavours, events, and activities. And don’t forget, you can even sit outside on the terraces in winter. Want to avoid the busy periods? Then come early in the year, making sure, of course, to avoid Carnival.

IS MAASTRICHT EASY TO GET TO?

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE EVERYONE ENJOYS THEMSELVES? So many people, so many interests, ideas, and preferences. That’s certainly true with large groups. By creating your own programme, you can try and meet these personal preferences as much as possible. Although a certain amount of organization is required, we will be happy to help, so that you, too, can relax, even during the preparations. Make sure you relay the details to all the members of your group in time and don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

Visit Het Rijk van Margraten golf course and experience the beauty of golf!

Golfbaan Het Rijk van Margraten Bemelerweg 99 6267 AL Cadier en Keer T: +31 (0)43 356 99 99 E: info@golfbaanhetrijkvanmargraten.nl www.golfenophetrijk.nl

It depends on what you are organizing and whether you enjoy doing it. Organizing is an art. It’s what we do best! We have the right skills, ideas, and contacts to help you and take your worries off your hands. From transport, hotel accommodation, programmes, and parties, to catering, participant registration, scripts, and invitations.

Yes, whether you come by plane, train, boat, bus, or car. The region has excellent transport links. We’ll always let you know if the situation changes in terms of traffic or busy periods so that you can plan your trip to Maastricht without any worries. How does that sound?

HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY BUSINESS OUTING? The fact that you have time for each other in a relaxed atmosphere is a good way to begin working together and stimulate mutual understanding and creativity. The really big issues can’t be resolved in a few days. If you’re looking for inspiration or food for thought, our network has various coaches and sources of inspiration who can lend a helping hand.

OUR ADVISORS: Joyce

Joost

Kimberley

Marsha


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ACTIVE MAASTRICHT TEAM BUILDING, GAMES & WORKSHOPS

Exciting tours with Cycle Center The rental company Cycle Center works together with Maastricht for Groups & Events to organize all-in tours. This could be a beautiful trip on a Vespa through South Limburg, with scenic stops along the way for lunch or an activity. Cycle Center also has a wide range of models and bicycles – whether you want to explore the city on a kickbike scooter, glide through Limburg’s hills on an e-bike, and enjoy some Italian charm on a Vespa. Serving groups from 8 to 400 people, the company can deliver your bicycles to your hotel or accommodation. Hop on and enjoy! Cycle Center rents top-quality bicycles, including e-bikes and tandems, kickbike scooters, road bikes, mountain bikes, city bicycles, or even Vespas, electric Solexes, and more. The company’s head office is in Valkenburg (10 minutes by car from Maastricht, in the green heart of South Limburg) and has more than 3.000 bicycles on offer. The company is located at the newly opened Par’Course sports park near Valkenburg city centre and is open every day during the summer months. Check the opening hours and book your bicycle directly on the website!

Cycle Center tweewielerverhuur De Leeuwhof 21 6301KZ Valkenburg aan de Geul T: +31 43 601 53 38 (informatie en boekingen) E: info@cyclecenter.nl W: www.cyclecenter.nl

In the middle of the historic city centre or in the green hills surrounding the city, both above and below ground, Maastricht offers you unique teambuilding programmes. Whether you’re looking for fun, games, or action, you’ve come to the right place! The green hills alongside the Geul Valley, the Meuse Valley and the Vaalserberg, together with the authentic local architecture, do not seem very Dutch at all. Add to this the many castles that cross your path and you have the perfect setting for any activity. Enjoy a day out in the countryside, followed by an evening in Maastricht’s historic city centre, all the ingredients are there waiting for you!

OPERATION FORT SINT PIETER Operation Fort Sint Pieter is a nerve-racking and active team building programme in a centuries-old fort. This game requires teamwork, agility, and a good dose of perseverance. You and your team must look for as many keys as you can in the labyrinth of dark passageways with multiple floors and staircases. Are you ready to take on the challenge to win the much-coveted treasure of Fort St. Pieter? Duration: 2 hours Price: € 22.50 p.p. / 15

FENCING WORKSHOP Fencing involves attack and defence, action and reaction, technique and tactics in one unforgettable activity! D’Artagnan, one of the three musketeers, was killed in Maastricht in 1673. The city’s historic city centre therefore forms the perfect setting to learn how to master this sport. Combining the unexpected and unknown with an active and exciting game is what makes this activity an unforgettable experience! Duration: starting at 1 hour Price: starting at € 27.50 p.p. / 15

> The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.


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The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

MISSION UNDERGROUND Discover this exciting adventure game in the underground bunkers (Kazematten), 14-kilometres of 17th-century defensive tunnels below the city! This unique, challenging game is an ideal team activity, or day out with friends or family. Go back in time and step into the shoes of a secret agent to carry out exciting missions in teams to protect Maastricht from the enemy. Explore a labyrinth of tunnels, decipher coded messages, and prevent Maastricht from being attacked by enemies from the 18th century, the Second World War, and the Cold War. The day ends with a little party together with your team in a typical Maastricht café. Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 27.75 p.p. / 20

< The biggest and most authentic escape room in the Netherlands.

BECOME A MUSKETEER!

LIP DUB

First of all, you will learn how to handle a sword like a true musketeer. During an active fencing workshop you will learn the ‘tricks of the trade,’ including strategy, tactics, and technique. An adventure will then begin in the underground labyrinth of the Kazematten. The route you should take will be revealed by answering questions and following clues. At the end of the adventure, the scores will be added up and announced over drinks with the group. Duration: 3.5 hours Price: € 69.50 p.p. / 15

Always dreamt of taking part in your very own video clip? You can now! A lip dub is a video clip that is made based on your chosen song. Each participant, or group of participants, is filmed lip syncing or acting out a part of the lyrics. The video is made at the unique Buitengoed Slavante country house, which has a Grand Café, beautiful views and woods, a marl cave, and a vineyard. The video clip can be watched as soon as it has been made. Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 460.00 / 20

ADVENTUROUS CAVE TOUR Form a team and go on this exciting and enjoyable labyrinth tour 40 metres underground. Your physical and mental skills will be put to the test with orienteering activities and tricky problems and puzzles. This is a great team game that strengthens mutual trust and helps participants to get to know each other better. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 28.50 p.p. / 10

CITY GOLF MAASTRICHT

MARL WORKSHOP

Follow your golf ball along a special novelty course as it travels through the finest parks, squares, and streets of Maastricht. As you play the course, your instructor also takes on the role of city guide, explaining the beautiful sights you pass along the way. You’ll also have the chance to catch your breath on a charming, picturesque, or trendy terrace. The course is suitable for all group types; a sporting disposition is not required, and you can even come dressed in more formal attire. Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 32.50 p.p. / 6

Learn how to carve this unique regional stone to create your own work of art from marl. The workshop starts with a film which shows you how the marl is extracted. You then learn how to use the tools and techniques to make your own piece, and study a few examples. Finally, everyone can get to work conceiving and creating their own projects, which of course are yours to take home afterwards. Duration: starting at 1.5 hours Price: starting at € 15.00 p.p. / 8

JEEP SAFARI THROUGH MARL COUNTRY KAYAK AND RAFTING ON THE MEUSE

CITY GAME: ENJOY ‘MESTREECH’ Get to know Maastricht and discover the city hotspots during this active and competitive game! Armed with a book full of questions, you and your team will set off on a walk that takes you past the most beautiful sights of Maastricht. As you play the game, find the answers to various questions hidden in the historic buildings, stone plaques, monuments, and statues. Can your team manage to collect the most points? If so, you’ll go home with the prize. The excursion ends in suitable style in a cosy café where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or other drink with a delicious slice of Limburg sweet tart. Duration: 3 hours Price: € 19.90 p.p. / 15

Want to know more about our excursions? Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl

Many group outings are developed somewhere and then copied by one city after the next. However, here you will find authentic programmes as well as the ideal location for them: the Maastricht Region.

Whether you go ‘full speed ahead’ or just lazily float with the current... discover the Limburg Grensmaas (border section of the Meuse) by kayak or raft! Price: from € 14.00 p.p. Raft: up to 10 people € 150.00

GPS TOUR Use a GPS device to find your way around Maastricht while being confronted with the most absurd and fun challenges! At the end of the adventure, the prizes will be awarded and the correct answers made known. Duration: 3 hours Price: € 27.50 p.p. / 17

MAASTRICHT HIGHLIGHTS Fort Sint Pieter forms the impressive backdrop to this unique team game that requires cooperation, agility, and strategic insight. By solving puzzles and completing various fun and exciting assignments in and around the beautiful Fort Sint Pieter, you and your team will acquire specific tools which will guide you to your final mission. After the activity, you can chat about your experiences and get your breath back over a delicious lunch. The afternoon includes a three-hour walking tour, taking in the highlights of the city centre. The walk will show you Maastricht’s diversity and its many-faceted character. Along the way, you can enjoy a coffee and a slice of freshlybaked Limburg sweet tart. This energetic and action-packed day ends with a drink at a cosy Maastricht café! Duration: 7 hours Price: € 61.50 p.p. / 15

This Jeep adventure will test your group’s team spirit while you discover the most beautiful spots of Limburg’s hill country. With a compass and a few other tools to guide you, you will traverse this beautiful environment by Suzuki Samurai, following a series of questions and tasks. You’ll follow country roads and dirt tracks, passing half-timbered houses and other points of interest, until you are deep in the ‘marl jungle’ landscape of South Limburg, before finally making your way back to the café in Bemelen where you started. Duration: approx. 3 hours Price: € 55.00 p.p.

ROOM ESCAPE

CAVE BIKING

One room, one hour, one team, and only one possible means of escape... Lock the door behind you and make sure that your team deciphers the correct code for the door in the limited time you have. Duration: 1.5 hour Price: from € 85.00 per room, 5 rooms, max. 25 pers.

This eight to ten-kilometre biking trip takes you through Europe’s largest, most accessible underground passageways in Valkenburg. An experienced guide will take you deeper into the mysterious marl passageways during this active journey of discovery. It only takes a couple of bicycle lights to illuminate the caves’ peculiar details. Minimum length: 1.40 m Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 28.50 p.p. / 10

FULL THROTTLE

Paul’s tip Enjoy half a day at Sint Pietersberg Hill, Maastricht This area features top restaurants and cafés and is a Valhalla for indoor and outdoor activities.

> It is also suitable for any colleagues or friends with a fear of heights!

This is a team game for groups looking to challenge themselves, test their brains, or unleash their creativity. The game involves two teams that go head to head, so that everyone can take part in a task that suits them! Duration: 2 hours Price: € 37.00 p.p. / 16


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HIGH-RISE OBSTACLE COURSE Don’t look down! Keep looking straight ahead and focus on your goal. Surpass yourself eleven metres above the ground and conquer this high-rise obstacle course. The high-rise course is an adventurous challenge with 60 obstacles at four levels (from easy to difficult), crossing land and water. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 18.50 / 8 incl. entrance fee

< > If you’re looking for excitement, butterflies in your stomach, and a challenge, then these two outings are perfect for you!

THE HAUNTED CAVE

QUIZZES

This friendly tour ends in an unforgettable and thrilling adventure in an underground network of tunnels. During this challenging excursion that lasts over an hour, you’ll laugh out loud and feel chills down your spine all at the same time. Duration: approx. 1 hour Price: € 18.50 p.p. / 15

Quizzes are great fun for young and old alike and can be played with friends, family, or colleagues. There are many quiz venues in Maastricht, which often include a drink or bite to eat, coffee, or traditional vlaai (‘sweet tart’). And thanks to our mobile quiz master, you can play anywhere! Duration: starting at 1.5 hours Price: starting at € 17.50 p.p. / 20

SHORTGOLF AT HET RIJK VAN MARGRATEN SALSA AND CUBA LIBRE IN QUARTIER LATIN The people of Maastricht are a passionate people, so it’s no wonder salsa and cocktail dancing are so popular in the city. ‘Hips don’t lie’ in the Quartier Latin, especially if you combine dancing with the second workshop: cocktail making. This guarantees to be a fun day out. Duration: 3 hours Price: € 37.50 p.p. / 16

MAASTRICHT QR RALLY With the aid of iPads, take on the challenge of completing an active treasure hunt through historic Maastricht. Various instructors will be on hand at a number of key spots along the way, ready to surprise you with a fun assignment. Who will keep a cool head and score the most points? Duration: 2 hours Price: € 34.00 p.p. / 12

< You could also take part in a cocktail-making workshop, a barista workshop, or a chocolate workshop.

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The game is played on a splendid 9-hole Par 3 golf course and is exciting and challenging at every level. From tee to flag, the length of the holes varies from 50 to 80 metres. These ‘short’ distances make the game suitable for anyone aged eight and over. Upon your arrival, you can first enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of delicious Limburg sweet tart. Duration: approx. 2 hours Price: € 18.50 p.p. / 4

ESCAPE GAME: MYSTERY BOX ‘Mystery box’ is based on the new ‘escape rooms’ rage. With the clock ominously ticking, this nerve-racking and interactive escape game can be played at any location and requires teams to communicate and work together. Who is the most inventive? Which team will crack the codes? Who will open the mystery box?... And what secret does it hold? Duration: 2 hours Price: starting at € 33.25 p.p. / 20 (including 2 beverages)

If you want to attend taster sessions or take part in cooking workshops, go to page 49 and read on for more inspiration. This is just a selection of what we have to offer. You will find more outings on our website. Alternatively, we and our partners would be more than happy to develop customized outings just for you.

BIRDS OF PREY WORKSHOP Come face to face with a bird of prey and discover their primal brutality and understated elegance. During the workshop, the falconers will introduce you to the ancient craft of falconry and tell you about the different kinds of birds they fly, how they train and care for them, and how you can build up a rapport with them. Duration: 2 hours Price: starting at € 51.50 p.p. / 20

WHERE’S WALLY?

VR MAASTRICHT

‘Where’s Wally?’ is one of the best known search-challenge book series in the world, and is brought to life in Maastricht! You’ve probably had a go yourself - searching for Wally in his red and white striped shirt, glasses, hat, and walking stick amid the confusion of other figures and items on the page. And now you can play Where’s Wally in real life too! From the page to a real-life adventure! Duration: 2 hours Price: starting at € 17..50 p.p. / 20

Limburg’s premier VR room! Virtual Reality is an amazing experience for gamers and non-gamers alike. No experience is necessary: just put on the VR goggles and enter a new world! Float like an astronaut, walk with dinosaurs or try one of countless other experiences. Controllers are attached to the VR goggles to make the experience fully interactive. The game master will select the games based on your wishes. Duration: 50 minutes or more Price: from € 69.00 till € 267.00 from 2 till 20 participants

D’ARTAGNAN ADVENTURE Compelling assignments and a top historic location are the two key ingredients in this quest. Embark on an adventure with this exciting game and work your way through the Kazematten underground bunkers! Dark passageways, stone staircases, and multiple levels… This 14 km long labyrinth provides the unique setting for this game. This is the location where the musketeer d’Artagnan was killed during the siege of Maastricht. Could his ghost still be wandering around the corridors…? Armed with a torch and a good dose of common sense, you and your team must be prepared to face the unexpected. Complete exciting tasks and be the first team to reach the exit so that you can be crowned the rightful winners! Duration: 2.5 hours Price: € 20.50 p.p. / 25

Want to know more about our excursions? Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl

The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

THE LABYRINTH AT DRIELANDENPUNT (THREE-COUNTRY POINT) Find your way in an exciting labyrinth at the highest point of the Netherlands where three countries meet! This is a spectacular and active programme for young and old! Before the game begins, relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a delicious slice of Limburg vlaai in the cosy Taverne or Herberg in the ambiance of a ‘gin distillery’ or ‘customs depot’. You’ll then wind your way to the centre of the labyrinth where you’ll start your first task: solving and completing the puzzle compass trip. Each team needs to find the route to follow with the aid of a compass. Along the way there will be questions to answer and you’ll be asked to complete the following three assignments: Air gun shooting, following a fun trail by Segway, and building a six-metre-high tower from bamboo sticks. Once you’ve finished the entire route, you’ll hopefully succeed in finding and opening the safe! Followed by prize ceremony. Duration: approx. 5 hours Price: € 28.50 p.p. / 20

UNDERGROUND LASER GAMES IN VALKENBURG Dark underground passages, mysterious shadows, amazing smoke and lighting effects, ominous sounds, and armed opponents. Armed with an ultra-modern laser gun and vest, you’ll make your way through a network of tunnels, illuminated by ultraviolet lights and disco lights, in search of your opponent. Once the teams have been presented with their scores at the end of the game, finish off the day with a delicious barbecue that is waiting for you in the welcoming cave chalet. Duration: 1.5 hour Price: € 14.50 p.p. / 6

CAVE CLIMBING TRIP Go on an exciting and challenging climbing tour around the ruins of Valkenburg Castle. Scale our climbing wall, descend into the 30-metre-deep well, and continue your tour via the stairs and ladders through the centuries-old escape routes. This is a unique experience and a great way to encourage each other and test yourself. Minimum length: 1.30 m Duration: 1.5 hours Price: from € 28.50 p.p. / 10

‘Everything was absolutely fantastic! Joyce was marvellous in the run up to the groups arrival with assisting us with all the planning. The guides for the tours were all excellent and perfect for the group and the dinners were equally excellent. The quality of services is excellent. The prices for the caves excursion are fairly high, however this tour was declared the groups favourite of the whole trip - so I think it was worth it!’


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Geusselt Sport Park Fantastic group activities at Geusseltbad Maastricht If you’re looking for a day of leisurely swimming fun or a great group activity, the staff at the Geusseltbad pool would be delighted to welcome you! Come enjoy a range of swimming activities in the various pools. Kids’ pool parties Come celebrate your birthday at Geusseltbad! We have put together a number of brilliant party packages to make your birthday one to remember – whether during a Little Mermaid party or an active pool party where you and your friends take on the exciting Race & Splash course! You can even finish your pool party with an amazing dinner party. Lady Mermaid Experience If you ever dreamed of becoming a real mermaid and still hum along to ‘Under the Sea,’ it’s time to make your childhood dream come true! During the Lady Mermaid Experience for adults, you will be transformed into a real mermaid and learn to swim with a mermaid tail. Our four packages offer a great experience for your friends – or maybe even for the bride-to-be!

Maastricht Sport Discusworp 4 6225 XP Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 350 45 00 E: info@maastrichtsport.nl www.maastrichtsport.nl / www.geusseltbad.nl

Room Escape Maastricht 8 rooms available: play with 50 persons at once! Limburg’s first escape room! Escape within 60 minutes from our Pokerrroom, Army room, Lab, Grandpa’s Office, Operating Room, Radium Room, Pub or Circus.

VR Maastricht

If you have always wanted to take part in a triathlon Then Maastricht has just the thing for you! See and experience the city in three different ways during ‘De Triatlon vaan Mestreech’ (Maastricht triathlon):

Dive into a new virtual world! The first VR center in Limburg! Virtual Reality is the new hype! Let us show you the world of VR and all its possibilities., through simulations and games. Suitable for groups and people of all ages. You watch each other play, excitement guaranteed!

Sailing on the Meuse Walking through the historical city centre Scootering around the centre

Need a complete day arrangement? We happily welcome you on our urban location. Walking distance from Maastricht center and free parking. Check out our other games, like:

Anyone who enjoys a long walk can participate in the Triathlon – a fantastic, active programme suitable for groups of 30 people or more. The triathlon lasts one morning or afternoon (approx. four hours). The price per person is €65.00. This price includes VAT, charter of a sloop, rent of three kickbike scooters, three locals to accompany you, and coffee with ‘vlaai’ (sweet tart). Minimum number of participants / payment: 30 participants. Maximum group size: 90 per morning or afternoon.

Reallife Where is Waldo – LEGO Challenge – Archery Tag

Room Escape Maastricht T: +31 (0)6 40 09 55 62 E: info@roomescapemaastricht.nl www.roomescapemaastricht.nl wwww.vr-maastricht.nl

All under the expert guidance of enthusiastic locals who would love to tell you all about the city’s past and present.

Maastricht for Groups & Events info@groups-events.nl T: +31 (0)43 – 350 6262


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ASP Adventure

MAASTRICHT GOOD TO KNOW!

Discover the unknown! Share a unique and unforgettable experience with colleagues, family, or friends. Descend into the marl caves of Valkenburg, move towards the flickering candlelight, and discover the remarkable stories that have been hidden in the dark depths. Follow the guide into the mysterious pale-yellow marlstone corridors by cave bike or on foot. There’s also plenty to discover above ground. The hilly landscape of Limburg — with its beautiful nature and rich historical past — offers the perfect scenery for original experiences for groups and teams of all types and sizes; on foot, by mountain bike, or at groundbreaking heights. Experience it for yourself! Contact us to find out about our special group activities and challenging team building programmes.

‘FRIET ZOERVLEIS’ ASP Adventure T: +31 (0)43 604 06 75 E: info@aspadventure.nl www.aspadventure.nl

Here are plenty of places in Maastricht to sit down to a complete dinner, taste a selection of exclusive dishes from the region, or explore international cuisines. But if you really want a taste of Maastricht, then you must try ‘friet met zoervleis’ (sour meat stew with chips). Many attempts have been made to explain what ‘zoervleis’ is. It’s a bit like stewed meat but different. It’s best to judge for yourself.

City Golf Maastricht

Jacobs Travel

A recreational golf course through the centre of Maastricht

Your transport partner for all events!

Bumpy cobblestones, grand squares, and winding alleys.

services. With our many years of experience in transport ser-

You’ll encounter them all during an original golfing challenge.

vices for different types of groups and national and internatio-

City-Golf is ideal for groups wanting to discover Maastricht

nal clients, it is our passion to provide you with complete

whilst having fun. The instructor will take you past an unusual

and suitable transport solutions.

Jacobs Travel provides professional and customized transport

selection of holes whilst telling you all about the sights. Price: €32.50 p.p. excl. VAT. (6 holes, duration 2½ hours, minimum

Coach rental - Transfers - Day tours - Airport

6 and maximum 40 Players). A tailor-made package,

transport - Taxi

a welcome with coffee and sweet tart, or lunch? It’s all possible!

City-Golf T: +31(0)84 869 18 14 E: info@city-golf.nl www.city-golf.nl

Jacobs Travel De Valkenberg 3 6301 PM Valkenburg a/d Geul T: +31 (0) 43 601 3877 E: info@jacobs-travel.com www.jacobs-travel.com

THIRD-TIME WINNER OF ZOOVER’S ‘BEST CITY TRIP’ Maastricht still draws many domestic tourists. And for the third time in a row, Limburg’s capital received the Zoover Award for Best City Trip Netherlands with an average score of 9. Last year, Maastricht also received the Zoover Award, scoring 8.8. We’re moving on up!

HEART OF EUROPE Maastricht is one of the most European cities in the Netherlands, as you can tell by the cultures and languages you see and hear on the streets. Located in the heart of Europe, Maastricht is also known as the ‘Good Life Capital of Europe’ – and the city certainly doesn’t hide that fact! Did you also know that the Maastricht Treaty was signed here in 1992? This was the birthplace of the European Union and the Euro currency in 1992.

VLAAI NIGHTMARE FOR HIGH HEELS Maastricht’s cobblestones are a charming sight to see. And they are in perfect keeping with the city’s historical character. However, ladies wearing high heels would be wise to heed caution. You know what they say...a little pain for beauty. Or just make sure you have a dashing partner by your side.

The sweetest souvenir from the south of the Netherlands: vlaai – a type of sweet tart! In Maastricht, you can taste some at the traditional artisanal bakeries both in the city centre and in the outer districts. Try Bakkerij Hermans, Patisserie Royal, Bakkerij Souren, De Bisschopsmolen, Patisserie Lemmens, or Bread & Delicious. They are the best vlaai bakeries in Maastricht. At one you can admire the old water mill and enjoy a cup of coffee with it, while at another you can take a vlaai home for later (or for the road).

TEFAF & THE CITY When TEFAF comes to town, the whole of Maastricht seems to get into the artistic spirit. This feeling is most evident in the MECC, which hosts the exclusive and striking art fair each year. The phrase ‘art fair’ doesn’t do the event justice, as what happens at and during TEFAF can scarcely be expressed in words. It seems as if the city is enchanted by the sense of extra elegance that TEFAF exudes. Join us and experience the extensive programme in the city.


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Pieke Potloed You haven’t visited Maastricht if you haven’t visited Pieke Potloed! A café-eatery in a wonderful, authentic Maastricht setting, offering hospitality with a capital H. Hidden away in the city centre, a stone’s throw from the Bijenkorf department store,

Familia

between St Amorsplein and Grote Staat (main shopping street) in the characterful Sporenstraat, Pieke Potloed is an authentic Maastricht café with a delightful summer/winter terrace.

Enjoy Dining & Drinks

Minckelers eatery

It is an eatery, rather than a restaurant, that offers delicious

Familia is the place to come for a delicious Italian or

Taste the Spirit of Maastricht!

simplicity. Delicious, high-quality, authentic local dishes -

Argentinian meal at an affordable price as well as a broad

On the charming market square, you’ll find Minckelers eatery

good, traditional food. For drinks, lunch, and dinner from

range of wines and beers. Seating 90 people, we are an ideal

where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a delicious Brand beer, a

11:00 AM daily. At Pieke, it’s like coming home. You will

location for groups. We would be happy to organize your

slice of Limburg sweet tart or a dish from the changing weekly

always feel welcome, at the bar or at a table.

group outing, networking drinks party, anniversary

menu. We have been offering group packages for 20 years and

celebration, or other event. Of course, you can also bring

can easily serve a range of lunches, three-course meals, and

a smaller group.

more to groups of up to 70 people.

Pieke Potloed Sporenstraat 5 6211 EB Maastricht

Familia Maastricht Heggenstraat 3 6211 GW Maastricht

Eetcafé Minckelers Markt 35 6211 CK Maastricht

T: + 31 (0)43 321 59 68 E: info@piekepotloed.nl www.piekepotloed.nl

T: +31 (0)43 352 17 17 familiamaastricht@gmail.com www.familiamaastricht.nl

T: +31 (0)43 321 65 38 E: info@minckelers.nl www.minckelers.nl

Grand Café de Perroen Enjoy your group outing, meeting, lunch, or dinner on the most beautiful square in the Netherlands! Grand Café de Perroen is situated on the beautiful Vrijthof square. As we have a variety of rooms, we can welcome groups of up to 100 people, but smaller groups still feel right at home with us.

Opening hours: Daily from 10:30 AM (Closed on Mondays)

Cuisine International and Limburg regional dishes Maximum number of people: 100 people Ask about our group packages!

Grand Café-diner d’n Ingel Lunch or dine among the angels on Vrijthof square In d’n Ingel, surrounded by a unique ambience and hundreds of angels, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, or just a well-made cup of coffee. Coming with a group? Groups can also use one of the two beautiful period rooms with a view of the most beautiful square in the Netherlands, the Vrijthof. Our menu follows the season and contains high-quality dishes from international and regional cuisine.

Bar & dance venue d’n Hiemel Dancing and partying in seventh heaven

Grand Café-diner d’n Ingel Vrijthof 13 6211 LD Maastricht

D’n Hiemel is situated in the old city wall next to Helpoort

T: +31 (0)43 321 72 26 E: info@ingel.nl www.ingel.nl

25 people or more (maximum capacity 400 people) and a

gate at the edge of the city park. It is within a stone’s throw of Maastricht city centre. D’n Hiemel is ideal for groups of perfect location for your indoor or outdoor activities, lunch, drinks, or party. Enquire about the many possibilities.

Grand Café de Perroen Vrijthof 34-35 6211 LE Maastricht

D’n Hiemel St. Bernardusstraat 24 6211 HL Maastricht

T: +31 (0)43 325 20 73 E: info@perroen.nl www.perroen.nl

T: +31 (0)6 83 34 78 79 E: dnhiemel@gmail.com www.hiemel.com


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IT WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE

Luxurious dining in style or a more informal ambiance. A tasting session or an extensive buffet. Dining in the caves, enjoying a meal in a traditional pub, or sampling tasty treats in a former fire service canteen. The culinary aspect of your visit calls for special attention. After all, you’re in Maastricht - the gastronomic capital of the Netherlands - where you don’t have to worry about finding a great place to eat.

OLD VERSUS NEW The best thing about eating out in Maastricht is that you can mix and match to your heart’s content between authentic bistros serving traditional regional dishes and trendy, industrial-style restaurants with innovative creations on the menu. Get your morning off to a good start with breakfast at a cosy coffee bar in the trendy district of Wyck (using freshly roasted coffee beans from Blanche Dael), enjoy a lazy lunch in the former fire service canteen which has been converted into a trendy hotspot with a lunch and evening menu full of unexpected, long-forgotten, and organic products. Or you could choose a small selection of dishes from the international cuisine offered by Marres Kitchen (the homemade humus is to die for!) Or go to the Tapijnkazerne where they are happy to serve large groups. And in the evening you can visit one of the old time favourites to enjoy an extensive seafood banquet on freshly pressed linen, or a game menu with wine or asparagus as you’ll only ever find in Limburg. Alternatively, opt for a more informal setting where you can enjoy a hearty portion of ‘Sjiek’ stewed meat (at Café Sjiek, where else?), Belgian-style prawn croquettes, or a mouth-watering hamburger. And coffee just wouldn’t be the same without pralines from one of Maastricht’s chocolatiers.

YOU CAN ARGUE ABOUT TASTE You can definitely argue about matters of taste. Because when one city offers you so many flavours, you’re bound to change your mind. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? You can do so anywhere. Every district has its own favourite spots for sweet treats. From afternoon tea, coffee with delicious carrot cake or a slice of fresh tart from the Bisschopsmolen in the Jeker quarter. To real Maastricht grenache cake at Coffeelovers in Wyck and freshly-baked pastries and cupcakes in the centre. Or do you prefer savoury? To try on the spot or to take home with you to accompany drinks? How about the sourdough and fig bread from Le Salonard, where you can also put together a cheese board for home, including a slice of Maastricht’s ‘Rommedoe’ cheese. Or you may be tempted by black pudding with apple at ‘In den Ouden Vogelstruys’ (the city’s oldest café) after a busy day shopping or the increasingly popular meatballs from Saveurs delicatessen.

We could go on and on, but we secretly hope these suggestions have already made your mouth water. We did warn you: Maastricht leaves you wanting more.

FROM THE MAASTRICHT REGION Friet zoervleis

Rommedoe cheese

Pastry

Ganache cake

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FINE DINING, TASTING SESSIONS, GAMES & CULINARY WORKSHOPS Brasserie Bonhomme Comfort and conviviality on St. Servatius bridge On the banks of the Meuse, with a view of the St. Servatius bridge, you’ll find the Brasserie Bonhomme. With room to seat 120 guests inside and 120 guests on the terrace, this is an ideal venue for large groups, whether you’re looking to book for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Ask about our packages in combination with ‘surprising Maastricht’ or ask for our group brochure. Handy to know: A toilet for the disabled is available, and coaches can stop right at the door. Brasserie Bonhomme Maaspromenade 78 6211 HS Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 351 05 18 E: info@bonhomme.nl www.bonhomme.nl

Apostelhoeve Vineyard Wine tasting at the top of the hill The perfect group activity in a top location. The Apostelhoeve vineyard organizes wine tastings with expert explanations in a charming tasting room among the vines on the hills surrounding Maastricht. The tasting session is preceded by a guided tour of the vineyard, the wine press, and the wine cellars. Two tasting rooms are available for visitors. During the session, you will have the opportunity to judge the wines. Of course, you will also be able to get answers to your questions about the Apostelhoeve and its wines. During the session, you will also be served a selection of delicious rye bread with ham and cheese. You’ll enjoy the warm and welcoming ambience!

Reservations The guided tour and wine tasting event must be booked beforehand and lasts about 1½ hours. Reservations can be made throughout the year. Ample parking facilities are available. Costs: € 17.50 p.p. (minimum of 12 people) including three glasses of wine from the Apostelhoeve and rye bread with ham and cheese.

Wijngaard Apostelhoeve Susserweg 201 6213 NE Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 343 22 64 E: info@apostelhoeve.nl www.apostelhoeve.nl

The variety and quality of the food and drinks available play a central role in the Gastronomic Capital of Maastricht. Experience a taste of it during a walk or test your own gastronomic abilities and meet a winegrower, traditional baker, or top chef. During a workshop you’ll stand next to professionals who earn their daily bread through their passion and talent for honest food. Of course, afterwards, you can enjoy the fruits of your labours. It’s just another reason to put a trip to Maastricht on your menu!

> The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

BEER QUIZ Take on the challenge of converting your team‘s knowledge of beer into points. Easy, difficult, and amusing beer-related questions will be alternated with ‘tasting’ sessions in which you can earn extra points. In the meantime, the quizmasters will intersperse the quiz with beer anecdotes. This group activity takes place at a beautiful venue in the heart of Maastricht, in a fantastic tasting cellar, amidst an enormous supply of beer. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Price: starting at € 32.50 p.p. / 11

VLAAI BAKING WORKSHOP Learn the art of baking vlaai (sweet tart) at the oldest working water mill in the Netherlands. This is a delicious group activity that is typical of the region! Duration: 2 hours Price: € 25.00 p.p. / 6


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MAASTRICHT TASTE PROMENADE Enjoy culinary Maastricht during this city walk which includes five delicious intermezzos. Culinary enjoyment in Maastricht‘s historic city centre is what you can expect during the Maastricht Taste Promenade. One of our guides will take you through the historic centre of Maastricht where you‘ll stop at several unique locations along the way to become acquainted with local artisanal delicacies. Your first stop is the renowned wine merchant Thiessen Wijnkoopers to sample a delicious glass of Maastricht Apostel­hoeve wine. You‘ll then catch the aroma of freshly roasted coffee at Maison Blanche Dael, a traditional coffee roaster and tea packer. After sampling several treats, you‘ll continue your journey onwards to Sjinkerij de Bóbbel, a tasting room where you can try various house liqueurs such as ‘Bitter Bobbelke‘ or ‘Grampeer‘s Gouweke‘. In the oldest still-operating water mill in the Netherlands, you will then be treated to a slice of freshly-baked Limburg sweet tart. To round off the tour, you‘ll visit a typical Maastricht café for a deliciously light and refreshing ‘Mestreechs Aajt‘ beer served in a traditional earthenware jug. If you want to continue drinking with your group, you‘re at the right address in Maastricht! Duration: 3 hours Price: € 35.00 p.p. / 12

COOKERY WORKSHOPS Treat your taste buds and learn the finer points of cookery during one of the numerous cooking workshops on offer. Let us know what you‘re looking for and we‘ll find a suitable location completely to your taste! Drinks are included (max. 24 people). Duration: 4 hours Price: starting at € 45.00 p.p. / 8

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THIESSEN WIJNKOOPERS

NAAT & DRUUG PACKAGE

Explore the magnificent wine cellars and historic premises based at Grote Gracht and end with a taste of our fantastic wines with guidance from a viticulturist. This programme offers the ultimate wine experience in a gastronomic setting. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 24.95 p.p. / 12

Fancy a ‘Mestreechs pèlske‘ (beer)? The Mestreechter Brandslang excursion will take you on a tour of 15 unique cafés and pubs. At each location you can enjoy the relaxed regional ambience of Maastricht and discover the beer that Limburg is so proud of. Not only can you soak up the ambience of this tour that ta kes you past modern and historic, picturesque spots in the city centre, you‘ll also be able to taste the typical Limburg beer that various establishments serve in their own way alongside delicious snacks. Duration: starting at 1.5 hours Price: 1 x Brand speciality beer with a bar snack per pub € 7.00 p.p., guide starting at € 91.50

APOSTELHOEVE VINEYARD >

TIP combine this with a bicycle tour for a great day out.

On the Louwberg hillside, in the beautiful Jeker Valley on the south side of the city, lies the monumental 15th-century Apostelhoeve (Apostle Farmstead); the oldest and largest vineyard of the Netherlands! During a tour of the vineyard, you‘ll stroll among the grapevines, enjoying the spectacular view of the Jeker Valley and hearing all about how the wine is cultivated. Round off the tour with a delicious wine-tasting session, under the guidance of an expert winegrower. Cheers! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 17.50 p.p. / 12

TOUR AND TASTING SESSION AT BOSCH BREWERY Visit this craft brewery in Maastricht that was active between 1745 and 1970 and learn all about the art of brewing over the centuries. Finish the tour with two speciality beers in the cosy bar area. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 12.00 p.p. / 9

RESTAURANT CRAWL PACKAGE Sharing a delicious meal, checking out the local culture, and enjoying Maastricht – this restaurant crawl criss-crossing the city makes it all possible! Walk from course to course and enjoy the wealth of culinary and cultural delights Maastricht has to offer. During this culinary walk, you‘ll get to know three cafés and restaurants. You‘ll enjoy a three-course dinner, with each course served in a different restaurant. The advantage is that you‘ll sit somewhere else in each restaurant, sharing your table with other people each time. It‘s an informal way to get to know everyone better in a short space of time. Between the courses, you‘ll stroll past historic highlights in the city centre, while the enthusiastic guide regales you with interesting facts and stories about Maastricht. Duration: 3.5 hours Price: Set menu starting at € 37.50 p.p. / 15, excluding drinks and guide.

EN ROUTE FOR LOCAL FLAVOURS! This activity certainly lives up to its name! It’s a full-day programme taking you through the most breathtaking landscapes while you sample a range of exquisite delicacies. Upon arrival, you will sample ‘Mestreechter vloaj’ before starting your cycle trip through Maastricht and the surrounding area. You’ll cycle through the squares, along the banks of the Meuse, and go past St. Pietersberg hill and the quarries. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an extensive and exuberant lunch, after which you will cycle to one of Maastricht’s many wineries for a tour and a wine-tasting session. The tour will subsequently end with a snack and a drink in the historic city centre. Duration: approx. 7 hours Price: € 88.00 p.p. / 14 (max. 20 people per guide)

REGIONAL WINE TOURS The South Limburg region has a truly Southern French character: it is full of traditions, authentic and varied nature and landscapes, and (of course) regional products. For several years now, the region’s wine has enjoyed a spot among these products. Join us on a Wine tour! Including tasting sessions, guided tour, transport, etc. Duration: approx. 3.5 hours Price: € 65.00 p.p. / 8

THE ‘RAISE YOUR GLASS’ ROUTE You’ll team up with a local guide to discover the well-known and more obscure highlights of the old city centre. While you walk, your guide will entertain you with fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes. During the tour, you’ll stop twice in a charming café or wine bar where you can enjoy a good glass of wine, a local liqueur, or a delicious speciality beer. Duration: 2 hours Price: € 122.00 fixed rate + € 8.50 p.p.. Max. 20 people

TASTE THE RANGE OF LOCAL WINES AT SLAVANTE VINEYARD The prices of the excursions are based on a minimum number of participants. The minimum number of participants is shown after the price.

DINNER CRUISE Go on a gastronomic cruise along the Meuse river, while you enjoy the view of the South Limburg country­side that passes you by. Upon embarking, you will be treated to a welcome cocktail before being served your starter at the table. The main course and dessert will be served buffet-style and Dutch drinks are included throughout the evening. During the cruise you can create your own ambiance by choosing a specific theme and programme. Turn it into a Caribbean Night, for example, complete with dance demonstrations, a DJ, and cocktails, arrange a Sailing & Gambling evening if you prefer, or go for a Dixie on the River night with live music. Duration: 4 hours Price: starting at € 81.00 p.p.

< Also fun to do: going on the breakfast food crawl, during which you can pick up part of your breakfast from the most charming and trendiest of food retailers, meandering through the city as it awakens for another day.

The oldest vineyard in the Netherlands has more than 250 vines and is situated in a beautiful location on the eastern slope of the St. Pieterbsurg hill with a view of the Meuse river valley. You will be told all about the Dutch viticulture, which will be followed by a tasting of three charming local wines from three different houses. Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 15.00 p.p. / 10

GASTRONOMIC MAASTRICHT During this gastronomic walking tour of Maastricht, you’ll discover the city and taste many of the different flavours it has to offer! It’s a must-do for gastronomes and connoisseurs in search of the city’s tasty delights. During this tour, you’ll get to know various culinary delights, with a sumptuous lunch near to the Vrijthof square one of the highlights on the menu. Afterwards, you’ll sample a local speciality beer in a classic Maastricht pub, and round off the tour in an inviting eatery with a glass of wine from the local Apostelhoeve vineyard over a platter of selected Maastricht and Limburg delicacies. Enjoy! Duration: 3.5 hours Price: € 49.50 p.p. / 10

Joyce’s tip Maastricht is a foodie city through and through. While its abundance of tastes and styles means it’s not possible to discover everything, it would be a shame if you didn’t try! In short, I recommend going to taster sessions at different local establishments to really enhance your business outing experience. As you have already read, we have come up with a range of options for you.

Want to know more about our excursions? Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl


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Schnitzelparadies Maastricht At Schnitzelparadies you imagine yourself in Bavarian spheres with a choice of more than 50 schnitzel varieties. The schnitzels are all served with fries or wedges and salad. The schnitzels are also available with a starter and a dessert as a three-course menu. Schnitzelparadies is…

BEER TASTING

QUIZ-DINER

Maastricht is home to various charming locations and speciality beer pubs where you can taste the finest beers under the expert guidance of a beer specialist. You’ll hear fascinating facts and anecdotes about the beer you’re drinking, the brewing process, the various breweries and their history, and the glassware you’re drinking from. Duration: 1.5 hour Price: starting at € 16.50 p.p. / 8

Liven up dinner with friends, family, or colleagues with our very own quiz master. Whether before, during, or after dinner, the quiz master guarantees a hilarious evening. The various team rounds will ask questions about film, sport, history, celebs, cities, and regions. Every round is different, but all are inter­ active and full of humour. The winning team will receive a novel prize. Duration: starting at 3 hours Price: starting at € 42.50 p.p. / 15 (including three-course dinner and quiz)

TRY YOUR LUCK AND THAT OF YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR COLLEAGUES AT HOLLAND CASINO. Holland Casino Welcome & Play: If you choose this package, you’ll start your evening with a refreshing glass of prosecco. After the rules of play are explained, an exciting mini-tournament follows. Then, delicious appetizers are served, and everyone is given € 10 to play with! Duration: 1.5 hours Price: € 29.95 p.p. / 10

< If you’d like to spend the whole evening out, I recommend the Holland Casino Deluxe deal, which offers a delicious three-course dinner starting at € 59,95.

COFFEE: NINETEENTHCENTURY STYLE! Located in the trendy Wyck district, the nineteenth-century brewer’s house of the Bosch family has been expertly preserved in its original condition. Come enjoy a coffee and chocolates in the living room on the first floor and then enjoy a tour of the boardroom, drawing room, the bedroom, the glorious staircase, and the courtyard – complete with aviary and an outdoor toilet. Duration: approx. 1 hour Price: € 9.75 / 10

• Tasty and affordable for young and old

MAASTRICHT MO(NU)MENTJES

• Located in the center

It is always a pleasure to walk around the old city centre! Maastricht features a trove of authentic specialist shops. Just say the word and we’ll arrange anything from a visit to a milliner’s workshop, a violin maker or one of Maastricht’s main attractions. You can also combine this with a few culinary stop-offs to create the ultimate day trip! We tailor each mo(nu)ment according to preferences, duration, and budget. Examples of mo(nu)ments include a visit to the Bosch Brewery (including a craft beer), a chocolate or icecream tasting session at a chocolatier, a handmade chutney testing session, or a prosecco tasting session with cake. You can also opt for a fantastic ‘Meestreechs’ experience: a visit to a traditional Dutch pub serving delicious ‘huidvleis’ sandwiches on rye bread. Duration: 2 hours or more Price: € 122 (2 hours guide), not including the ‘moment’ of your choice

• With a nice play corner and a special children’s menu very child friendly • Offering something for everyone: from schnitzel and Currywurst (sausage served with curry ketchup) to delicious vegetarian dishes. • Wheelchair friendly with a spacious handicapped toilet • Also very suitable for larger groups In addition, we also offer different packages. From coffee with apple strudel and cocktail arrangements to 3 course dinners. We would like to establish a suitable package together. For more infomation: Sanne Cox, sanne@coxenco.com, +31 (0) 6 81 41 76 76

Auf Wiederschnitzel! Schnitzelparadies Maastricht Kesselskade 58 6211 EN Maastricht Tel: +31 (0)43 208 20 00 www.schnitzelparadies.nl Schnitzelparadies is also located in Roermond & Venlo.

Thiessen Wijnkoopers A delightful venue in the heart of Maastricht Want to know more about our excursions? Just visit groups-events.nl or contact us on tel. +31(0)43 350 62 62 or at info@groups-events.nl

The oldest winery in the Netherlands with historic wine cellars, various tasting rooms, a beautiful orangery, enchanting vaults, and an enclosed terrace. This is a fantastic venue for tastings, parties, meetings and even weddings. Gastronomic quality is assured as we work with the finest chefs and serve the very best wines from our very own cellar. Your guests will be impressed.

Brouwerij bosch The last city brewery in Maastricht

Looking for an exclusive or authentic location for a party, dinner, or product presentation? Then Maastricht’s caves, castles, country estates, wine cellars, ships, churches, nature, and halls offer unique surroundings for every event, group, and budget.

Thiessen Wijnkoopers Grote Gracht 18 6211 SW Maastricht

Joyce Advisor T: +31 (0)43 350 62 62 E: info@groups-events.nl

T: + 31 (0)43 325 13 55 E: wijnhandel@thiessen.nl www.thiessen.nl

Be transported back in time during a guided tour in this unique historic brewery. The malt house, brewing equipment, and the brewer’s house of the Bosch family have been kept in the original condition. You can taste several of our delicious beers in our cosy bar. In addition to guided tours and tastings, we also offer other special packages. Visit our website to see our offers.

Brouwerij Bosch Wycker Grachtstraat 26 6221 CX Maastricht E: info@brouwerijbosch.nl www.brouwerijbosch.nl


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Brandsøn

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Brandsøn drinking bar & dining room is located on the river Meuse right next to the old Roman bridge. From cocktail bar to fine-dining restaurant or even private dining and luxurious, high-end meeting facilities: Brandsøn offers a separate room for groups of up to 44 people, including all the necessary equipment for giving presentations. Of course, the restaurant also provides tailor-made packages.

Here at the Bisschopsmolen, culture …Zo zou je (eet)café de Sjans where mogenhistory, noemen, aan deand voet van gastronomy meet, you’ll the artisanal work of a de Sint Pietersberg. Als jeexperience in de prachtige terrastuin je aperitief baker. samen With our products and dishes, wePieter show how drinkt met de bewoners van Sint waansimply je je in irresistible food Wij made with local can be! Zuid-Frankrijk. vinden dat jeingredients voor goed eten nietMake ver hoeft your own during a workshop, take a tournaar te gaan enLimburgse dus zoekenvlaai we in de omgeving van Maastricht throughen theverse mill ingrediënten and bakery orvoor joinonze us forstreekgerechten a relaxing lunch. eerlijke die we met liefde voor jou bereiden. Stenenbrug 3, 6211 HP Maastricht De Sjans Mergelweg T: +31 (0)431 327 06 13 6212 XA Maastricht E: activiteiten@bisschopsmolen.nl www.bisschopsmolen.nl T: +31 (0)43 321 4871 E: info@sjansmaastricht.nl www.sjansmaastricht.nl

André Rieu concert op het Vrijthof

Holland Casino Valkenburg

Come along for an unforgettable evening!

Totally refurbished, top location for a unique afternoon or evening!

Together with colleagues, friends, or family, you can experience an unforgettable evening full of enthralling waltzes, beautiful opera, edifying classical music, and many moving and amusing moments. This is an outing you’ll be talking about for a long time to come! André Rieu traditionally brings his Johann Strauss Orchestra to Vrijthof Square in the city of his birth, Maastricht, every summer. In July 2019, Rieu will transform Vrijthof Square into a grand open-air concert hall. Enjoy the divine melodies, enthralling waltzes, and edifying classical music. Make the André Rieu experience complete with an overnight stay in one of Maastricht’s wonderful hotels, and treat yourself to a delicious dinner in a unique location. Concert tickets available from €59 exclusive €3.50 booking fee per person. The concerts last around 3.5 hours and begin at 9:00 PM. Group reservations for groups of seven or more. Send your request for a group reservation to info@groups-events.nl.

Maastricht for Groups & Events T: +31 (0)43 350 62 62 E: info@groups-events.nl www.groups-events.nl

Do you have something to celebrate? Is it your turn to organize an original afternoon or evening? On the Cauberg hill in Valkenburg, one of the most beautiful spots in South Limburg, you’ll find Holland Casino. It’s quite literally a top location for a special evening or afternoon out. Welcome to the only real casino, where excitement and relaxation go hand in hand. We make it easy for you as we provide attractive packages

Het Bat 2, 6211 EX Maastricht T: +31 (0)43 201 26 20 E: info@brandson.restaurant www.brandson.restaurant.nl

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Drielandenpunt Labyrinth & Tavern De Grenssteen Outdoor fun and games for young and old There are plenty of options for large and small groups at the Drielandenpunt (three-country point)!

The Labyrinth Discover the Netherlands‘ largest and most exciting labyrinth. Enjoy an (optional) glass of Drielandenbitter beer at the centre of the labyrinth from € 3,50 per person.

Shooting competitions We specialize in the following shooting disciplines: • Air gun shooting • Longbow archery • Crossbow shooting • Blowpipe shooting Prices vary from € 10,- (two parts) to € 19,- (four parts) per person.

The Compass treasure hunt After a welcome with coffee and Limburg vlaai (sweet tart), the group is divided into teams. The teams enter the labyrinth to crack the code and to find the hidden word. From the centre of

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To ensure your day is as fun and budget-friendly as possible, we have put together the following offer for you: • Welcome with coffee and Limburg vlaai • Explore the labyrinth and enjoy a glass of Drielandenbitter at the centre • A shooting competition The price of this programme is €27.50 per person and lasts three hours. Round off your day with one of the many culinary options. You‘re sure to love the delicious regional, dishes that incorporate

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The magazine packed with ideas for group trips and events.