Maastricht is such a lovely city and it’s always delightful to have an excuse to revisit Maastricht. After finding a steal on NS, we packed our bags for a weekend to explore Maastricht’s Christmas market, Magical Maastricht. Needless to say, our weekend in Limburg enjoying Maastricht and Valkenburg was just what we needed. Keep reading for tips for visiting Maastricht during
When to visit Magical Maastricht
The Magical Maastricht Christmas Market is open daily between December 1st and December 31st. (These dates are for 2018.) Although the hours may differ for certain days, it should be open between
The weekend is the most popular time to visit,
Tips for visiting Maastricht during the Christmas season
We found a one-day round-trip ticket with NS thanks to a sale, which made it possible to get from Holland to Maastricht for only fifteen euros, including
FIf you have the chance, I’d recommend ensuring that you have at least a day to explore Maastricht beyond the market. On almost every trip to Maastricht, I visit Selexyz, a beautiful church in a 14th-century church. This stunning church is a great place to pick up bookish gifts.
75% of accommodations in Maastricht were booked by early September for the weekends in December. That’s absolutely insane. As a result, you’ll need to book your hotel ASAP or hope that someone cancels last minute…
We followed the trail of the lights, however I’d say that the Vrijthof was the most charming in terms of Christmas decorations. It’s always so romantic walking around Maastricht, so it was nice to have an excuse to see more of the city center around dusk.
Where to stay in M
We stayed at the affordable B&B Desiree about fifteen minutes outside of the city center by bus. It was only 99 euros for a clean cozy room, which included a nice breakfast. If you’re planning to visit Maastricht for the Christmas market, the early bird gets the worm…
If you can stay in the city center, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle in terms of the buses. (If you’re not living in the Netherlands, you won’t probably own an OVchipkaart.) A well-located boutique hotel in the city center recommended by a friend is the Dutch Maastricht if you’re looking for a cozy boutique hotel without breaking your budget.
Maastricht Christmas market
I’d say that the Magical Maastricht Christmas market was closer to a winter carnival. There were some stalls,
I was hoping for more boutique stalls, however the stalls were typical Christmas market fare: leather goods, hats, and decorations. I was a bit skeptical of the Magical Christmas showroom, but I saw some really charming miniature Christmas decorations in there out of my budget. 😉
Be warned that you can’t pay with cash, so you will need to acquire tickets at one of the booths. The booth for redeeming NS tickets had a particularly long line, however we managed to minimize our waiting time after getting 8 tickets. (1.5 tickets = One Gluhwein!)
There’s a lovely decorated rink that becomes even nicer at night. For parents and weak skaters, there’s a seal available for those who aren’t that talented at ice skating. The location of the rink is quite convenient for parents who rather just watch their kids as there’s a cafe right next to the rink for picking up a warm beverage.
Food and Drinks
You’ll find a mix of German and Dutch Christmas foods at Magical Maastricht. Jacob stopped for a traditional worst although I was particularly tempted by the reibekuchen (German apple dessert) and poffertjes (little Dutch pancakes).
We ended up stopping off for dinner elsewhere in Maastricht after finding an awesome burrito place that served delicious vegan burritos (With Love Burrito). As Magical Maastricht is centrally located, you’ll have plenty of food options for every budget although many eateries close to the main square can be a bit pricey (15 euros+).
I’m skipping over gluhwein, the mulled wine popular in Europe during this time of the year… Can you write about this Christmas market without talking about Schrobbelèr? Schrobbelèr is a typical Southern beverage popular in the south of the Netherlands. It isn’t overly heavy (21.5%) and has a sweet, spiced taste to it.
Although the drink comes in a shot glass, you typically just take a sip. You can get almost everything with Schrobbelèr if you’re wondering what gluhwein or coffee tastes like with an extra kick…
Have you been to the Christmas market in Maastricht?
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