Frequently tourists make day trips from Maastricht with organized tours. The main reason to chose organized tours is that tourists do not know how to reach touristic attractions and other places of interest. Below is a list with Maastricht day trips that tourists can easily reach with public transport. The advantage is that is usually is cheaper to make your own day trips. Another advantage of making your own day trips is that you are flexible and can decide how long you want to visit the tourist attraction. Read more about using public transport in Holland here.
Maastricht to Aachen (1hr by public transport / 33min by car) Half day
Aachen is a city in Germany, near the border of Holland. Aachen is a nice city to go for shopping, has some cosy streets and squares and has some sights. Most famous sight is the Aachen cathedral. Other sights are the city hall, Grashaus and Elisenbrunnen. In winter tourists can visit the Aachen Christmas market.
Maastricht to Heerlen (22min by public transport / 21min by car) Half day
Heerlen is one of the largest cities of Limburg and was the centre for the coal mining industry. Nowadays most remains of the mining industry have been removed. Some mining buildings still exist like Shaft 2 of Oranje Nassau I, where the Dutch Mine Museum houses. The city centre of Heerlen mainly is modern. The renovated Glass Palace is the cultural centre of Heerlen.
Maastricht to Liege (34min by public transport / 29min by car) Half day
Liege is a city in Belgium, near the border of Holland. First settlements already existed in Roman times. Liege was the economic power of Wallonia because of the coal mining industry, but the mines are closed nowadays. Touristic sights are churches and historical buildings in the city centre. Further also museums like MAMAC and the stairway ‘Montagne de Bueren’.
Maastricht to Margraten (24min by public transport / 14min by car) Two hours
The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is a war cemetery near Margraten. The American cemetery Margraten has a memorial tower and walls with tablets of missing soldiers from World War II. The burial area has sixteen plots where 8301 Americans rest. On Memorial Day, May 28th, the dead are commemorated.
Maastricht to Valkenburg (10min by public transport / 15min by car) Full day
Valkenburg aan de Geul is a touristic place with a characteristic castle ruin on top of the hill. Valkenburg is touristic because of the cozy streets with café’s, restaurants and pubs and attractions like caves, historical buildings, a luge, wellness resort and casinos. The area around the village is suited for walks and (mountain) bike tours.