Despite being one of Holland’s oldest cities, Maastricht retains a different flavour from the rest of the Netherlands. It has wider streets, larger squares and its buildings are formed from a curious quilt of architectural styles. Maastricht prides itself on its international vibe, so if you’re looking to visit somewhere quintessentially Dutch, consider dropping by Utrecht or Haarlem instead. But with a past that spans 20 centuries, Maastricht is considered Holland’s premier melting pot and well worth a visit. Fans of history will love the city’s medieval relics and crumbling fortifications, while foodies will enjoy its cosmopolitan restaurant scene. Whatever you look for in a city break, you’re sure to find a long weekend’s worth of exciting things to in Maastricht.
The following post comes from Starley Pro Cycling rider Gaby Leveridge, owner of Go Faster Gaby.
Over the past few years I have raced for both British and Australian professional teams. I specialise in the longer road races and find that tough conditions suit me. I fell in love with road cycling whilst living out in the French Alps, where I rode a lot of the well-known mountain sportives before going on to compete in ultra-distance events before signing for a race team.
A picture-perfect destination with astounding architecture, Bruges is a cultural melting pot brimming with old-world charm. Located to the northwest of Belgium, this beautiful city boasts more than its fair share of flawlessly preserved medieval buildings and iconic Gothic landmarks – and all just a 25-minute drive from the port of Zeebrugge.
Whether it’s taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, enjoying world-famous waffles in one of its squares or discovering its stunning parks, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bruges. Got 48 hours to spare? Read our guide to a weekend in beautiful Bruges.