The province of Limburg will start celebrating the 75th anniversary of Liberation in 2019. On 14 September, a number of activities will take place in the centre of Maastricht. Various traffic and parking measures will be implemented on this day in order to ensure that things run smoothly.
- 2:00 PM: start of ticker tape parade of historic war vehicles, veterans, and bands through the city centre.
- After the parade, the Liberty Festival will begin on Markt square. The festival will draw to a close around 10:00 PM.
- 7:00 PM: parade featuring bands departs from the Onze Lieve Vrouwewal location and proceeds via Het Bat and the shopping area to Markt square.
Route-related road closures
During the Ticker-tape parade from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, the following roads will be closed to all traffic and parking will be prohibited on these streets:
- Hoge Barakken
- Lage Barakken
- Grote Gracht
A number of pedestrian crossings will be set up along the route. These are clearly indicated with road signs, and traffic marshals will be on site. Please follow their instructions.
During the Liberty Festival on Markt square, this festival site will remain closed to all traffic until approximately 11:00 PM.
How do I get to Maastricht?
Park your bicycle in the sheltered parking facilities on Markt, Kesselskade, or in the underground facility at the main railway station. The bicycle parking facilities will be open as usual (regular opening hours). Please note that because of the route, you may have to dismount from your bicycle and walk for a short distance.
By public transport
Maastricht is easily accessible via Arriva or NS trains and via Arriva buses. Public transport ensures you can comfortably travel to Maastricht and avoid any trouble parking your car. Did you know that you can visit www.arriva.nl/eticket to book a ticket in advance for several people? This means you don't need to use individual 'OV-chipkaarten' (public transport passes) to check in and out.
Alternative bus timetable
If you are coming by bus on 14 September, then please take the modified bus routes and times into account.
Bus numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, and 48 will not stop at Markt squarefrom the start to the end of each line's service that day. This means that buses will not serve the following stops:
- Boschstraat Markt, Markt, Helmstraat, Vrijthof, Bouillonstraat, Tongersestraat, St. Pieterstraat, Hondstraat, Calvariestraat, Kommel.
- Temporary stops will be established at Boschstraat/Maagdendries, Mosae Forum/Centrum (not for Line 48), Tongerseplein, and Koningin Emmaplein.
For the departure times and alternative routes on that day, please visitArriva's website.
If you would like to visit Maastricht by car, here are some of our parking tips:
- Park at P+R Maastricht North for free. From there, you can travel to the city centre quickly and cheaply (a day return is €2 per person, and the group fare for 3-5 people is €5) on bus numbers 10 and 30.
- Park at the Park+Walk sites Stadspark or Frontenpark. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Bonnefanten car park is also a P+W location. At P+W car parks, you pay a daily rate of €6.60 (Stadspark) or €9 (Frontenpark and Bonnefanten).
- If you would like to park in the city centre, then please park in Q-Park's multistorey car parks. To see a list of all the multistorey car parks, please go to: www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/en/car/parking/parking-spaces.
- Our travel tip is to park on the side of the Meuse river that you are coming from to avoid traffic congestion on the Noorderbrug and John F. Kennedybrug bridges over the Meuse.
75 years of liberation
More activities will be organized to take place between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 September in the municipality of Maastricht and the municipality of Eijsden-Margraten. All information about these activities can be found on www.75jaarliberation.nl(only available in Dutch).