Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!
When people gather together in groups, coronavirus can quickly spread. That’s why the Municipality of Maastricht has taken extra steps for pedestrians and cyclists to prevent any potentially unsafe situations from happening.
If it’s busy where you wanted to go, we recommend you come back later.
TIP: Try visiting Sphinxkwartier, Jekerkwartier, Wyck, or Groene Loper instead of just the city centre.
New: changes for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists at Vrijthof square
The terrace side of Vrijthof-Oost between Grote Staat and Bredestraat is open to pedestrians. The street is closed to buses and cyclists on the terrace side. This area was already closed to cars. A new cycle route has been created across Vrijthof square. Please pay careful attention to signage. More terraces are being set up on Vrijthof.
Arriva buses will use another route temporarily until the end of August. The following bus stops are no longer in use: Markt towards Vrijthof square, Vrijthof square, Bouillionstraat, Tongersestraat, St. Pieterstraat, and Hondstraat. In stead of there are some temporary replacement bus stops nearby. We give you an overview:
- Markt – richting het Vrijthof (alternatief: halte Mosae Forum of Boschstraat/Maagdendries, lijn 3, 4 , 9 en 48)
- Vrijthof (alternatief: halte Mosae Forum of Boschstraat/Maagdendries, lijn 3, 4 en 9)
- Bouillonstraat (alternatief: halte Cannerplein)
- Tongersestraat (alternatief: halte Cannerplein)
- Hondstraat (alternatief: halte Sint Pieterskade)
- Sint Pieterstraat (alternatief: halte Sint Pieterskade)
- Pay attention to information and traffic signs.
- Follow the lines and angels on the street that indicate walking routes.
- Use the waiting spaces in front of shops when the shops are busy.
- New: Dynamic two-way streets
It is not always busy throughout the day in the new one-way pedestrianized streets. This conclusion is based on initial experiences and findings over last Ascension Day weekend. That’s why Wolfstraat, Muntstraat, Nieuwstraat, and Spilstraat are being repurposed as ‘dynamic two-way streets’. If the area becomes too busy, these streets will be closed again on one side. Please pay careful attention to signage and follow the hospitality guide instructions! The municipality is monitoring congestion in the city centre, using our own observations and those of the police, enforcement officers, hospitality guides, and the counting system.
- Platielstraat, Achter het Vleeshuis and Koestraat will remain one-way streets!
- In the Wyck neighbourhood, parking spaces on Stationsstraat and Wycker Brugstraat have been repurposed to give pedestrians more space to walk.
New: market and
shop opening hours from 29 May to 1 June
- The large Friday market will be held at both Markt square and Vrijthof square
From Friday 29 May there will be two markets. One as usual on Markt square and one on Vrijthof square. The large Friday market is being divided across the two squares to comply with the 1.5-metre rule. There will be food and non-food stalls on both squares. Rules of Conduct: keep your distance from others, avoid busy areas, eating and drinking on the street and at the market are prohibited.
- Shops in the city centre will open on Saturday 30 May. Opening hours will vary, so check your favourite shop’s website for more details. It is likely that it will be busy at weekends between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, especially on main streets in the city centre. Avoid busy areas and come back later.
- Whit Sunday: shops will be closed on Sunday 31 May 2020.
- Shops will open again on Whit Monday from 12:00 noon, and restaurants, cafés, and terraces will also open then.
New: Public toilets
- Vrijthof square (incl. disabled toilet)
The municipality has installed a monitored toilet facility on Vrijthof square. Opening hours for this public toilet:
Monday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 7:00 PM
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM.
- Municipal head office Mosae Forum
Visitors can use the public toilets in the municipal head office Mosae Forum 10 via the main entrance (front side) Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
- Central station open daily from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
- Cafes and restaurants from Monday 1 June for patrons only.
- Pedestrians must be able to make safe use of the available space. Only leave your bicycle in designated parking areas in the city centre! Use bicycle racks.
- New: Additional bicycle racks at Mosae Forum and Vrijthof square. The temporary events’ bicycle parking has been installed again at Mosae Forum. Additional bicycle racks have also been installed on Vrijthof square. These are across from the Museum on Vrijthof square/the Spaans Gouvernement building and opposite Grand Café de Perroen.
- New: the bicycle parking facility on Markt will open again from 1 June. Please allow for longer waiting times and adhere to the 1.5-metre distance rule. The bicycle parking facility is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 AM to 6:30 PM and on Sundays and public holidays between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Bicycle parking facilities will be closed on late opening evenings.
- You are no longer allowed to cycle on Oeverwal (Cörversplein) and Hoge Brug bridge. Please step off your bicycle and walk through these areas. This rule is in force 24 hours a day. (See map)
- Park your bicycle in Q-park’s bicycle parking at Vrijthof.
- Park your bicycle in the underground parking facility at the railway station. This is free for the first 24 hours and costs €1.25 per day after this.
- The bicycle parking facilities on Kesselskade will remain closed for now.
- The Fiets & Service bicycle shop at the railway station reopened on 25 May.
The Municipality of Maastricht has announced that the rules of conduct for pedestrians and cyclists will take effect on 21 May and will last until 1 September 2020 at the earliest.