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City walls, Maastricht: 26 reviews and 47 photos

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Due to its strategic importance as a river crossing in Medieval times Maastricht was a walled city and during this period was variously occupied by the Dutch, the French and the Spanish. Several seiges were laid on the city with each resulting in breaches and refortifications.

After the 1839 Treaty of London when Maastricht, and the Limburg Province, became officially part of the Netherlands the walls became a constraint on the city's industrial expansion and were mostly dismantled leaving only short stretches here and there.

The most intact stretch is that which runs through the Stadspark and the ramparts themselves have been turned into a well-tended horticultural footpath which during my visit in early July was a riot of vibrant colours and scents.

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  • Written Aug 30, 2010
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