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Welcome To Maastricht

Céramique

In the Céramique district, you still feel the industrial past, even though you’re standing in the newest and most modern part of the city. It’s the kind of place where you look up and keep looking, to take in the impressive architecture, even as the ground around you buzzes with culture and activity. Céramique arose in the early 1990s on the site of ‘Société Céramique,’ a ceramics factory that operated from 1850 to 1985, best known for its tableware. When the factory was offered for sale to the municipality in the late 1980s, the idea to redevelop the area as a quality residential and commercial district quickly emerged, and Government Architect Jo Coenen was engaged to develop a master plan. One of his fundamental premises was to bring something of a Mediterranean feel to this part of the city. To achieve this, he brought in a luminary architects from southern Europe for the design of the various residential and business complexes. The result is a total package of architectural high point after high point, like Mario Botta’s ‘La Fortezza,’ Alvaro Siza’s ‘Tower of Siza,’ and perhaps the crowning glory, Aldo Rossi’s Bonnefanten Museum. But despite all the forward-looking architecture, the connection to the past remains, in the street names, remnants of older buildings and tableware that turn up unexpectedly, and the exhibitions in the Bonnefanten Museum and Centre Céramique. Each and every one is a golden thread of history interwoven into the fabric of today.

Céramique

In the Céramique district, you still feel the industrial past, even though you’re standing in the newest and most modern part of the city. It’s the kind of place where you look up and keep looking, to take in the impressive architecture, even as the ground around you buzzes with culture and activity. Céramique arose in the early 1990s on the site of ‘Société Céramique,’ a ceramics factory that operated from 1850 to 1985, best known for its tableware. When the factory was offered for sale to the municipality in the late 1980s, the idea to redevelop the area as a quality residential and commercial district quickly emerged, and Government Architect Jo Coenen was engaged to develop a master plan. One of his fundamental premises was to bring something of a Mediterranean feel to this part of the city. To achieve this, he brought in a luminary architects from southern Europe for the design of the various residential and business complexes. The result is a total package of architectural high point after high point, like Mario Botta’s ‘La Fortezza,’ Alvaro Siza’s ‘Tower of Siza,’ and perhaps the crowning glory, Aldo Rossi’s Bonnefanten Museum. But despite all the forward-looking architecture, the connection to the past remains, in the street names, remnants of older buildings and tableware that turn up unexpectedly, and the exhibitions in the Bonnefanten Museum and Centre Céramique. Each and every one is a golden thread of history interwoven into the fabric of today.

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Shopping

CITY OF FASHION AND SHOPPING Designer boutiques and major labels are found in abundance, punctuated by genuine one-of-a-kind shops with unique must-have fashion, lifestyle, and design items and accessories. All this only adds to the rich setting of the historic city centre. The heart of the city is rightly legendary among fashion-lovers and shopaholics, who can shop to their hearts' content here, seven days a week. General opening hours Monday: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM Tuesday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM Wednesday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM Thursday: 9:30 AM-9:00 PM Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM/6:00 PM Sunday* open from 12:00 noon *Except New Year's Day, Carnival Sunday, Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. On the days of the Sacramental Procession (Easter Monday, 6 April) and the city procession (17 May), shops in the city centre open at 1:00 PM. READY, SET, GO: WYCK This is the place to be if you're looking for a unique outfit or an eye-catching decoration for your home. In Wyck’s trendy shops, galleries, cafés, eateries, and delicatessens, Maastricht's gourmets are regular customers. FOLLOW THE JEKER This characterful district is known for its authenticity, charming cafés, and its galleries and interior decor shops alternating with jewellers and delicatessens STOKSTRAAT QUARTER Discover the cream of the crop of haute couture in the Stokstraat quarter, Maastricht's most exclusive shopping district. ENTRE DEUX The Entre Deux shopping centre, situated between the Vrijthof square and the Markt square, is the kind of place where you can expect to be surprised and impressed. MOSAE FORUM Mosae Forum exemplifies everything you expect from shopping in Maastricht At Mosae Forum, you will find dozens of different fashion houses, general shops and speciality shops. VRIJTHOF SQUARE Are you looking for special lingerie, Dutch design, unique shoes, or a tailored suit? You'll find what you want in one of the shopping streets surrounding famous Vrijthof square. MARKT SQUARE In the historic vaulted cellars epicures can explore the many culinary shops. The side streets between Markt square and Grote Staat house many original shops selling trendy fashion, jewellery, baby clothes, and cooking utensils.