Like caves and tunnels? Then Maastricht is just the place for you. In this very small area of the Limburg province in the southern part of Netherlands are an endless array of tunnels dug deep into the regional hills. You don’t get many hills in the Netherlands, and since they’re made from lime stone they’re very useful for construction materials. Throughout the centuries locals have been digging their way through these hill forming a complex array of tunnels stretching deep into Belgium, and you can tour some of those. Why tour underground tunnels? because one those tunnels were dug up, the locals also decorated those with funky art.
Take these Jesuit tunnels – the Jezuïetenberg, for example. On Wednesday, the nearby Jesuit priests had a day off, and they decided to spend their precious days off underground making very accurate copies of famous works of art. A walk in those underground tunnels is a bit like walking through a museum, only that you’re not sure what you’re going to see next, and each of those works of art carries a special story.
Other tunnels in the area I posted about are:
- Zonneberg tunnels Maastricht & Fluweelengrot tunnels Valkenburg
- Fort Sint Pieter and tunnels Maastricht
- Museum Romeinse Katakomben : Valkenburg
Just note that for these tunnels, unlike the others, you need to book for a group in advance and reserve a guide. You can’t just walk in and join a tour.
Want to see some funky Jesuit funky underground art?
Here we go…