Sounds and Smells of Maastricht

As I waited upon arrival at Maastricht Centraal for a taxi to my apartment, I was inundated by certain sounds and smells that just didn’t exist in the States–and ones which I will now always associate with this city.  Depending on where you are, most of the smells stay the same, yet others change.  The combinations were intense; so, I decided to write a quick post about these observations.


The Sounds

  • Shoes clicking on the cobblestone streets

    February 2014 - Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands on the river Maas

    February 2014 – The river Maas

  • The revving of moped engines
  • Bicycle bells
  • The bicycles themselves (chains and chain guards)
  • The engines of German performance cars bolting down the streets
  • Seagulls hovering over the river Maas
  • Low-pitched horns of cargo ships
  • Street violinists in the Markt and the Vrijthof (two large, public squares in Maastricht), and the Sint Servaasbrug–a bridge which dates back to Roman times


The Smells

  • Perfume and cologne
  • Freshly-made Belgian waffles
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Flowers sold in small, local markets
  • Friet – the equivalent of Dutch French fries
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2 thoughts on “Sounds and Smells of Maastricht

  1. What an interesting post! Are the violinists any good? And, when does tulip season start? I hope you’ll share some photos of the variety of flowers!

    • Hi Natalia,

      Great to hear from you!

      Tulip season is from mid-March to mid-May. Also, the violinists and other street performers are very good. In fact, last night when I was in the old center, I walked past a girl who was singing solo outside of a church. No mike, no instruments. It was very interesting and very typical of Maastricht.

      I’m now getting ready (and excited) for Carnival week in Maastricht. Maastricht University students get the week off.


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