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Guided tour of the Casemates
Join a guided tour of the Casemates, Maastricht's underground network of defensive works...
A system of tunnels or mine galleries extending several kilometres was built between 1575 and 1825 on the western side of Maastricht, creating an 18th century underground fortification system. During times of siege, these tunnels were used to approach and eliminate the enemy from under the ground. The guide gives visitors an impression of how and why this unique monument to the art of war came into being.
Duration: 1,5 hour. Price: €.8,50 p.p. ), children €5.00 p.p. (with a minimum charge of € 89,50 for a private guide) Extra details: The temperature in the tunnels is a constant 14 degrees. Wearing a cardigan, jumper, or jacket and sturdy shoes is recommended. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Tip: Visit Fort St. Pieter too, within walking distance of the Casemates entrance.
On the western side of Maastricht, a 14-kilometre long system of brickwork tunnels was built in the 16th century: the Casemates. Learn more about this system during this tour!
The soldiers in these tunnels 'listened' to find out whether the enemy was trying to undermine the defensive works, and then began a counter-attack from underground. During the tour, your gide will explain why this network of tunnels was built and how it was used then and in more recent history.
You will also visit the exhibition on two periods in which they served as a shelter: the Second World War and the Cold War. Photographs, original posters, and installations create an ambience that takes you back to those often fearful and oppressive times, but which at times also bring a smile to your face and make you think.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Price: €8,50 p.p. (with a minimum charge of € 102,00 for a private guide) Extra details: Not accessible for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility. A tour of just the Casemates is also possible.