Maastricht Pietersberg Cycle Route

Ancient quarries and forts along the River Meuse

Distance: 21 km

Cycling along the River Meuse in Maastricht. Photo ©

Cycling along the River Meuse in Maastricht. Photo ©

This route takes you through the valley of the River Meuse (Maas), south of the ancient city of Maastricht to the limestone plateau Mount St Peter (Pietersberg). The plateau used to be of great strategic importance. Now it has been designated a Natura 2000 site. Highlights of the route are its limestone caves and the historic centre of Maastricht.

You cycle via Maastricht's City Park to Mount St Peter where on clear days you get lovely views over Maastricht and the Meuse Valley. From Fort St Peter a steep climb takes you to Buitengoed Slavante. Here you can park your bike and follow a short signposted walk to Farmstead Lichtenberg and the ENCI Quarry. It is well worth the views! Back on your bike, a steep descent takes you over the border into Belgium. At Eijsden you cross the River Meuse by ferry. From Eijsden Castle you follow the east bank of the Meuse back into Maastricht.

Maastricht Pietersberg Cycle Route

Distance: 21 km (1h25)
Climb Mount St Peter: 55 m
Type of route: Day trip, round trip
Starting point: Maastricht train station
- Bicycle rental
- Car parking
GPS: Download this route as a GPX file.

Find out more:

- For an overview of all of our must-do cycle routes, go to: Day trips.
- Also try our Maastricht Gulpen Cycle Route.
- Do you need to rent a bike? Find out how on our Bicycle rental page.
- For an overview of cycling holidays that include Maastricht, go to our Holidays section.


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