As a student, having studied in Maastricht for around three years, I realised my exploration of the city had been limited. Seeking to break free from routine, I discovered Secret City Trails, offering an enticing adventure through hidden gems and untold stories. Join me as I delve into the heart of Maastricht’s mysteries and uncover its hidden treasures.

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As the weekend approached, I found myself faced with a rare and precious commodity: free time with absolutely no plans in sight.  I realised with a pang of regret that my exploration of this vibrant city had been surprisingly limited. Sure, I frequented the usual haunts, but when it came to recommending hidden gems or off-the-beaten-path adventures, I found myself drawing a blank.

Determined to discover more of what Maastricht had to offer, I turned to the vast realm of the internet for inspiration. After some diligent googling, I stumbled upon the trail from Secret City Trails in Maastricht. Its promise of adventure and exploration piqued my interest, offering a tantalising opportunity to uncover the city’s secrets. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I made the spontaneous decision to dive headfirst into this unknown adventure.

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I contacted a friend and together, we agreed to venture into this new experience. So I quickly bought a game through the website. To my delight, within minutes, an email popped into my inbox containing everything we needed to embark on this escapade: the starting location, a playlink, and a handful of helpful tips to ensure we made the most of our experience.

Excitedly, we awaited the next day, eager to dive into the unknown. As the sun rose, we found ourselves standing at the designated starting point, anticipation coursing through our veins. With a quick tap on the “Let’s Play” button, our adventure officially commenced.

We started in the middle of the city centre where it was quite busy with people, but the first riddle popping up on the phone -telling us to follow the gaze of a man chiselled in stone and cross under a gate – quickly guided us away from the crowds. Upon arriving at the correct location, the question had us searching for a statue. We had to take a closer look around the area of the statue in order to find out its name. Upon filling out the correct answer we unlocked an interesting story about the statue and its origin.

I don’t want to spoil any riddles for you because discovering the answer yourself is priceless. But just to give you an idea, we followed the gaze of statues, looked at things we had never noticed before and had to do some complicated brain work-outs. The riddles are diverse, with varying difficulty levels. But as long as you keep your eyes open and your wits about you, you should be able to find the correct answer.

Part of the experience was a break that brought us to a most charming cafe, we had not heard about before. Here we each enjoyed one of the daily specials, which we really enjoyed. Café Forum is a great place to eat some lunch, or even to unwind with a cup of coffee or tea. Just so you are aware, the experience is pretty flexible and you can take a break whenever you feel like it

Going for this walk made us feel super excited, stumbling upon quite a few hidden gems while exploring new places. Even though we were in our own city, it felt like an adventure. We checked out all sorts of neat sculptures and secret alleys, even if they weren’t part of the main path. Every story we read made us feel more connected to our own neighbourhood, uncovering all its secrets and cool stuff as we went along.

 

Concluding our adventure, we found ourselves on a charming square in Maastricht. To mark our achievement, we opted to toast with a revitalising drink at one of the numerous terraces scattered around the area.

Secret City Trails have over 100 different discovery walks across 50+ cities in Europe, so make sure to check if there is one near you. You don’t need to save your adventures for the holiday, go exploring in your own city

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