Fort Sint Pieter is a fort that was built in 1701-02 on the north flank of the Sint-Pietersberg in Maastricht. Until 1867, the fort was part of the fortifications of Maastricht and had a military function. Now, the building is a national monument and a tourist attraction.
The ticket price for visiting Fort Sint Pieter is €9.50 for adults and €6.50 for children (4-12 years old). You can also buy a combination ticket with the North Caves for €14.50 for adults and €9.50 for children.
The fort is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, except on 25 December and 1 January. The last tour starts at 16:00.
You can get to Fort Sint Pieter by car, bike or public transport. There is a parking lot at Luikerweg 80, where you can also find the entrance to the fort. If you come by bike, you can use the bike racks near the entrance. If you come by public transport, you can take bus 10 from Maastricht Central Station and get off at Chalet Bergrust.
At Fort Sint Pieter, you can see the history of the fort and its role in defending Maastricht. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside from the ramparts and the watchtower. You can explore the fort with a guide, who will tell you stories and anecdotes about the fort and its inhabitants.
Some tips for visiting Fort Sint Pieter are:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as there are stairs and uneven surfaces in the fort.
- Bring a flashlight if you want to see the dark corners of the fort.
- Book your tickets online in advance, as the tours have limited capacity and may sell out.
- Check the weather forecast before your visit, as some parts of the fort are outdoors and may be closed in case of bad weather.
If you want to learn more about Fort Sint Pieter and its underground secrets, you can also join one of the tours that explore the North Caves. These are man-made tunnels that were dug out of the limestone over centuries for various purposes, such as mining, sheltering and smuggling. You can see traces of explosions, drawings, inscriptions and fossils in these caves. The tours last about one hour and are suitable for all ages.
There are some prohibitions that you should respect when visiting Fort Sint Pieter:
- Do not touch or damage anything in the fort or the caves, as they are protected monuments.
- Do not smoke or light fires in the fort or the caves, as they are fire hazards.
- Do not bring pets, food or drinks into the fort or the caves, as they may disturb or harm the environment.
- Do not take photos or videos with flash in the fort or the caves, as they may damage or disturb the objects or animals.