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Maastricht, Netherlands

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Maastricht

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Maastricht is a scenic university town in the southern Netherlands, near the Belgium border. The city is located on both sides of the Meuse River at the point where the Jeker River joins it. The bulk of the historic section is on the west side of the Meuse. There’s some excellent running in Maastricht, centered around the two rivers and some of the compact city’s historic sections.

The best places to run in Maastricht are on the paths along the Meuse River. The Jeker River also has nice some nice paths, often combined with sections around Maastricht University. We’ve also put together a terrific ‘runseeing’ tour, incorporating the city’s historic site, main squares, major shopping streets, signature parks, and old forts. And, here’s a rarity for the Netherlands: some hill running, on St. Pietersberg!

The main public transport in Maastricht consists of buses, and a tramline is presently being built to Hasselt, in Belgium. (Note: Burg=Bridge; Staat=Street)

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Meuse (Maas) River Run

Maastricht, Netherlands

Pleasant riverside running in central Maastricht. It's quite open, with nice views of the water and the historic center, then becoming more pastoral. We've mapped routes on both sides, though the east side paths are longer and more seamless.
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Jeker River and Greenbelt

Maastricht, Netherlands

A nice run through a series of parks bordering the narrow Jerker River, which extends west of Maastricht. The route forms sort of a greenbelt, and includes Stadtpark, the pleasant campus of Maastricht University, Jekerpark, and Waldeckpark.
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Meuse (Maas) River Run

Maastricht, Netherlands

Pleasant riverside running in central Maastricht. It's quite open, with nice views of the water and the historic center, then becoming more pastoral. We've mapped routes on both sides, though the east side paths are longer and more seamless.
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The climate in Maastricht is similar to other parts of the Netherlands, but a little warmer in summer and colder in winter, owing to its inland location. Summers are mild and pleasant, with high temperatures in the 23C mid-70sF) range. Winters are cool but not frigid, with daytime highs in the mid-40s) 7C and nights around freezing.  Snow is occasional.  Precipitation is roughly evenly spread throughout the year.

There are no dedicated running stores in central Maastricht. There’s good shopping in the outskirts, with sports stores and running stores in Herstal, and Hasselt, in Belgium.