During winter months the city hosts performances of opera, classical music, dance, and theater (mostly in Dutch). Check with the VVV, and pick up a copy of Uit in Maastricht for current happenings.

The city's main venue is the Theater aan het Vrijthof, Vrijthof 47 (tel. 043/350-5555; www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl); the box office is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 6pm (or until the evening performance begins), and Sunday for 1 hour before the evening performance begins. Among frequent performers here is the highly rated Limburg Symphony Orchestra (tel. 043/350-7025). The Conservatoire, Bonnefantenstraat 15 (tel. 043/346-6680; http://conservatorium.hszuyd.nl), hosts regular musical performances by students from the Maastricht Conservatorium.

Maastricht is no place for a teetotaler. Much of the after-dark action takes place in the more than 500 bars and cafes around town. One of the best of these is In den Ouden Vogelstruys, Vrijthof 15 (tel. 043/321-4888). The traditional bar's rustic interior and faithful local clientele make it a great place to stop for a drink inside or, in fine weather, on a sidewalk terrace. A light-snacks menu is written in local dialect, so look out for items like Mestreechter pâté and Ardenner sjink (ham). Ask about the cannonball in its wall that lodged there in 1653.

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