Saint Peter’s Fortress was built on St. Peter’s Mount in the early 18th century. It’s initial purpose was military, allowing the people of Maastricht to defend the city from the French. While successful for a long time, the city had to surrender in the end. Today you can take a guided tour of the fortress and enjoy a drink or meal at the restaurant.
The fortress is accessible exclusively on a guided tour. The guide will show you the cannon gallery, embrasures, secret water well, and underground tunnels, as well as the breathtaking view. The tour takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. Unfortunately the fortress is not accessible to wheelchairs.
The fortress’ immediate surroundings are managed by Natuurmonumenten and are a protected nature reserve. The organization works to restore the fortress but leaves some spots in ruins on purpose, making it a safe haven for plants and animals who have found a home here.