Wandelen Ceramique is a 3.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and bird watching.

Distance: 3.9 km Elevation Gain: 83 m Route Type: Loop

walking

bird watching

paved

river

views

wild flowers

city walk

historic site

pub walk

Where previously the factory site of the Société Céramique - later Sphinx-Céramique, the Maastricht earthenware factory - was, a totally new neighborhood was born in a short time. It has become a mixture of homes, offices, shops and public buildings. There are quite a few architectural highlights. Government architect Jo Coenen coordinated the total plan. Together with numerous architects, they have designed a neighborhood that attracts interested far beyond our borders. There is therefore a lot to see. Not everyone is enthusiastic about the buildings, so this walk, you can form your own judgment. Start at Maastricht Station and immediately turn left (Spoorweglaan), Second street right (Akerstraat). Cross the roads and tunnel at the Wilhelminasingel and go diagonally left into the Clermonluet. Here we see La Porta, the building consists of two parts. The left part is designed by Fons Rats. The green ceramic discs at the stairwells indicate the ceramics industry in this area. This building contains 131 apartments. The part on the Sphinxlunet has been designed by Theo Teeken. Note the special balconies. Cross the Sphinxlunet and walk to Cortile. This gigantic building contains 310 apartments. It is a design by the Belgian architect Bruno Albert. The pedestrian passages are typical of the Céramique site. You will come across a construction site where houses are still being built. Turn right via the Mosalunet to Avenue Céeramique. Left here and we are in front of the Government Office Building, designed by the Dutch architect Hubert Jan Henket. The inner court of this office complex is designed as an atrium. This building has a natural ventilation system. Turn left into the Remalunet. At the end, turn right onto Heugemerweg. Now walk along the old factory wall. Through the gate, walk to Jardin Céramique, an apartment complex of the Spanish architecture firm MBM (Martorell, Bohi-gas and Mackay). Go around the pond and arrive in the Stellalunet, where apartments are still being built. Turn right onto Avenue Céramique. This is where the Kunsthotel, a design by Arno Meijs, is realized. Immediately on the left, now you will come to Il Fiore (flower branch) an office building in the shape of a flower. The shape refers to the most famous porcelain decor, the farmer's fur. A fine example of architecture, designed by Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger. Cross the Renier Nafzgerstraat and see in front the black office building Indigo, designed by architect Wiel Arets, known for his designs with glass building blocks (City Academy). As you walk under the bridge and arrive at the Waterlei-dingsmaatschappij Limburg office building, designed by architect Jo Jansen. Note the life-sized photos. Again, cross the Avenue Céramique and arrive at the office buildings of Vodafone, which are built on either side of the Kennedy bridge. Designed by Arno Meijs. On the roundabout you will see a work of art by the Italian designer Maura Biava. The stars stand loose on the stems and turn with the wind. They symbolize the united Europe. And then go to the Bonnefanten Museum. This striking building was designed by the Italian architect Aldo Rossi. The tower of the museum is very defining, especially when standing on the other side of the Maas. If possible, definitely worth a look at Maastricht from the tower. The building dates from 1995. Diagonally opposite the museum is the Wiebengahal, part of the museum. The Wiebengahal was part of the factory. It has been preserved because one of the first examples is the "New Building". It was designed in 1910 by Jan Gerko Wiebenga. At the end of the Wiebengahal, turn left into the Daemslunet. Turn right at the end. You are now approaching the Stoa, Bellefroidlunet. This is an apartment complex with a total length of 300 meters. It has 130 apartments and was designed by the Swiss architect Luigi Snozzi. The purpose of this large block is to connect the Bonnefanten Museum and the Center Céramique. On your right you will find Patio Sevilla, a design by the Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortis. Then pass the Levignelunet and on the right is Carré des Palmiers, a design by the Maastricht architect Harry Gulikers. And turn right onto the Zeguerslunet. At the end turn immediately left again onto Avenue Céramique. Now you will see Résidence Sonneville, a design by the Belgian architect Bob van Reeth. Because of the big fence it looks like a prison. The special feature of this building is the zinc roof covering. You continue straight ahead, you cross the street and you go up the stairs. Now you are at the Center Céramique, a design by the architect Jo Coenen. This building houses the city library, the municipal archives and the European Journalist Center. It also serves as a city hall.

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