Walk through the round gate at Capucijnenstraat 98 and enter the city garden of Marres. With approximately 1000m2, this is the largest public garden in Maastricht. You are welcome to see, smell, hear and taste our garden from Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 10 pm.
The house of Marres and its garden have a rich history. In 1680, the building with it’s spacious garden was built by order of Henricus Thisius van Ingenop, the then mayor of Maastricht. By inheritance, the house came into the possession of the Marres brewing family, who lived there from 1901 to 1968. Three generations of children played in the greenery; they learned to do tumbles and play tag. Love was celebrated at weddings, and grief shared when loved ones were lost. Residents cultivated the land for fruits and vegetables and kept pets for company.
With the founding of Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in 1998, the house and garden became publicly accessible. There is room for walking and meditating. There are fruit trees, a vegetable garden, herbal patches, and birds, insects, butterflies and frogs inhabit the greenery. In the back you find a monumental ice house. Here, ice blocks were kept here to cool the beer.
Marres regularly organizes activities in the garden. In the summer you can spread a blanket for a nice picnic, or participate in a workshop. At other times you can see a performance or pick fruit.