City garden

Photo: Rob van Hoorn

Escape from the city bustle in our freely accessible, lush city garden. Here you will also find Marres Kitchen and listen to art stories from The Invisible Collection.

The monumental ice house
Photo: Rob van Hoorn

The Marres garden

Marres boasts the largest (approximately 1,000 m2) publicly accessible inner courtyard in the old center of Maastricht.

In our city garden you can have a picnic, pick fresh fruit or visit the monumental ice house. You can also find Marres Kitchen, a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, here. Furthermore, in the city garden, you can attend performances and other events or participate in various workshops and activities regularly organized by Marres.

A selection of The Invisible Collection art stories is always available here.

The Invisible Collection

Listen to The Invisible Collection for free in Marres’ city garden, use your smartphone or listen via the podcast app. The Invisible Collection is an art collection of stories in which people talk about their favorite work of art.

Photo: © Sanne Peper

Unique flora and fauna

The Marres garden is a wild city garden, inhabited by a large number of birds, insects, butterflies, and frogs. It’s a beautiful place for strolling and meditating. There are fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers to smell and taste.


Auricularia auricula-judae discovered

Auricularia auricula-judae, commonly known as wood ear, jelly ear, or more historically, Jew’s ear, is a fungus that grows, among other places, on the bark of large living or dead elderberry trees and thrives in shady locations with high humidity. Here in the Marres garden, the fungus was discovered on a butterfly bush. According to gardener Hans Engelbrecht, this is very extraordinary.

The fungus is associated with Judas Iscariot because of the belief that he hanged himself on an elder tree after his betrayal of Jesus. The medieval Latin name auricula Judae (Judas’s Ear) matches the vernacular name in most European languages, such as the French oreille de Judas, or the Dutch Judasoor. The mistranslation “Jew’s Ear” appeared in English by 1544.

Wood ear in the Marres garden
Toad on red-veined dock

Marres Kitchen

Open Tuesday to Sunday:
12:00 – 17:00
18:00 – 23:00 (Kitchen closes at 22:00)
Closed on Mondays

To reserve a table, call +31 (0) 6 13 33 35 83 or email to

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Marres Kitchen
Photo: Sacha Ruland