With a population of 120,000, Maastricht City is
a busy vibrant city with lots of visitors pouring
in from nearby countries such as Germany and Belgium.
Maastricht is highly regarded as the most un-Netherlands
like city in The Netherlands due to its cosmopolitan
culture and location at south Limburg.
The City of Maastricht is very rich in history as
it was under control by the Dutch, French and Germans
at different periods of time. This was also the location
of a former Roman city. Maastricht also lay claims
to being the oldest city in Netherlands but the claims
are being disputed. It was also here that the European
Union treaty was signed.
The city is well connected to the rest of Europe
through its nearby Maastricht Aachen Airport, Maastricht
railway station as well as bus rides to other cities.
It is also connected to other cities by A2 and the
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The city is famous for shopping in the region. Most
of the shops are located on Grote Staat and Kleine
Staat. Famous brands and departmental stores have
set up stores to cater to the demand for shopping.
Shops are opened from 1 p.m. on mondays and 9 a.m.
on tuesdays to saturdays. They close at 6 p.m. from
mondays to saturdays except for thursdays where they
close late at 9 p.m. Shops are also opened from 12
p.m. on the first sunday of every month.
Just like other cities in Europe, there are many
musuems and monuments which provide good sight seeing
opportunities for tourists in and around the city.
Pay a visit to the famous Vrijthof
City Center, old city walls and the Saint Servatius
Bridge. For visitors looking to burn some time, venture
to the nearby St. Pietersberg hill to explore the
fort and caves. Go to the tourist information office
or VVV located in the so-called Dinghuis, a 15th-century
monumental building on the corner of the Grote Staat
and Kleine Staat.
Maastricht, one of Netherlands best universities
is located a short distance from the city center.
Due to this reason, the city have a large student
population and also numerous pubs and legalised coffeeshops
to cater to this youthful population.
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Festivals and Events
Carnival in Maastricht is a three day festival held
TEFAF or The European Fine Art Fair held in March
Bookfestival for lovers of books held in April
Preuvenemint - A cullinary event held in August
Winterland - A winterland fun fair held every winter
The Maastricht Exposition and Congress Centre or
MECC holds various events throughout the year and
is reachable by bus at the bus interchange.
Cost of living is generally in line with other Dutch
cities with hotel accomodation slightly cheaper than
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Dutch food together with cosmopolitan food from all
around Europe is easily avaliable in the city of Maastricht.
There are lots of cafes and small restaurants in the
city center serving a variety of grills, pasta, fast
food, etc. Expect to pay from 10 Euros and upwards
for a meal.
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Photos Of Maastricht
The newest bridge in Maastricht above RIver Maas
Statue along the streets
Joy in Winterland