The city of Maastricht, known as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education, is situated in the southern part of the Dutch province of Limburg. It is popular with tourists for its fine cuisine, excellent shops and multicultural atmosphere. The city has a large international student population.
Maastricht claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands (a claim it shares with Nijmegen). There are some magnificent buildings, lots of old houses, lovely cathedrals and a spectacularly cobblestoned town centre.
What to see in Maastricht
- Two town squares in the centre of the city
- The Vrijthof, which features the massive St Servaas Church and St Jan’s Cathedral. It hosts large festivals also in autumn and winter. The Carnaval before Lent is an amazing occasion that everybody should see
- The Markt, which features the Town Hall (Stadhuis) and on Wednesdays and Fridays, markets
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