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(Limburgs: Mestreech)

Maastricht is an international city – with 120,000 inhabitants – offering many opportunities. The city is located in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, close to international cities such as Aachen, Düsseldorf, Liège, Brussels and Antwerp. The diversity of European culture is clearly visible in Maastricht. It is for good reason that Maastricht stood at the cradle of the European Union in 1992 at the time of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty – the treaty on European Union.

Today, Maastricht still plays a major international role. Many congresses are held here, and transnational agreements are signed. Large numbers of tourists also come to Maastricht every year for a taste of the epicurean character of the south of the Netherlands.


Maastricht features the same climate as most of the Netherlands (Cfb, Oceanic climate), however, due to its more inland location in between hills, summers tend to be warmer (especially in the Meuse valley, which lies 70 meters lower than the meteorological station) and winters a bit colder, although the difference is only remarkable at a few days a year. Notable is the second highest temperature recorded in the Netherlands, and the highest temperature of a still existing station on June 27, 1947 at 38.4 °C


Maastricht is located on both banks of the Meuse. The Jeker flows into the Meuse and a 55 km long tributary of the Meuse river which originates near Lens St. Remy in the Walloon Province of Liège. Few other Dutch cities have a similar history on either side of a large river. The part of the historic city, which is located on the East Bank of the Meuse, is called Wyck (pronunciation: Wiek). The other part is simply called City Maastricht. After the separation of the Netherlands and Belgium in 1843 was only finally agreed to an area of 2.3 km (1,200 fathoms; 1 cannon shot far) around Maastricht in Netherlands. For this reason the River forms in Maastricht no natural border with Belgium as in the rest of South and Central Limburg.

The city was once surrounded by a Garland of villages, located in an agricultural area with fields, meadows and orchards. Since the annexations of 1920 and 1970 belong these villages to the city of Maastricht and are gradually becoming embedded in the urban area (Limmel, Amby, Lord, Scharn, Heugem, Oud-Caberg, Wolder and Saint Peter). Saint Peter takes a separate place in by its isolated location between Maas and Sint-Pietersberg and the protected status of the environment. The towns of borgharen and Itteren are instinctively still quite far from the city.

Art, Culture, Heritage

Maastricht is also thanks to the presence of some art training a cultural center of head. By the cuts in the cultural sector of the cabinets Rutte I and II are a number of organizations have been forced to merge (the Limburg Symphony Orchestra), to shrink (Opera Zuid, Intro in situ and the Jan van Eyck Academy) or are completely disappeared (the House of Burgundy).

In anticipation of the title European capital of culture 2018, the municipality of Maastricht sought in recent years to improve the cultural infrastructure, including plans for a new movie House, a better equipped music venue and initially also a new Centre for performing arts, all in the timmerfabriek. Because the Maastricht was not honoured in 2013 candidacy, some of these plans had to be adjusted. Thus, the clustering of the art courses in the Eiffel building (Quartier des Arts). However, the Fronts park with few industrial monuments (the coking plant and the gas tank) developed into a « park of inspiration » with space for (open air) performances, Visual Arts and urban agriculture.


Sans aucun doute, Maastricht est la ville la plus bourguignon dans le pays. Crowne Plaza Maastricht est un bel hôtel situé sur le front de mer. Il offre une base idéale pour découvrir le centre historique de Maastricht, avec ses boutiques de luxe, des restaurants chics et des cafés confortables.


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