A city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is located in the southern portion of the Dutch province of Limburg. Maastricht is also the capital of Limburg. This is the southernmost city in the Netherlands. It is within walking distance of Belgium, and is close enough to ride a bike to the neighbouring country of Germany. It shares the claim with Nijmegen to be the oldest city in the Netherlands. Maastricht originated as a Roman settlement. The Maastricht Treaty is what developed into the European Union, European citizenship, and the euro – a single currency for participating European countries. This popular town has a large international student population, many old homes and buildings, cathedrals, and a cobblestoned town centre.
Maastricht is home to many private companies, including Hewlett-Packard - manufacturer of electronic data systems, Vodafone – a mobile phone company, DHL - international express mail services, Teleperformance - contact centre services, and Mercedes-Benz. There are many locations for serviced offices in Maastricht.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The city offers two town squares. The Vrijthof - features the massive St Servaas Church and St Jan’s Cathedral and often host large festivals throughout the year, while The Markt – is the location of the Town Hall, and the markets held on Wednesdays and Fridays. Bonnefantenmuseum features the works of Old Masters and contemporary art. The dining options in Maastricht offers many choices including deli sandwiches at Deli Belge and Somethin’ Good, Eetcafé De Preuverij – also offers sandwiches and Sour Meat- a local delicacy.
The nearest major airport is Maastricht Aachen Airport. This airport has international flights and is 14 km (9 miles) from the town centre. Another major airport near Maastricht is Liège Airport, which has international flights from Liege, Belgium and is 43 km (27 miles) from the city in the Netherlands. Maastricht is well served by train, motorways and bus service. Most of the city centre is pedestrian-only so walking is a great way to get around. The city has a bus system called the Stadsbus that travels over most of the city and surrounding areas. This is also a very bike-friendly town.