Discover a different part of the Netherlands in Burgundian Maastricht. In this city you’ll be surrounded by history, beautiful nature and the river de Maas. In this city guide you will find some facts about the city, advice on where to go and what to see, as well as some practical information.
Maastricht was founded along a passable part of the Maas river, wherefrom the city gets its name; Mosa Trajectum (crossing the Maas). Long before the founding of the city, there were people living in the area. Excavations in the Belvédère district uncovered traces of human activity from the stone age (+/- 250.000 years old), the oldest archeological discovery in the Netherlands. The romans also made their way to Maastricht, they founded a settlement. The first written records of the city as ‘Maastricht’ date from the early middle ages. In the meantime, the city has been under Dutch, French, and again Dutch rule.
Because of its southern location and culture, it’s often seen as a unique part of the Netherlands. The city hosts one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations in the country. University life is also a big part of the city, even though the University is one of the ‘youngest’ in the country (founded in 1976). Maastricht has the highest population of international students in the Netherlands.
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