Founded by the Romans, Maastricht is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. With its striking modern buildings, 17th century townhouses, cobblestones streets and charming squares, Maastricht is a haven for students and academics, researchers and scientists, expatriates and artists.
Known as the birthplace of the European Union, Maastricht is an international city, welcoming people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Home to over 135 international institutes, Maastricht is only a few hours away from European capitals such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin. With a population of around 120,000, the city attracts countless foreign visitors both for tourism and business. Combine this with the more than 6,500 international students and you will see why the city has a truly international feel.
Maastricht is a lively and friendly student city. Some 20% of the population is made up of students. Maastricht is home to Maastricht University and a number of other institutions of higher education which together give the city a young and vibrant feel.
People from Maastricht love their city and local culture is rooted in the locals’ joie de vivre. The many festivals and events held in Maastricht reflect a diversity of cultural influences, from Maastricht’s famous annual Carnival stemming from medieval times to experimental theatre and top concerts. The city is set against a backdrop of hills, trails and open countryside for sport lovers and nature lovers alike. Whether you like sporting, sightseeing, shopping or keeping up-to-date on cultural events, Maastricht has something for everyone.
Maastricht is very easily accessible from the UK. The Eurostar service departs from London and Ashford and will take you to Brussels, from where connecting trains will take you into Maastricht, via Liège, within an hour and a half.
While some airports now offer direct flights into Maastricht, there is also easy access into Maastricht from Schiphol (Amsterdam), Eindhoven, Brussels Cologne and Dusseldorf airports.
It is also possible to reach Maastricht easily by road and even by sea, taking a ferry from various ports in the UK to the Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland).
Here are some useful travel links for getting to Maastricht from the UK:
http://www.eurostar.com - High speed train service from London and Ashford to Brussels
http://www.belgianrail.be/en/Default.aspx - For planning rail travel from Belgium
http://www.ryanair.com/ - Cheap flights from London Stansted direct into Maastricht Airport
http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/routes/harwich-holland/ - Book Ferry travel from Harwich (Essex) to Holland
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