Maastricht is the capital of Limburg, the oddly-shaped Dutch province nestled between Belgium to the south and west, and Germany to the east. Situated on the Belgian border and a stone's throw away from Germany on both sides of the Meuse River, it's a multifaceted city known for its rich history and culture.
Maastricht has been inhabited continuously since Roman times, evolving form a Roman settlement to a religious centre, a garrison city and an early industrial city.
Nowadays, the city is home to 120.000 people and is known as a city of history, attractions, culture, local folklore and education. Maastricht's historic inner city includes het Vrijthof, a beautiful square that attracted pilgrims in Medieval times to see the grave of Saint Servatius, but now attracts everyone with its outdoor cafés and events.
Because of its strategic position on the Meuse river, Maastricht has been attacked by foreign rulers on countless occasions over the centuries, and features elaborate city walls, moats, forts and other defensive works around the city as a result. These include a network of underground passageways built between 1575 and 1825, which were used by soldiers to surprise enemies during times of siege, and are now partly open to the public.
The city centrer of Maastricht is compact. It doesn't take long at all to know your way around. The highlights are all within walking distance and most streets are pedestrians zones, so you won't lose your way.