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About Maastricht

No idea yet what Maastricht has to offer you besides its student life? Have a look!



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Maastricht is a very beautiful and special Burgundian city. There are medieval city walls, house fronts that can be traced back to the seventeenth century, a medieval bridge and beautifully paved streets (that are fatal for your bike…). Surrounded by a hilly countryside the city feels like being in a foreign country.

Maastricht has erected during the Roman days. The city owes her name to her position alongside the river Meuse and is a corruption from “Mosae Trajectum”. Mosae is the old name for Meuse (Maas in Dutch) and Trajectum is Latin for river crossing. The Romans chose Maastricht, situated north of the rough Ardennes, as the place where they would cross the Meuse. A place where the river was not too wide and not too deep. Two camps at either side of the Meuse protected the bridge. The main camp was on the side of what is now called the city centre. The smaller camp was situated on the other side, in the quarter which is nowadays called Wyck. The Roman period found its end with the great wandering of nations at the beginning of the 4th Century. At that time, Christianity flourished and gained control over the city. The first bishop who ruled Maastricht was bishop Servatius. About 20 more bishops followed him in his reign over Maastricht. St. Servatius’ sepulchral grave, situated on the Vrijthof, was built a couple of centuries after his death by two of his successors. The name St. Servaas is still commonly used in Maastricht: the St. Servaasbridge, the St.Servaasbasilica at the Vrijthof and the housing corporation St. Servatius are just a couple of examples. The St. Jan stands next to the St. Servaas. This church is from origin an annex to the St. Servaas, as the St. Servaas became too full with pilgrims. Later the St. Jan became a protestant church.

Nowadays the town has about 122.000 inhabitants and is the place for entertainment and a good night out in Southern-Limburg. Furthermore, Maastricht was an important industrial city. The Maastricht industries produce anything like pottery, glass, paper, cement and beer. The development of Maastricht is supported and sustained by Maastricht University and other national and international institutions for higher education. 


Maastricht municipality

Gemeente MaastrichtThe town hall on the market square is home to the Court of Mayor and Aldermen. All other municipality aspects are dealt with at the city desk located at the new Mosae Forum, next to the market. The municipal authorities can be reached by telephone and information can be found in the city guide, which is given to you free of charge when you register as a citizen of Maastricht.


Visiting address
Mosae Forum 10
6211 DW Maastricht
T 043-3504000
F 043-3504141


Postal address
PO box 1992
6201 BZ Maastricht


Visiting hours city desk
08:30 till 12:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
13:30 till 19:00 on Thursday
08:30 till 12:30 on Friday


Cultural Maastricht

You probably already read that Maastricht is a great city to study. However, Maastricht offers much more than just studying.

Maastricht is a city with a lot of different aspects; history, culture, gastronomy, shopping and of course a great nightlife. The one who wants to discover Maastricht won’t be bored the upcoming years!

First, a brief overview of history to fresh up your mind. About 2.000 years ago, the city where you are going to spend your study time, was established as ‘Mosa Trajectum’ by the Romans. Nowhere the history is as tangible as in Maastricht. The oldest city wall, Roman excavations, the St. Servaas Bridge, old Roman churches like the St. Servaas and the ‘Onze Lieve Vrouwe’ basilica remind us of the rich cultural history of Maastricht. The underground settlements, the casemates from the 17th century and the safe in the caves of the St. Pietersberg belong to cultural heritage. You can even visit the caves and casemates from inside. For more information visit the website

Moreover, the Bonnefantenmuseum shelters modern and historical art. But this old city is far more than only history. It represents a rich cultural life that is not just limited to harmonies and Carnival. In the ‘Theater aan het Vrijthof’ one can enjoy performances almost every day of the week. Large national opera-, musical- and dance productions, but also comedy shows and experimental theatre are offered here. In all the cafés in Maastricht one can enjoy live pop- and jazz shows. For an overview visit the website of the Maastricht UITburo (

If you still have time and money left for shopping after partying and studying, Maastricht is the place to be! Maastricht was chosen in 2008 as the best shopping city of the Netherlands. The small streets in the old city centre invite you to slander around the exclusive and specialised shops in the field of art, antique and fashion. If you are not such a shopping type, just walk into the bookshop Selexyz which is located in the Dominican church. This bookshop is sometimes regarded as the most beautiful in the world. You are probably very hungry after all the shopping activities. Maastricht is the right place to get something to eat. This typical southern city offers you a wide range of restaurants, bistros and exclusive food- and drink opportunities.

In short: welcome in the city of small streets and hidden plazas, culinary surprises and cultural secrets. Maastricht is full of hidden pearls, for a citizen of Maastricht quite obvious but for you to discover. Check the website of VVV Maastricht ( for more information about the possibilities this city can offer you.


Saint John’s Church

The catholic church of Saint Servaas at the Vrijthof is flanked by the protestant church of Saint John, the church with the red tower. This church, originally built for catholic services, is a silent witness of the history of Maastricht: the occupiers, the religions, and the lives of the people in the city. Visiting this church brings ancient Maastricht back alive again! Of course you’re also welcome to join regular services.


Sint Servaas Cathedral

The St. Servaas Cathedral started out as a burial chapel for the first bishop of Maastricht, St. Servatius (+384), who was buried by the road from Maastricht to Tongeren. After many extensions the church took its current shape in the 10th to the 12th century. The church was attended by its own chapter of priests, named cannons, from around 750. In the beginning they lived communal, but in the Middle Ages they relocated to the stately buildings around the church, which still exist today. In 1985 Pope Johannes Paulus II lifted the church to a cathedral, an honorary title for churches which contribute to the catholic community of faith in a special way. The church is still used frequently today. Notably, the high mass on Sunday morning at 10.00 o’clock is a spiritual adventure. 

St. Jan en Servaas



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