Today’s Maastricht is a city of culture, learning and business. Besides Maastricht is one of the three leading conference cities in the Netherlands. Maastricht is the oldest, most Southern city in the Netherlands and has a population of 125,000. With a history stretching back some 2,000 years ago, the Romans, Spaniards, French and Germans have all left their mark in Maastricht. Maastricht has been the crossroads of cultures and trade for thousands of years.
The old buildings are joined by renovated buildings, museums, bridges, an art university, the Maastricht University and districts where new architecture is combined with the old. The city treasures its past and new buildings are designed to fit into and respect the existing old architecture. In Maastricht a culinary lifestyle dominates. Food, wine, dine and enjoy are keywords in Maastricht and surroundings. There are a lot of restaurants (quite a few of them with Michelin stars), bars and terraces, affordable for any budget, and always with fine quality.