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City of Maastricht: The hidden gem of the Netherlands

Narek Mirzoyan

Narek Mirzoyan is from Armenia. He has a Master's degree in Economics. Narek participates actively in trainings and seminars on topics such as migration, conflict transformation, social democracy, peace building, public health, journalism, human rights, etc. His hobbies are travelling, reading, music, cartoons. He enjoys making wine by himself and hopes to own a winery in the future.


People from different parts of Europe came to participate in “YO!Fest” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of Maastricht Treaty, which is the birth of the European Union and, of course, the Euro. This made Maastricht city an ideal place for the festival. But what kind of city is it? What is Maastricht famous for?

First of all, Maastricht’s history is full of interesting facts and events. From Armenian patron Saint Servatius to French D’Artagnan, it can be concluded that Maastricht was always in the centre of attention by different people and nations. Besides, Celts, Romans, Spanish, French people’s influence can also be felt in the city because of several attacks during the history. Maastricht was settled approximately in 500 BC and there is some debate on whether or not Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Anyway, if it is not the oldest one, then, definitely, it is the second oldest. This is also proved by many historical centers in the city such as Saint Servatius Basilica, Saint John’s Church, etc.

Second, Maastricht’s geographical location is prefect too. Located in Limburg province, Maastricht can fascinate you with a lot of things such as beautiful rivers, bridges, parks, lively squares, narrow streets and historical buildings. The climate is not very cold in winter, and it is warmer in summer, which will allow you to visit Maastricht regardless the weather conditions for walking around market square, visiting the oldest bridge in the Netherlands, and enjoying the fresh air and the clean surroundings. If you are a fan of museums, Maastricht has interesting art, history, artifacts, natural museums suggesting you to see.

Finally, Maastricht is an international city. It is famous not only for Maastricht Treaty signing, but also for its education. It is also regarded as a students’ city because of very famous universities such as Maastricht University, Maastricht School of Management, and more bringing many international students to this city every year. As an extra point, Maastricht is also full of shopping centres, as well as a large number of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Bookstore Dominicanen

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Maastricht city square

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So, hurry to see Maastricht!

Narek Mirzoyan

Narek Mirzoyan is from Armenia. He has a Master's degree in Economics. Narek participates actively in trainings and seminars on topics such as migration, conflict transformation, social democracy, peace building, public health, journalism, human rights, etc. His hobbies are travelling, reading, music, cartoons. He enjoys making wine by himself and hopes to own a winery in the future.

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