Theme Week Netherlands – Maastricht

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 - 03:16 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Old Quarter © Mussklprozz

Old Quarter © Mussklprozz

Maastricht is a city in the Netherlands. It is located in the southern part of the Dutch province of Limburg, of which it is the capital. Maastricht is widely known as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation. Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. The city has a large growing international student population.

Maastricht is situated on both sides of the Meuse river (Dutch: Maas) in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands, on the Belgian border (with both the Dutch-speaking Flemish and French-speaking Walloon region within easy reach from the city centre) and near the German border. The city is part of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, the Euregio that includes Aachen, Hasselt and Liège in respectively Germany and Belgium.

Old Quarter © Mussklprozz Spaans Gouvernement © Saturn V Provincial Government Buildings on the Meuse © Julian Ilcheff Borissoff Panorama Maastricht, view from St Pieters Hill © Rennbootarchiv Typical housing in Jeker Quarter © Kleon3 Old Quarter © Hans Peter Schaefer - www.reserv-a-rt.de Lang Grachtje Street © The Sundowners Jeker River © The Sundowners Fortress Sint Pieter © The Sundowners City Park © The Sundowners City Park © The Sundowners City Hall © The Sundowners Maastricht Panorama © Arne Hückelheim View from Sint-Janskerk © Euku Hotel Management School - Castle Bethlehem © P Vossen Bonnefanten Museum © Mussklprozz Vrijthof © Arne Hückelheim Bassin Harbour © Kleon3
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Provincial Government Buildings on the Meuse © Julian Ilcheff Borissoff
Maastricht is known for its picturesque squares, romantic streets, and historical buildings. The tourist information office (VVV) is located in the Dinghuis, a 15th-century former town hall and law courts building on the corner of Grote Staat and Kleine Staat.

On 16 December 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld a local Maastrict ban on the sale of cannabis to foreign tourists, restricting coffee shops to residents of Maastricht. The ban did not affect scientific or medical usage. While the ban is now legal to enforce its future is uncertain as the city council of Maastricht and other cities have voted against the planned “cannabis pass system”.

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