Fantastic Maastricht

picture of the Mayor of Maastricht

The oldest city in the Netherlands has great appeal, not only for day trippers and tourists, but also for new residents. This can be seen in the city’s wonderful nicknames, such as the “Culinary capital of the Netherlands” and “Europe’s smallest metropolis.”

We owe this popularity to impressive monuments, a wide variety of shops, attractive pavement cafés, theatres and museums, restaurants and cafés, lovely squares and parks, and last but not least - our hospitality. Life in Maastricht is simply more easy-going and characterised by what the French call “joie de vivre.” It's also what makes Maastricht unique.

For you as a newcomer, there is another very important aspect. In our city, we attach a great deal of importance to the quality of life, public safety, and social cohesion. But at the same time we also greatly value the dynamic approach with which this city builds for the future: high-quality education, international ambitions, the rolling rural countryside, and the rich cultural landscape all combine to make Maastricht a great place to live.  

Discover it all for yourself! This user-friendly website, which provides information about the most essential matters, will help you do so. Go exploring and discover the city: you are sure to feel at home quite quickly, as Maastricht really is a fantastic place to be.

Onno Hoes

Mayor of Maastricht

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