Maastricht is probably the most chic city in the Netherlands and I had no idea about it.
I have visited for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised by the elegance it exudes: the streets, the architecture, the shops and most important – its inhabitants.
Ladies wearing beautiful, feminine clothes and shoes (think of red or fuchsia coats and high heels) and gentlemen dressed up in suits and trenches – well, that`s something you don`t normally see in Amsterdam on a common day out.
The people of Maastricht, through their good taste and behaviour, bring a very French vibe to the city, which charmed me completely since the very moment I stepped out of the train.
But Maastricht is more than that, of course. Its rich history shows from the fact that in this town no fewer than 1677 national heritage sites (“Rijksmonumenten”) are located, which is the second highest number in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam.
The city is perhaps most known for the Maastricht Treaty, which makes it the birthplace of the European Union and the single European currency, the euro.
Maastricht is attracting lots of students as well and is thus characterized by a very youthful energy.
And, what I liked the most, being located very close to both Germany and Belgium, you will often be addressed to in either German or French. Isn`t that amazing for a Dutch city?
If all these make you want to jump in a train to Maastricht, I suggest you do it!
I will probably visit again one day, but, until then, here are some photos: