Since 1992 the city’s been inextricably linked with Europe as the Maastricht Treaty sealed Europeans’ commitment to develop our collective identity. The signing of this milestone for European integration started a great, dynamic experiment, which carries on to this day.
While the Treaty may be the city’s claim to fame, Maastricht’s European character is more than just symbolic. This is where Europeans come together to work on that experiment. To think, debate, discuss and dream. To make this shared vision a reality.
This is not a coincidence. Maastricht has always been a city defined by (crossing) borders. For centuries it’s been a melting pot of cultures where different peoples meet, trade, cooperate and, from time to time, wholeheartedly disagree.
It remains a forum for culture and commerce to this day, and the impact of the surrounding Dutch-, French- and German-speaking industrial and cultural hubs is felt everywhere. At work, at play and in education.
This confluence continually gives rise to new opportunities, new questions and new ideas.