Maastricht is an appealing city situated in the southeast of The Netherlands.

Thanks to its location at the crossroads of Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany it is often addressed as the center of Europe.

With its Roman history and maze of tunnels, Maastricht is a member of the “Most Ancient European Towns Network”, offering a wide range of cultural activities and sights to explore during your visit.

However, the city is not just about history: with its lively nightlife, beautiful cafés, markets, shopping areas and nearby vineyards, Maastricht caters to everyone’s needs.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to relax on a boat trip on the Meuse, attend a concert by André Rieu or experience the city’s culinary hotspots and join us at IAPD 2021.

Vrijthof Square
Vrijthof Square has been called the most beautiful square in the country. Perhaps because it is the cultural heart of the city. This square has attracted people since Medieval times when pilgrims came to see the grave of Saint Servatius. These days, Vrijthof is known for its outdoor cafés and events.
Basilica of St. Servatius
This historical church was dedicated to Saint Servatius, an Armenian missionary who died and was buried in Maastricht. The grave of the saint, as well as the many relics in the church treasury, made the basilica a popular pilgrimage site. The basilica, which is the oldest in the Netherlands, has one of the most magnificent treasure rooms of Europe
The Bonnefanten Museum
This is Maastricht’s main art museum which holds a mixture of medieval and contemporary art. The structure itself is a great architectonic highlight. The first floor highlights Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting as well as the museum’s extensive collection of Medieval sculpture. The second floor exhibits contemporary art with a focus on American Minimalism, Italian Arte Povera and Concept Art.
Cafés and terraces
Maastricht is known as the most ‘bon vivant’ city in Holland. Everywhere you go, you can enjoy excellent food and drink in beautiful surroundings. You can choose from countless terraces and cafés. You can also discover the history of the old brewery and the centuries-old watermill that still grinds grain for the bakery.
The City Park and the vineyards of Maastricht
The City Park is a perfect place to explore the rich history in and around the park. Climb the centuries-old city walls to take in the beauty of Maastricht for a moment. The vineyards of Maastricht are some of the oldest in Holland, initially planted back in Roman times. You can visit these vineyards, just outside the city, and taste Pinot Noir, Riesling and Müller-Thürgau.
St. Peter’s Caves
In one of the highest spots in Holland, miles of tunnels make for a unique experience. A tour beneath Saint Peter’s Mount near Maastricht allows you to explore the caves that were excavated by men through the centuries.
Getting to

By Plane

Maastricht is easily reachable by plane, as it is surrounded by a number of international airports, including major hubs like Amsterdam Schiphol, Brussels Airport-Zaventem and Düsseldorf International Airport.

Smaller airports near the city include: Maastricht-Aachen Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Cologne-Boon Airport, Düsseldorf Weeze Airport.

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By Train

Given its location at the center of Europe, Maastricht is also at the center of the European railway network and offers a large number of national, as well as international connections. Multiple major cities are only a short train ride away:

  • Brussels (1.5 hrs)
  • Amsterdam (2.5 hrs)
  • Paris (3.5 hrs)
  • London (4 hrs)
  • Düsseldorf (3 hrs)
  • Cologne (2.5 hrs)

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By Car

If you prefer driving to the congress, Maastricht is also easily accessible through various highways: E25/A2 (Amsterdam-Luxembourg), E40 (Cologne-Brussels), E42 (Liège-Paris), E314 (Maastricht-Aachen).

AIR FRANCE and KLM Official Carriers of IAPD 2021

AIR FRANCE and KLM are the official carriers of IAPD 2021. Receive your discount (up to -15%) after registration for IAPD 2021.