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Maastricht

Maastricht is about as far from windmills, clogs and tulnips as you'd want. Even the landscape is different: there are actually hilly streets and what passes for mountains ringing the centre.

Hemmed in between Belgium and Germany, it has a pan-European flavour. The city hosted two key moments in the history of the EU: on Dec 10, 1991 the 12 members of the then European Community met to sign the treaty for economic, monetary and political union; they reconvened the following February to sign the treaty creating the EU.


Maastricht train station
Maastricht train station
the interior
the interior
to the platforms
to the platforms
the Wyck district
the Wyck district
Sint Servaasbrug - an elegant structure of seven semicircular arches dating from 1280
Sint Servaasbrug - an elegant structure of seven semicircular arches dating from 1280
Sint Servaasbrug - links the Maastricht's centre with the Wyck district
Sint Servaasbrug - links the Maastricht's centre with the Wyck district
Sint Servaasbrug  - ships can reach the Wyck side through a modern section
Sint Servaasbrug - ships can reach the Wyck side through a modern section
this is how bikers push their bikes up the bridge
this is how bikers push their bikes up the bridge
and a lift for those who want to tackle this at ease
and a lift for those who want to tackle this at ease
spanning both banks of Maas river are a host of pavement cafes and lovely old cobblestone streets
spanning both banks of Maas river are a host of pavement cafes and lovely old cobblestone streets
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Stadhuis - the town hall built from 1559 - 1664 and is a masterpiece by Pieter Post fo the Northern Netherlands
Stadhuis - the town hall built from 1559 - 1664 and is a masterpiece by Pieter Post fo the Northern Netherlands
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
the Markt
the Markt
Johannes Petrus Minckelers - the chap who invented gas light
Johannes Petrus Minckelers - the chap who invented gas light
oops, he set the roof on FIRE
oops, he set the roof on FIRE
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any clue what caused that expression on his face?
any clue what caused that expression on his face?
the large square of Vrijthof
the large square of Vrijthof
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius), a Roman Church
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius), a Roman Church
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius)
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius)
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius)
Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius)
Sint Janskerk - a small 17th century Gothic church
Sint Janskerk - a small 17th century Gothic church
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
Sint Janskerk
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the 16th century Spanish Government Museum
the 16th century Spanish Government Museum
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Fortifications - the remains of the 13th century ramparts and fortifications are across the Mass in the new Ceramique district
Fortifications - the remains of the 13th century ramparts and fortifications are across the Mass in the new Ceramique district
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Helpoort - the oldest surviving town gate in the Netherlands (1229)
Helpoort - the oldest surviving town gate in the Netherlands (1229)
Helpoort 1229
Helpoort 1229
the steep spiralling staircase
the steep spiralling staircase
Bonnefantenmuseum - features a 28m tower that's now a local landmark
Bonnefantenmuseum - features a 28m tower that's now a local landmark
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