Even though Maastricht is a relatively small town (its population is approximately 122,000 and its area is almost 60 square kilometers), the city is distinguished by the atmosphere of a capital and a large international center. Dutch, French and German, along with the local dialect are the leading languages here. The city is rich in culture, history, monuments, folklore and traditions.
Every year Maastricht is visited by over 2.6 million tourists. Both Maastricht locals and the Dutch usually describe the city as Burgundy, foreign, international city, cozy, typically southern and sunny. What makes Maastricht such a unique place? Why do thousands of tourists come here to enjoy shopping, make a walk, go to a restaurant or just relax on an outdoor terrace of a cafe? Not only the Dutch, but also their neighbors, the Belgians and the Germans, are in love with the special atmosphere of the city. Maybe, the reason for this is in a great location on the Maas River, in its ancient history or a historical center with its nearly 1,500 monuments? Is it in large squares, in 400 cafes, chic restaurants and boutiques? Or maybe (and, most likely, this is the most obvious explanation), the reason is a combination of all these factors?
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