Maastricht Convention Bureau

Why Maastricht

The Brightlands Campuses, major companies, innovative enterprises and start-ups as well as a strong link between education and the labor market form the ecosystem of the Maastricht Region knowledge economy. All this is situated in a historic environment with countless interesting sights, charming hotels and top restaurants.

Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht

Welcome in Maastricht

Situated between the rolling hills of the wonderful countryside, Maastricht lies at the heart of a EU-region of 4 million people who live in 3 countries and speak 4 languages.The energy that this generates has resulted in a city that bursts with creativity, researchers and innovators. It’s a city where people meet and enjoy the way of living in a gastronomic atmosphere, with great allure.

Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is a place that has endured the passage of time, where you can taste the unique vibrant culture that has evolved throughout the centuries under Germanic and Roman influences.

In short: Maastricht has all it takes to provide the best circumstances for a successful international conference.

Something for everyone

Maastricht is a charming city: historic buildings and trendy design shops. Beautiful churches and adventure-filled caves. Tantalizing menus and welcoming outdoor cafés. Open squares and expansive vineyards. Dynamic festivals and high-profile exhibitions: André Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) come back to Maastricht year after year. No wonder it’s such a popular destination for large international conferences from all over the world as well >>


Excellent Ecosystem

The strength of the Maastricht Region is the combination of the innovative economy, its international position, and inspiring living environment. The melting pot of research, education and entrepeneurship forms an ecosystem that appeals to scientists and decision makers with innovative ideas and shapes an environment in which conventions feel at ease >>


International conferences

Maastricht is favored by organizers and delegates for its excellent conference climate. The city is charming and compact, which means a higher density of networking in the evening. Almost everything in Maastricht is within walking distance, so the city starts on the doorstep of your hotel. There are over 5,000 hotel rooms in the Maastricht Region, of which over 2,000 in the historic city center. Maastricht is centrally located in Europe and has eight international airports within an hour’s drive. With MECC Maastricht as its biggest convention center and numerous smaller venues, Maastricht always has the ideal setting for your event. Maastricht is experienced in hosting international conferences, which often attract thousands of delegates from all over the world. >>

International knowlegde city for talented people all over the world

With a multitude of international organizations and educational institutes (including
Maastricht University Medical Center +, Maastricht University, Zuyd University,
Maastricht School of Management, and United World College), the Maastricht Region
welcomes talented people from all over the world >>


Centrally located in Europe

Situated in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, Maastricht lies in the heart
of Europe and the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. The city is a very short distance from
both the Belgian and German borders. Thanks to this situation, Maastricht is easy
to reach from all over the world >>