About Maastricht

Maastricht is characterized by a rich history and culture, and thanks its existence to the Meuse River. A settlement arose around the bases of the Roman built bridge over the Meuse. This settlement grew into the Maastricht we know today.

The old buildings are joined by renovated buildings, museums, bridges, an art university and districts where new architecture is combined with the old. The city treasures its past and new buildings are designed to fit into and respect the existing old architecture. In Maastricht a culinary lifestyle dominates. Food, wine, dine and enjoy are keywords in Maastricht and surroundings. There are a lot of restaurants (some of them with Michelin stars), bars and terraces, suitable for any budget, and always with fine quality.

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Maastricht is centrally located in Europe and is located near the Belgian and German border. Of its residents, 10% are students and almost half of them are from outside the country. This international ambience is in line with the character of Maastricht. The city center of Maastricht is compact, meaning you will soon know your way around. There are many highlights which can be easily visited within walking distance. For more information visit: www.visitmaastricht.com.

When it comes to the future, Maastricht is quite ambitious. This is demonstrated by the 2030 City Vision goals: Maastricht wants to grow into a top location for high-quality knowledge technology, with a strong economy, sufficient job opportunities, and a pleasant living environment.

Some further facts about Maastricht:

Maastricht and Health Economics / HTA
In 1960, the economist, Lou Groot, received his PhD on the basis of the dissertation ‘Price formation of hospital services’ and he became in the late seventieth of the last century the first Dutch professor in health economics appointed at the Maastricht University. As a result, Maastricht can be regarded as the national cradle of health economics and health technology assessment (HTA) and has a longstanding tradition in both fields of research. Since the foundation of the Maastricht University, some 40 years ago, health economics and HTA has been a core discipline in both research and teaching.

Currently a strong and varied group of professionals including about 30 researchers are currently working on these subjects, making Maastricht one of the main health economics research groups in the Netherlands. The research group is very productive looking at scientific output, and has both internal and external a broad extensive network leading to close cooperation in several projects. The research group has delivered major contributions to the methodological advancement of health economics and HTA research with regard to topics such as, user centered care, economic aspects of implementation research, financial structures for health care innovations, formal and informal payments within an European context, institutional economics, consumer preferences, preference measures in health promotion, Health Economics and policy, HTA modelling, health state utility measurement, heterogeneity, sustainability of the financing of care innovations, transferability of HTA results, willingness to pay, etc.

Researchers from Maastricht were also the initiators and organizers of the first Low Lands Health Economists’ Study Group (LoLaHESG) in Maastricht in 2008. So, welcome to Maastricht, the cradle of Dutch health economics.

Andre Rieu
Maastricht is the birthplace of well-known Waltz king Andre Rieu. Every summer, Rieu returns with his Johan Straus Orchestra and gives a huge open-air concert at the Vrijthof square in Maastricht.

The most prestigious Fine Art Fair
 in the world. Presenting 260 of 
the world’s leading galleries from
 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht showcases some of the best works of art currently on the market for 10 days each year. The art fair attracts more than 72,000 visitors over 10 days.

The Meuse is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before flowing out into the North Sea. It has a total length of 950 km (590 miles).

Maastricht Treaty
Signed February 7, 1992 by the members of the European Community in Maastricht. It created the European Union and led to the creation of the single European currency, the Euro.