It is Friday again! Today, we are going to have a look at Maastricht in The Netherlands, strongly supported by world-famous conductor André Rieu.
Maastricht is in the south of The Netherlands. It is the capital of the province Limburg. The city borders on Belgium and is only 30 minutes away from Germany, meaning that Maastricht is close to many international countries. Is Maastricht your personal host city for Eurovision 2020? Let us know in the comments.
Where would Eurovision take place if Maastricht hosted?
It would take place at the MECC (Maastrichts Expositie en Congres Centrum). The capacity of the arena is 30,000, Den Bosch being the only city with a larger capacity. The Director of the MECC has said that he was already dreaming about Eurovision in his home town. When this year’s host broadcasters (AVROTROS, NOS and the NPO) enquired Maastricht about hosting the contest, they gave a big yes, being an enthusiastic city to take on this year.
Where is Maastricht?
Maastricht is in the south of the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province Limburg and is close to the borders of Belgium and Germany. Maastricht has a local airport, but it is only small, so the ideal airport to use is Amsterdam. From Schiphol, by train it is 3 Hours and 4 Minutes before you are in Maastricht or by car (or Taxi) it would take you around 2 hours and 17 minutes (approx). Maastricht is very far in the south so it is quite remote for hosting the event.
Hot Spots of Maastricht
Here are some of my hand-picked hot spots in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The Vrijthof is a large square in Maastricht, including a cathedral called the Sint-Servaasbasiliek. Every year on the Vrijthof, a large game of Petanque is played (Similiar to Boules).
Built in the early 18th century, Fort Sint Pieter is a fort used to defend the country from France in the past wars. Read more about it here.
Here is one of the main historical spots in Maastricht, the Maastricht Underground. This is a series of underground tunnels available to explore. Reserve your spot here.
Now this was a bit of Maastricht. I hope you all liked it. If you want to know more about Dutch possible host cities, you can check out my two other articles, Den Bosch and Rotterdam. I hope to see you next Fagain with a new possible host city!
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