Getting There -- Go by air from Amsterdam to Maastricht-Aachen Airport, 10km (6 miles) north of the city, with KLM Exel (tel. 020/474-7747;, which has daily flights; flying time is 40 minutes. Trains depart hourly from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Hague for the approximately 2 1/2-hour journey to Maastricht (trains from Amsterdam are direct; those from Rotterdam and the Hague require a transfer in Eindhoven). By car, take A2/E25 southward through Limburg.

Visitor Information -- VVV Maastricht, Kleine Staat 1, 6211 ED Maastricht (tel. 043/325-2121;, in Het Dinghuis (1470), formerly the local law courts, is both helpful and friendly. The office is open May to October Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm; November to April, hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. A monthly magazine, Uit in Maastricht, tells you what's going on; it's in Dutch, but you can glean useful listings from it.

Getting Around -- Outside Maastricht station are stops for city and regional bus service, and a taxi stand. The station is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the Vrijthof square in the center city, on the far bank of the Maas River.

Special Events -- One of the world's premier art and antique shows, the annual European Fine Art Fair, is held at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center (MECC).

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