Skip Navigation

Advice on Maastricht in the Netherlands

Travel Forums Europe Advice on Maastricht in the Netherlands

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Hi,

Im a University student from New Zealand about to embark on an exchange to a dutch university in Maastricht.

I am wondering what things there are to do in Maastricht, and if anyone who has been there has any stories they would like to share.

I am also very interested in doing travel around Europe, and I would like to know things like the time if takes to get to other countries by train.

Any and all advice will be much appreciated,
Thanks, Luke :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Maastricht is considered to be one of the nicest cities in Holland, with some bourgondian influences...which basically means lots of food and drinks;) But just walking around the streets you will see why it is considered beautiful as well. It's just nice to sit on some of the squares outside a pub drinking the local Whitebeer (korenwolf, try that one, it's perfect!).
The area around Maastricht is the only hilly part of Holland, but as you are from New Zealand, you won't be surprised by it.

I don't know which parts of Europe you want to visit, but train travel is well organized in Europe and distances are relatively short. In Holland, it's about 2 hours to Utrecht from Maastricht, 2,5 hours to Amsterdam. I guess Brussels is about 1,5 hours by train from Maastricht and places like Berlin, Paris or Prague about 5 to 12 hours roughly.

Have fun. Michael

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I am from Maastricht. You are lucky to study here. Its a great student city with an excellent nightlife. The city is lovely. It is in South of the province Limburg which is according to the Dutch the most beautiful landscape of Netherland. And its true. I have been born here and I love it here. I always love to come back here after my travels. Enjoy your time in Maastricht. Are you going to study medicins at the university. Cheers, Wouter;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 9:57 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Thanks very much for the advice. Another thing I am wondering is about the snow season in Europe. I am a very keen snowboarder in New Zealand, and I am not sure if I should take my snowboard or not. What time of the year does it snow in Switzerland and other 'snow' countries around Holland? (I will be there August to Feburary)
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Luke :)

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting lukep

Thanks very much for the advice. Another thing I am wondering is about the snow season in Europe. I am a very keen snowboarder in New Zealand, and I am not sure if I should take my snowboard or not. What time of the year does it snow in Switzerland and other 'snow' countries around Holland? (I will be there August to Feburary)
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Luke :)

Mate, there is a problem at the moment. Its an extreme warm winter. The last years it hasn't snow at all. Some 30 kilometers east of Maastricht are the ski halls on real snow in Landgraaf (Its called Snow world, and the biggest indoorski trail in the world). FIS has championships here. For real snow you can ski until end February in Austria, Switserland and in the French alps. The snow is to find on higher altitute this year. But it is possible....

Snow season in these areas are between November and February...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 5:18 PM by wouterrr ]

6. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Thanks for the reply. How far away is switzerland by train? Also, is the train system in EU very versatile? Also, is it cheap?
Another thing I would like to know is am I able to work in the Netherlands as a student? Many thanks, Luke

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Lukep

I think u can get from one country to another, on the train, in a night, or a day, or less.
Also, there are many budget airlines, which service Europe, so u can fly around cheaply, if u look out for bargin flights. U can fly, from one side of Europe, to the other, in just a few hours.

Mel

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

What my Dutch boyfriend has to say.

I was in Maastricht a few times, there is a very vivid student culture, lots of bars and student clubs. Can't name any actual names though.
If s/he's going to learn Dutch: avoid learning the local accent, no other Dutchman can understand it.

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

avoid learning the local accent, no other Dutchman can understand it.

Hey Mel. From which part of the Netherlands is that damn boyfriend of yours from? Probably from the North. They always have something to say about people from Maastricht (or the province of Limburg in general)....

10. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Thanks for the advice. I have confirmed my flights into London.
What is the CHEAPEST way to get to amsterdam? Im thinking of the train. I dont mind spending a day or two mucking around if i have to. Thanks, Luke