Maastricht

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Introduction

Market in Maastricht

Market in Maastricht

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Maastricht, just like Nijmegen, claims to be one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. But unlike Nijmegen, the places has not been inhabited permanently. That said, there was already some sort of settlement about 2,500 years ago by the Kelts, at a place along the Maas where wading through the water was possible. This is also what the name Maastricht literally means.

Maastricht is located along the shores of the Maas River in between the highest hills in the country. It is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands, but mostly amongst Dutch, Belgian and German tourists. Surprisingly few other foreign visitors come to the city.

The city has about 120,000 inhabitants, including a large number of students, both from abroad as from other parts of the Netherlands. It is a very lively city, with many restaurants and pubs and living the good Bourgondic life here is not that difficult. As a bonus, the historical hart of the city provides the visitor a good combination of culture and nightlife. And if that is not enough, around Maastricht is a beautiful landscape with green hills along the shores of the Maas river and cross border visits to Germany and Belgium are very easy and straightforward as well. That said, it is a good place to base yourself for a few days or even a week.

Maastricht also deserved a place in European history as the place where the Treaty of Maastricht was signed. This treaty was the bases for replacing over a dozen of local currencies for the Euro (€).

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Neighbourhoods

Maastricht has 7 neighbourhoods which can be chopped down to even smaller units.

Buitenwijk ZuidwestVillapark, Jekerdal, Biesland, Campagne, Wolder and Sint Pieter
Buitenwijk WestBrusselsepoort, Mariaberg, Belfort, Pottenberg, Malpertuis, Caberg, Oud-Caberg, Malberg, Dousberg-Hazendans and Daalhof
Buitenwijk NoordwestBoschpoort, Boscherveld, Frontenkwartier, Belvedere, and Lanakerveld
Buitenwijk OostWyckerpoort, Heugemerveld, Wittevrouwenveld, Nazareth, Limmel, Scharn and Amby
Buitenwijk NoordoostBeatrixhaven, Borgharen, Itteren and Meerssenhoven
Buitenwijk ZuidoostHeugem, Heer, De Heeg and Vroendaal

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Sights and Activities

For the first time visitor, here are some places you really have to go:

  • The Vrijthof - This famous square is considered by many to be the beating heart of the old city. It features the massive St Servaas Church and St Jan's Cathedral and hosts a range of large festivals throughout the year. The Carnival before Lent is an amazing occasion where (it seems) the whole city dresses up in costume and parties until the early hours. It really has to be seen to be believed, this is a North European Mardi Gras, hence colder and darker than its American cousin.
  • St Servaas (Servatius) Basilica. This basilica is believed to be built on top of the grave of Saint Servatius. The first known bishop of the Netherlands, he is said to have died here in the 4th century. The current grand, Romanesque structure in the shape of a cross was first built around the year 1000, and substantially expanded over the centuries. Pope John Paul II made the church a basilica after his visit here in 1985. Today, this enormous structure can only be viewed by paying a €4 entrance fee, which includes the cloister and a small museum of religious treasures. Enter from the Keizer Karelplein, NW of the Vrijthof.
  • Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek (Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption). Commonly known as the Star of the Sea, after an old title for the Virgin Mary, this Romanesque church was largely built in the 11th and 12th century. Although no archaeological research has been carried out, historians believe earlier churches stood on the same spot before. Large parts of the church treasures were lost when the city became part of the First French Republic. The church was then used as a blacksmith workshop by the military, and the cloister area served as stables. The basilica's two narrow towers, topped with marlstone turrets, make it an important landmark for Maastricht and the charming little chapel is a popular place with both locals and tourists to light a candle. Inside, the miraculous statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea is perhaps the main attraction.
  • Market & Town Hall. The fairly large market square has been the stage for markets for centuries, and still houses goods markets on Wednesdays and Fridays. It's a lively square, surrounded by cafés, shops and eateries, but also home to the 17th century Town Hall. It was designed by Pieter Post and is an excellent example of Dutch Baroque architecture.
  • Town wall. south of the town centre, the wall includes the Helpoort (Hell's Gate), the oldest city gate in the Netherlands.
  • Bonnefantenmuseum, Avenue Céramique 250, ☎ +31 43 329 01 90, fax: +31 43 329 01 99, e-mail: info@bonnefanten.nl. Tue-Sun: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm; Mon: closed, except on public holidays. The museum is the foremost museum of Old Masters and contemporary art in the province of Limburg. The contemporary art collection contains works by an international group of artists, including Sol LeWitt. In addition to contemporary paintings, the collection also includes projections and gallery-sized installations. The collection of Old Masters emphasises on 16th and 17th century Flemish paintings, including major works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. In addition, the collection comprises magnificent medieval sculptures by Jan van Steffenswert, early Italian paintings and a presentation of Maastricht silver. Adult: €7.50; child 13-18: €3.50; child under 13: free entry.
  • Natuurhistorisch Museum, De Bosquetplein 7, ☎ +31 43 350 54 90, fax: +31 43 350 54 75, e-mail: mail@nhmmaastricht.nl. Mon-Fri: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm; Sat-Sun: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm. The museum outlines the natural history of southern Limburg. Modern displays offer an insight into both the recent and distant past. Among the museum's highlights are the remains of enormous Mosasauriers and Giant Turtles found in limestone at the St Pietersberg caverns. Fossils of all shapes and sizes show how South Limburg has changed in the course of the last 300 million years. Adult: €4.50; child 4-11: €3.00; child under 4: free entry.
  • Museum aan het Vrijthof (formerly Spaans Gouvernement), Vrijthof 18, ☎ +31 43 321 13 27, e-mail: info@museumaanhetvrijthof.nl. Tue - Sun 10am - 5.30pm. Museum aan het Vrijthof is a young museum located at the heart of the city in one of the oldest buildings in Maastricht: the former retreat of Charles V. This private museum re-opened after major renovations in 2012. Museum aan het Vrijthof organizes a temporary exhibition three to four times each year. They look for surprising combinations and unconventional collaborations. The museum also has a freely accessible museum café, located at the covered courtyard. Adult: €8, children <6 free, children 7-12 €2, children 13-18 €4, students €4, groups >15 €6,50 pp.
  • Saint Pietersberg Caves (Grotten Sint-Pietersberg), Buitengoed Slavante, Slavante 1, ☎ +31 43 325 21 21. Local marlstone mine with over 20,000 passages dug out over centuries, used as shelter during sieges and bombings. Tours essential; check website for details (English and Dutch times differ). Boats runs from the city centre with commentary pointing out interesting landmarks along the way.

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Events and Festivals

Carnaval

Carnaval is an event that takes place 40 days before Easter (so the date changes every year). Carnaval nowadays starts with on Saturday, On Sunday there is a big parade, starting at the Vrijthof, and on the monday evening there is another parade called the Family parade. These parades are the highlight of these days.

During the Carnaval people dress up (like Halloween in the USA) and drink a lot. There are parties until early in the morning for a few days straight, and typical for Limburg is that the music for these days is composed only for these days. Usually this is a kind of Polka/Folk music. On tuesday afternoon there is a contest for music groups, called Het Zate Hermenikes concours, which is staged at the Vrijthof. On the evening of the Tuesday Carnaval ends at 11:11pm.

Koningsdag (King's Day)

In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity.

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Weather

Maastricht weather is typical of what you get in the Netherlands: mild winters with rare snow, and reasonably warm summers. Still, summers are on average just a bit warmer, while winters are a bit colder on average compared to the rest of the country. In summer the average temperatures are around 22 °C, during a heat wave, temperatures can reach above 30 °C. In winter the average night temperature is just below 0 °C, while during the daytime they around 5 °C - 6 °C.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max5 °C5.9 °C9.7 °C13 °C17.8 °C20.3 °C22.5 °C22.7 °C18.8 °C14.2 °C8.7 °C6.1 °C
Avg Min-0.1 °C-0.2 °C2.2 °C4 °C8 °C10.9 °C13 °C12.8 °C10.1 °C6.6 °C3 °C1.2 °C
Rainfall60.5 mm50.7 mm60.5 mm46 mm63.8 mm73.9 mm67.1 mm58.1 mm60.4 mm62.8 mm66 mm70.2 mm
Rain Days181417141515131314151718

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Getting There

By Plane

Maastricht has an international airport, shared with the German city of Aachen, the Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST), which lies just north of the city along the A2 highway. Ryanair flies to/from Alicante, Pisa and Girona, Sky Airlines flies to/from Antalya, Transavia to/from Dalaman (Turkey), Faro, Heraklion (Crete), Kos, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes and Tenerife-South, and Amsterdam Airlines to/from Ankara and Kayseri.

By Train

You can reach Maastricht easiest by train from other cities in the Netherlands, like Eindhoven (1hour), Utrecht (2 hours) and Amsterdam (2.5 hours). For details check the National Railway website. The is also a trainconnection to and from the city of Liege in Belgium.

By Car

The national highway A2 runs straight through the city and is very busy during summer as it connects the Netherlands with destinations south like Belgium and France. In the coming years works will be carried out on this highway, as it will run under the city in the future. If you use this highway, expect delays during the coming years.

By Bus

Eurolines offers a number of connections with European cities. The stop of Eurolines is at the busstation (busstop K), which is near the trainstation.

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Getting Around

By Car

Travelling by car can be painful in Maastricht, largely because most of the city centre is pedestrian-only, constant roadworks and closed roads, and also due to the horrendous (€2.60 an hour, max 2 hours per ticket placement) parking rates. It is often easier to park your car outside the town centre and either walk or bus into the city.

If you need to park for the day try one of the parking areas on the edge of the centre such as the Spinx, costs €2.30 an hour but with a maximum day charge of €9; or the Stadtpark parking under the west side of the Kennedybrug (bridge), costs €1.40 an hour / €6 for day ticket. Machines take coins and local EC cards.

By Public Transport

The city has a bus system called the Stadsbus ("City Bus") that travels over most of the city and to surrounding areas. Tickets can be bought on the bus, or you can buy an 'OV chip card'. It is a magnetic card which you can recharge with chosen amount of money (minimum €5). This card costs €7.50 and can be bought at the train station, also at the vending machine at the station or in the Veolia Transport service point (Veolia is Maastricht's bus transport company). When you enter the bus, you have to put the card close to the yellow card reader which will 'log you in' at the beginning stop. When you go out from the bus, you have to do it again to 'check out'. The amount of money for the trip will be taken from your card. It is much cheaper than buying a ticket from the bus driver. 'Strippenkaart' is no longer valid in Maastricht.

Trains run four times per hour between Maastricht Centraal Station, and Maastricht Randwyck station (at the South of the City), at a cost of €2.20.

By Foot

This is by far the most attractive option as it allows travellers to see the beautiful winding streets in the centre of the city, as well as experience the cultural melting pot that Maastricht's location allows. A particularly nice walk outside of the centre is along the river, from St Servaas Brug (The Stone Bridge near the entrance to the city) down to the JFK Bridge (near the bottom), which goes through Maastricht's largest park. Visitors can then cross the JFK bridge and go to Maastricht's modern art museum - the Bonnefanten (see below).

Maastricht Running Tours offers guided city jogging tours in Maastricht or their green surroundings. During tours you get to see more and you do your work out at the same time. The Highlight tours is about 6 km (1,5 hours). During several stops on the tour you get to hear the interesting stories behind the most interesting sights of the old historical center. The pace is very easy and adapted to the group. If that is still too much exercise you can pick up a City Walking Tour Guide (€1.60) from the VVV Tourist Office at Kleine Staat 1 and tour the town at your own pace.

By Bike

There are thousands of bicycles in Maastricht, often the young gents giving their girlfriends a lift on the parcel carrier at the back, with the girls sitting "side saddle". A charming sight, and you can join in the bicycle culture very easily, there are several bicycle hire shops in Maastricht. At around €10 per day (2006 prices) you can explore the flat country of South Limburg. Dutch traffic law is heavily biased towards the cyclist, so you might find cars slowing down to let you pass when they are pulling in to a side street which you are about to cross - no sane car driver is going to cut you off since in the case of an accident the cyclist is always presumed innocent unless grossly negligent. Also while there are many one-way streets in Maastricht, almost all (if not all) of them have a cycle lane going the other way up the street.

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Eat

There are many excellent places to eat in the town. Key areas to peruse are around Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, Vrijthof, Maaspromenade and Wycker Brugstraat. Also around Tongersestraat, close to the Economics and Law faculties of the Universiteit Maastricht.

Eating out in Maastricht is not always cheap, with most restaurants catering more to a posh older crowd rather than the student population. On weekdays there are a number of good and relatively low-priced sandwich outlets, as well as the usual fries based take-aways.

  • Friterie Tuutsje vaan Teunsje, Wijcker Brugstraat 41, ☎ +31 43 87 95 373. Great fries and local take-away specialities.
  • Deli Belge, Tongersestraat 44a, ☎ +31 43 326 0902.
  • Délifrance, Grote Staat 57, ☎ +31 43 321 3026. Good place in the centre to get a reasonable priced baguette and hot drink.
  • Friture Reitz, Markt 75, ☎ +31 43 321 5706. Great fries with selections of sources on the menu. Take-away and seating.
  • Somethin'good, Tongersestraat 36, ☎ +31 43 601 5138. good and relatively low-priced sandwiches
  • Wok to go, Markt 59. Asian take away with seating inside and outside on the Market place.
  • Brasserie Bonhomme, Maaspromenade 78, ☎ +31 43 351 0518. Well situated with views of the river from internal and outside seating. Menu for varied tastes, reasonable quality. Service can be a little slow.
  • Café Charlemagne, Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 24, ☎ +31 43 321 9373. Excellent food. Good seating in the square in the summer.
  • Eetcafé De Preuverij, Kakeberg 6, ☎ +31 43 325 09 03. Mon-Fri: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm; Sat-Sun: 12.00 am-10.00 pm. If you are really hungry, but don't want luxury food then visit this place. Try the Vesserslatien sandwich (cock-and-bull story sandwich). At night it is a popular drinking venue with students of Maastricht University. Three-course meal: €12.50.
  • Grand Café D'n Ingel, Vrijthof 13, ☎ +31 43 321 7226. Excellent meat dishes. Good service. Tables outside as well as indoor.
  • Restaurant Fameuse, Vrijthof 14, ☎ +31 43 321 9044. Good Italian with seating adjacent to the Vrijthof.
  • Bisschopsmolen, Stenenbrug 1-3, ☎ +31 43-3270613. Bakery selling bread and pies made from flour from their own water wheel mill.
  • Steakhouse Carnal, Wyckerbrugstraat 35, ☎ +31 43-3213099. Good steaks as well as other dishes.
  • Tasty Thai, Rechtstraat 29, ☎ +31 43 852 4962. Not the cheapest semi-self-service Thai, but good spicy tasting and good sized portions.
  • In Den Ouden Vogelstruys, Vrijthof 15, ☎ +31 43 321 4888. Small characterful interior, also with outside seating. Make a great stew (Stoofpötjes) and fries.
  • The India House, Bredestraat 45. Good Indian food with friendly efficient service.
  • Brasserie Monopole B.V., Vrijthof 3, ☎ +31 43 321 4090. reasonable place for breakfast.
  • Beluga, Centre Ceramique Plein 1992, ☎ +31 43 321 33 64. Beluga's chef has gained celebrity status in the Netherlands, and this two Michelin star restaurant is well known throughout the country and beyond. Dining here is considered a splurge indeed, but prices are friendly for a Dutch 2 star restaurants. As a result however, reservations are an absolute must and best made well in advance. From €45.
  • Harry's, Wycker Brugstraat 2, ☎ +31 43 325 44 33. superb food, excellent service.

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Drink

Maastricht has many bars, restaurants, pubs and dance clubs, located on Vrijthof and Market Squares, and in the centre of downtown it's nearly impossible to walk around and not see anything to do. Maastricht is great for a night out (Maastricht is home to both a University & Institute). therefore, lots of students, also lots of foreign companies are based here so a mixture of international pubs & clubs can be found here.

Be sure to check out these places to go drink and have a good time: The Highlander, Falstaff, Twee Heeren, Metamorfoos, C'est La Vie, Take5, De Allabonneur, and especially the make!-bar. They all are very welcoming and have great music to dance to.

  • Take One, Rechtstraat 28, ☎ +31 43 321 64 23. Th-M 4PM-2AM. Stocks over 150 Belgian and Dutch beers; owner Peet can find something to suit every taste (if you can brave his sense of humour). Small, atmospheric and sometimes lively bar - peanut shells on the floor please!
  • Cafe 't Pothuiske (Pothuiske), Het Bat 1 (Just east of the main square, near the River Maas), ☎ +31 433 21 60 02. Great place to grab a beer. Their weekly specials often have some pretty rare Belgian and Dutch brews. The outdoor seating's atmosphere is great and allows a view of the River Maas.
  • Coffeelovers Dominicanen, Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, ☎ +31 43 3561944. Cafe attached to bookshop inside an old church. Worth looking round the book shop just for the architecture.
  • Bij Us, Markt 67, ☎ +31 43 310 1045. Bakery with seating inside and out. Baguettes and cakes with a tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
  • Café de Zwaan, Markt 68, ☎ +31 43 321 5421. Good for just a coffee or for small meals.

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Sleep

  • Townhouse Hotel Maastricht - St. Maartenslaan 5, 6221 AV Maastricht, Phone: +31 (0)43 321 1111. A 3-star new design hotel, just a few hundred metres from the central train station. The rooms are small-ish but clean and comfortable, with flatscreen tv's and large bathrooms. Beds are large and very comfy. Breakfast is including in the prices (from €100 for a double room) and includes a wide selection of Dutch cheeses, hagelslag, juices, fruit, fresh coffee and lots of choices regarding bread.
  • Botel Maastricht, Maasboulevard 95, ☎ +31 43 321 90 23, fax: +31 43 325 79 98. Check-in: before 19:00. This hostel is on a boat on the river Maas, next to the city center. Breakfast is optional during weekdays and obligatory on weekends. €20-33 per person, depending on room size and breakfast inclusion.
  • Stayokay Maastricht, Maasboulevard 101, ☎ +31 43 750 17 90, fax: +31 43 350 01 47, e-mail: maastricht@stayokay.com. This hostel opened its doors in 2007 and offers 38 rooms. It has a deck looking over the Maas river and is a delightful place to have a beer in the evening. The hostel is clean, but as with many chain hostels, it does not have a kitchen and may lack atmosphere for those looking to meet other travellers. Prices start at €21 (breakfast included) for an overnight stay in a dormitory.
  • Bastion Deluxe Hotel Maastricht, Boschstraat 27, ☎ +31 43 321 22 22, fax: +31 43 321 34 32. Part of a Dutch chain of four star hotels at sub-four star prices. If you are used to the full four star service this will be a disappointment, but it is only a five minute walk into the city centre and provides free wireless internet service.
  • Design Hotel Eden, Stationsstraat 40, ☎ +31 43 328 25 25, fax: +31 43 328 25 26, e-mail: info.designhotel@edenhotelgroup.com. If you're bored with identi-kit hotel rooms, Design Hotel Eden will be a breath of fresh air. All the rooms are comfortably furnished in a variety of modern styles. You'll appreciate a philosophy that doesn't put a desk in your room.
  • Hotel De Pauwenhof, Boschstraat 70, ☎ +31 43 350 33 33, fax: +31 43 350 33 39, e-mail: info@pauwenhof.nl. Small hotel with a family-run feel. It has recently (as of 2016) been refurbished with air conditioning in all 15 rooms.
  • Hotel Iban, Hertogsingel 28, ☎ +31 433261316, fax: +31 433217922, e-mail: hotel.iban@planet.nl. Hotel Iban is a small hip 'boutique hotel' with 7 rooms. Every room has its own warm character and the atmosphere is very warm and personal.
  • Hotel MABI, Kleine Gracht 24, ☎ +31 43 351 44 44, fax: +31 43 351 44 55, e-mail: info@hotel-mabi.nl. Just off the market place, must be owned by a group of dentists. Little jars of sweets are everywhere in the public spaces.
  • NH Hotel Maastricht, Forum 110, ☎ +31 43 383 82 81, fax: +31 43 361 58 62, e-mail: nhmaastricht@nh-hotels.com. About a 25 minutes' walk from the city center, but very convenient if you are attending a conference or fair in the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre next door. The hotel is comfortable enough; however, only the "deluxe" rooms really come up to the standards of other NH hotels. The standard rooms look tired by comparison, and some of them are quite noisy.
  • Au Lion d'Or, Hoogbrugstraat 16, ☎ +31 6 46 13 40 51, e-mail: info@auliondor.nl. Traditional 18th century building is full of old details, carefully restored, and comprises a front and a back house. Between them is a city garden where an extensive breakfast is served in the summer. In cooler weather, an open fire and traditional cooking range warmly welcome you to breakfast in the family kitchen in the back house. Two double guest rooms are on the second floor of the front house (up a set of steep Dutch stairs). Each non-smoking guest room has comfortable boxspring beds, its own private bathroom and WC, free wireless internet, and its own unique atmosphere. €115.
  • Hotel Trash Deluxe, Boschstraat 55, ☎ +31 43 852 5500, e-mail: info@trashdeluxe.nl. A trash-themed boutique hotel with 8 rooms, each with a unique theme such as glass, metal and rubber.
  • Beaumont Hotel, Wycker Brugstraat 2, ☎ +31 43 325 4433. Large, good quality rooms. Free minibar (contains a few drinks). Free Internet. In town parking spaces (but not cheap). No pets allowed.
  • Crowne Plaza Maastricht, Ruiterij 1, ☎ +31 43 350 91 91, fax: +31 43 350 91 92, e-mail: cpmaastricht@bilderberg.nl. Quietly situated in the city center on the river Maas.
  • Hotel Derlon, Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 6, ☎ +31 43 321 67 70, fax: +31 43 325 19 33, e-mail: info@derlon.nl. Located on the most beautiful square of the city.
  • Kruisherenhotel, Kruisherengang 19 - 23, ☎ +31 43 329 20 20, fax: +31 43 329 30 30, e-mail: info@kruisherenhotel.com. A beautifully renovated Gothic monastery in the centre, complete with a church, is a rather spectacular stage for an unusually stylish hotel.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are not as widespread as you would expect, but you can easily find one in the popular cities. Most hostels, hotels and camp sites have several computers, so you can keep connected with folk at home. Here is a list of internet cafés that could come in handy for travellers. Otherwise, most libraries have lots of computers and prices are around the €2-3 per hour range, although sometimes it can be even more expensive.

Wireless internet access using wifi is becoming more popular and is usually available at most hotels and increasingly at train stations. Also in trains (at least in most first class wagons, but also more and more in second class) and some buses you can use wifi. Finally, places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi, and smaller individual business like cafés and restaurants are on the rise too offering these services. More often than not, these service tend to be free of charge, though there might be a limited time you can use the internet.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country code for the Netherlands is 31. The outbound international prefix is 00. The general emergency number is 112, like many other countries.
0800 numbers are toll-free and for 09xx numbers are charged at premium rates. Mobile phones have numbers in the 06 range, and calls to cell phones are also priced at higher rates.

From internet cafés, it is also usually possible to make long distance international calls. Like in other countries, telephone booths have almost disappeared, though some are still found around public transport stations, where you can use a few coins to make calls. It is only recommended for local calls.

The cellular phone network in the Netherlands is GSM 900/1800. The main providers of cell phone networks are KPN (Dutch only), T-mobile and Vodafone, who cover the whole country. Other operators, like Hollandsnieuwe, Simyo or Tele2, use one of these 3 networks basically.

It is best to buy a SIM card when in the Netherlands for use in your cellphone, as this usually works out cheaper than using the one from home. If you are planning to study or work in the country and stay for several months, buying a cellphone is the best option. A simple one, sometimes with €10 worth on it, can be bought from around €25. The simplest smartphones are around €75.

Post

The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.64 (2014). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).

Sending items to other EU countries and the rest of the world (there is one price since 2014) will cost €1.05. Stamps are sold at post offices, supermarkets and smaller shops/kiosks; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.

Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between up to 2 kilograms will cost you €9 for destinations within the EU and €18 (both without Track & Trace) to the rest of the world. Prices with Track & Trace start at €13 and €24.30 respectively. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well. For sending parcels, it might be just as competitive and fast to use a company like TNT, UPS or DHL.

If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.

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Population
118,715
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 50.849847
  • Longitude: 5.687259

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