Maastricht is an appealing city situated in the southeast of The Netherlands.

Thanks to its location at the crossroads of Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany it is often addressed as the center of Europe.

With its Roman history and maze of tunnels, Maastricht is a member of the “Most Ancient European Towns Network”, offering a wide range of cultural activities and sights to explore during your visit.

However, the city is not just about history: with its lively nightlife, beautiful cafés, markets, shopping areas and nearby vineyards, Maastricht caters to everyone’s needs.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to relax on a boat trip on the Meuse, attend a concert by André Rieu or experience the city’s culinary hotspots and join us at IAPD 2023.

Vrijthof Square
Vrijthof Square has been called the most beautiful square in the country. Perhaps because it is the cultural heart of the city. This square has attracted people since Medieval times when pilgrims came to see the grave of Saint Servatius. These days, Vrijthof is known for its outdoor cafés and events.
Basilica of St. Servatius
This historical church was dedicated to Saint Servatius, an Armenian missionary who died and was buried in Maastricht. The grave of the saint, as well as the many relics in the church treasury, made the basilica a popular pilgrimage site. The basilica, which is the oldest in the Netherlands, has one of the most magnificent treasure rooms of Europe
The Bonnefanten Museum
This is Maastricht’s main art museum which holds a mixture of medieval and contemporary art. The structure itself is a great architectonic highlight. The first floor highlights Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting as well as the museum’s extensive collection of Medieval sculpture. The second floor exhibits contemporary art with a focus on American Minimalism, Italian Arte Povera and Concept Art.
Cafés and terraces
Maastricht is known as the most ‘bon vivant’ city in Holland. Everywhere you go, you can enjoy excellent food and drink in beautiful surroundings. You can choose from countless terraces and cafés. You can also discover the history of the old brewery and the centuries-old watermill that still grinds grain for the bakery.
The City Park and the vineyards of Maastricht
The City Park is a perfect place to explore the rich history in and around the park. Climb the centuries-old city walls to take in the beauty of Maastricht for a moment. The vineyards of Maastricht are some of the oldest in Holland, initially planted back in Roman times. You can visit these vineyards, just outside the city, and taste Pinot Noir, Riesling and Müller-Thürgau.
St. Peter’s Caves
In one of the highest spots in Holland, miles of tunnels make for a unique experience. A tour beneath Saint Peter’s Mount near Maastricht allows you to explore the caves that were excavated by men through the centuries.
Getting to

By Plane

Maastricht is easily reachable by plane, as it is surrounded by a number of international airports, including major hubs like Amsterdam Schiphol, Brussels Airport-Zaventem and Düsseldorf International Airport.

Smaller airports near the city include: Maastricht-Aachen Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Cologne-Boon Airport, Düsseldorf Weeze Airport.

For airport transfers to Maastricht, you can book a shuttle service available at the airport.

If you are flying with KLM, there is a KLM Bus Service available between Schiphol and Maastricht. To travel with this service, you should book a KLM ticket stating that Maastricht will be your end destination. KLM-Bus can only be used if the service is visibly included on your ticket. For more information, visit

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By Train

Given its location at the center of Europe, Maastricht is also at the center of the European railway network and offers a large number of national, as well as international connections. Multiple major cities are only a short train ride away:

  • Brussels (1.5 hrs)
  • Amsterdam (2.5 hrs)
  • Paris (3.5 hrs)
  • London (4 hrs)
  • Düsseldorf (3 hrs)
  • Cologne (2.5 hrs)

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By Car

If you prefer driving to the congress, Maastricht is also easily accessible through various highways: E25/A2 (Amsterdam-Luxembourg), E40 (Cologne-Brussels), E42 (Liège-Paris), E314 (Maastricht-Aachen).


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Airline Discounts

We are proud to announce that we have chosen SkyTeam as Official Alliance Network for air travel. We would like to offer to all attendees seamless air travel via SkyTeam Global Meetings to IAPD 2023. Our registered Global Meetings event will offer you attractive airfares. By booking and purchasing your airline ticket, you will be favored with:

  • Savings – exclusive discounts up to a 15% in Business and Economy Class
  • Convenience – 19 SkyTeam member airlines will empower the most convenient itinerary for each attendee.
  • Reward Miles – willing to save on your future travels? Earn Miles on your flyer program with the SkyTeam membership program.
  • Valuable Services – SkyTeam Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers will experience SkyPriority, the alliance network red-carpet treatment, and will get access to the exclusive SkyTeam lounges.
  • SkyTeam Network – travel to Maastricht from virtually anywhere in the world with over 14,500 daily flights covering more than 1,150 destinations in 175 countries.

Receive your discount (up to -15%) after registration for IAPD 2023.


MECC Maastricht’s renovated conference centre was completed last June (2022) after undergoing a major upgrade and expansion. MECC Maastricht’s brand-new conference centre has won the top national award for Best Conference Location for 2021. Trade magazine Meetings presents the annual Meeting Awards to the best meeting and event venues in the Netherlands. For more than three decades, MECC Maastricht has been the trusted venue for many international conferences, exhibitions and events.

MECC Maastricht

The Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC) is the ideal meeting place at the heart of Europe. Hospitality, service, compactness and ambiance continue to guarantee MECC Maastricht a high rating. Due to intensive collaboration with, among others, Maastricht Health Campus, Academic Hospital Maastricht (azM), University of Maastricht and Maastricht Convention Bureau, MECC Maastricht is leading in (multi-day, international) medical conferences.

MECC Maastricht
Forum 100
6229 GV Maastricht
The Netherlands