Although Maastricht is one of the oldest Dutch cities , it has little to do with the typical Dutch climate. There are no canals or white windmills here, but there are interesting fortifications, underground caves and churches that function as bookstores, lecture halls, and even hotels.
The most original of the Dutch carnivals also takes place here. Every year in February, the streets of the city turn into one big colorful parade. Pubs are bursting at the seams, it's loud and cheerful everywhere, and the beer is pouring in streams.