You might be lost in a wide range of fascinating locations offered by Model United Nations. No worries, there is a special place in which you still have not been at or even have not heard of, yet. Maastricht will surprise you with a number of reasons to visit it for EuroMUN.
First of all, the outstanding feature of Maastricht is its distinct history. It is considered as the oldestcity in the Netherlands inhabited since Roman times. During the Middle Ages it was part of the heartland of the Carolingian Empire and the significant strategic location in the Dutch Republic during the 16th-19th centuries. Peculiar historical past of Maastricht can still be sensed in well-preserved 1,450 monuments and historic buildings (nearly as many as in Amsterdam), picturesque squares, old bridge or stone-paved romantic streets curving the inner city with which you will have a possibility to get more closely acquainted during EuroMUN.
Furthermore, a modern neighborhood of Céramique, with impressive architectural highlights such as Bonnefanten Museum or CentreCéramique (public library and exhibition space), is seen as a bridge between the significant past and modern future. And what is the best about Maastricht – you can reach both ends of this diminutive city by foot in just half an hour and explore the cradle, as well as sense the future of Europe. Afterlong hours of negotiations in EuroMUN or sightseeing, Maastricht will offer you a number of ways to relax since it is widely popular for shopping, recreation and high quality restaurants. Vrijthof, the best-known square in the city, or Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, a picturesque tree-lined square, provide you with an abundance of pavement cafes. The gourmands can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, six of which can boast of having Michelin stars. Needless to say, ‘shopaholics’ can wind through exquisite shopping streets filled with boutiques or Mosae Forum – a brand new shopping centre in a market place.
But most important of all is the international character of Maastricht. It is well known for the multilingual population due to the proximity to the German and Belgian borders and Maastricht University with outstanding number of international students. Moreover, like no other city in Europe, Maastricht has incredibly easy access to major European cities such as Brussels (95.1 km), Amsterdam (175.1 km.), Luxembourg (141.4 km) Düsseldorf (86.2 km) or Paris (326.6 km), which are reachable with no longer than 3 hours trip by train. Thus, do not miss a unique chance to be easily connected to the mainland of Europe.
Now, there is no wonder why the European Union was born here in 1992 with Maastricht Treaty, considered as a milestone of European Union due to three outstanding features. It established economic and monetary union opening the Eurozone area which allows Member States to share a single currency.
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