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I travelled to this vibrant city in the month of July. The Andre Rieu concerts take place during the first 3 weeks of this month. Travellers from all over the world gather here. The atmosphere is electric and there is nowhere else in the world you would rather be.

Now where in the world is this magical place you ask? Maastricht is in Holland.

To get here from Ireland you can fly from Cork and Dublin.

The Closest Airports are: Cologne, Brussels and Amsterdam with a transfer time of 1.5 to 2 Hours.

where to stay.

Novum Apple Hotel ****

Crown Plaza *****

Or for something completely different The Kruisherenhotel Maastricht *****

The Kruisherenhotel was originally a 15th century church. Today it has been transformed into a modern and luxurious hotel. On the ground floor they have a gallery alongside the restaurant /bar area where you can purchase your very own original piece of art! It is most certainly worth a visit whether you choose to stay here or not.

The Crown Plaza is right in the hub of Maastricht .It is an elegant and opulent hotel. The outside dining area sits alongside the canal, so you can relax and unwind after your flight while soaking up all the atmosphere and
bikes whizzing by...

...The Novum Apple is only a whisper from the bustling centre of Maastricht. There is a very relaxing walk-way into the city from here which I did myself it only takes 20 minutes but it is best to do in the morning as it may be too hot in the afternoon. Also provided by the hotel is a free shuttle bus which will have you in the centre of the city in 10 minutes. The hotel is styled in American theme with fun photo opportunities in front of a Harley Davison or even the statue of liberty! There is a lovely Bar/restaurant onsite, you are never left waiting, the staff here are excellent and very attentive. There is also an outside bar area where you can enjoy a meal and drink before heading off to your concert.

the concert –what to expect

Most concert goers will descend into the city an hour before the show begins.

Our shuttle bus leaves at 7.30pm from the Novum Apple Park and drops the group at the town hall which is only a 5 minute walk (10 in heels) from the concert. The bus remains at the same location for pick up back to the hotel after the concert.

If you are staying in the city centre hotels, you can simply walk straight to the concert location.

Once inside the grounds of the concert there are several stalls and vendor’s .A majority of these will only accept cash so please remember this if you wish to purchase refreshments or programmes before the concert.

The concert is fully seated, with large viewing screens either side of the main stage.

The concert begins at 9pm sharp! and ends at approx. 11.45pm

It really is an experience of a lifetime, all the songs tell a story and lift your spirt right up into the skies above in Maastricht. Prepare to be astounded!

the city

Within the city there are several architectural delights to enjoy .Before you notice you will have spent hours strolling through the streets and alongside the historic buildings. It is easy to navigate your way around and most hotels will provide you with a city map. As well as Andre Rieu ,Maastricht is also famous for their beautiful churches and cobble streets .These will provide the perfect back drop to any holiday picture.

The most popular method of getting around, is by either bicycle or moped. These are also available to hire if you are feeling Brave!

To see more of the city You can take a boat trip from the canal ,These run daily and take approx 1 hour .They will take you to see local caves and give you the best skyline of the city you can get!

Also if shopping is your thing …Maastricht will not disappoint. It has an extensive choice of shops on every corner. All the major brands and also some local shopping.

By the afternoon the city bustling, with restaurants on every corner with unlimited choice of cuisine.

No matter what your interest .Maastricht has a little bit of something for everyone. Why don’t you come and see for yourself…

Written by Laura Kelly

Laura is a Senior Travel Agent here at Stein Travel and loves helping each and every customer find their perfect holiday getaway.

Written by Laura Kelly

Laura is a Senior Travel Agent here at Stein Travel and loves helping
each and every customer find their perfect holiday getaway.

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