Events and entertainment

Well-known events in and around Maastricht are the Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands’ only classic cycling race), Magical Maastricht around Christmastime featuring a huge outdoor skating rink on Vrijthof Square, the Preuvenemint in August, the world-famous TEFAF art and antiques fair, and, of course, the carnival or Vastelaovend as it is called here, and which is celebrated exuberantly. Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in the world. Thanks to its rich history, abundant tourist facilities, and a flourishing cultural and natural environment, Maastricht is a city that you cannot help but enjoy visiting or living in.