Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Originally an ancient Roman city, today it is the home of some 120.000 inhabitants in the south of The Netherlands. It has a beautiful medieval inner-city and is widely known for its history, culture, art, good restaurants, luxury shopping and high-level interdisciplinary education. Generally known as the venue of the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 and as “the balcony of Europe”, it has a distinctly international orientation. The center of Maastricht is very compact. Large parts of the center are for pedestrians only and most of the sights are within walking distance. In the early 19th century Maastricht became one of the largest industrial towns of the country. Recently many old factory buildings are renovated and adapted to new purposes.