I did not realize that Andre Rieu beats over head everybody else with his orchestra and mass performances in Netherlands - where exactly this market place is? I watched one of his shows on TV and also somebody sent me a clip from his performance.
Did any of you participate in any of these mass performances with hundreds of pair dancing? I think, there is an amazing and magnetic atmosphere there, and also a bit of populism. Still if I had a chance I would love to be a part of it.
Jaga, He does perform in Maastricht. He is, by far, my favorite performer. I have many of his concerts on my PC and TV in HD and watch them often. Some day. before I go on to my permanent duty station I would love to attend one of his concerts.
Here is something for all:
Andre Rieu Kraków 2015 Full Concert Sumary & Full HD
Here is one of my favorites:
André Rieu 100 Years Of Strauss FULL CONCERT
I have had a recurring dream throughout my life. I am in a concert hall with a full tail tux and holding a glass of champagne and dancing waltzes to Strauss with a beautiful women dressed in a gorgeous gown. Someday in some realm of existence I will accomplish this.
It is probably on the Vrijthof (Maastrichts: de Vriethof) a square in the innercity of Maastricht. It is the largest square in the Limburgian capital. The square is known for it's many monuments (under who the for the Netherlands unique 'churchtwins'), various cultural provisions, a large quantity of café terraces and the events which take place there quite regularly, under whom ANDRE RIEU mass live concerts. ANDRE RIEU's loves the Viennese Waltz and the music of Johann Strauss and that's why his orchestra is called the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
thanks! I did not even realize that Andre Rieu is so popular until somebody posted a video on my facebook and then I recognized him in PBC concert and then... I realized that I saw his tribute to Cohen.
He is an interesting person - talented but also powerful and he can connect the old traditional music with the newer trends.
Pieter, I never been in Maastrichts, but this is apparently the oldest city in Netherlands, although it is almost a boarder town with Belgium
You would love it. Yesterday, I had a nearly hours long conversation with a TV colleague who has a Belgian Flemish partner. And for a long time we chatted about the linguistic, cultural, dialectical, mentality, way of living differences between the North (above the Rhine river) and the South (below the Rhine river) in the Netherlands. I said it before the Southern people speak with a Soft-G accent, and have a different way of using Dutch language. If you go further South and cross the Dutch-Belgian border the differences even become bigger. But in the South-East the language barrier already starts linguistically with the Limburgian dialects. You have the North-Limburg dialect, the South-Limburg dialects, the East-Limburg -German border- Limburg dialect and you have the West-Limburg dialects which are influenced by the Brabant language linguistically because it is on the North-Brabant border.
Maastricht is not only a unique, beautiful, ancient and historical city, it also has it's own unique city dailect, which is a Southern-Limburg dialect. Maastricht is so close to Germany and Belgium that it has German and Belgian elements and influences next to Dutch ones. Ad that makes the city unique.
You will feel at home there due to the Southern Dutch Catholic cultural climate with old Roman-Catholic churches, chapels, city castles, old buildings, chanals, bridges and the relaxed way the Maastricht people and foreign visitors behave there. Maastricht isn't only popular with Dutch visitors, but also Belgians, Germans, French people and others love to visit the city.
Maastricht (Dutch: [maːˈstrɪxt] (About this sound listen); Limburgish (incl. Maastrichtian): Mestreech [məˈstʀeˑx]; French: Maestricht (archaic); Spanish: Mastrique (archaic)) is a city and a municipality in the southeast of the Netherlands. It is the capital and largest city of the province of Limburg. Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse river (Dutch: Maas), at the point where the Jeker river joins it. It is adjacent to the border with Belgium.
Maastricht developed from a Roman settlement to a Medieval religious centre. In the 16th century it became a garrison town and in the 19th century an early industrial city. Today, the town is a thriving cultural and regional hub. It became well-known through the Maastricht Treaty and as the birthplace of the euro. Maastricht has 1677 national heritage buildings (Rijksmonumenten), the second highest number in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation, and has a large international student population. Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network and is part of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, which includes nearby German and Belgian cities Aachen, Eupen, Hasselt, Liège and Tongeren. The Meuse-Rhine Euroregion is a metropolis with a population of about 3.9 million with several international universities.
Maastricht, gemeente (municipality), southeastern Netherlands. It lies along the Meuse (Maas) River at the junction of the Juliana, Liège-Maastricht, and Zuid-Willems canals. Maastricht is the principal city in the southeastern appendix of The Netherlands and is only 2 miles (3 km) from the Belgian border.
It was the site of the Roman settlement Trajectum ad Mosam (“Ford on the Meuse”) and was later the seat of a bishop from 382 to 721. The town was held by the dukes of Brabant after 1204, coming under the joint sovereignty of Brabant and the prince-bishops of Liège in 1284 and of Liège and the Dutch Estates-General in 1632. It was taken by the Spanish in 1579, by Prince Frederick Henry of Orange in 1632, and by the French in 1673, 1748, and 1794, but it successfully resisted the Belgians in 1830–32. Portions of its old fortifications—Helpoort (1229), the Pater Fink Tower, and 16th- and 17th-century bastions—remain. Attacked on the first day of the German invasion of the Low Countries in 1940, Maastricht was the first Dutch town to be liberated, in 1944. Following a 1991 meeting of the European Communities that was held in Maastricht, an accord (known as the Maastricht Treaty) was signed calling for the establishment of a European Union, with common policies on economics, foreign affairs, security, and immigration.
Helpoort in Maastricht
The Pater Fink Tower
Maastricht’s landmarks include the St. Servatius Bridge (c. 1280) over the Meuse; the Dinghuis, or former courthouse (c. 1475); and the town hall (1658–64). The cathedral, dedicated to St. Servatius, was founded by Bishop Monulphus in the 6th century; it is the oldest church in The Netherlands, although rebuilt and enlarged from the 11th to the 15th century. The Protestant Church of St. John, with a 246-foot (75-metre) tower, originally served as its parish church. The much-restored Church of Our Lady has remnants of 10th-century crypts. There are many other medieval churches, as well as fine houses in regional Renaissance and French styles. Maastricht is the site of the University of Limburg (1976), a music conservatory, a symphony orchestra, art academies, and several museums.
To the south are the sandstone (marl) quarries of St. Pietersberg, comprising more than 200 miles (322 km) of underground man-made passages worked from Roman times to the 19th century. They served to hide peasants and cattle during the wars with Spain and art treasures and refugees during World War II. There are four castles in the neighbourhood of Maastricht.
The St. Pietersberg in Maastricht
An early trade was carried on in cloth, leather, hardware, and building materials. Until the coming of the railways in 1853, however, Maastricht did not reap the full advantages of its central position between the mining and industrial cities of Heerlen and Kampen (both in The Netherlands), Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle; in Germany), and Liège (in Belgium). Its manufactures now include pottery, glass, crystal, cement, and paper. Tourism and printing are important, and there is a trade in beer, grain, vegetables, and butter. Pop. (2007 est.) 119,038.
Because of its eccentric location in the southeastern Netherlands, and its geographical and cultural proximity to Belgium and Germany, integration of Maastricht and Limburg into the Netherlands did not come about easily. Maastricht retained a distinctly non-Dutch appearance during much of the 19th century and it was not until the First World War that the city was forced to look northwards.
20th century and onwards
Early in World War II, the city was taken by the Germans during the Battle of Maastricht in May 1940. On 13 and 14 September 1944 it was the first Dutch city to be liberated by Allied forces. The three Meuse bridges were destroyed or severely damaged during the war. As elsewhere in the Netherlands, the majority of Maastricht Jews died in Nazi concentration camps.
During the latter half of the century, traditional industries (such as the famous Maastricht potteries) declined and the city shifted to a service economy. Maastricht University was founded in 1976. Several European institutions have found their base in Maastricht. In 1992, the Maastricht Treaty was negotiated and signed here, leading to the creation of the European Union and the euro.
In recent years, under mayor Gerd Leers, Maastricht launched a campaign against drug-related problems. Leers instigated a controversial plan to relocate some of the cannabis coffee shops—where the purchase of soft drugs in limited quantities is tolerated—from the city centre to the outskirts, in an attempt to stop foreign buyers from causing trouble in the downtown area. Although the so-called "coffee corner plan" has not been entirely abandoned, the new mayor Onno Hoes has given priority to the Dutch government's approach of limiting entrance to 'coffee shops' to Dutch adults only, and to tackle the problem of drug runners in cooperation with the city of Rotterdam (where the majority of drug runners are from).
Large parts of the city centre have been redeveloped, including the area around the main railway station, the main shopping streets, the Entre Deux and Mosae Forum shopping centres, and the Maasboulevard promenade along the Meuse. Also, a new quarter, including the new Bonnefanten Museum, a public library, a theatre and several housing blocks designed by international architects, was built on the grounds of the former Céramique potteries near the town centre. As a result, Maastricht looks notably smarter. Further large-scale projects, such as the redevelopment of the Sphinx and Belvédère areas, are underway.
Pieter, good information and thanks for adding a city tour. Yes, Maastricht has to be unique and not exactly like the rest of Netherlands, but maybe the fact that it did not develop for the last 100 years allowed the town to keep its uniqueness. Just like Krakow - that never had the same role like during Jagiellonian dynasty's time.
Thanks for adding the short video of the town. The bridge and houses looked for me a bit like Amsterdam, but I don't know enough about Netherlands to know its subtle differences as you said there is much more to it:
"You would love it. Yesterday, I had a nearly hours long conversation with a TV colleague who has a Belgian Flemish partner. And for a long time we chatted about the linguistic, cultural, dialectical, mentality, way of living differences between the North (above the Rhine river) and the South (below the Rhine river) in the Netherlands. "
For me the difference between Amsterdam and Maastricht is huge. Amsterdam is a dynamic old city with a lot of traffic and tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every day. It's the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. Maastricht is much smaller, more cosy, easy going, Southern, and has much more Belgian and German influence. The atmosphere in Maastricht is very different than in Amsterdam, because Maastricht and Amsterdam people are different. You will hear more French in Maastricht, because it is close to the Walloon city Liège, which is a french language Belgian city, and due to the other Walloon Belgian and French visitors next to the Dutch import from the North and the Limburgian influence.
It is hard to describe. Karl will understand it as a North-German. It's like North-Germany and the Southern-German Bavaria, Limburg is the Dutch Bayern. They are Southern-Dutch and I am Northern Dutch in mentality and culture and language. I immediately recognise a Limburgian or Brabant people from their language, the way they behave and etc. Maybe you have the same in Poland like you said about Kraków. That Warsaw is very different than Kraków.