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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Maastricht is a municipality, and capital of the province of Limburg. The city is situated on both sides of the Meuse river in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands between Belgium and Germany. The name of city is derived from its Latin name Trajectum Ad Mosam, referring to the bridge built by the Romans during the reign of Augustus Caesar. According to the 2005 census, population was 121,573, density 2,140 square kilometers, and area 60.06 square kilometers.
For years, the city has been arguing with Nijmegen as to which of them is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Nijmegen was the first city with Roman city rights in what is now the Netherlands. Maastricht was the first with Medieval city rights, a system which evolved to the current system and, thanks to the Romans, the first settlement with city allure. However, Maastricht was without a doubt the first settlement in the Netherlands. Roman sources mention a Celtic settlement at the location they used for the bridge. Other sources mention a Celtic settlement at a rivercrossing near where now Wyck is located.
Maastricht is served by Maastricht Aachen Airport with scheduled flights to Amsterdam and Berlin as well as popular holiday destinations during the Summer season. In Maastricht various buslines serve the majority of the city and suburbs. The regional bus network stretches to most of parts of Southern-Limburg as well as to Belgium and Germany. By train; the Nederlandse Spoorwegen serves both the main station of Maastricht and the station located near the business and university district. A railway branch passes through Maastricht that runs south to Liege, Belgium and north into the rest of The Netherlands, where it has a branch to Heerlen.

A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Maastricht is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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