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Celts lived here around 500 BC, at a spot where the river Meuse was shallow and therefore easy to cross.
It is not known when the Romans arrived in Maastricht, or whether the settlement was founded by them.
The Meuse-Rhine Euroregion is a metropolis with a population of about 3.9 million with several international universities.
It is the capital and largest city of the province of Limburg.Neanderthal remains have been found to the west of Maastricht (Belvédère excavations).Of a later date are Palaeolithic remains, between 8,000 and 25,000 years old.Merovingian coins minted in Maastricht have been found in many places throughout Europe.In the 10th century Maastricht briefly became the capital of the duchy of Lower Lorraine.