Prof. Nicole Bouvy, EAES 2024 Congress PresidentMaastricht, once founded by the Romans, is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and picturesque surroundings and holds a unique place in European history. It was in this very city that the Maastricht Treaty, a landmark agreement that paved the way for the creation of the European Union, was signed in 1992. As we gather here to explore the latest advancements in minimal invasive surgery, we are reminded of the spirit of collaboration and unity that Maastricht embodies—a spirit that aligns perfectly with the goals of our congress.
The 32nd international EAES Congress is taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands. This is an accessible location whether you are travelling by air, train, public transport or car. Maastricht is located in the south of the Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium and Germany. From these countries, as well as from the UK, France, Switserland and Austria the best way to travel is probably by train or car.
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Arriving by train
The main railway station is in the city centre: Maastricht Central station. The Maastricht-Randwyck train station is 250 metres from MECC Maastricht, and is connected to an international rail network. There are also regular connections to Maastricht Central Station which is part of the (inter)national rail network.
From the Central Station, most cities in the region and the country can easily be reached by rail.
Arriving by air
Maastricht has one small international airport. If you travel by plane it is probably easier to fly into Schiphol International airport or Eindhoven International airport and take a train from there to Maastricht. Other airports in the close facinity are Brussels Zavetum Airport (Belgium), Düsseldorf Airport (Germany),
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (Belgium) and Köln-Bonn Airport (Germany).
Arriving by car
The MECC is easily accessible by car. The MECC has a total of 2,200 parking spaces and 26 charging stations for electric cars.
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