Maastricht and Venue

TERMIS 2021 will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands at the recently renovated Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC).

Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC) 
Forum 100
6229 GV Maastricht 
The Netherlands








The Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Center (MECC) offers space for trade fairs, congresses and cultural and sporting events. With 30,000 m2 of event halls, 28 meeting rooms and 2 auditoriums, MECC Maastricht offers unique possibilities and the flexibility to realize every congress and event. MECC Maastricht organizes and facilitates conferences, fairs and events in a multifunctional and intimate exhibition and conference center with European allure, where customization is still possible and people actually meet in the ambiance that is so characteristic of Maastricht. 

Maastricht is located in the southeast of the Netherlands, close to the borders of both Belgium and Germany. As a city, it is one of the oldest in the Netherlands with historical architecture and an thriving community. With the Brightlands campus leading the way in materials research, Maastricht is a centre for innovation and is fast becoming recognised as a bio hub on the world stage. Benefitting from having everything within walking distance, Maastricht is a really pleasant city to take a stroll, through lively squares, winding streets and along the river Maas. Within a couple of hours of Maastricht there are 8 Airports including Eindhoven, Brussels Zaventem, and Dusseldorf, with some airline providing onward travel by coach to Maastricht.

'Maastricht in 7 minutes'

For an overview of Maastricht in 7 minutes, please watch the video here: 

Maastricht is the city of life sciences & (bio)materials

  • Life science and (bio)materials represented by two R&D campuses: Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and Brightlands Chemelot Campus
  • Maastricht University as academic partner (6thbest young university in the world)
  • Strongly supported by Maastricht University Medical Centre - Maastricht UMC+
  • 1 of the top  locations in Europe for medical and health science valorization
  • 5 medical and health care related spin-offs per year, on average
  • 8,050 people currently work at the Brightlands Campuses
  • 90 companies are based at the Brightlands Campuses
  • DSM, Sabic, Lanxess, Sappi, BioMedBooster are amongst these companies

Maastricht is the most European city of the Netherlands

  • The ambiance you feel in the streets of Maastricht is similar to the ambiance in French romantic cities
  • Nummerous European and international institutes are based in Maastricht
  • The European Union as we know it nowadays was born in Maastricht (Maastricht Treaty (1991/1992)
  • Maastricht is the proud host of many important European meetings and is host of the TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair)
  • Maastricht as a student city counts 60,000 foreign students

Maastricht is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands and has several places of interest to explore. A stroll through the town will give visitors a glimpse of the historic churches, city walls and quaint town squares. Explore the many interesting things Maastricht has to offer.

In Maastricht culture in all its facets is equal to an experience. A mix of shapes and styles comes in scents and colors are ready for you to experience.

There are only a few places in the world that truly focus on achieving big, radical change. And Brightlands is one of them. A place with great stories of breakthroughs in the field of materials, health and nutrition. At Brightlands we live to find solutions to the great global challenges in materials, health and nutrition. Leading international researchers, entrepreneurs, and students work together on healthy and sustainable solutions. Collaboration and cooperation that crosses scientific, geographical, and organizational boundaries. 

The waltz king André Rieu returns to his birthplace Maastricht every summer with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. The Vrijthof square becomes the backdrop for a huge open-air concert filled with delightful melodies and lots of romance!

The most prestigious Fine Art Fair in the world. Presenting 260 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht showcases some of the best works of art currently on the market for 10 days each year. The art fair attracts more than 72.000 visitors over 10 days.

The Meuse is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. It has a total length of 925 km (575 mi) and the Meuse is the oldest river in the world.

Signed on 7 February 1992 by the members of the European Community in Maastricht. It created the European Union and led to the creation of the single European currency, the Euro.

Maastricht has plenty to interest you in terms of gastronomy, because nearly every cuisine has at least one restaurant here. From Mediterranean and Asian specialities to local delights and from Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional Maastricht working-class pubs, the countless restaurants offer hospitality and quality for every budget. A few restaurants listed below are recommended by the locals of Maastricht.

You can also find a lot of budget friendly restaurants around the three famous squares (Vrijthof Square, Onze Lieve Vrouwen Square and the Market Square).

Please visit the website of the local tourist office for more information about the restaurants in Maastricht;

Enjoy the flavours of Maastricht.

List of restaurants:

Chateau Neercanne (1 Michelin star)
Restaurant Chateau Neercanne has a rich cultural and culinary tradition. The kitchen and restaurant brigade, guarantees a memorable gastronomic experience. They will present you with delicious culinary creations and carefully selected wine. The wine cellar in the candlelit caves makes a beautiful setting for an aperitif. The terrace at the front of the Chateau, with a view of the park, invites guests to dine outdoors in good weather. Note: closed on Mondays / reservation up front is required.

  Chateau Neercanne
  Von Dopfflaan 10

  6213 NG Maastricht



Tout à Fait (1 Michelin star)
This restaurant is located right in the middle of the historical centre of Maastricht, near Our Lady’s Square (Onze Lieve Vrouweplein). The restaurant consists of three attractive levels, a separate section for the aperitif and two restaurant sections, one of them with a view of the open kitchen. Inspired by the seasons, Patron-Cuisinier Bart Ausems surprises you with subtle combinations of tradition and originality. Note: closed for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays / reservation up front is required.

  Tout a Fait
  St. Bernardusstraat 16-18
  6211 HL, Maastricht


Wine restaurant Mes Amis
Feel welcomed as a friend to wine restaurant mes amis. Host Annaline, a passionate wine expert knows how to find the perfect one to accompany your dish. She loves the wines made in Limburg. As an ambassador of the Limburg winemakers she will pour the pearls of the South in your glass. Enjoy a private dinner with friends, family or colleagues? Be welcome at the cozy private dining room on the first floor of the historic building on Tongersestraat, 2 minutes away from the Vrijthof Square. Please note, the restaurant is closed on Tuesday. Note: reservation up front is required.

  Mes Amis
  Tongersestraat 5
  6211 LL Maastricht


Restaurant Bijzonder
We focus on a healthy lifestyle. In our restaurant you enjoy guilty free food ;) Everything is home-made, from our (gluten-free) bread to the oven-baked sweet potato lasagna or the well-filled beef meatloaf. Vegetables are priority at Bijzonder, which means that vegetarians and vegans have already found their way to our restaurant. But feel free to bring your meat-loving company with you;). We created some good flavoured dishes too. Note: closed for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays / reservation up front is required.

  Restaurant Bijzonder
  Luikerweg 33
  6212 ET Maastricht
  +31 (0)43 311 0003


We shop for our ingredients each morning, inspecting everything for freshness, look, and feel. Our belief is that all flavours must be pure and unadulterated, with a presentation to match. That is the epitome of great food. And it's not just the Italians who understand the importance of presentation. Mediterraneo serves delicious dishes in a relaxing setting. Note: closed on Sundays and Mondays / reservation up front is required.

Rechtstraat 73
6221 EH, Maastricht

Brasserie FLO
Brasserie FLO Maastricht is an excellent location for culinary lovers of the French kitchen. The French ambience combined with the modern look and great French food, makes this location the place for a perfect night out. The menu offers typical French dishes with original culinary creations and an extensive selection of the best oysters, shellfish and champagne.

  Brasserie FLO maastricht
  Stationsstraat 28
  6221 BR Maastricht


Located in a stately building on the elegant Wycker Brugstraat in the exciting district of Wyck, known as the 'Petit Paris' of Maastricht. Harry's is an international brasserie which is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and for brunch on Sundays. They offer timeless brasserie classics prepared using the very best ingredients. Harry's serves unpretentious food and beverages in a relaxed, comfortable setting. The restaurant is part of Hotel Beaumont and it's recommended to reserve a table up front.

  Wycker Brugstraat 2
  6221 EC Maastricht


't Pakhoes
This lovely restaurant is situated in the "Wyck" district nearby the river Maas. Located in an old warehouse. In our unique kitchen, we make dishes that people specifically come for, such as skate, cod, Australian beef fillet, Lamb chops. Exceptional things that you would not eat at home because too much work is involved. Our guest can sense our enthusiasm. Please note, the restaurant is closed on Sundays / It's recommended to reserve a table up front.

  't Pakhoes
  Waterpoort 4-6
  6221 GB Maastricht


Eetcafé Céramique
Passion for food is the  feeling they would like to share with you. Eetcafé Céramique offers a large selection of vegetarian dishes and as organic as possible. The most important thing of their meal is the origin of the ingredients. Surprise yourself!





Eetcafé Céramique
Rechtstraat 78
6221 EL Maastricht

De Brandweer (fire station)
Till the mid 90's this was a fire station. Since 2015 it is a place where you can eat and relax. The restaurant serves biologica and local food. Please note, the restaurant is closed on Mondays / It's recommended to reserve a table up front.

  Capucijnenstraat 21
  6211 RN Maastricht
  +31(0)43 852 2229




Steakhouse Carnal
You can find this restaurant in the Wyck district, the trendy city part of Maastricht. Carnal means relaxed enjoyment in an atmospheric restaurant. Steakhouse Carnal serves state of the art grill dishes like Entre Cote, Rib Eye and Spare Ribs. Except steak, the kitchen prepares various meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

  Steakhouse Carnal
  Wycker Brugstraat 35
  6221 EB Maastricht

Eetcafé Rilette
Rillette comes from the French word rillettes, which is derived from "rille" (piece of pork). The base of the kitchen consists of homemade pesto and fresh products originate largely in the southern cuisine, like delicious rillettes of duck. Please note, it's recommended to reserve a table up front.

  Eetcafé Rilette
  Sint Pieterstraat 54
  6211 JP Maastricht

Il Bacaro
A real Italian "bar e cucina" (bar and kitchen) restaurant situated at the famous Vrijthof Square. Il Bacaro offers a great Italian food experience with a small Maastricht touch. If you are looking for a good Italian dish, this is the place to go. 

  Il Bacaro 
  Vrijthof 16E
  6211 LD Maastricht





Pieke Potloed
Pieke Potloed is located in the heart of Maastricht. From the outside, it is a lovely, authentic café on a charming side street in the middle of the city centre. Restaurant Pieke Potloed serves typical local dishes like the authentic unnesop (onion soup) topped with melted cheese, zoervleis (meat stew) and knien in ‘t zoer (marinated rabbit), and generous portions of satay. Everything is prepared according to authentic, traditional methods. If you are looking for an informal and local dining experience, this is the restaurant to go.

  Pieke Potloed
  Sporenstraat 5
  6211 EB Maastricht