Maaseik ( Limburg: Mezeik ) is a city in the province of Limburg in the Flanders region of Belgium and is the seat of the district Maaseik. She had 24,828 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2012) and an area of ​​77.06 km ².

  • 3.1 Mayor
  • 4.1 Museums
  • 4.2 Structures
  • 4.3 Regular events
  • 6.1 Sons and daughters of the town


Geographical Location

The city is situated on the Meuse about 30 km north of Maastricht, about 25 km west of Heinberg and south of the Maasplassen. She is part of the Meuse- Rhine.


In 1244 Maaseik had received the city rights. 1684 was a big fire disaster in the city. The Meuse is navigable to the amount of Maaseik since 1822nicht more. North of Maaseik, near the municipal border with Ophoven ( Kinrooi ), it is still navigable. In the past, however, until the 19th century, the Meuse River was navigable up to the height of the center of Maaseik. Maaseik had a Maas harbor, the pier can still be seen. This was possible because no water was drained for the channels and by the reduced depth of the ships. Today Maaseik has a marina. Marina Men Laak is located in the village of Aldeneik, in a former gravel pit which is connected to the Meuse.



The city's mayor, Jan Creemers (January 2005).

Culture and sights


  • The Archaeological Museum ( Regionaal Archeologisch Museum ), opened in 1987, with exhibits from the period of 70000 years BC to the 20th century. Particularly worth seeing the exhibits from Roman times apply.
  • The Pharmacy Museum ( Apotheekmuseum ) with the oldest pharmacies establishment of Belgium from the 17th century
  • The bakery museum ( De kelderbakkerij ) with the bakery equipment from the 17th Century
  • The Treasury of Catharinakerk in which, among others is a Gospel Book from the 8th century
  • Van Eyck tentoonstelling


Among the attractions of the city include:

  • The Grote Markt with the buildings from the 17th century and the 18th century as well as the Town Hall (Stadhuis ) from 1827
  • The road Bosstraat with numerous buildings in the Renaissance style

Regular events

The Maaseik Mid-Lent parade, the oldest Belgian carnival procession is carried out annually since 1865.


Maaseik, Church: en Sint Catharinakerk


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Herlind of Aldeneyk (c. 695 in Maaseik, † around 750 in Aldeneyk on the Meuse ), a Catholic saint
  • Jan van Eyck (c. 1390 )
  • Stefan Teelen ( b. 1979 )
  • Ramazan Çevik (* 1992) Turkish- Belgian footballer