In 2013, the 300th anniversary of the Peace Treaty of Utrecht will be celebrated in a grand way. The real festivities will only begin on 11 April 2013, but over the next few years many events will lead up to the celebrations. Utrecht is looking to top its efforts in 1713 with an incredible and unforgettable calendar of events. In case you're not an historian, the Peace Treaty of Utrecht was signed on 11 April 1713: a treaty that ended almost two centuries of war in Europe. Prior to this historic event, Utrecht functioned as host, partner and stage for an international group of dignitaries that determined Europe's future. This was the first peace treaty ever to be realised solely by diplomacy and Utrecht played a large role with its incredible hospitality that lasted 18 months!