The municipality of Houten is located south-east of Utrecht (between the A12 and A27 motorways and the Lek river) and includes the villages Houten, 't Goy, Schalkwijk and Tull and' t Waal. In the early 1970s, Houten was still a village with about 4,000 inhabitants, but now Houten has more than 48,000 inhabitants and is unique for its urban design structure and ample attention for cyclists and pedestrians. Much of the history is visible: archaeological excavations, the old village center the 'Old Village' and historically interesting buildings were given a place between the new buildings.
Houten has three centers with shops and entertainment venues. The city has its own train station, library, cinema and a cultural center (Theater aan de Slinger).
A lot has been done in the city to stimulate bicycle traffic. Many wide cycle paths and a maximum speed of 30 km per hour in many of the residential areas ensure that it is quiet and safe in Houten.
In the field of education, you will find sufficient supply for all ages and levels including high school. There are also many opportunities to practice sport as well as indoors as outdoors.