Utrecht city is the ‘capital’ city of Utrecht Region. With its 352.795 inhabitants it is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. With the youngest population of any Dutch city, Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, and inspiring environment. Utrecht is both the fastest growing and most healthiest city in the Netherlands. On top of that, Utrecht is considered one of the happiest cities in the world, according to the United Nations.
Utrecht can rightfully be called a central meeting point. The city is located at the intersection of the most important highways of the Netherlands. Schiphol International Airport is within easy reach, just 30 minutes away. The largest railway station of the Netherlands connects Utrecht with many national and international destinations.
Given that Utrecht has the highest percentage of population enrolled in higher education and an increasing number of internationals calling Utrecht home, Utrecht has a welcoming character. With many squares, restaurants of all kinds, cinemas and theatres, the city of Utrecht offers something for everyone.
Utrecht’s city centre combines narrow streets, canals and storied buildings full of character with a minimum of automotive traffic. The city centre has many advantages, being located within minutes’ walk of Utrecht central station and offering an increasingly diverse range of restaurants and leisure activities.
The northeast is centred around Griftpark. The area has a mix of houses both more than a century old and newer, creatively designed houses. What makes this area so unique is that despite its high density of housing, there is still a lot of green space within the streets.
Utrecht-East (Wilhelminapark area)
The area in Utrecht with the highest standard is the Wilhelminapark area. It’s here that you can find a full range of restaurants and cafes and many sizeable houses full of unique character. The area is located right between the city centre and Utrecht Science Park. There is also easy access by car to the ringroad.
Utrecht-West (Oog in Al)
A relatively affordable area is the Oog in Al neighbourhood. Oog in Al is located close to the city centre and the ringroad. While Oog in Al is relaxed in character, it’s also quite lively, due to places like SOIA, an urban beach which hosts many festivals.
A new neighbourhood on the west side of Utrecht is Leidsche Rijn. Started to develop just a few years ago, it is very suitable for families. Prices are relatively low and properties are relatively large here. Recently, the Leidsche Rijn Centre - with amenities such as a cinema, restaurants, bars and a wide range of stores - opened. With its own train station there is a perfect connection to Utrecht central station.