Cities and neighbourhoods
Utrecht Region is located right in the centre of the Netherlands, where storied history and 21st century science easily blend. We provide a vibrant, creative, young, inspiring and international environment for realising leading innovations that help people live greener, smarter and healthier lives. The region has a long and rich cultural history. Take a stroll along the lively canals in one of our beautiful cities and discover the countless monuments and world heritage sites. If you prefer nature, you can go by bike and cycle along the rivers and through the woods and you will be surprised by the impressive citadels, forts, castles, gorgeous rivers and lakes that you are likely to pass.
Thinking of moving to Utrecht Region? You can choose from one of our beautiful 26 municipalities. We made a selection for you on this page to browse through, and find the perfect place for you to live. Or download the UR Home brochure for more information about our cities & Neighbourhoods.
With the youngest population of any Dutch city, Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, and inspiring environment. Utrecht is both the fastest growing and most healthy city in the Netherlands. On top of that, Utrecht is considered one of the happiest cities in the world, according to the United Nations.
Abcoude is located just outside Amsterdam, in the middle of the characteristic Dutch green polder landscape. It is a charming village with many beautiful authentic residential houses and buildings. Many houses in Abcoude have a large garden and you will also find a lot of green in the area.
Nature, diversity and innovation; De Bilt is located very close to the city centre of Utrecht, yet here you will find nature and peace. De Bilt is perfect for recreation as it is very green, full of forests, parks, swamps and meadows, but it also offers a great variety of shops, restaurants, schools and other facilities.
Houten is a fascinating new community with roots in the past. With a lot of greenery and water, it is a healthy and pleasant living climate. This area is unique for its urban design structure and ample attention for cyclists and pedestrians. Houten is also a popular business location in the centre of the Netherlands.
Nieuwegein is both close to the city of Utrecht and the countryside, offering affordable housing in an economically strong area. The municipality came into its own from the 1970s forward, as it rapidly began to develop to meet the increasing demand for family housing near Utrecht. Because of this, Nieuwegein is at its core a very young and thriving city.
Characteristic of the Zeist municipality is the predominately green character including lakes, canals and other waters, both in the village and outside. It is located near the motorways A12 and A28 and railway station Driebergen-Zeist offering a direct connection with Utrecht Central Station and Amsterdam Zuid.
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Are you lost in all the options and possibilities? Don’t worry!
The volunteers of our International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR) are happy to assist you with any questions you may have!