Living in or visiting Utrecht? Information and useful links for students, locals and tourists.
Information about Utrecht
With a population of approximately 320.000, Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and the capital of the province of the same name. Utrecht is also one of the nation's oldest cities, originally founded by Roman soldiers around 50 AD. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century.
Utrecht's compact city centre is encircled by a medieval canal, and is remarkably free of cars and packed to the brim with shops. Besides the iconic Dom Tower which dominates its skyline, Utrecht is also famed for the wharf cellars which line its canals and house cafés and restaurants right on the water.
Over the centuries, Utrecht has evolved into a lively university city, and is second only to Amsterdam in terms of cultural activities. It is home to several remarkable music venues, and also hosts world-class music festivals such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Le Guess Who? indie rock festival.