Utrecht is the capital and most populous city in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation and is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2017.
Utrecht can be reached within 30 minutes by train from Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. The Hague and Rotterdam are closeby as well, about 30/40 minutes by train from Utrecht Central Station.
Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the high Middle ages. Another eyecatcher is the Oudegracht, beautiful canal in the hart of Utrecht’s old centre.
It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Golden Age, when it was surpassed by Amsterdam as the country's cultural centre and most populous city.
Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, as well as several other institutions of higher education, ICT and Real Estate. Due to its central position within the country, it is an important transport hub for both rail and rail transport, Utrecht Central Station, recentely renovated, is the biggest trainstation in the Netherlands.
Lonely Planet included Utrecht in the top 10 of the world’s unsung places.