The Utrecht Region has once more reached the absolute pinnacle of Europe’s most competitive regions

ACCORDING TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION in 2017 UTRECHT IS RANKED EQUAL SECOND, CLOSE BEHIND LONDON AND AHEAD OF REGIONS SUCH AS PARIS AND FRANKFURT.

Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, housing 338.000 inhabitants. Utrecht is a city with unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end. Built around the centuries-old Dom Tower, the city is branched by many picturesque canals, some with extraordinary wharf cellars that house shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars along the water. At the same time, Utrecht’s student population of 40,000 makes the city a very vibrant place.

Utrecht is host to the largest university of the Netherlands

Leidsche Rijn Centrum is the beating heart of the new Leidsche Rijn neighborhood

Leidsche Rijn is the largest new built development in the Netherlands. Until 2025, the municipality aims to develop 33.000 residences for around 100.000 people in the area.

Also, working spaces for an additional 40,000 people will be created. Leidsche Rijn is considered to be the second city centre of the city of Utrecht.

Around 80% of all
retail space is already leased to local and international retailers.

UTRECHT IS AN IMPORTANT TRANSPORT HUB BY RAIL AND BY CAR

MARKET OF RELEVANCE

Business tourism

Many commercial and industrial companies choose Leidsche Rijn as the location for their national headquarters.

Leisure tourism

Utrecht is a major tourist destination for both domestic- and international visitors. Travellers visit the city for its historic city centre with important attractions.

MARKET CHARACTERISTICS

The number of overnight stays in the city of Utrecht increased by 38% in 2017, one of the highest growth rates of the Netherlands