Discover Utrecht’s lively arts scene, sporting facilities and beautiful nature.
Things to do in the Utrecht Region
Gezellig is Dutch a word you’ll hear a lot in the Utrecht Region. This unique adjective is used to describe quality time with one’s family or friends in a cosy environment, and there really are many opportunities in the Utrecht Region to enjoy gezellig activities.
As is to be expected of a city with its roots in medieval times, Utrecht and the surrounding area has a long and rich cultural history. The region is home to a wide variety of museums, many of which focus on Dutch history and art. Fans of performing arts will enjoy the theatres and the variety of annual festivals that celebrate all forms of artistic expression. Music is also a key part of the artistic makeup. The region’s long history perfectly lends itself to the Utrecht Early Music Festival every summer, plus there’s also a wealth of diverse music venues hosting regular live performances across all genres.
And there’s no shortage of leisure, fitness and health provisions in the Utrecht Region. The area is home to a wide variety of cutting-edge facilities for all kinds of leisure activities, including Kampong, the largest sports club in the Netherlands, as well as rivers, lakes and nature areas that make for perfect natural playgrounds. What’s more, new sports facilities are being opened all the time to cater to the growing population of professionals, students and active youths.
To assist internationals upon arrival and during their first months in the Netherlands, a carefully curated collaboration has been set up with private service providers. This Partnership Programme offers assistance to internationals by connecting them with relevant and reliable service providers in a wide variety of international related sectors. Explore our Online Services Map to discover our culture and leisure partners. Our partners all meet minimum criteria, such as providing all relevant company information in English (including website, flyers, forms, etc.) and agreeing to cooperate in our client-monitoring project. We regularly request feedback from international clients to assess the quality of our partners' services (although this information will never be made public).