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. You'll find many opportunities in the Utrecht Region to experience gezellig activities yourself.
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, including several that 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 here. The region’s long history perfectly lends itself to the Utrecht Early Music Festival every summer, plus there’s also a wide range of qualty music venues hosting regular live performances across all genres.
You'll also find an abundance of leisure, fitness and health options in the Utrecht Region. The area is home to a wide variety of cutting-edge facilities including Kampong, the largest sports club in the Netherlands, as well as easily accessible 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 youth.
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. Rest assured, our partners all meet our minimum criteria, such as having all relevant company information available in English (including website, flyers, forms etc) and agreeing to cooperate in our client monitoring project. We regularly request feedback from internationals to assess the quality of our partners' services, their identity remaining private when we share it with our partners. Adjustments will be made to our partner list as appropriate.