Utrecht Tourism

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Utrecht (/ˈjuːtrɛkt/; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈytrɛxt] ) 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 2014. Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. It lost the status of prince-bishopric but remains the main religious center in the country.Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch 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. Due to its central position within the country, it is an important transport hub for both rail and road transport. It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam.In 2012, Lonely Planet included Utrecht in the top 10 of the world’s unsung places.


One of the large cities of Netherlands, with a population of around 350,000, Utrecht has a long history. In AD 47, the area formed a part of the defensive line of the Roman Emperor Claudius. It gradually developed and came to be called Utrecht.Today it is popular for tourists and students.

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Facts and Stats for Utrecht*

  • Pollution Statistics in Utrecht

    Know the pollution level of Utrecht before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 29.55 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 19.12 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.59 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 26.47 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.88 (Low)
  • Utrecht: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Utrecht for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Utrecht.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.25 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.75 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 30 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.47 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 33.75 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.58 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 67.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.25 (Moderate)
  • Living in Utrecht - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Utrecht is 185.94 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 67.24 (High)
    • Climate Index 86.79 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.16 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 85.08 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 83.21 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.1 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101.21 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Utrecht

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Utrecht

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.28 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.22 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 117.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 105.66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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