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Utrecht is the oldest, smallest and one of the most densely populated provinces in the Netherlands. It’s the beating heart of the country. You’ll find beautiful, varied landscapes and attractive cities such as Amersfoort and the city of Utrecht (the capital city confusingly shares its name with the province), excellent cultural facilities and internationally renowned knowledge institutes. The Utrecht road network is the most used road network of the Netherlands and the central station in Utrecht processes as many passengers as Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. What more could you possibly need?


70% of Dutch event organizers often host events in Utrecht

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The Most Central Province in The Netherlands

In Utrecht, you don’t have to choose between modern, historical or idyllic environments for a conference. When organizing a conference, you can opt to go either to the urban centre of the city, or head to the green region of Utrecht, where your visitors are surrounded by nature. In the Utrecht region you can get off the beaten track and combine nature, tranquillity and beautiful old buildings from the region with all the advantages of a dynamic metropolis.

Utrecht is an easy reach for visitors, no matter where you’re coming from. A 30-minute trip takes you from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport straight into the heart of Utrecht. The city’s central station offers an easy connection to a range of surrounding countries. Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt trains are fast and frequent.


Dutch event organizers say Utrecht has the most hospitable venues in the country

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A Focal Point of Knowledge, Culture, History and Innovation

Utrecht is a city that will spark your visitor’s imagination. As will your congress location, of which both historic and leading edge facilities are available. Effortlessly weaving together a deep past and an inspiring future naturally increase knowledge and imagination. Utrecht enjoys a growing international reputation, not only because of the highest density of knowledge services in our country (think of RIVM, TNO and KNMI), but also the passion and inspiration in the air, which can be felt everywhere.

Scientists and entrepreneurs join forces in the Utrecht Science Park. Integrating the excellent Utrecht University, one of the largest public healthcare institutions (University Medical Centre), plus dozens of innovative companies and research institutions; The Utrecht Science Park is the beating heart of the knowledge economy. Scientists, entrepreneurs, local authorities and citizens are collaborating here to create a greener, healthier and smarter Utrecht. Education, research and entrepreneurship reinforce each other in an open and innovative environment. Large national and international conferences are a crucial part of this.


The Romans built the foundations for Utrecht in 47 AD

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In Need of Advice from Local Experts?

When it comes to making the best choices and maximizing the impact of your congress, The Utrecht Convention Bureau (UCB) knows the way in Utrecht. UCB is a neutral, independent organization that operates on a non-profit basis. This means that all information and assistance is free of charge.

Both in the city and in the broader region, the UCB will lay out the right connections for you via their varied network. From planning to execution, the impartial advice and professional support of the UCB creates sustainable value for everyone who cooperates and participates throughout the entire process.


  • Assistance in finding suitable venues
  • Assistance regarding the social programme
  • Organization of site inspections
  • Production of bid books
  • Providing an information booth during conference
  • Free promotional material (city map, tourist guide)
  • Incentive Fund for international association congresses