The Art of Making Peace
2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Utrecht. This was the first European peace treaty with global implications. Utrecht will be celebrating the anniversary in a big way, with a spectacular cultural programme. You can read more about it on www.vredevanutrecht.nl.
Utrecht is developing from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance. The city's current expansion, more rapid than any in the city's long history, combines physical expansion with innovation, major economic opportunities and a new urban dynamism. As a medieval treasure and a leading academic, technological and cultural centre, Utrecht is now a pro-active player in the international community. Read more..
The Olympic flame will be burning in Utrecht from 14-19 July 2013, when the European Youth Olympic Festival will be held here, right in the heart of the Netherlands. Thousands of young elite athletes from 49 European countries will compete in nine sports. Read more on EYOF 2013.
Discover the secrets and charms of one of the world's 'most unsung cities' (according to the Lonely Planet travel guide): Utrecht, a city of unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. Friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. Welcoming hotels. Utrecht has it all.