The history of Utrecht goes back more than 2.000 years, when the Roman emperor Claudius ordered his general Corbulo to build a defensive line along the river Rhine, which was the northern most border of the Roman Empire. Utrecht has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. It used to be the country’s main city until the Dutch Golden Age (17th Century) when Amsterdam took over its leading economic and political position.
Nowadays, Utrecht is a lively city in the geographical center of the Netherlands, with a picturesque historical city center full of the famous Dutch canals, museums, courtyards and terraces, restaurants and cafes, with the imposing 112 meter Dom Tower at its epicenter. Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the Early Middle Ages.
Utrecht is not only an important junction where traffic, trade, distribution and services meet and mingle, but it is also a true knowledge center: with its 300,000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and with no less than 70,000 of the 300.000 inhabitants are students, Utrecht is a true student city.