Utrecht city is the capital and most populous city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the North-Eastern end of the Randstad, and is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. Utrecht’s ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from its earliest origins onwards. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the eighth century. Currently it is the see of the Archbishop of Utrecht, the most important Dutch Roman Catholic leader. Utrecht is also the see of an archbishop of the Old Catholic church, and the location of the offices of the main protestant church.

Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university of the Netherlands, as well as several other institutes for higher education.


Utrecht has several smaller and larger museums. Many of those are located in the eastern part of the old town, which is called MuseumQuarter mainly are – Aboriginal Art Museum Located at the Oude Gracht this museum has a small exhibit of Australian Aboriginal Art, Central Museum Located in the Museum Quarter this municipal museum has a large collection of art, design, and historical artifacts, National museum ‘From musical clock to street organ’ National Museum in the centre of the city, displaying several centuries of mechanical musical instruments, Railroad Museum Railroad sponsored museum on the history of the Dutch railroads, Money museum, museum of the Royal Dutch Mint, located in the actual building where Dutch coins are minted.

Utrecht city has an active cultural life, in the Netherlands second only to Amsterdam. It aims to become a cultural capital of Europe.

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