Interesting facts about Utrecht

Interesting facts Utrecht

Interesting facts Utrecht. An interesting list of facts about the City of Utrecht and its descendants.

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  • Utrecht used to be part of the Limes; the northern border of the Roman Empire.
  • Utrecht is the 4th largest city in The Netherlands.
  • Utrecht is home to more then 340,000 residents.
  • Utrecht is expected to have over 420,000 residents by 2040.
  • Utrecht is nature-friendly city promoting sustainable standards of living.
  • More than 4% of the population own an electric car with more than 900 charging stations around the city.
  • At peak times throughout the day, more than 36,000 cyclists can be seen commuting.
  • There is over 245 kilometers of bicycle path and the largest parking facility can be found at Utrecht Central station.
  • Utrecht central station is a central transport hub for passengers by train and therefore has the largest station with the most facilities.
  • Al least 38,000 new homes are expected to be built over the next decade.
  • Maxima park is the largest urban park in the Netherlands.
  • Utrecht is very popular for culture lovers and athletes.
  • The average resident is young and well educated.
  • Utrecht University is one of the largest in the Netherlands with interesting-looking faculties all over the cities.
  • The Utrecht Science Park has over 50,000 registered students alone and some of the most modern topics are covered such as medical 3D printing.
  • There are more than 240,000 jobs available throughout the year; most in the health sector.
  • Dom Tower stands at 112.32 meters tall and is over 600 years old.
  • The authentic Utrecht canals are some of the most wonderful in the world.
  • There are at least 12 archaeological national heritage sites.
  • More than 750,000 visitors attend some kind of concert at TivoliVredenburg every year.
  • Residents of Utrecht are unsure if they should be referred to as Utrechters or Utrechtenaars.
  • The first bicycle path (fietspad) appeared in 1885. The street is now called the Maliebaan.
  • The Dom Tower and Cathedral has shape-shifted throughout the ages and empires that reigned the region.
  • The 'Miffy' cartoon character for children invented by Dick Bruna resemble 'Hello Kitty'.

Historic Painters

Abraham Bloemaert
Gerard van Honthorst
Theo van Doesburg

Sporting Figures

Marco van Basten

Muscial Composers

Louis Andriessen

Businessmen

Paul Fentener van Vlissingen

Designers/Architects

Gerrit Rietveld

Religious Figures

Pope Adrian VI

Metereologists

C.H.D. Buys Ballot

Martial Artists

Anton Geesink

Military Admirals

Karel Doorman

Artists/Writers/Singers

Rijk de Gooyer
Dick Bruna
Herman van Veen
Sylvia Kristel