It lost the status of prince-bishopric but remains the main religious center in the country.
Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age, when it was surpassed by Amsterdam as the country's cultural centre and most populous city.
Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, as well as several other institutions of higher education.
It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation and is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2014.
Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages.
It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century.
Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, inspirational environment for leading innovations. The Utrecht region has one of the most favourable expectations for economic growth of all the city regions in Western Europe thanks to its knowledge-based economy and young, highly educated population.
The city is developing from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance.
Utrecht is the fastest growing city and the most healthy city of The Netherlands.
On top of that, Utrecht is one of the most happy cities in the world according to the United Nations. 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.
With a medieval city center small enough to explore on foot.
Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums.