A long history behind a most modern city
On 2 June 1122, Emperor Henry V granted city rights to Utrecht and its residents - and became once of the very first cities in the Netherlands. Indeed, during the Middle Ages, Utrecht was the largest and most important city in the Dutch Republic, was described as a religious and mercantile bastion and remained the largest and the main city of the Netherlands until the 16th century.
The city's impressive Dom Toren, or Dom Tower is situated in the old part of the city; standing at a height of 112 metres, it is the iconic symbol of Utrecht and the tallest church spire in the Netherlands.
Utrecht has a vast array of great cultural attractions. It is particularly proud of its unique Museum Quarter, where historic sights, museums and cultural institutions are to be found. Its hidden alleys and lively streets are places where locals like to gather for a snack and a drink. You will find cozy terraces, exclusive boutiques, popular catering outlets and the medieval streets regularly form the backdrop for innovative street entertainment.
Getting here and getting around
Utrecht is 40 km from Amsterdam Schipol Airport, from where a short 30-minute train ride will take you to Utrecht Centraal, the city's main transit hub - which is also well-served by the domestic and international rail network including a daily service to and from Brussels (2 hours), Cologne (2.5 hours) and Paris (3.5 hours).
Local transport is easy and efficient, with a network of trams and buses to take you to wherever you need to go. Utrecht is perfect for cycling and commuting by bike; on every street corner you will find bike rentals and ample parking.
Your ECTMIH2023 congress centre
Situated at the heart of the city, and immediately adjacent to Utrecht Centraal, the main transit hub, TivoliVredenburg is a contemporary music complex catering to all genres.
The site has a series of unique and stylish conferencing spaces, each designed by a different architect; the Grote Zaal, where your ECTMIH 2023 plenary sessions will take place, was originally designed in the 1970s by architect Herman Hertsberger. It has been recently restored to its former glory, preserving its distinctive character and excellent acoustics.