Media capital of the Netherlands
Hilversum is the media capital of the Netherlands. The majority of the main national broadcasters and major players in the entertainment industry – like music and gaming – have their head offices and studios in Hilversum. Hundreds of companies are specialised in innovation, production, exploration and distribution of digital audio-visual content. But you’ll also find many other creative companies such as online marketing, digital design, communication and IT solutions/software. MediaPark is the best-known Dutch business park for multimedia companies, with excellent connections to Amsterdam, Schiphol and the rest of the world. Other important economic branches for Hilversum are healthcare and tourism.
Recreation and architecture
Hilversum is home to several outstanding orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra.
A remarkable attraction is the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. It looks astonishing from the outside, while the inside presents a historical record of all Dutch television and radio broadcasts. The centre of Hilversum is remarkable as well, especially its architecture. The city’s architect Willem Marinus Dudok put his mark on the town in the first half of the 20th century. One of the most prominent buildings worth seeing is the City Hall.
For fun and shopping, the centre of Hilversum offers large department stores and high-end boutiques as well as restaurants and cafés. For nature lovers, the surrounding forests and heathland make a perfect area for bike rides or long walks. The scenery is very diverse.
Housing and education
With large international companies like the Nike Headquarters for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Spil Games and International Flavor & Fragrances (IFF), the expat community of Hilversum is dynamic. Hilversum contains a broad range of housing opportunities, from modern apartments to monumental villas. There are excellent international schools for both primary and secondary education. For short-term stays, there are lots of hotels and B&Bs in Hilversum and its surroundings.
With its position in the centre of the Netherlands, Hilversum is an attractive operating base for business and recreation. For more information feel free to contact us:
Municipality of Hilversum
Tel. 14 035 (open Mon-Fri from 8:30-17:00)
If you are calling form abroad: +31 (0)35 629 2000