Living in Green Amsterdam
The area known as the Gooi & Vechtstreek is characterised by its lush surroundings, picturesque and historic villages, untouched natural spaces and beautiful lakes. Positioned southeast of Amsterdam city centre, the area is made up of cities and towns which include Hilversum, Bussum, Naarden, Huizen, Laren, Blaricum, Weesp and Muiden – all offering a popular blend of upmarket luxury, traditional village atmospheres and modern living. The area has excellent public transport links to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Utrecht, and easy motorway access for travelling by car. An abundance of space means that a diverse selection of housing options is available in the region, ranging from modern apartments to luxurious detached villas. The Netherlands’ media and entertainment industry is also based in Hilversum, providing career opportunities for 8,000 media professionals.
Why live in Hilversum, the Gooi & Vechtstreek?
- Close to nature The vibrant natural surroundings offer a peaceful escape from the busier cities nearby. Residents can spend their free time in the outdoors, taking part in recreational activities like boating, cycling, golf or participating in community sports teams.
- Ideal for families The Gooi & Vechtstreek has a good selection of schools, including various international schools for non-Dutch speakers. The small village-like communities are safe, and the green spaces, forests, parks and playgrounds are ideal for outdoor family activities. There is a large selection of sport and cultural clubs, as well as restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
- Charming historic villages Few parts of the Amsterdam Area offer such a diversity of housing options, from modern apartments to spacious villas, historic villages and converted farms. Buildings in the city of Hilversum are especially distinctive thanks to the expansive work of modernist city architect W.M. Dudok.
- Excellent career opportunities Although many residents take advantage of the short commute to Amsterdam’s city centre by car or public transport, Hilversum in particular has a thriving business network. It’s the centre of the Netherlands’ media industry, home to NEP, United, Ericsson, Sonos and major international headquarters such as Nike and Hunkemöller. More than 23,000 professionals in the region work in the creative industry and businesses are always on the lookout for new talent.
- Florencius International School (Laren) (ages 2 to 12) is a private school offering the IP curriculum and focuses on UK literacy and numeracy teaching strategies.
- International School Hilversum (ages 4 to 18) is a public IB World school offering the IB Primary, Middle Years and Diploma curricula. It has a notable library and an extensive extra-curricular programme.
- International Primary School Hilversum (ages 4 to 12) is a public International School offering the IB curriculum. This school also has a Parent Support Group of volunteer parents.
- International School Laren is set to open for school year 2018/2019, offering the IB Middle Years programme. At the time of opening, it will be based at Laar & Berg, a Dutch IB school which offers a bilingual MYP programme.
The Gooi en Vechtstreek has a great selection of restaurants and cafés while nearby historical attractions include the Defence Line of Amsterdam sites at Naarden and Pampus Island, and the medieval Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot at Muiden. The River Vecht is also a major attraction and winds its way between Utrecht and Amsterdam. With its river banks home to historic country houses, fine restaurants and quaint tearooms, it makes for a wonderful setting for boat and cycle trips.
The Hilversum Expats and Internationals group allows expats and internationals living in Hilversum and the region to share information and chat about anything, from advice and recommendations, to latest news and upcoming events in the area. The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) International School Hilversum invites international parents to meet each other. The PTA organises events and brings the community together through their Facebook group and newsletter. Find business, services and groups that are happy to help expats living in Hilversum, the Gooi & Vecht through the fantastic website expatfriendlylocals.com.
IN Amsterdam’s one-stop-shop registration is available for international newcomers in the city of Hilversum.
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