• 20 minutes from Amsterdam city centre
  • Ideally situated between Amsterdam and Utrecht
  • Base for many global headquarters and the Dutch media industry

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 specialise 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.

Why live in Hilversum?

Hilversum is situated just 20 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam and 20 kilometres north of Utrecht. By train you’ll reach the city centre of Amsterdam and Utrecht in 20 minutes, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is only 30 minutes away. It is surrounded by nature, which makes it an ideal place to live. The city is also 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.

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Housing and education in Hilversum

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.

Further information

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

Email: [email protected]