A municipality and a town in the Netherlands, Hilversum is situated in the province of North Holland. The town is surrounded by heathland, woods, meadows, lakes, and smaller villages. Amsterdam is within 30 km (19 mi) of Hilversum, and Utrecht is 20 km (12 miles) south of this small town. Hilversum serves as a bedroom community for the larger towns and cities in the region.
Hilversum is the principal centre for radio and television broadcasting in the Netherlands. Radio Netherlands, a shortwave radio station in existence since the 1920s, is also based here. Hilversum is home to an extensive complex of audio and television studios belonging to the national broadcast production company NOS, as well as to the studios and offices of all the Dutch public broadcasting organizations and many commercial TV production companies. Hilversum is sometimes referred to as a Dutch version of Hollywood. There are many locations that rent offices in Hilversum.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Hilversum offers many biking trails, including the Villages Route (Dorpenroute) — which is 30km (19 miles) long and typically takes three hours to complete. Along this route you will see the traditional villages Laren and Lage Vuursche, bike through forests, and over heathland. The trail begins in Hilversum and takes you through Corversbos, Spanderswoud, wildlife crossings at Zanderij Crailoo, and the Westerheide to Laren. As one of the wealthiest villages in the area, Laren offers views of large villas and glimpses of high society. Dining options in Hilversum include Chiang Mai, a Thai restaurant that incorporates local ingredients, such as rabbit. Zilt & Zo is open daily from 5PM-10PM. Featuring mixed international cuisine, you will find choices that include French and Mediterranean seafood, and several meat items.
The nearest major airport to Hilversum is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This airport has international flights from Amsterdam, Netherlands and is 45 km (28 miles from the town centre. Another major airport in the area is Rotterdam The Hague Airport, offering international flights from Rotterdam, Netherlands. This airport is 82 km (51 miles) from Hilversum, Netherlands. Hilversum is well connected to the Dutch railway network, and contains three stations: Hilversum railway station, Hilversum Noord railway station, and Hilversum Sportpark railway station. The Hilversum railway station is an Intercity station.