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Centrally located in the Netherlands, 30 kilometres east of Amsterdam and Schiphol international airport, Hilversum is the main city in the “Gooi en Vecht” area that is also known as the backyard of Amsterdam. Hilversum is a dynamic economic hub and the broadcast capital of the Netherlands. Thirty percent of the business in Hilversum is multimedia related. All the main national broadcasters (radio and television) have their head offices and studios in Hilversum. In addition, a number of other major players in the entertainment industry, such as Sony, Warner Media, Technicolor and RTL Group also have their (European) headquarters in Hilversum.
Hilversum has several state-of-the-art business parks. MediaPark is completely dedicated to the multimedia sector and is home to many Dutch and international multimedia companies. MediaPark can rightfully be described as the infrastructural backbone of the Dutch content hub. Besides media headquarters, Hilversum is also home to international companies such as NIKE (Europe Middle-East and Africa) in the Arena Business Park and Intomart GfK.
The digital infrastructure in Hilversum is highly organized: MediaGateway, located in MediaPark, offers multimedia companies state-of-the-art infrastructure and services. MediaGateway is an ultra-modern hosting facility for the distribution of audiovisual content over multiple channels. Fibreglass Internet connection is available for all business locations and households.
Hilversum is easily accessible by car thanks to connections to two major highways. The travel time from and to Amsterdam and Schiphol is less than half an hour. The international and national railway connections are also excellent: Hilversum has a direct rail connection to Schiphol Airport and to Berlin and trains for Amsterdam and Utrecht Central Station leave every 10 minutes.
Hilversum is well known for its modern architecture: Willem Dudok and Johannes Duiker built their architectural masterpieces, such as Hilversum´s Town Hall and the Zonnestraal resort in the first half of the 20th century. A more recent addition to Hilversum’s architectural landscape is the multiple awarded Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Hilversum is also well known for its beautiful surroundings: an oasis of green in the densely urbanised Amsterdam area.
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