Why Venlo? Venlo has everything you need!

There are numerous reasons to choose Venlo. The most important are:

  • Venlo has an ideal location,
  • it has a varied economy, with logistics, agrofood, manufacturing and knowledge-intensive industry and retail as the most important pillars,
  • it has a varied employment market,
  • it offers the right educational facilities,
  • it’s innovative,
  • it’s international,
  • it has an attractive city center, with everything you’d expect to find,
  • and Venlo is also a great place to live.

Venlo has an ideal location

You can’t miss Venlo!

Venlo has an ideal location! On the banks of the river Meuse, close to the German border, and at a strategic point between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp on the one side, and the Central European hinterland on the other.

Excellent infrastructure

Venlo has excellent infrastructure, with:

  • highway links in all directions,
  • good rail links: the most important railway line linking Rotterdam and the German hinterland – the ‘Brabant route’ – runs through Venlo,
  • a port on the river Meuse, with a container terminal for inland shipping (more information),
  • a rail container terminal (more information),
  • and another under construction (more information).

That’s why Venlo is the biggest inland terminal in the Netherlands.

Venlo has a varied employment market

Venlo, an enterprising city

Venlo is the perfect link between the Randstad region in the West of the Netherlands and the Mid‑European hinterland. That gives it a highly strategic position. And by exploiting that location to the full, Venlo has grown into the third-largest logistics hotspots in the Netherlands, second only to Rotterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Next to logistics, Venlo’s strengths lie in agrofood, knowledge-intensive and manufacturing industry and retail. These four pillars are the key to a strong urban economy.

As well as that, Venlo is a great city to live:

  • It’s big enough to offer all the required city facilities.
  • But it’s also a city with an accessible scale.
  • Venlo is a green city in a green setting.
  • It’s a perfect place to live, to work in, to study in and to do business in.

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Venlo’s educational facilities

Life-long learning in Venlo

Venlo offers educational facilities right up to university level:

  • A campus of the highly ratedMaastricht University, offering courses that are aligned with the economy of the city and surrounding region.
  • A campus of theHAS University of Applied Sciences, offering courses that are aligned with the agrofood economic spearhead.
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences, offering a broad range of courses at HBO (higher vocational education) level. This includes the Technology and Logistics Academy, as well as internationally oriented programs in English and German which attract large numbers of international students.
  • All kinds of intermediate and lower vocational education. On the one hand these support industry, and on the other hand they offer a wide range of educational facilities for the people of Venlo.


Venlo is smart and innovative

Take industry… 
You can see how smart and innovative Venlo is on the Océ R&D campus, where hundreds of researchers and technologists work. Océ’s long-standing research tradition has led to numerous innovations and patents.

Take modern logistics... 
This isn’t just about transport and warehousing of goods, but much more about the management of goods flows. You’ll find all the required knowledge, expertise and innovative strength in Venlo.

Take agrofood… 
Here too, Venlo is a leader and innovator. Most people know that in regions with moderate and cold climates, horticulture takes place in greenhouses. But not so many people know that the Venlo greenhouse is the world’s most widely used type of greenhouse.

Venlo is a great place to live

We don’t live by bread alone

We don’t live by bread alone

If you work hard, you also need to relax. Venlo offers plenty of ways to do that:

  • Venlo has a bigger shopping center than you’d expect, partly because lots of funshoppers visit Venlo (including many from Germany).
  • Venlo has a wide and varied choice of restaurants and other catering outlets.
  • Venlo and the nearby urban centers have a theater and congress center, a popular music performance center and a range of smaller performing arts facilities.
  • These include numerous active clubs and societies, hosting a wide range of events.
  • Venlo is also a city of sports, with a wide choice of sports clubs and a professional soccer club.
  • And Venlo is a green city in a green setting: anyone who lives in Venlo can reach the nearby nature areas within ten minutes by bike.