Utrecht was founded by the Romans. In the pavement of several downtown streets special markings commemorate this, by outlining the original Roman fortress.
Map with the Roman Limes.
The VVV Tourist Information Centre is on the Domplein, facing the tower. Here you can get all the information you need regarding things to do, public transport, assistance with accommodation and tickets for things like the tower and local events. Staff are friendly, there's all sorts of Hi-Tech interactive stuff, the usual freebie leaflets a Miffy (the cartoon character featured atop the arty urinals) souvenir shop and for one Euro you can press your own souvenir Domtour medallion from a 10 cent coin.
The website is also worth a visit with loads of useful information - http://www.visit-utrecht.com/en
Like Amsterdam Utrecht has its own "krul", but a much modern version.
And the local Nijntje symbol stands on top.
Unfortunately the Krul is only suited for men. Women have to go the public bathrooms at the Shopping Malls or the Central Station (and pay).
The local Utrecht Tourist office (VVV) is located at:
3512 JC Utrecht
Mo: Noon - 5PM
Tu-Sa: 10AM - 5PM
Su: Noon - 5PM
Tickets for climbing the Dom tower on sale.
Since 1862 the DURACO cleaning company is in town at your service to clean clothes.
All clothes will be handled in person
The shop is located at:
3512 GD Utrecht
Mo-Fr: 8AM - 5:30PM
Sa: 9AM - 4PM
Since 1921 the Professor F.C. Donders statue is located at the Janskerhof. The sculpture was made by Toon Dupuis.
Donders was an eye surgeon.
Underneath the statue is a group of blind men and a group of working men is pictured.
In front of the St. Jans Church is a statue of St. Willibrordus, made by sculptor Albert Termote.
Plans for the statue were made in 1939, but World War II delayed the realisation. It last till November 7, 1947 before it was unveiled.
Multiple Utrecht links
Utrecht city counsel
City map and street finder
Utrecht has a large conference center, de Jaarbeurs, situated next to the Central station so the city often hosts large conventions so on your visit you may be suprised with an extra-ordinary display or festival.
On my first visit we were treated to an argentine tango display next to the cafe we were sitting outside of. On my second visit Utrecht was full of goths dressed up in their exquisite vintage clothes for the Summer of Darkness weekend festival. Also there was a large Jehovah's Witness conference but as we were out we never came across any door knockers.
Very popular cafe/ restaurant/ (with vegetarian/international cuisine!) and also nightlife/music/dancing venue on Oude Gracht, with those well known Grecian? columns.
Oudegracht 158, 3511AZ Utrecht
If your Dutch is up to it (mine isn't :))... check out the website for more info:
Winkel van Sinkel
Favorite thing: The New Canal, where no motorised shipping traffic is allowed, was originally dug as a residential canal. The narrow waterway and the lovely houses originating from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries still point to this role.
Favorite thing: Of the thirteen universities in the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of the oldest. Its origin is connected with the city of Utrecht and goes back to the middle ages. In 2001 I attended there a trimester of Master in Law at the Law faculty
Favorite thing: On Domplein there are several restaurants/eetcafe's (eetcafe is something between a bar and a restaurant). And of course that means loads of seats outside in summertime when the weather is fine.. And i must say it has something to sit under that huge tower..
Utrecht is a city with a wonderful atmosphere...relaxed, easy, enjoying life, sitting outside with coffee and meals, beautiful architecture with really nice buildings, lots of cafes and restaurants, some close to the water of the canals, busy "traffic" of big and small boats on the main canal of the city center.
A city to have a good time and to enjoy the sunshine!
Unfortunately I don't remember where exactly it was, but I loved looking at the Walk of Fame in Utrecht. It honours some famous Dutch actors, directores etc, they have there name on the street together with the print of their hand and their signature.
Even if you don't know any of the people, it is a great idea!
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