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    Roman Relics

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Limes marker in the Utrecht pavement Limes marker in the Utrecht pavement
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    The Local Tourist Office

    by johngayton Written Jan 1, 2013

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    Favorite thing: 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

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    The Utrecht pissoir

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: 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).

    Utrecht KRUL Nijntje P-ing Utrecht Centraal station WC - 50 cents
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    Local Tourist Office - Where to go?

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The local Utrecht Tourist office (VVV) is located at:
    Domplein 9
    3512 JC Utrecht
    Tel: 0900-1288732

    Business hours:
    Mo: Noon - 5PM
    Tu-Sa: 10AM - 5PM
    Su: Noon - 5PM

    Tickets for climbing the Dom tower on sale.

    Utrecht Local Tourist Office (VVV) Where to go at Utrecht? Where to go at Utrecht? Wall sculpture Where to go at Utrecht?
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    Clothes Cleaning

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 13, 2012

    Favorite thing: Since 1862 the DURACO cleaning company is in town at your service to clean clothes.
    All clothes will be handled in person

    Self-service available.

    The shop is located at:
    Ganzenmarkt 12
    3512 GD Utrecht
    Tel: +31-30-2313710

    Business hours:
    Mo-Fr: 8AM - 5:30PM
    Sa: 9AM - 4PM

    DURACO Clothes Cleaning - Utrecht
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    Professor F.C. Donders statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 31, 2011

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Professor F.C. Donders statue
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    St. Willibrordus Statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 31, 2011

    Favorite thing: 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.

    St. Willibrordus Statue - Utrecht
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    USEFUL LINKS

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Multiple Utrecht links
    JAARBEURS info
    Utrecht city counsel
    City map and street finder
    Utrecht University

    Oude Gracht at night
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    Something a bit different

    by jo104 Written Aug 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • Winkel van Sinkel

    by Mariajoy Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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

    Winkel van Sinkel
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    Die Nieuwe Gracht

    by draguza Written Aug 12, 2005

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    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.

    Nieuwe Gracht

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    Utrecht University

    by draguza Written Aug 12, 2005

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    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

    University of Utrecht
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    Domplein

    by Mique Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    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..

    Terrasses on  Domplein

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    Enjoying the sunshine

    by IceBear7 Updated May 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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    Utrecht Walk of fame

    by IceBear7 Updated May 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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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