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
In Utrecht there are so many hidden nooks, alleyways and general unknown spots that even after having lived there of a couple of years, i can still be very suprised.. So keep your eyes open and just wander through the city centre and everything around it
This picture was taken when you walk from 't Ledig Erf to the city centre. And this little alley ends at the Oude Gracht. Just decend and follow your way to the city centre..
People refer to this location as Ledig Erf. One of the cafe's is indeed called 't Ledig Erf, the other is called De Poort. Both serve lunch and dinners. And you will have some difficulty spotting tourists here..
Location: end of the Twijstraat/Tolsteegbrug
If you want to do some relaxing, some walking and getting away from the city centre..you can easily do that. There is a nice little park alongside the Vaartse Rijn on the city side. The Vaartse Rijn encloses almost or even a bit more then half the city centre.
Opposite Catharijnesingel or Tolsteegsingel/Maliesingel
Favorite thing: Utrecht is still a bishopsdom but i never had given that so much attention. Untill i walked in on a small gathering of clergymen, the bishop himself (Someone told me who he was) and a whole lot of onlookers. Later on i learned that somewhere in the 17th century or so all rights to have processions and such on public streets had been banned. And that that right had only be reinstalled somehwere in the early 90's. i was astouned. But nowadays you can again walk into such an event, just as i did.
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
Multiple Utrecht links
Utrecht city counsel
City map and street finder
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
my girlfriend Leny lived here a few years and i visited many times, also many regions around Utrecht.
Fondest memory: Many great places to visit at Utrecht, one of them is the 'Domtower'.
Arie Abbenes is city carillonneur of Utrecht, Eindhoven, Asten and Oirschot. He teaches the carillon at the Utrecht School of the Arts (The Netherlands Carillon School). As a guest recita-list and carillon consultant he is in great demand, and his playing is featured regularly on radio and TV.
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