Utrecht Travel Guide

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Utrecht Highlights

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     Walkable and interesting center 

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     Crowded and busy intersection of highways and railroads 

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     I shall be returning! 

Utrecht Things to Do

  • Dom church and tower

    The Domtower is 112 meter high, and more than 600 years old. Between the tower and the church is a square. This is quite unusual, normally the tower is a part of the church. The tower was separated from the church in 1674 when a hurricane destroyed about half the city and a big part of the church. The tower survived...... It's really worthwile...

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  • Canals

    If you want a nice and comfortable way to view the old city of Utrecht? Take the boattour on the canals. A guide will tell you about the history and buildings. If you like boat trips, there are several options for other excursions. In 2013 the price of the canal tour is € 9,60. New in 2013 is the museum tour.

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  • Museums

    In English it is called the Railway museum. The Railway excist 175 years in the Netherlands. At the Railway museum you will find various old trains. There are various themes at the museum: The Great Discovery You will go back in time to the old coalmines. You will hear the story about the invention of the traction-engine. Also the first train...

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Utrecht Restaurants

  • Havana

    Here you'll find a peculiar atmosphere: this Belgian cafe is in an old ex-church! The ceiling is then very high, and the organ is still there along with some statues. You can go for a meal or just a beer. They have a wide assortment of bier, as in the best belgian tradition and the food is also very good. On top of all this the staff was very...

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  • Oudaen

    Very clasys but accesible restaurant in an old city castle (dated back to the 13th century). They make their own beer and they serve great sandwiches. The bar/dining room is the old hall where the knights used to get together. The beams here are said to be over 800 years old. What i also very much like here is sitting outside and see the people...

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  • Ideal For Watching The World Go By

    Winkel van Sinkel (Sinkel's Shop) is definitely the most eye-catching building on the Old Canal here in Utrecht. It was built as a sort of department store in the late 1830's by the German-born draper Anton Sinkel who had developed a successful business with branches in several Dutch cities.After spending much of the 20th century as a bank it was...

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Utrecht Nightlife

  • Belgium Beers

    Cafe Olivier is one of my favourite pubs in Utrecht and not just because of their extensive beer collection, which i am slowly but surely working my way through. For me, the first draw about it when i walked in, was the fact that this pub has been built into a renovated church. On the back wall you can still see the impressive set of organ pipes,...

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  • Chez Be Be

    Disco night at UtrechtÄîáðî ïîæàëîâàòü íà ñòðàíè÷êó, ãäå âû ìîæåòå ÷åðåç èíòåðåíò çàêàçàòü âõîäíûå áèëåòû.13-05-2006 (21.00 ÷ – 02.00 ÷) îðãàíèçîâûâàåòñÿ äèñêîòåêà ñ ðóññêî-ÿçû÷íîé ìóçûêîé. ýòîò âå÷åð áóäóò çâó÷àòü õèòû ðóññêîé è óêðàèíñêîé ýñòðàäû. Âîçðîñòíàÿ êàòåãîðèÿ íå îãðàíè÷åíà.Çàìå÷àòåëüíûå áàðìåíû òàêæå ê âàøèì óñëóãàì.Ïèâî è...

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  • Rock Cafè

    This palce is a kind of Dutch "Hard Rock Cafè" and it serves both as a restaurant and a club at night. Big place, frequent live music. Dancefloor with rock on fridays and a mix on saturdays. Most visitors around 20 or so, out-of-town folkMany local bands also perform live here, mainly rock music of course! Casual

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Utrecht Transportation

  • The tram

    The Utrecht trams serve the Southern suburbs of town.Through 2013 the Utrecht Centraal Station is the departure- and arrival location, due to the reconstruction of the area.From December 2013 the QBuzz company has taken over the tram service under the name U-OV (Utrecht Public Transportation).There are 3 tram lines:-60 to Nieuwegein-Zuid -61 to...

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  • Utrecht buses (Public Transportation)

    From December 2013 the QBuzz company has taken over the bus service (formerly provided by the GVU company) at and around Utrecht under the name U-OV (Utrecht Public Transportation).Utrecht bus map.From Utrecht Centraal the following buses are available:U-OV buses:North Bus station:-1 - Hoograven and Overvecht-2 - Museum quarter ring line-3 - Zuilen...

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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Utrecht Shopping

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  • Hoog Catarijne

    At Utrecht Central Station you will find 'Hoog Catharijne'. This place offers a lot of shops. So, if you want to shop here, there is a store for you. The opening hours are: Monday 11.00 - 18.00 hour Tuesday 9.30 - 18.00 hour Wednesday 9.30 - 18.00 hour Thursday 9.30 - 21.00 hour Friday 9.30 - 18.00 hour Saturday 9.30 - 17.00 uur

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  • Second Hand Books

    De Slegte is a well-knoiwn chain of second hand book stores in the Netherlands and Belgium.The Utrecht branche is located in a beautiful old office building, called Groot Blankenburch along the Oude Gracht canal.In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE.Business hours:Mo: 11AM - 6PMTu-We: 9.30AM - 6PMTh: 9.30AM - 9PMFr-Sa: 9.30 -...

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  • Children's books

    The Kinderboekhandel is a shop with children's books only.Business hours:Mo: Noon - 5PMTu-We: 9AM - 6PMTh: 9AM - 9PMFr: 9AM - 5PMSa: 9AM - 5PMSu: Closed A children's book

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Utrecht Local Customs

  • Museum Van Speelklok tot Pierement

    On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the National Museum From Musical Clock to Street Organ in Utrecht, the Netherlands, presents the international exhibition ‘Royal Music Machines’. Having acquired a large number of loans from other museums world-wide, the museum hosts a spectacular collection of some of the most famous musical automata of the...

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  • Canals

    The Oudegracht is the canal that runs through the centre of Utrecht's Old Town and was the means by which the town traded. Unlike Amsterdam's canals the Oudegracht was built to carry the water at a much lower level than the town's streets themselves and during its building it was designed with this trade in mind. This involved the construction of...

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  • Museums

    The 'MUSEUM KWARTIER' will be a pleasant diiscovery for you! You will find the largest Museums here, morover it is the historic heart of the City of Utrecht, a collection of Monumental buildings, canals and wharfs, courtyards and churches, with the Tower of the DOM (112 meter in height!! 465 steps) as eye-catcher and agogee! There are guided tours...

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Utrecht Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • CONSTRUCTION TIME

    The area around the Centraal Station is one with much construction and expansion.Even inside the station re-constructions are possible.

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Utrecht Tourist Traps

  • Dom church and tower

    Again a picture of the Domkerk. This church is the biggest in the Netherlands. It was seriously damaged by a hurricane a long time ago and now the tower is no loger linked to the rest of the cathedral.

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  • Hahaha, this is not exactly how it looks

    Hahaha, this is not exactly how it looks. Hmmm, you think, wow, great weather... hmmm, sitting outside, in this gorgeous weather, that is great!!! But don't let it fool you, haha, because it actually was quite cold! The sun was great though, but the temperature wasn't. Hahaha, look at the next few pictures, and see what some of us did to get warm...

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  • Okay Xowe... time to go...

    Okay Xowe... time to go again! Put on your shoes :-))There is lots more to see in Utrecht!

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Utrecht What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Some Recommendations

    In the winter, the weather is chilly (0 C to 2 C) and windy (much colder). I packed a fleece shell jacket, gloves and scarf (but I purchased additional scarves). Cobblestones are difficult to walk on long-term, so bring good walking shoes or boots (and insoles). Face and skin tends to get wind-beaten, so bring extra good face and hand creams.

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  • Oops... this is me :-)

    Oops.... this is me! Thanks Roelien (Nighthawk) for letting me use this photo. Hahaha, I think I made my point by now : bring your camera!!!!!

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Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

  • Surrounding area

    In and around the city Utrecht, there are 8 stone forts (small fortresses) to be found, which symbolize some of the history of the city in the Netherlands. 5 of these forts can be found in the city, 3 are outside, easily accessible by rental car or bicycle (30 minutes). They are: - Fort aan de Klop. North of Utrecht between the city quarters...

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  • Old architecture

    This castle is build in the late 19th century, it replaced a old former castle. In the grounds used to be a village, but it has been rebuild, and the village, called Haarzuilen is a nice little one. There is a café there, where you can have lunch. The grounds are great too, but be awere, you have to pay to get in, and no sorry I do not how much.

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  • Canals

    Just a tip, there are a few operators who can give you a great time if you try one of those "party boats" you got to be with at least a few people, but then in summer you will have a great time on such a boat. I mean not the normal tour boats, but the boats the Dutch take when the celebrate something. Especially Utrecht is known for this kind of...

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Utrecht Sports & Outdoors

  • Canoeing in direction city centre or...

    On the eastside of Utrecht you can rent a canoe or rowing boat. It's only a half hour to the city centre (canoeing) or a small hour to the pancake restaurant. A perfect stop after burning your calories. For real sporty people; book a canoe day trip. A mini van will bring you to the start, in the city of Wijk bij Duurstede. Special: in the summer...

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  • If Football's Your Thing....

    ...and you fancy some FC Utrecht souvenirs then there are a couple of Fanshops around the city and of course one out at the stadium. Probably the easiest one to find is that at the Hoog Katherine Mall as it is pretty much the first thing in front of you as you go in the main entrance.Website has details of opening times etc and also a link to the...

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  • Water cycling

    Explore the Utrecht canals on your own from a waterbike.The waterbikes are rented by the Canal Bike company.Prices: 1-2 persons: € 8.00 per person for 1 hour; € 11.00 p.p. for 1.5 hour; € 14.00 p.p. for 2 hours.

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Utrecht Favorites

  • Canals

    Yet again Oude Gracht, and for good reason. It's got a great selection of restaurants. THE most peaceful place (for me) in the world on a hot summers day. Go for a trip on the water on the canal boat (Rondvaart) for an even more unforgettable experience!

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  • Dom church and tower

    The Rune stone at the Domplain at the entrance of the Pandhof was a present of the Denmark for the 300th anniversary of the University of Utrecht in 1936. The stone is a copy of a real stone at the Danish Jelling, a UNESCO heritage.

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  • Old architecture

    Utrecht has streets full of quite trendy little shops - definitely worth having a wander if you are looking for something special... but postcards are somewhat hard to find! I asked an assistant for postcards in a shop where I thought they might have them and she replied quite snootily..."Postcards?? This isn't Amsterdam!!" Nevertheless I did...

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