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Utrecht, Netherlands

The city of Utrecht is located a short train ride to the south-east of the capital, Amsterdam and, in my humble opinion, compares favourably to the much-touristed capital.

Utrecht is the main University city of the Netherlands and the huge student population gives the city a vibrant atmosphere. The cafes and bars that line the city’s impressive canals, (in particular, the Oudegracht, or old canal), are reminiscent of those in Amsterdam, but rather than being filled with foreign tourists on stag dos and hen nights, are filled with locals and students.

Utrecht is a major transport hub in the Netherlands, so there are frequent trains to all other cities in the country, many of which are only a short journey away and can be easily visited as a daytrip. I visited both Arnhem and Nijmegen in a day.

Utrecht’s train station is connected to the city’s large shopping mall, the Hoog Catharijne.

An absolute must (unless you suffer from vertigo!) is a trip to the top of the city’s 367ft high Domtoren (Cathedral tower). The panoramic views of Utrecht from the top are breathtaking, but not for the faint-hearted!

  • Last visit to Utrecht: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2006
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  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    oh this lovely city brings sweet memories....

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:30 AM

    Thanks for providing the view for me to see - Ive tried twice(part of my climb every highest site in a place) to get there for an opening and still not found it open!but a lovely little old town centre - and amazing Wok to go Takeaway bar!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2007 at 2:05 AM

    you lucky guy, staying at Karel V ! I've only climbed the Dom halfway for a bell ringing concert on St. Maarten's (11/11).

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2005 at 3:49 PM

    That hotel in Utrecht is worth remembering! Marion x.

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