Utrecht is a lively city in the Netherlands of about 300000 people with a medieval centre. The centre is small enough to explore on foot. Utrecht is built around the cathedral, that is the symbol of the city. There are lots of water areas and picturesque canals (grachten), where waterfront restaurants, pubs and cafes are housed. In addition Utrecht offers numerous other architectural monuments. There are 70000 Students living in the city, so it is very popular for its nightlife and great shopping opportunities. Utrecht is also suitable for a day trip for visitors to Amsterdam.
Recommended destinations for tours are Nieuwegein (Map) (with Kloster Eiteren). Recommended is a trip to the castle Loevestein (Map) (31 km) near Gorinchem. Castle Loevestein (Slot Loevestein in Dutch) is a medieval castle built by the knight Dirc Loef van Horne (hence "Loef's stein" ((stone)) house) between 1357 and 1397.
Hotel Dom (Map), Domstraat 4, 3512 JB Utrecht, double room about 167 EUR, tel.+31 30 2324242, http://www.hoteldom.nl/, popular, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 760 meters, train station Centraal Station Binnenstadszijde about 765 meters, bus stop in 625 meters
Hotel Nieuwegracht (Map), Nieuwegracht 32, 3512 LS Utrecht, double room about 152 EUR, popular, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 445 meters, bus stop in 905 meters
Grand Hotel Karel V (Map), Geertebolwerk 1 3511 XA, double room about 250 EUR, tel.+31 30 2337555, http://www.karelv.nl/, popular, city, bus stop in 785 meters
Carlton President (Map), Floraweg 25 3542 DX, Utrech, double room about 229 EUR, tel.+31 30 2414182, http://www.carlton.nl/president/, popular, bus stop in 620 meters
Court Hotel City Centre Utrecht (Map), Korte NIeuwstraat 14 3512 NM, tel.+31 30 2330033, http://www.courthotel.nl/, popular, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 610 meters, bus stop in 785 meters
Sandton Malie Hotel (Map), Maliestraat 2 3581 SL, Utrecht, double room about 130 EUR, tel.+31 30 2316424, http://www.hampshire-hotels.com/malie-hotel-utrecht-hampshire-classic, popular, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 815 meters, bus stop in 175 meters
Hotel Oorsprongpark (Map), F.c.Dondersstraat 12 3572 JH, double room about 105 EUR, tel.+31 30-2716303, http://www.oorsprongpark.nl/, city, bus stop in 95 meters
B&B Utrecht City Center (Map), Lucasbolwerk 4, double room about 254 EUR, tel.+31 6 50434884, http://www.hostelutrecht.nl, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 700 meters, bus stop in 500 meters
NH Centre Utrecht Hotel (Map), Janskerkhof 10 3512 BL, Utrecht, double room about 183 EUR, tel.+31 30 2313169, http://www.nh-hotels.nl/hotel/nh-centre-utrecht, city, train station Centraal Station Binnenstadszijde about 805 meters, bus stop in 600 meters
Hotel Mitland (Map), Arienslaan 1 3573 PT, Utrecht, double room about 150 EUR, tel.+31 30 2715824, http://www.mitland.nl/, city, bus stop in 515 meters
Bastion Hotel Utrecht (Map), Mauritiuslaan 1 3526 LD, double room about 124 EUR, tel.+31 302871400, http://www.bastionhotels.nl/nl/hotels/hotel-utrecht, city, tram stop about 235 meters, tram stop about 505 meters, bus stop in 460 meters
Park Plaza Utrecht (Map), Westplein 50 3531 BL, double room about 140 EUR, city, tram stop about 185 meters, tram stop about 190 meters, bus stop in 355 meters
Hostels and budget hotels are relatively expensive. Hotels are , however, expensive. Camping
Berekuil about 2 km outside, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 1800 meters, train station Utrecht Overvecht about 1940 meters, bus stop in 860 meters.
Fort a/d Klop about 4 km outside, train station Utrecht Zuilen about 1805 meters, bus stop in 585 meters.
Camping De Boomgaard about 7 km from from the city, train station Bunnik about 630 meters, train station Station Bunnik about 665 meters, bus stop in 1025 meters.
, Domplein, open Mo-Fr 10am-5pm October-April 11am-4pm, Sa 1011am-3. 30pm, Su 2pm-4pm (Map). Fishmarket. With public transport: eg. , bus Line 135 Bus 135 's-Hertogenbosch Station => Wijk en Aalburg Kromme Nol (Map). Lucasbolwerk 24, the city theatre. Almost all theatre performances are in Dutch, but there are also dance and music performances (Map). is an outstanding and surprising building. The Utrecht main Post Office is a great example of Dutch Art Deco architecture (Map). Rietveld Schroder House Prins Hendriklaan 50 Tours organised by Centraal Museum for €16, which includes travel from Centraal Museum, Entry to Museum, Tour of House and Rietveld designed apartment, and a tea/coffee at museum. See website for full details (Map). Domkerk and Cathedral Tower. (Map). Vredenburg or Vredeborch was a 16th-century castle built by Habsburg emperor Charles V in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Some remains of the castle, which stood for only 50 years, are still visible on what is now Vredenburg square in Utrecht (Map). Slot Zuylen. (Map). Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht, or Dom Church (Dutch: Domkerk) was the cathedral of the diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages (Map).
Slot Zeist. With public transport: eg. , bus Line 74 Bus 74 Zeist Busstation - Vianen van Duvenvoordestraat, bus Line 71 Bus 71 Doorn / Driebergen-Zeist - Nieuwegein Stadscentrum, bus Line 58 Bus 58 Zeist Busstation - Hilversum Station, bus Line 50 Bus 50 Utrecht Centraal Station - Wageningen Busstation, bus Line 81 Lijn 81 Woudenberg De Poort - Veenendaal Station De Klomp (Map).