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Utrecht

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.

Get in

By airplane:
Nearest airports are Düsseldorf International (145 km), Amsterdam, schiphol (35 km) and Brussels Airport (140 km).

Utrecht is served by train:
Centraal Station Binnenstadszijde is about 5 minutes walk from city centre.

National train connections:
  • Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol (Airport) takes about 0:31 hours
  • Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal takes about 0:38 hours
  • Utrecht Centraal to Haarlem: 0:47 h

  • International train connections:
  • Utrecht Centraal to London St. Pancras International takes about 5:49 hours, 2x change.
  • Paris Nord from Utrecht Centraal 5:21 h , 2x change.
  • Utrecht Centraal to Berlin Hbf (tief) takes about 6:07 hours

  • By car:
    Utrecht - Amsterdam: 50 km in 0:45 h
    Utrecht - Rotterdam: 60 km in 0:45 h
    Utrecht - Haarlem: 60 km in 0:45 h
    Utrecht - The Hague: 70 km in 1:00 h

    Ferries:
  • Woudrichem-Loevestein
  • Vuren - Woudrichem
  • Get around

    General:
    Utrecht is easy to walk, as all major attractions are in the center. The public transport network is very well developed and consists of buses. Much of the city center is pedestrianized.

    Excursions

    A good option is a
  • trip to Amersfoort.
  • trip to Gouda.
  • 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.

    Car sharing:
  • P&R, Oude Amsterdamsestraatweg, 3741 Baarn
  • Eat and Drink

    Eat:
    Budget:
  • Bigoli, Schoutenstraat 12, Utrecht, pasta, highly recommended,
  • Foodmaster, Boedapestlaan 1, IJsselstein Ut, fish_and_chips, Tel.: +31-30-6880112, no smoking, highly recommended,
  • La Cubanita Utrecht, Oudkerkhof 46A, 3512 GL Utrecht, The Netherlands, tapas,
  • Charlie Chiu's, Westerstraat 32, 3511 EM Utrecht, The Netherlands, Restaurant,
  • Broodje Ploff, Ganzenmarkt 20, 3512 GD Utrecht, The Netherlands, burger,
  • Gelateria Lucia, Utrecht, Anton Geesinkstraat, 3552 Utrecht, ice_cream,
  • Taco Mundo, Voorstraat 85, 3512 AL Utrecht, mexican, Tel.: +31 0 9001238226,
  • Mid-budget and High-budget:
  • Wok To Walk, Steenweg 16B, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands, highly recommended,
  • Bigoli, Schoutenstraat 12, Utrecht, pasta, highly recommended,
  • Zussen, Hof van Sint Jan 23, 3512 BX Utrecht, The Netherlands, Restaurant, highly recommended,
  • Zadelbar, Zadelstraat 22, Utrecht, Sandwich, highly recommended,
  • The Ostrich, Oudegracht 153, Utrecht, highly recommended,
  • Foodmaster, Boedapestlaan 1, IJsselstein Ut, fish_and_chips, Tel.: +31-30-6880112, no smoking, highly recommended,
  • Eetcafé De Vuurtoren, Muntplein 13, Nieuwegein, Pub, highly recommended,

  • Cafes:
  • Ledig Erf, Tolsteegbrug 3BIS, 3511 ZN Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Tel.: +31 30 2317577, highly recommended,
  • Brasserie Domplein, Domplein 20BIS, 3512 JD Utrecht, The Netherlands, Café,
  • Café De Zaak, Korte Minrebroederstraat 9BIS, 3512 GG Utrecht, The Netherlands, Cafe,
  • Carre, Mariaplaats 6, 3511 LH Utrecht, The Netherlands, Cafe,
  • Daen's, Korte Minrebroederstraat 11, 3512 GG Utrecht, The Netherlands,
  • Simon Lévelt, Vismarkt 15, 3511 KS Utrecht, Cafe,

  • Bars and Clubs:
  • Aus der Reihe Derrick, Voorstraat 102, Binnenstad, highly recommended,
  • Kafé België, Oudegracht 200A, 3511 NR Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Pub, Tel.: +31 (0)30 231 2666, highly recommended,
  • De Witte Ballons, Lijnmarkt 12, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands, Pub, highly recommended,
  • Olivier, Achter Clarenburg 12, 3511 JJ Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Pub, highly recommended,
  • De Luifel, Neude 37, 3512 AG Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Pub,
  • Coffee Company, Vismarkt 2, 3511 KR Utrecht, The Netherlands, cafe, Pub,
  • Nightclubs:
  • ACU, Voorstraat 71, 3512 AK Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Club, highly recommended,
  • 't Oude Pothuys, Oudegracht 279, 3511 PA Utrecht, The Netherlands, pub, Club,
  • Derrick, Voorstraat 96BIS, 3512 AV Utrecht, The Netherlands, Nightclub,
  • Aus der Reihe Derrick, Voorstraat 102, 3512 AV Utrecht,
  • 't Pakhuys, Kolenstraat 5, 1211 KP Hilversum,
  • Gooisch Podium, Kampstraat 2A, 1211 GE Hilversum,
  • Shopping

    Shopping centers Utrecht:
  • Godebaldkwartier Godebaldkwartier 540-545, 3511 DW Utrecht
  • Gildenkwartier Smakkelaarsveld 5, 3511 EA Utrecht
  • winkelcentrum Kanaleneiland Hammarskjoldhof 65, 3527 HD Utrecht
  • Radboudkwartier Radboudkwartier 111, 3511 CG Utrecht
  • Clarenburg Achter Clarenburg 22, 3511 JJ Utrecht

  • There are some worthwhile shopping streets in the city centre of Utrecht. Recommended are Oudegracht and Lijnmarkt.

    Other

  • Internet: Quignon (Cafe), Oudegracht 134, 3511 AX Utrecht
  • Internet: Coffee Company (Cafe), Vismarkt 4, 3511 KR Utrecht
  • Internet: Meneer Smakers (Fast food), Nobelstraat 141BIS, 3512 EM Utrecht
  • Internet: SociaBol (Cafe), Oudegracht 247, 3511 NL Utrecht
  • Internet: Brasserie Vrienden (Cafe), Hammarskjoldhof 53, 3527 HD Utrecht
  • Internet: Bibliotheek (Bücherei), Trumanlaan 70, 3527 BR Utrecht
  • Internet: Koffie en ik (Cafe), Vleutenseweg 169, 3532 HC Utrecht
  • Money exchange: Western Union, Van Starkenborghhof 66, 3527 HB Utrecht
  • Hospital: Huisartenpraktijk Mariahoek, Mariahoek 6, 3511 LD Utrecht
  • Hospital: Willem Arntsz Huis, Vrouwjuttenhof 18, 3512 PZ Utrecht
  • Laundry: Het Hof Express, Vismarkt 14, 3511 KS Utrecht
  • Laundry: Wasserette P. Lialiangas, Wittevrouwenstraat 13, 3512 CS Utrecht
  • Laundry: Cyberwash, Rijnlaan 44, 3522 BP Utrecht
  • Accomodation


    Hostel
  • Bed&Breakfast Kilim (Map), Herenweg 28, highly recommended, city, tram stop about 565 meters, bus stop in 405 meters
  • Stayokay (Map), Rhijnauwenselaan 14 Bunnik, bus stop in 625 meters
  • Stone Hotel & Hostel (Map), Biltstraat 31, 3572 AC Utrecht, double room about 65 EUR, http://www.stonehotel.nl/, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 855 meters, bus stop in 670 meters

  • Mid-range
  • Jay's Bed and Breakfast (Map), Kwartelstraat 18B, 3514 EV Utrecht, highly recommended, city, bus stop in 830 meters
  • Studio Zaagmolen (Map), Zaagmolenkade 49, 3515 AE Utrecht, highly recommended, city, train station Utrecht Overvecht about 905 meters, bus stop in 1165 meters
  • Boter en Visch (Map), Boterstraat 16b, 3511 LZ Utrecht, highly recommended, city, bus stop in 710 meters
  • Mary K Hotel (Map), Oudegracht 25, 3511 AB Utrecht, tel.+31 30 2304888, http://www.marykhotel.com/, highly recommended, city, tram stop about 620 meters, bus stop in 455 meters
  • Hotel de Admiraal (Map), Admiraal van Gentstraat 11 3572 XE, Utrecht, tel.+31 30 2758500, http://www.hoteldeadmiraal.nl/, popular, city, bus stop in 525 meters
  • B&B Klein Zuylenburg (Map), Dorpsstraat 1 3611 AD, Oud-Zuilen, double room about 70 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 785 meters
  • Havaa Apartments (Map), Plompetorengracht 11 3512 CA, Utrecht, popular, city, bus stop in 675 meters
  • Badhu (Map), Willem van Noortplein 19 3514 GK, Utrecht, city, train station Utrecht Overvecht about 815 meters, bus stop in 1265 meters
  • Van Dijk Apartments (Map), Pelikaanstraat 19 3582 SC, Utrecht, city, train station Vaartsche Rijn about 165 meters, tram stop about 175 meters, bus stop in 360 meters
  • Beurshotel (Map), Balijelaan 1 3521 GJ, Utrecht, city, train station Vaartsche Rijn about 505 meters, tram stop about 510 meters, bus stop in 415 meters
  • Bed & Breakfast VRIJ (Map), Schalkwijkstraat 2, 3512 KS Utrecht, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 350 meters, bus stop in 1100 meters
  • Logement Swaenenvecht (Map), Dorpsstraat 16a, 3611 AE Oud zuilen, city, bus stop in 790 meters
  • Hello B&B (Map), Herenweg 32, city, tram stop about 570 meters, bus stop in 410 meters
  • Chambres-en-Ville (Map), Zuilenstraat 1A, 3512 NA Utrecht, The Netherlands, city, train station Utrecht Maliebaan about 495 meters, bus stop in 715 meters
  • Holiday Inn Express Utrecht - Papendorp (Map), Van Deventerlaan 10, 3528 AE Utrecht, tel.+31 30 8201060, http://www.hiexpress.com/, city, bus stop in 585 meters

  • High price
  • 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
  • Apollo Hotel Utrecht City Centre (Map), Vredenburg 14 3511 BA, Utrecht, tel.+31 30 2331232, http://www.apollohotelsresorts.com/, city, tram stop about 365 meters, bus stop in 275 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.

  • Caravan
  • Caravanpark "De Veenplassen" about 8 km from the centre.
  • Caravanpark Prinsenburg about 11 km from the centre.
  • Caravan: here.
  • Attractions

    General

    , 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).

    Museum

    The Centraal Museum is a museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The museum was founded in 1838 (Map).
    Museum Catharijneconvent. (Map).
    Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum. the Dutch Railway Museum (Map).
    Aboriginal Art Museum  . (Map).
    Moluks Historisch Museum  . (Map).
    Utrecht Universiteit Museum  . (Map).
    Railway Museum . (Map).
    National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ . (Map).

    Castles

    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).

    Activities

    Hiking
  • Waterliniepad by "LAW"
  • Natuurpad De Leyen by "IVN afdeling De Bilt e.o."
  • de Zuid, Hilversums Wasmeer by "Goois Natuurreservaat"

  • Bicycle
  • Oeverlandroute
  • Midden-Nederlandroute
  • NAP-route
  • Noorderparkroute
  • educatieve-route


  • Cinema: Louis Hartlooper Complex (Tolsteegbrug 1, Utrecht)
  • Cinema: Cafe Springhaver (Springweg 46, Utrecht)
  • Cinema: 'T Hoogt (Hoogt 4, Utrecht)
  • Bowling: Bison Bowling (Mariaplaats 13, Utrecht)
  • Gym: De workout (Oudegracht 41, Utrecht)

  • Bird hide: Landje van Geijsel - Vogeluitkijkpunt
  • Bird hide: Breemwaard - Vogelkijkhut
  • Canoe hire: Kanovereniging Keistad
  • Canoe hire: Botenverhuur de Rijnstroom
  • Climbing: Klimbos Gooi-Eemland, Hoge Vuurseweg 9, https://klimbosgooieemland.nl/nl/
  • Skateboard: Skateplein de Vlaswiek
  • Skateboard: Skateplein de Kruisboog
  • Skiing: Snowsportcenter, http://www.snowsportcenter.nl/
  • Skiing: Skipiste Nieuwegein
  • Prices

    The price level is very high.
    Daily needs for a budget traveller: ca. 50 - 60 Euros
    Daily needs for an average traveller: ca. 95 - 105 Euros

    Factsheet

    Country: Netherlands
    Region: Utrecht
    Coordinates: X: 5.12222 / Y: 52.0908
    Altitude: 0 Mres
    Timezone: Europe/Amsterdam
    Population: 290.529 Inhabitants

    Type: Stadt
    Popularity as travel destination (0-20): 10
    Tourism in Utrecht: hoch
    Popular with backpackers: beliebt
    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun
    Price level for travel (Frankfurt Main=100): 141

    Climate

    Jan
    2.19 °C
    70 mm
    Feb
    2.5 °C
    48 mm
    Mar
    5.11 °C
    63.99 mm
    Apr
    7.58 °C
    49 mm
    Mai
    12.13 °C
    58 mm
    Jun
    14.76 °C
    64.99 mm
    Jul
    16.71 °C
    72.01 mm
    Aug
    16.68 °C
    67 mm
    Sep
    13.88 °C
    69 mm
    Okt
    10.52 °C
    74.01 mm
    Nov
    5.96 °C
    82 mm
    Dec
    3.58 °C
    80.99 mm

    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun --> climate diagram
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