Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and capital of the central Dutch province with the same name. It is situated on the eastern edge of the Randstad urban agglomeration, in a triangle between Rotterdam/The Hague and Amsterdam and for most tourists to the Netherlands, this is as far out as they will venture from the capital.
That is a pity of course, but we will save that pity for when we describe the other destinations you miss out on (Maastricht? Groningen?). As Utrecht is only 30-40 minutes by train from Amsterdam/Rotterdam, you should definitely include this charming town in your itinerary, however.
Utrecht's main attraction is its medieval city center. Partly sealed off for cars, the best way to explore it is on foot. From the Dom cathedral (with the highest church tower in the country), to small squares lined with cafés, to of course the canals (grachten).
The prime "gracht" is the 2km long Oudegracht, which passes right through the center of town. On street level you will find many great places to eat, drink and shop around here, but really unique are the restaurants that allow you to sit on the wharfs a level below right next to the water. These restaurants used to be warehouses, but they have transformed into one of the hottest spots in this student city.
Outside of town lies the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht Hill Ridge), a green area that is great for hiking and has some nice scenery. [Review by travelindicator]
- Utrecht is a city in The Netherlands. It has a population of 487,685, is situated at an altitude of 0ft and the best airport to fly into is AMS (Schiphol, Amsterdam)
- The currency used in The Netherlands is the Euro (EUR)
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