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About Utrecht

On these pages we provide you with some tips and information about the city of Utrecht, as well as some practical information about living in the Netherlands.

DomUtrecht is located in the centre of the Netherlands, only a 45 minutes drive away from Schiphol Airport and downtown Amsterdam, or 30 minutes by train. It has easy access to all the main routes to Belgium or Germany and has the largest railway station in the Netherlands. Utrecht developed it's many churches, the canals and their yards trough out the Middle Ages and is now a thriving, modern city which has much to offer for those who love culture and art, history, restaurants and bars and the beautiful ancient houses and architecture alongside the canals off the inner city.

The beautiful canals and surrounding waterways of Utrecht can be seen by boat, there are several different tours, or you can walk alongside the canals and step down on the yards and see the many historical features or the working inhabitant's of today ; artists and craftsman.

Many of the yards now offer restaurants with cuisine from all over the globe, or bars and dance-club's with the worlds latest music style. In the summer the terrace’s alongside the yards are filled with people and create a unique atmosphere. All within a 15 minute walk or even better, by bike.

Several museums are located in the Museum Quarter and show much of Utrecht's history. The 16th century painter Jan van Scorel and world famous architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld are represented in The Central Museum. It also holds a collection of Dick Bruna who invented Miffy, the rabbit.

You can also visit the Dutch Railway Museum or the oldest dome shaped astronomical observatory of the Netherlands, Sonneborgh. The Dutch Coinage Museum shows coins from the 7th century to this very day and the Museum Musical Clock to Street Organ is by far the merriest museum of the Netherlands.

It is clear that Utrecht has a lot to offer. With all the large scale facilities and attractions it has kept it's easy living and small town atmosphere.

In most recent years Utrecht has developed into an very ICT friendly area, with several of the world’s leading ICT, Financial and Infrastructure corporations. Also, Utrecht has one of the major Universities in the Netherlands, as well as the University College.

Source: Tourist Information Utrecht.