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Cities in Utrecht, Netherlands
City: # City: #
Abcoude4 Maarssen19
Amersfoort94 Mijdrecht1
Amstelhoek1 Montfoort4
Baarn14 Nieuwegein32
Bilthoven1 rhenen2
Breukelen4 Soest11
Bunnik7 Utrecht805
bunschoten-spakenburg2 Utrechtse Heuvelrug12
De Bilt17 Veenendaal6
De Ronde Venen5 Vianen7
Doorn6 Vinkeveen3
Elst1 Vleuten3
Hoogland1 Vreeswijk2
Houten12 Wijk bij Duurstede6
IJsselstein8 Woerden17
Leusden8 Zeist31
Info about Utrecht, Netherlands
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Introduction

Center of the country
Utrecht city has the busiest train station of the country. This is the place to start from when you want to explore the Netherlands by train. There are trains to all parts of the country, and Holland has the busiest train-net in the world, so you do not need to wait very long. The prices can be tough however, but if you buy a Summertour ("Zomertour" in Dutch) you can travel with two persons unlimited through all of the Netherlands for three days within a period of ten days for 69 euro (that is 34,50 per person for three days of unlimited travel, price 2004). This card is only valid in july and august. This suggestion is only priceworthy when you intend to visit distant but interesting places like the region of Zeeland, the region of Limburg (± 150-200 km from Utrecht, the ancient Roman city of Maastricht is 2 hours by train and definately worth visiting), the region of Groningen or the region of Fryslân and do not intend to go hitchhiking the country.

Neighbouring regions: To the north of the province of Utrecht we find the province of Noord-Holland, with of course Amsterdam as the major city. To the east we find the province of Gelderland, with the some large National Parks, all part of al region called "De Veluwe". If you have little time, only visit there the National Park "De Hoge Veluwe" use one of the free white bikes there (the only place in the Netherlands where the original hippie "white bicycle plan" survived) to explore the park and visit the famous Kröller-Müller museum situated within the park. This museum has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, just after the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Also it has a beautiful collection of sculptures, all beautifully situated in the park around the museum. To the south we find the province of Noord-Brabant. There are many small and cosy villages there, you surely get to know the Brabant way of life when you visit some of the hospitality-club members there. My personal suggestion would be to visit s-Hertogenbosch, with many old buildings, and definitely NOT Eindhoven, the most depressing town I have seen in my life. The night life there however is a sight to be seen! If somebody from Eindhoven feels insulted, he or she is hereby invited to prove otherwise by writing something positive about this town. To the west of the province of Utrecht we find the province of Zuid-Holland, with interesting towns like Delft (one of the most beautiful Dutch town I know, definitely worth visiting) and also Leiden, a town with the oldest university of the country (founded in 15-something) and also many old buildings. If you like modern architecture it is worth visiting Rotterdam. Rotterdam used to be like Amsterdam, with many characteristic old houses and canals, but in the first few days of the Second World War the city was bombed and almost no building in the innercity survived. Now it is a collection of beautiful and ugly modern and less modern architecture.

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Edited by: maplefanta on 26.05.2006 aldert on 08.10.2005 milanutrecht on 07.09.2005 tijs on 11.03.2005 aldert on 23.07.2004
Last postings about Utrecht Netherlands from other users
 
emva wrote:

Natural surroundings and Queen mother's residence.


majaputuje wrote:

Utrecht is a student city, there is plenty of cafes in the old town, or you can just sit next to the canal, under some big tree if it's warm enough. For concerts and dancing there is Tivoli, Ekko, Acu with thursday's cocktail bar.....you can find most of the happenings in the city in 'uitloper'-they have it in any pub, going out every wednesday


hippienl wrote:

Not really :) The Dutch coffeshops I guess, but they aren't really my thing.



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