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Utrecht

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Best Time: March to May Read More

Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Nearest Airport: Schiphol Check Flights

"Study centre and Art paradise"

Utrecht Tourism

Utrecht is the religious centre of the Netherlands. It is home to the Utrecht University and also many art museums giving it a very cool hipster vibe alongside its ancient religious background. One of the most diverse places in the Netherlands, Utrecht is fast becoming a top list in every traveller's itinerary.

Known as student capital, Utrecht is home to many cheap places to eat, drink and party making it popular fast with the tourists arriving in the Netherlands. Various festivals are organised in the city as well throughout the year. People flock here for the bars, for the open markets and the amazing young ambience. Art buffs and architecture buffs find this to suit their taste too. Needless to say there is something for everyone in this city if you spend enough time here.

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Utrecht Customs

The Dutch are very punctual. Take care when organising even an informal meeting with friends. More than five minutes late shows disrespect for the other person's time. It is customary to greet people with a handshake and three kisses on the cheek among close friends and family members. There are no specifications as such with regards to clothes but do take care to not wear anything too revealing when at a place of religious significance.

Language of Utrecht

Dutch is the official language spoken in Utrecht. Finding English speakers may not be as difficult as in other cities due to the active student community here. Local vendors may not speak english and carryign a dictionary is a good idea.

History of Utrecht

Utrecht is a city as old as Rome itself. Built aronud 50 CE, ruins from that era still stand tall in the city even today. Arrival of German, English and Irish invaders adn missionaries gave the city its unique religious and religious flavour that it currently holds as well. Home to the Utrecht born pope, the city has a massive influence in matters of Christianity and religious influence throughout the country.

Nightlife in Utrecht

Neude, Janskerkhof, Mariaplaats and Ledig Erf are the places people go to when they need to grab a drink and enjoy good company.Some of the popular places are Wijncaf_ Lefebvre, Filemon & Baucis, Stairway to Heaven and Theatercaf_ De Bastaard. People go for bar crawls and parties go on till late hours. You will not be derived of company as college students will always be around. If you prefer a quieter setup then go for the open terrace bars at the Oudegracht.

Shopping in Utrecht

Oudegracht, Vredeburg and Neude are the shopping centers of the city.You can get normal souvernirs, small jewellery items and local food from stalls at the markets. For the sci-fi fans out there the place to be is Oudegracht (Old Canal) south of De Dom. You can get anything from books to board games to card games, costumes and comics.

Currency in Utrecht

ATMs and Banks are easily accessible at every market and street corner in Utrecht. Being an international hub home to many students, money withdrawal is easy.

Exchanging Money in Utrecht

You can get your currency exchanged at the airport or various exchange boothsin the city. Rates are more or less the same across different providers.

Daily Budget for Utrecht

If you walk around and eat at food stalls, a stay in Utrecht will not cost you more than 80-100 EUR daily. There are a lot of free attractions around the city too, you can savour those if you wish to cut down your budget further.

Religion of Utrecht

Christianity is the major religion of Utrecht.

Restaurants and Local Food in Utrecht

Be sure to try typical Dutch items like Prauwels, Vijfschaft, Hernhuttertjes and the Janhagel. If you dont' speak dutch you may have a difficult time asking if something is vegetarian or not. It is best to have a local around with you or ask at your hostel or hotel about how to find pure vegetarian places. Food in Utrecht, like the rest of Netherlands revolves a lot around meat and breads. Indonesian food is really popular with the locals as well.
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How To Reach Utrecht

You can reach Utrecht easily by train, car, bus or tram. Utrecht does not have an airport so you can't fly directly to the city.

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