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Historic Walking Area
Canals area , Utrecht
4.7
Visit Canals area to see the urban waterways the country is known for. The canals in Utrecht are similar to those in Amsterdam and other Dutc
Tours from $18
Observation Deck
Dom Tower , Utrecht
4.5
Overlooking charming streets on one side and channels on the other, Dom Tower stands 112.5 m (369 ft) tall, offering unparalleled views of th
Tours from $8
Specialty Museum
4.3
Housed in a historical former train station, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) documents the history of the industry and its development in
Tours from $35
Theme Park
Efteling , Kaatsheuvel
4.5
Once a quaint nature park, Efteling has grown to become a large, fantasy theme park. When it opened in 1952 with a playground and fairytale f
Tours from $59
Art Gallery
4.7
The famous painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" hangs at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, along with a collection of more than 840 obje
Tours from $5

Utrecht

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As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy. While Utrecht is no exception to the traditional Dutch canals and townhouses, it also features a wide range of medieval architecture and history. The city's split-level canals are quite distinct in the Netherlands. The quiet lower levels attract tourists and locals alike to set up a picnic or have a drink down by the water. On the street level, you'll experience the vibrancy of the town. Due to its central location and population of 70,000 students, cultural and entertainment events are constantly going on here. Outdoor cafes and trendy shops are scattered throughout the town, making days and nights in Utrecht exciting. Take a peek at our world travel planner: Utrecht and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.

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Where to stay in Utrecht

As a major cultural and economic center, Utrecht has more than its fair share of centrally located hotels oriented towards business travelers visiting the city for a day or two. To stay longer without spending too much on a comfortable room, consider a self-catering apartment or guesthouse near the city's main train station. You can also explore the residential neighborhoods' family-run hostels, which offer simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi within walking distance of good restaurants and shops.
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