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Utrecht at a Glance

Utrecht is one of the Netherland's oldest cities with canals, subterranean excavation sites and ancient cathedrals. Utrecht has a modern edge as well with a mega mall that encompasses the main train station and beyond. Indulge in a shopping spree, or head into the classically Dutch medieval portion of the city. 

Many of Utrecht's bars and restaurants sit in historic buildings right at eye level with the canals. These areas used to be warehouses, conveniently located on the same level as the boats that transported goods around the city. It is possible to wander the medieval city on foot and then stop in for a meal or a drink and continue to survey the city from a comfortable chair. 

If you need a break from historic buildings, art museums and local history, Utrecht has a modern, exciting nightlife scene. The city's 40,000 students help make sure there's never a dull moment. Grab a drink, dance or listen to music. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter The Netherlands if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      • Railroad Utrecht Centraal Station
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      Severe Weather Weather is generally mild in Utrecht. After heavy rains, flooding may be a problem.

      Safety Concerns Guard your personal belongings against pickpockets and thieves. Keep bikes locked up and use your hotel safe for valuables such as your passport. Avoid dark, deserted areas at night.

      Health Concerns The Netherlands are a safe country with clean drinking water and good public health. Practice good hygiene while in Utrecht to avoid getting sick.