In our humble opinion, Utrecht is the Netherlands’ most charming city. Anyone who disagrees has probably never been to this vibrant student town. With no less than a millennium of history, Utrecht is proud of its age-old traditions. Holland’s fourth largest city is the kind of town you can visit at any time of the year. If you’re a fan of UNESCO-protected architecture, then Utrecht’s churches and ancient sunken wharf cellars will be a real treat. Of course, visiting a city isn’t just about seeing all of the sights and with this guide in your hand you’ll be able to get to know the real Utrecht, which you can thoroughly explore in a few days. More intrepid travellers can take not of our Out of town section to find natural and architectural wonders just outside the city limits. And although Dutch politicians are grumbling about the economic collapse of the Western World and using this as an excuse to make even more budget cuts, especially to cultural life, you can rest assured that there are plenty of concerts, festivals and other special events scheduled in Utrecht this year. The writing staff at Utrecht In Your Pocket have also been busy creating new reviews of restaurants, cafés, clubs and shops for this spring edition. Completely revised and updated, you’ll find everything you need to know tucked inside the following 60 pages. Whatever your plans, you’re bound to have a fantastic time in Utrecht, a Dutch candidate city to become European Capital of Culture in 2018. The best of Utrecht and many other Dutch cities can be found online, in a free downloadable PDF, on your iPhone or in good old fashioned print. Emails with suggestions, comments and pictures are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your stay in this ancient town that the Romans referred to as Castellum Traiectum.
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