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Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands and the ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from the early Middle Ages. The city of Utrecht has plenty of places of interest, such as dozens of museums, magnificent churches, interesting monuments, etc. Explore them independently, or during a canal cruise or city walk.The Dom Tower and Dom Church just might be the best-known objects of interest in Utrecht, but there are many more interesting churches and listed buildings, such as the Janskerk church, the modern Rietveld Schröderhuis or Kasteel de Haar castle and the fortresses of the New Dutch Water Defence Line just outside Utrecht

Utrecht has interesting museums for young and old. For children, these include the Railway Museum, the Dick Bruna Huis and the Museum Speelklok (Museum of Musical Clocks). Don’t forget the exhibitions in the Aboriginal Art Museum, the Central Museum and the Museum Catharijneconvent

The parks, gardens and other scenic areas in Utrecht are oases of tranquillity and green in the city. Go to the Oude Hortus (Old Botanical Gardens) and the Rosarium (Rose Garden) to enjoy beautiful plants and flowers. In Park Lepelenburg, events are held on a regular basis in summer.

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Utrecht city centre alone has seven cinemas. Theatre fans can indulge themselves with main performances in the Beatrix Theatre, or smaller cabaret or theatrical performances in the Stadsschouwburg or the Werftheater. The Ekko pop music venue and various Tivoli locations hold concerts on a regular basis for music fans

A rollercoaster ride in which you pass enormous trains and locomotives? ‘Steel Monsters’ is thrilling and exciting. The latest attraction in The Dutch Railway Museum is ‘The Fire Test’. In this ride you can experience the full story behind almost two centuries of railways, ending in a spectacular train ride.

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The masterpiece by Gerrit Rietveld, highlight of ‘De Stijl’, icon of the city of Utrecht and monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is an absolute must. Utrecht architect Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) built it for Truus Schroder and her three children.

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One of the most beautiful neo-gothic churches of the Netherlands. The hidden treasure of Utrecht.Hidden in the historic city centre of Utrecht lies the St Willibrordkerk. The church’s wealth of decorations, unique to The Netherlands.

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Being 112 m and 32 cm (369 ft) in height, the Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.The highest viewpoint is at 95 m (312 ft). From this platform you have a magnificent panoramic view of the city of Utrecht and its surroundings

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Worldwide, there is just one Utrecht creation more famous than the Rietveld chair: Miffy, the little rabbit Utrecht Dick Bruna designed in 1955. Over 56 years, Miffy has developed into an international celebrity

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This fairytale-like castle has a beautiful park with large trees and is surrounded by old gardens and is located near Haarzuilens in the province of Utrecht. The present castle buildings date from 1892. The park contains many waterworks and a formal garden which reminds one of the French gardens of Versailles

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The Botanical Gardens at Fort Hoofddijk provide an unparalleled collection of plants from all around the world. The history of living plant collections of Utrecht University dates back to the 17th century. The first botanical garden of the university was founded in Utrecht in 1639, three years after the establishment of the university itself.

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