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Utrecht Travel Guide  

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1449 km2
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Utrecht, today the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, was born from a Roman fort built in approximately 47 CE. Following regular invasions by Germanic peoples, the Romans left this area in around 270, and little is known of the settlement until the 6th century, when Utrecht came under control of the Franks. This city was influential over the whole area of the northern Netherlands during the middle ages, and was ruled by a succession of bishops until 1122 when it was granted city rights. In 1528, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, took control of the 17 Netherlands. In 1579, seven of these provinces decided to join forces in a fight for indepencence, signing the Union of Utrecht. This is viewed as the first agreement of the Dutch Republic. The bishoprics, previously this area’s main form of government, were abolished in 1580.
In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht ended the War of the Spanish Succession, and included the proviso that Spain cede control of Gibraltar to Great Britain. Utrecht gradually became the centre of the Dutch railway network after a railway connecing Utrecht and Amsterdam was built in 1843, and remains today the headquarters for Dutch Rail.
In World War II, Utrecht was held by German troops until they surrendered the Netherlands on 5th May 1945. Canadian forces entered the city on 7th May and the city began the process of recovery. Utrecht has grown considerably in recent times, with the construction of new neighbourhoods and the inclusion of Vleuten-de-Meern, until 2001 a separate municipality.


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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Utrecht, today the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, was born from a Roman fort built in approximately 47 CE. Following regular invasions by Germanic peoples, the Romans left this area in around 270, and little is known of the... more settlement until the 6th century, when Utrecht came under control of the Franks. This city was influential over the whole area of the northern Netherlands during the middle ages, and was ruled by a succession of bishops until 1122 when it was granted city rights. Utrecht’s most famous sight is the Dom Tower, a 112-metre-high steeple that was part of the Minster until a fierce storm in 1675 destroyed the Minster’s nave. Thousands of tourists climb the tower every year, and are rewarded with a dazzling view of the city. Utrecht’s network of canals give a very Dutch feel to the inner city. In summer, the terraces of the many bars that line the canals are packed with people enjoying the sunshine, while the winter months see people taking a welcome respite from the cold inside the cosy cafes. The Dutch Railways headquarters are located in the Netherlands’ largest brick building, the Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which also houses a museum detailing the history of rail travel in the Netherlands. Utrecht’s university is the largest in the country, and its museum explains the world of science from the past to the present. Another interesting museum to visit is the National Museum ‘From Musical Clock to Street Organ’, where several centuries of mechanical instruments including clocks and automatically functioning musical instruments are on display. A huge shopping complex, the Hoog Catharijne, stretches between the city centre and the central railway station. A variety of goods can be found here and in the city’s many markets, such as the Tweede-handsgoederenmarkt, a great place to find second-hand bargains.
hassan Yousef
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : I've stayed one month in this nice city and I never met such nice people than in Utrecht. I stayed in the 5 star Karl v hotel which I think one of the best hotels in the world with it's delicious... more food. The canals in the city with the nice boats give a nice atmosphere to the antic Utrecht center also the restaurants and the cafes are so so nice... not to forget the pretty girls too with their bicycles . thank you
Not to be missed canals , karl v hotel
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Overall Guide : OOg in AL is BEST AREA
Bonk
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Well the city is very expensive. Transportation was non fuctional.
Andrew Wallis
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : I have going to Utrecht for several decades. It is clean. It is interesting. The people are wonderful.
Not to be missed Geertekerk , museum of utrecht , Domkerk
Reisegeier
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Nice old town. Lots of cosy "gezellige" bars and restaurants. Nice walks through the city. A nice stopover destination.
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : st lucas bar
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