Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, with a population of more than 300,000. It has a large student population and is known for its exciting nightlife. It is also a city with beautiful architecture and a long history, dating back to Roman times.
Head to Janskerkhof Square or Oudkerkhof for the best clubs in the city.
Rent a canal bike to pedal around the city's canals and gain a unique perspective on Utrecht.
You can buy a map of walking routes for EUR3 at the tourist information center. These will guide you through the best of the city, explaining its history, and lead you to some hidden beauty spots.
The Trajectum Lumen is a series of artistically lit city locations which makes an evening stroll through Utrecht particularly enjoyable.
The Dom Tower dates from the 13th century and you can climb 112 meters to the top for some stunning views of the city.
A mild European climate makes Utrecht a great all year round destination. The weather is warmest between June and September but can get chilly - and many out-of-town attractions can be closed - between November and March.
Utrecht's nearest airport is Schipol at Amsterdam. A high speed rail link leaves every 30 minutes from the airport and the 30 minute journey costs EUR8. An airport cab will cost around EUR100 but a pre-booked taxi can be as low as EUR50.
Utrecht is at the center of the Dutch rail network and has excellent connections. An express fare to Amsterdam will cost from EUR8.
Utrecht is centrally located in the Netherlands and has good road links west to The Hague on the A12, North to Amsterdam on the A2 and South to Eindhoven, also on the A2. The A1 runs to the east of the country.
The city bus station, Busstation CS Centrumzijde, is next to the train station and has good regional connections. A pre-booked bus from Amsterdam can cost as little as EUR7.
Hostel Strowis on Boothstraat is a good central option with dorm beds from EUR15.50. Grand Hotel Karel V on Geertebolwerk is a five star luxury hotel with rooms from EUR200.
Ijisselstei - is perfect for those seeking a quieter location. It is close to the Loosdrechtse Plassen lakes and has some excellent hiking trails nearby.
The Old Town - has excellent architecture, restaurants and bars and is great for exploring the city on foot.
Leidsche Rij - is an up and coming new neighborhood with good transport links to the city center.
Utrecht is easily explored on foot but also has an extensive bus network with fares from EUR2.70.
Taxis are reliable, if a little expensive. The starting fare is EUR7 and you will then pay EUR3 per mile.
Driving in Utrecht is not recommended. City planners have designed the city with many pedestrian zones, one-way streets and bus lanes. Parking is expensive. Car rental will cost around EUR80 per day.
You will find the best shopping around Neude, Oudegracht and Vredeburg. Hoog Catharijne is a large mall at the train station, where you can find lots of fashion, electrical and homeware stores.
A quart of milk in Utrecht will cost EUR0.88 and a loaf of bread EUR1.20.
Try the traditional Dutch pancakes at De Oude Muntkelder on Oude Gracht. Mains are around EUR10. Florent on Visschersplein is a stylish restaurant serving modern European food with mains from EUR15.