Gate2Shop is once again a major sponsor, presenter and participant at The Festival of Games held in Utrecht, April 28-29, 2011.
We hope you will find time outside the packed conference agenda to enjoy this particular part of Holland, as well. There are plenty of things to do in Utrecht. While it’s a relatively small town even for Europe’s scale, it is lively, picturesque and imbued with stories and symbolism.
We’ve put together this handy map below to help you organize your fun in Utrecht…
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Where to stay
Accommodation in Utrecht is relatively easy to secure, especially if you book in advance. There are numerous luxurious as well as affordable hotels, boarding houses and bed-and-breakfasts. Further options include short-term rentals, hostels and even university dorm housing. Find more info on accommodation in Utrecht.
Holland has an elaborate train and bus system, and Utrecht transportation is up to par. Utrecht is connected to Europe via the ICE international train from Germany, the regular Dutch Intercity train network with direct service to the Schiphol Airport, regular local trains, a city light-rail line, local and regional Connexxion and Arriva buses. The town is also accessible by car via many major highways, yet easily traversed on foot and bike-ready.
Day activities in Utrecht
Dating back to the Stone Age, Utrecht displays hints of Roman times, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond. Stroll the cobble-stoned streets where you’ll pass many churches, architectural treasures and museums. Or take in the cityscape from a canal cruise.
Definite musts for the cultural enthusiasts are the Cathedral (Domkerk) and the Cathedral Tower (Domtoren), the National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ (Nationaal Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement) and the Slot Zuylen or Slot Zeist castles.
There are many art installations, street performers and window-shopping generously offered by locals and travellers alike. Try to find the ‘secret garden’, just before the Dom Tower on the city side (there is an entrance on the right side to an inner courtyard), check the news at a sunny street-side cafe (carbon copies, aka newspapers, are allowed and welcomed) or follow the canal around town and onward to the Botanic Gardens of the University of Utrecht.
A young population of college students and the many tourists and business visitors descending on Utrecht make for a refreshingly vibrant nightlife. Starting with live music venues, there are four major music events on Thursday, April 28th, and two each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: There are other local live bands playing in various pubs and clubs in town, as well.