Getting there

And also: Being here 

By train
Utrecht is just a 30 minute train ride away from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport, and only a 45 minute train ride from Rotterdam and The Hague. The city is serviced by daily international trains from Brussels (2 hours), Cologne (2.5 hours) and Paris (3,5 hours). For more information, go to www.ns.nl or www.nshighspeed.nl.
The station area is undergoing a ‘facelift,’ the ultimate goal of which is to realize a smooth connection between the station and the old city centre. Inconvenience is limited as much as possible and Utrecht remains easily accessible.
The city centre is within walking distance of the railway station, but you can also take a taxi or a bus, of course: bus no. 2 stops at Domplein, where you’ll find the main Symposium venue, the University Hall, or in Dutch, “Academiegebouw”. See also Getting around Utrecht, below.

By car
From the “Ring Utrecht” (Utrecht ring road) follow the signs to Centrum into the city centre. It is best to follow the main roads as long as possible. This is faster than driving through neighborhoods and residential areas. You will find a number of parking garages in the city centre.

Being here
Download the Tourism Utrecht app, for attractions, museums, restaurants, entertainment tips, and shops here: http://www.visit-utrecht.com/en/event/utrecht-city-guide-app

Public transport
City buses enter the centre from all directions. From the area of Nieuwegein and IJsselstein, trams run frequently. An extensive network of city buses ensures that every district is easily accessible. Current information on arrival and departure of buses: www.9292ov.nl.
You can purchase public transport tickets on the bus or tram (but that’s relatively expensive), or for 1 to 5 days at the “UOV” service point in the railway station (central hall):
1 day ticket: € 6 | 2 day ticket: € 8 | 3 day ticket: € 10 | 4 day ticket: € 12 | 5 day ticket: € 13.50

Cycling
At a mere 5 min. walk from the main Symposium venue you’ll find Fietspunt (Nobelstraat 293, 3512 EM Utrecht), where you can hire a bike, for a day or the whole week, for only € 10.00 per bike per day. Please note though: they will ask for a deposit of € 100.00 in cash.
 
For more information regarding transport, please visit the Utrecht Tourist Information website.
 
Utrecht has two very decent Irish pubs, one virtually round the corner of the Academy Hall, the main conference venue: Mick O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. An excellent watering hole; please note, however, that the pub is one of the town’s main venues for watching live football, which means that during our week, which is also the first week of the World Cup in Brazil, the place will often be packed (particularly on Wednesday 18th June, when the Dutch team are playing their second game). The other Irish pub is at 25 minutes walking distance, O’Leary’s Irish Pub.

Lovers of special beers can drink to their hearts’ content at Kafé België, serving over 500 special brews from all over the world (5 minutes walking distance from the main conference venue), or at De drie dorstige herten [the three thirsty deer], a quieter place with a number of excellent special local brews (also c. 5 minutes walking distance; limited opening hours).

Many other pubs and restaurants are also to be found in the immediate vicinity of the main Symposium venue; suggestions will follow in due course and you’ll find dedicated plans in your conference pack and programme. Here’s a view of the Court Hotel (“Rechtbank”) terrace: leafily lisping…

terrace court hotel

For a promotion film for the city: the city film.

For a bird’s eye view of Utrecht city centre, click the plan below.

binnenstad

 
Academiegebouw vanaf Domtoren 
A tower with a view: the University Hall as seen from the top of Dom Tower.

Within 5 mins walking distance of the University Hall are three excellent bookshops: two specialising in second hand and antiquarian books (Aleph, Vismarkt 9, 351 KR Utrecht; Hinderickx & Winderickx, Oudegracht 234, 3511 NT Utrecht), and one general bookshop with a wonderful collection of mostly very affordable remaindered books (art, history, topography): Boekhandel Libris, Servetstraat 3, 3512 JG Utrecht. Click on the images below, to visit their websites.

HenW logovismarkt librisboekhandel-steven sterk