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limesUtrecht was founded by the Romans on a spot where the river Rhine was easy to cross (traiectum gave the city its name) and straddled the limes between two cultures. What better venue can we imagine for the contact zone between Humanities en e-Research?

Utrecht developed into a major center of religion, learning, and culture, and is now the fourth largest city in the Netherlands (350K inhabitants). Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is the largest university of the country.

Utrecht is well connected to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (30 minutes by train) and large European cities such as London, Brussels, Paris, and Berlin. It has excellent train connections to the city centers of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. 

Its historical monuments include the famous gothic tower of the Dom Church, an impressive collection of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, several museums, and the Unesco world heritage Rietveld Schröder House. The medieval city center itself, with its unique system of historical canals, wharfs, and bridges, forms the vibrant part of Utrecht. Many of the majestic city castles have been rebuilt into hotels and restaurants and the old storage areas along the wharf are now the place to be for cosy cafés, trendy retail concepts and restaurants offering the cuisines of the world.

Early July is the perfect time to visit Utrecht, with lots (but not too much) of sun that can be enjoyed in the city’s many green areas as well as in the nice countryside with meandering rivers, polders, and woodlands.


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