Trains in Europe are a efficient way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international train routes in BeNeLux. Utrecht Centraal is served by trains to the north and south, with a variety of options available to anyone who wants to visit this beautiful Dutch city. Intercity trains run from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport to the north, Rotterdam to the west and Eindhoven to the south. Utrecht is also connected to the German train system to the east, with Essen and other Ruhr cities only an hour or so away. If you want to travel from London, the best way to catch trains to Utrecht is by taking the Eurostar to Brussels and then switching to an Intercity train for the connection to Utrecht. From Paris, visitors can take a Thalys train to Amsterdam and then catch the Intercity to Utrecht. All trains to Utrecht arrive at the Centraal Train Station. Located right at the heart of Utrecht, it's easy to walk to Utrecht's many city center attractions from the station.
Utrecht may be less well known than Amsterdam or Rotterdam, but it is one of the Netherlands' finest tourist destinations. The city is built around a huge network of canals, which are lined with bars and restaurants. Visitors can sip local beers and dine on delicious hearty Dutch food on canal-side terraces. There is also plenty to see, with historical buildings around every corner. Tourists can climb to the top of the Dom (the city cathedral) and soak up the gorgeous views, or they can tour the fascinating Centraal Museum, with a fantastic art collection and regular shows by world-famous artists. But above all else, Utrecht is a city to relax in and savor. In Utrecht you can stroll along the canals, stretch out in the city parks or pick out some flowers that catch your eye at the Bloemenmarkt.