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Uitzicht Utrecht Foreign visitors should definitely take into account local rules of conduct and rules of etiquette, as it will make your stay in the city even more comfortable. Those coming to Utrecht on business matters have to consider the serious and pragmatic attitude of their business partners. Greet each other with handshaking; while getting acquainted call not only name yourself, but also the position held. The pragmatic culture of citizens is manifested in rapid switch to business issues; distraction is simply not accepted. Be ready for the fact that after meeting business partners would call their foreign guest exclusively by name or second name, which is also an important national feature.
The Vermeulen cafe&restaurant is considered one of the most popular holiday destinations among young tourists. This place has a very bright and original decor. Visitors can take one of the … Open
Going to visit a new acquaintance, you should definitely take some small gifts with you. A perfect gift would be a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but most of locals like to receive gifts, which they can’t get in their country. If the gift was packed, it has to be unpacked immediately, as guests will certainly want to see what is hidden behind the mysterious wrapping. It’s also worth considering that according to local rules of etiquette it is inappropriate to give a gift back immediately.
Local people are open and friendly, but they clearly differentiate questions relating to your personal life and work. It’s not accepted to talk about personal matters, as well as express your emotions in public. It is impolite to ask a new acquaintance questions related to his income and other personal items; there’re no other taboos in dealing with natives. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Travelers going to Utrecht in search of new experiences and exciting entertainment won’t be disappointed. The most amazing and unusual entertainment center of the city is a miniature … Open
Don’t allow yourself careless phrases in conversation, as all said is likely to be taken literally. So, inviting somebody to visit or having dinner remember about that, otherwise it will be taken as a sign of mauvais tone. The culture of locals is full of paradoxes and unexpected features. They carefully preserve the cultural heritage of the past, while being progressive and open to new things.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Utrecht
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van St. Jan de Evangelist, ’s-Hertogenbosch, 45.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint-Josephkerk, Haarlem, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 47.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Utrecht
♥   Castle 'Vredenburg Castle' , 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Zuylen' , 6.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'De Haar Castle' , 10.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nijenrode Castle' , 12.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Drakensteyn Castle' , 12.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huis Doorn' , 15.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Duurstede Castle' , 19.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Utrecht and around

Queen's Day

From the series “Most enchanting and vibrant festivals”
Every year at the end of April the Dutch celebrate the "most orange" festival on the planet - Queen's Day. The date of the event varies from year to year and falls on the 29th and 30th of April. The symbolic significance and grand scales are the main features of the huge party. The festivities are dedicated to Juliana, the ex-Queen of the Netherlands. It is also the day of national unity. This beautiful holiday, which has long received the status of important international event, is very symbolic and traditional. … Read further

Castle Muiderslot

From the series “Impressive castles and palaces located on water”
In the Netherlands there is the incredibly beautiful and interesting castle on the water - Muiderslot, which is located in the surroundings of Amsterdam. The castle is situated on the mouth of the river Vechte and was built, according to some assumptions, in the second half of the 13th century. The construction was of great commercial importance. During more than 700 years the place for the collection of the taxes of ships, which went to Utrecht. Until the 17th century, the construction lost its strategic importance. The palace served as the residence of Peter Hoft, ruler of Amsterdam. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Utrecht

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Utrecht. Learn the best periods to visit Utrecht to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Utrecht.
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