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Woerden

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Woerden

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Woerden [1] is a city and municipality in the Dutch province Utrecht. Other populated places in the municipality are Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld. Woerden is located in the east of the Green Heart (Groene Hart) of the Netherlands, the green zone surrounded by the Randstad. Outside built up areas, Woerden is mostly meadows and farmland. Municipalities surrounding Woerden are De Ronde Venen, Breukelen, Utrecht, Montfoort, Reeuwijk, Bodegraven and Nieuwkoop.

Get in

By train

Woerden has an "intercity" train station, direct trains run from and to The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Gouda and Leiden. Trains are run by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen [2] (NS, "Dutch Railways"). From the international airport Schiphol near Amsterdam, Woerden can be reached by train, by changing in either Leiden, Utrecht or Duivendrecht. The train station is located very close to the city centre.

By bus

Woerden's main bus station is located next to the train station. Regional buses run from Utrecht, Bodegraven, Nieuwkoop, Mijdrecht and Breukelen and are operated by Connexxion and BBA/Veolia.

By car

Woerden is located just to the north of the highway A12, exit 14. The A12 runs between The Hague and the German border, near Arnhem. From the north, Woerden can be reached by exiting highway A2 near Breukelen, then continuing on provincial roads N401 and N212 via Kockengen and Kamerik. Woerden's main regional roads are the N458 from Bodegraven, the N405 from Kamerik, the N212 from highway A12 and Wilnis/Mijdrecht/Vinkeveen, the N198 from Harmelen/Leidsche Rijn and the N204 from Linschoten/Montfoort.

By boat

The Old Rhine river flows through Woerden, there are small harbours in the centre of the city and in the northwest of the city on the Grecht canal, which leads to the Nieuwkoopse Plassen.

Get around

See

On Saturday mornings, a regional market is held in the city centre. The Bonuventura Church, and the Petrus Church on the Kerkplein ("Church Square") are worth visiting. The pedestrianised shopping street Voorstraat has some old buildings, just like the Havenstraat ("Harbour Street"). On Wednesday mornings there is a market in the city centre.

Do

Events

  • August - Woerdense Vakantie Week: "Woerden Holiday Week", during one week at the end of the summer school holiday, activities mainly aimed at children and concerts aimed at adults take place in the city. Ends in a fireworks display.
  • September - Eru Taptoe Woerden, the oldest civilian tattoo (as in drum performance) of the Netherlands
  • October - Woerdense Koeienmarkt, yearly cattle market on a Wednesday during the October school holiday. Show up at 6am to see merchants sell cows by clapping each other's hands. Also a funfair is held. Traditionally, one eats snert (thick pea soup with bits of sausage in it) and poffertjes (tiny sweet pancakes, consumed with butter and icing sugar).

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Eat

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Budget

Mid-Range

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

Get out

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