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'''Utrecht''' is a city in the [[Netherlands]].
== Hitchhiking out ==
=== North: [[Amsterdam]],
[[Amersfoort]], South: [[Breda]], [[Belgium]] East: [[Germany]] ===There is a [[liftershalte]] - a special spot for hitchhiking - at the ramp of the ''Waterlinieweg'' near ''De Galgewaard'' stadium. It's good for going northwards on the A27 and A28 or southwards on the A12, A2 and A27. Official hitching spot, indicated by a traffic sign with a thumb on it. To get there, take bus 12 from the Central Station and get off at bus stop 'Stadion Galgewaard'. Cross the road and you're at the sliproad!
Alternatively, you can take bus 55 in the direction ''Maartensdijk'' and get off at the stop ''Nieuwe wetering''. From there you are able to walk to a petrol station directly on the A27. Beware though, you have to walk for about 1 kilometer next to the motorway and a hitchhiker once got a 90€ fine for that, but otherwise it's a great starting place to go south direction [[Paris]] (A27) as well as [[Luxembourg]] (A2) (Note: Looking at the satellite image on Google Maps, there seems to be some bushes between the A27 and the railway parallel to it, walking in this strip as far as possible from the A27 '''may''' just keep you out of view!)
=== East [[Arnhem]] ===
If you want to go east, direction [[Arnhem]] and the south of Germany. the best thing to do is to take the train from central station to Bunnik (6 minutes), cross the footbridge across the highway, and walk to the petrol station 2km up the road witch you are able to see from the footbridge. This petrol station on the A12 is very effective. Within 10 minutes you usually find a ride at least to Arnhem. (From this place it is also possible to go to direction Berlin if you take the A50 north near Arnhem)
=== West [[Rotterdam, The Hague]] ===
Get down to Kanaleneiland in the southwest corner of Utrecht, for instance by taking any tram leaving from Utrecht Central Station. Get out at "Kanaleneiland Zuid". Walk towards the A12 highway. There's an entry lane leading up to the A12 on your right hand side where there's ample room for cars to stop on the hard shoulder.
Alternatively, try the spot near the 24 Oktoberplein
where the flyover comes down at the traffic light. Taking any tram for Central Station, get out at "24 Oktoberplein", walk back to the traffic square, pass underneath the flyover and make an immediate left. Follow the road until the flyover comes down, and position yourself on the small shoulder between the two traffic lights. Although the road directly leads to the North/Southbound A2, you might get traffic heading west to the A12 as well here.
== Sleeping ==
For wild camping, it's best to stay at the university area (De Uithof). Take bus
11 or 12 from the main train station in Utrecht (Utrecht Centraal Station) and you will know where to get out when you see the large school buildings. There are great spots to camp there and little to no guards. It's pretty far away from the city center, so you should be able to sleep pretty safe there.
Alternatively you can ask the friendly people at the local vegan café if they know anywhere you can stay for free:
''ACU, Voorstraat 71'', cheap vegan food is served on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
== Other useful info ==