• Welcome at Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk

A stone throw away from the monumental Wilhelminapark, Rosarium and Rietveld-Schröder house. Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk offers budget accommodation with free bicycles, located on the east side of Utrecht. The rooms have a shared bathroom with private basins in the rooms.   Ideal for visitors of the University of Utrecht (Uithof, Utrecht Science Park, USP). Also ideal for parents visiting their child staying at the campus of the University College Utrecht (UCU, 1 mile)  Thanks to the free bicycles the medieval Center and University Area (East side of Utrecht) can easily be reached (5-10 minutes by bicycle). B&B is best understood as Bed & Bicycle. You have your own free bike during your stay.  In the summer you can make use of the  free boat/canoe to explore the medieval canals and Kromme Rijn (curved Rhine) in Utrecht.  We serve breakfast every morning. The breakfast (included in the price) is a continental breakfast. Special wishes are possible. Have a look under prices for the possibilities regarding having breakfast at Bed and Breakfast Limes Oudwijk.  There are 8 trains an hour that take you to Amsterdam in 25 minutes.

Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk in Utrecht is named after two major historic facts that took place here. Situated on the banks of the Kromme (i.e. "Curved") Rijn, now a branch but formerly the main course of the river Rhine, the city of Utrecht was founded as a garrison town by the Roman army defending the "Limes", the northernmost border of the Empire. In the Middle Ages Utrecht played an important role in the Catholic Church. The history of Utrecht is also the history of the medieval monasteries. Between AD 1200-1500 there was an enormous abbey for nuns of nobles,  called Oudwijck located here. The land house Oudwijk and church (see photo above) were built on the foundations of this medieval abbey. 

 Explore Utrecht by bicycle (Free)
A bicycle is a must in Utrecht and Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk has free bicycles available for you. Ideal for exploring this old university town with its canals and quay side terraces, great architecture, squares and parks. Nearby attractions include the beautiful monumental Wilhelminapark, Rosarium and Rietveld-Schröder house- a UNESCO World Heritage site. Public Transport is expensive in Utrecht.(a one way ticket cost about € 2,20 for a one way bus trip inside the town). If for example you want to go to the Utrecht Science park and visit the old town in one day you would pay about € 6,60 a day extra without the free bicycle. 

For an impression of Cycling in Utrecht have look at the film BIKE
Also recommended cycling lessons for tourists in the film HAPPY CYCLING IS SAFE CYCLING
For information regarding cycling have a look at the Dutch cycling association site

Utrecht one of the Unsung cities in the world
What connects Utrecht to cities like Triëst(Italy), Arras(France), Gujarat(India), Chongqing(China), Aberdeen(Scotland), Meknès(Marocco), Helsinki, (Finland), Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Takayama(Japan)? The answer is simple. Lonely Planet made a list of 10 cities around the world that are  neglected by tourists despite their beauty. The list contains the 10 unsung places of the world. Utrecht is number 6 on the list.

Medieval city Utrecht
Utrecht has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, number one is of course Amsterdam. Medieval Utrecht also has unique quay-side terraces, restaurants, the Dom Tower, attractive shops and rustic canals. 25 minutes by train. 

Upcoming activities

Have a look on Trip Advisor   for reviews regarding the things do in Utrecht! #3(Railwaymuseum, 800 meters) ,  #5(Rietveld Schroeder house, 900 meters) Wilhelminapark, 100 meters) are all within a 1 kilometers radius of B&B Limes Oudwijk. All other top 10 reviews are within a 1,5 kilometer radius of the B&B! With the free bicycle all places of interest can be reached within 10 minutes cycling. 

For an overview of all events the Utrecht tourist office offers information. 

2017, 100th anniversary of the STYLE 
In 2017 Utrecht will be the center of  the 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl (the Style). It  will be celebrated with numerous inspiring exhibitions and events all over the country. Theo van Doesburg founded De Stijl in 1917. Famous artists including Piet Mondrian (born Mondriaan), Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld were part of this movement, which would come to redefine the word 'modern'.

With the Rietveld-Schröder house- (a UNESCO World Heritage site by the architect Rietveld) within walking distance (1 kilometer) you will be staying close to one of the finest examples of De Stijl architecture.  In the beginning of the 20th century many parallel movements developed in the Netherlands. Next to the Style another movement was the Amsterdam School (a more Modern Baroque architectural movement). The B&B is located in an Amsterdam School building. 

Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk 

B&B Limes Oudwijk offers rooms near the Center of Utrecht. It is located in a quiet street in Utrecht, in the middle of a residential area a stone throw away from the beautiful Wilhelminapark and the Rosarium. Where most B&B’s offer Bed & Breakfast, in this case B&B also stands for Bed & Bicycle. While travelling himself your host felt at home everywhere. The only thing he always missed was a bicycle to quickly go from A to B. Living in a student town like Utrecht a bicycle is a must. Having your own bicycle as a visitor/tourist you automatically become one with the town inhabitants and since you are able to move around quickly you’re able to see a lot more of Utrecht. Upon request your host will accompany you on your first trip cycling to make you aware of the rules for cycling in Utrecht.

Also if you rather take a bus, this is the place to be. The B&B has buses nearby going into the city center every 7 minutes. Also we are close to the bus stop going to Uithof/Utrecht Science Park (bus 11),  the University area. 

Bicycle policy
 B&B Limes Oudwijk is within 1.5 kilometers radius from the Dom tower in the center (Domplein, Utrecht). Included in the price are two bicycles (normally € 7,50) when you book directly by sending an email to A.Smulders@zonnet.nl.  Please note that guests that make a reservation through BOOKING.COM and AIRBNB.COM will only get a 50% discount on these prices. 
 Want to check yourself that Bed and Breakfast Limes Oudwijk is indeed offering a good price for its rooms go onto the TRIVAGO site and check yourself. TRIVAGO is a site that collects price information from a lot of sites and then tells you where you can get the best price when staying in a certain town. Press here and see for yourself: Trivago B&B price checker Utrecht
Bicycle services
The City bicycles included in the price are mainly meant for transport purposes in the city. After you have made a reservation they will be at your disposal for free  during the entire stay.
Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk is a small B&B and tries to keep prices low. We do not have bicycles that will fit every size of person. For short trips into the center or the University area Uithof this is not a problem. Should you want to go outside of Utrecht, for instance for a tour of the fortresses in the old Water Defence line, or to the woods nearby etc etc, B&B Limes Oudwijk offers an extra service. B&B Limes Oudwijk works together with a professional bicycle shop that has bicycles in all sizes and shapes and also electrical bicycles.
It is possible to make a reservation for these bicycles/rollers etc at these rates:
Normal bicycle, € 10 Euros per day.
Electrical bicycle, € 15 Euros per day (supports your pedaling for 30 kilometers thanks to a battery)
Tandem (bicycle for 2 people), € 20 Euros per day.
Roller, € 10 Euros per day
Carrier bike (1 person, 2 children), € 20 Euros per day

B&B Limes Oudwijk will provide maps of the surroundings of Utrecht for free. This way you can get an impression of the surroundings of the medieval  city of Utrecht.
Monastic hospitality
In the Middle Ages, between 1200 AD and 1500 AD, there was a monastery called Oudwijck that was located just outside the medieval town of Utrecht. The tradition of monastic hospitality practiced there was common in monasteries and goes back to the Middle Ages. Bearing in mind that B&B Limes Oudwijk is built on these old Monastery grounds, we try to adhere to these strict medieval Monastic principles of good hospitality.  Regarding the medieval principles we left one thing out. You don't have to get up every morning at 5 am and attend mass in the chapel. ;-)
Parking your car
Parking available in the street. In Utrecht it is paid parking nearly everywhere, 
In our street the costs are € 2,45 per hour or  € 17,25 a day. If you use my discount card  (ask for this when you arrive)  you will pay € 1,25 per hour. Please note  that you cannot buy a day ticket with discount. So if you park the whole day in the street you will pay 12hoursx € 1,25 =  € 15,- even though you use the discount card. 
When you stay more than 4 days I can get you a discount permit for  € 10,- per day

 Parking in/near the center costs up to  € 4,48 per hour (or € 31 for a day permit)  and it is nearly always difficult. We advise you to walk (20 min), cycle (5 min) or take the bus (10  min). Nearest place for free parking would be Louis Bouwmeesterlaan in Utrecht (about 2 kilometers from B&B Limes Oudwijk).

No pets allowed and non smokers only.

Il B&B e’ a due passi da Wilhelminapark, Rosarium e Rietveld Schröder-monumentale. Situata nel lato est di Utrecht Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk offre alloggi economici e biciclette gratuite. Le camere sono dotate di bagno in comune e i lavabo privati in camera. Ideale per i visitatori dell'Università di Utrecht (Uithof, Utrecht Science Park, USP). Ideale anche per i genitori che visitano il loro ragazzi presso il campus dell’University College di Utrecht (UCU, 1 chilometro). L’area medioevale del Center e University Area (lato est di Utrecht) è facilmente raggiungibile (5-10 minuti) usufruendo del servizio gratuito di bicicletta . Il B & B infatti e’ concepito  come Bed & Bike. Avrai la tua bicicletta gratuita per tutta la durata del soggiorno. Inoltre in estate è possibile usufruire di una barca / canoa gratuita per esplorare i canali medievali e Kromme Rijn (canale ricurvo) di Utrecht.
Serviamo la colazione (di tipo continentale e inclusa nel prezzo) ogni mattina. Richieste particolari per la colazione sono possibili (Date un'occhiata ai prezzi di seguito elencati).

> Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk in Utrecht prende il suo nome da due importanti eventi storici che hanno
 avuto luogo in questa area. La città di Utrecht è stata fondata come una città di guarnigione dall'esercito romano in difesa dei "Limes" (la parte settentrionale del confine dell'Impero) ed e' situata sulle rive del Kromme (vale a dire "curvo") Rijn, ora giusto un affluente, ma in passato il corso principale del fiume Reno.
Nel Medio Evo Utrecht ha giocato un ruolo importante nella Chiesa Cattolica e la storia di Utrecht è anche la storia dei monasteri medievali. Tra AD 1200-1500 c'era un'abbazia enorme per monache di nobili, chiamati Oudwijck. La casa Oudwijk e la chiesa (vedi foto sopra) sono stati costruiti sulle fondamenta di questa abbazia medievale.

A dos pasos de los parques Wilheminapark y Rosarium, y de la casa de Rietvel-Schroder, Bed and Bicycle Limes Oudwijk, situado en la zona oeste de Utrecht, ofrece habitaciones a precios moderados y alquiler de bicicletas gratuito. Las habitaciones disponen de lavabo privado dentro de la habitación y cuarto de baño compartido. Ideal para visitantes de la Universidad de Utrecht (Uithof, Utrecht Science Park, USP). También ideal para padres que visiten a sus hijos alojados en el campus del University College Utrecht (UCU, a un km de distancia). Gracias a las bicicletas gratuitas, en apenas 5-10 minutos se puede acceder fácilmente al centro medieval de la ciudad y a la zona universitaria situada en el este. B&B significa Bed & Bycicle (Cama & Bicicleta). Puede disponer de su propia bicicleta gratuita durante su estancia. En el verano puede hacer uso gratuito de nuestra canoa para explorar los canales medievales y la zona del Kromme Rijn (Rhin Curvado) en Utrecht. Servimos un desayuno continental (incluido en el precio) todas las mañanas. Se admiten peticiones especiales. Consulte la sección de precios para ver las posibilidades para el desayuno en Bed&BicycleLimes Oudwijk.

El nombre de Bed & Bicycle Limes Oudwijk en Utrecht proviene de dos hechos históricos de importancia sucedidos en esta zona. Situada en las orillas del Kromme Rijn, actualmente un afluente pero en otros tiempos el cauce principal del Rin, la ciudad de Utrecht fue fundada por el ejército romano que defencía el "Limes", la frontera septentrional del Imperio. En la Edad Media Utrecht representaba un rol importante en la Iglesia Católica. La historia de Utrecht es también la historia de los monasterios medievales. Entre los siglos XIII y XVI existía una enorme abadía para monjas de familias nobles llamada Oudwijk, que estaba ubicada en este área. La iglesia de Oudwijk (en la foto superior) fue construida sobre los cimientos de esta abadía medieval.


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Click here for the Dom Tower view (Panorama photo 1.2 kilometers from B&B Limes Oudwijk)