This page should contain all the information you need to know to get to Utrecht, get around, and get out. If it doesn't, let us know.
1 Before you arrive!
1.1 What to bring
- A laptop with support for wireless networking. Ethernet access will probably not be available. If you really need ethernet access, please contact the organisers.
- Power adapters if necessary. Power sockets in the Netherlands are 220-240V CEE 7/4 (a.k.a. "Schuko").
- Mobile phone
- A debit card, credit card and/or enough cash to sleep/eat/drink. Credit cards are generally not accepted in Dutch stores (and even restaurants), so be prepared to pay in some other way.
1.2 Before you arrive
- Pick out a couple of projects to work on and familiarise yourself with them
- Install an up to date Haskell toolchain
- Google Map
Use this map to familiarize yourself with the locations relevant to the event. This includes the venues as well as accommodations and important transportation spots.
If you can access Google Maps on your mobile phone, you can even view it there. If you need it, the short URL is http://g.co/maps/b6as8.
- Map of the Uithof
This PDF map shows the Uithof campus of Utrecht University.
- Map of University College Utrecht
This JPEG map shows the UCU campus.
We are using several different venues for DHD >>= UHac. The main reason for this is money (or lack thereof).
3.1 DHD at Ordina
Ordina is gratefully sponsoring the DHD with their fine facilities and delicious food (Seriously! We held the first DHD there, and we're happy to go back.)
3.1.2 Getting there
3.2 UHac at the BBL
UHac starts out after the DHD in a classroom in the BBL (Buys Ballot Laboratorium) building at the "Uithof" (pronounced similar to "OUT-hof") campus of Utrecht University. Since the organizers are located there, and class is still in session, we don't have to pay a thing.
3.2.2 Getting there
- By car
Follow these directions to reach the Uithof by car.
- By bus
From the central station, take bus 11 or 12. The both go to the Uithof, but they take different routes: bus 11 goes through the city center, and bus 12 stays to the south of the center.
- With bus 11, take the "Botanische Tuinen" (Botanical Gardens) stop. The stop before is "Wim Sonneveldlaan."
- With bus 12, take the "Padualaan" stop. The stop before is "Rijnsweerd Zuid."
Once off the bus, walk north (from both stops) to the red building called the "Minnaert" (with its name spelled out in large letters on the facade).
- Through the Minnaert
Walk through the Minnaert to the BBL (indicated by the arrow in the photo above). The easiest way to find the path is by following a line of small, circular, metal plates on the walkway to the entrance of the Minnaert. These plates continue inside and lead directly to the BBL. Once you cross a bridge (with a view of bamboo!) into the BBL, simply take the stairs or elevator in the center of the building down to the ground floor and walk to the room.
3.3 UHac at Newton
Over the weekend, UHac will be held in classrooms at the University College Utrecht campus. UU wanted us to pay more than we could afford to keep the classroom (and thus the building) open when class was not in session, but UCU has students living on campus, so the buildings are already open, and we can afford their rates.
3.3.2 Getting there
- By car
Follow these directions to reach UCU by car.
- By bus
From the central station, take bus 12 in the direction of "Uithof UMC AZU." Get off at the stop "De Kromme Rijn." The stop before is "Stadion Galgenwaard."
- From the bus stop
Walk north/northwest (crossing the street from the bus stop) down Platolaan. The street makes a natural curve to the left and becomes Sophocleslaan and then curves right and becomes Prins Hendriklaan. There you will find the entrance to the UCU campus on your left.
Walk through the pedestrian gate (and watch for cyclists going in and out). Take the left path walking around the central square. Newton Hall is the first building on the left at the corner of the square.
5.1 Getting to Utrecht
Getting a train is the best (and cheapest) way of getting to Utrecht. Utrecht Central Station is where you need to get off. There are direct connections to Utrecht Central Station from Schiphol Airport and Eindhoven. People arriving at Eindhoven Airport will first need to take a bus to Eindhoven Central Station.
5.2 Getting around Utrecht
As mentioned before, getting to and from Newton is easy with bus 12. If you want a true Dutch commuting experience, however, consider renting a bicycle (Dutch). It's the easiest way to get to Newton and to the city centre.