Situated on Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, just behind Utrecht’s landmark Dom tower and about 15 minutes’ walk from Utrecht Central Station, Paushuize is one of the oldest and most outstanding monuments in the city of Utrecht, with a remarkable history. It is so named because it was built in 1517 by Paus (Pope) Adrian VI, the only Dutch pope from the Netherlands.
A variety of beautifully restored period rooms and splendidly decorated salons, makes the building one of the most sought-after venues in the Netherlands.
Read an article about the venue in our eSense magazine: Conference venue is fit for a pope
Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, is the beating heart of the country and at the hub of the rail network. It’s a vital city, with a large student population: its university (founded in 1636) is the largest in the Netherlands. The medieval city centre is small enough to explore on foot and large enough to boast a wealth of culture and history, including world-class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums. The inner city canals are unique: they are accessible by steps from the street and their wharves are now used as terraces by the many cellar bars and restaurants.
How to get there
By public transport
There are frequent trains from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Utrecht. Journey time is about 30 minutes.
Train to Utrecht Central Station and then on foot (15+ minutes):
From the main concourse of Utrecht Central Station follow the signs to ‘Centrum' but almost immediately after the check-out points take the escalator down to the right. It says Busstation B. At the end bear left towards the bus platforms. Walk down the bus platforms to the end (marked B3).Turn left and after about a hundred metres cross the main road (Catharijnesingel). Continue straight ahead. At the T-junction (Mariaplaats) turn right. Take the first left (after 50 metres: Zadelstraat) and walk towards the Dom tower. Walk through the passage under the tower, turn right and then take the first left (Trans). At the end of the street you will see the corner of the Paushuize slightly to the left at the junction of Pausdam and Kromme Nieuwegracht.The main entrance is usually across the first bridge on Kromme Nieuwegracht (no. 49) but sometimes on Pausdam (no. 10).
Train to Utrecht Central Station and then by bus:
From the station take bus 2 ‘Museumlijn’. This is a circular line, so you can’t go in the wrong direction. Get out at Domplein, walk on in the direction the bus was going, then take the first left (Trans). At the end of the street you will see the corner of the Paushuize slightly to the left at the junction of Pausdam and Kromme Nieuwegracht). The main entrance is usually across the first bridge on Kromme Nieuwegracht (no. 49) but sometimes on Pausdam (no. 10).
The nearest parking garage is Springweg (400 metres), at Strosteeg 84. If using satnav, navigate to ‘Mariaplaats’ and then follow the P signs.