One stop away from Utrecht Centraal station is Utrecht Overvecht train station, located in a northern suburb of Utrecht. There isn’t much reason to go there; in fact, it has the reputation of being a “disadvantaged” or “rough” neighbourhood (by Dutch standards, at least).
Well, there wasn’t much reason to go there… until they recently installed an adult-sized playground slide next to the large flight of stairs leading into the station. Now that is worth going out of the way for.
The purpose of this so-called “transfer accelerator” is to shorten journey times for rail commuters and, more importantly, inject a bit of fun into life.
Sadly, not that many people seem to be using it. I had a go (twice) and got a few laughs and stares from the stairs (pun intended). I secretly wish I lived in Utrecht Overvecht just so I could take the slide on my way to work every day. Yipeeeee!