Utrecht is one of the most beautiful and charming cities in the Netherlands, with the biggest university and the highest church tower of the country. It’s important to say that it is the fourth largest city in Holland and serves as the capital of the Utrecht province in the centre of the country.
The truth is I only knew the name of the city because of the treaty, known as the Peace of Utrecht, which ended with the War of Spanish Succession between 1713 and 1715, but I realized it had lots of cultural offers…
How did I get there?
If you live in Amsterdam -or you stay at any hotel there-, the best way to go is by train. From Amsterdam Central Station you will arrive in Utrecht in less than half an hour. Moreover, the round trip price is approximately 16 euros.
What can we see and visit?
Domplein is one of the main squares in Utrecht and it has several important buildings around the area such as the Dom tower and St Martin’s.
I strongly believe it is a great place to start your Utrecht adventure because there is a tourist office where you will be able to buy a tour guide or the ticket to climb the tower.
With a height of 112.5m, the Dom Tower can be seen for miles around, this big tower is probably the most iconic landmark. Furthermore, the tower stands separately from the Cathedral of Saint Martin due to a catastrophic storm.
I’d like to point out you can only visit the tower with a guide .The tour ,which cost 9 euros, is in English and apart from allow you to climb the 465 steps to the top of the tower also provide a lot of information about the history of the church and the purpose of the tower nowadays. You will be able to see the impressive bells!
St Martin’s Cathedral
St. Martin’s is the main Cathedral in Utrecht and was once connected to the Dom Tower as I’ve already said.The architecture of the Cathedral is predominantly Gothic and is quite similar of the French-style.What remains in the interior is still high quality and extremely ornate with many vaulted arches and colourful stained glass windows.
Amsterdam is not the only one which has a canal network – Utrecht has a wide system of canals. The canals can be found throughout the town centre and they are just magical. You can do some boat tours that lead you to certain canals but it is also a great idea to simply stroll through the cobbled streets.
Oudegracht is the main canal that runs Utrecht’s city centre, is over 800 years old and over the years many subterranean warehouses have been constructed along the canal — a number of which now house cafés, stores and homes.
Janskerkhof flower market
When I went on Saturday there was a large flower market in Utrecht and it provided a hug variety of flowers and seeds to buy.
The market is held near the Janskerkhof church which is a short walk from the Dom Tower and main square.It is a great place to take photos, soak up the atmosphere and maybe take home a little souvenir.
Rietveld Schröder House
This house was built in 1924 by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs Truus Schröder-Schrader and her three children.
The Rietveld Schröder House constitutes both inside and outside a radical break with all architecture before it. The two-story house is situated far from the city centre so it will take you 30 minutes to arrive there but if you are a architecture enthusiast, you cannot lose it.
In addition, The World Heritage Committee added the Rietveld Schröder House to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites on 2 December 2000.
Now you now a little bit more about the city I really hope you ENJOY and HAVE FUN !!!