One of my favourite things about living in London is the fact that you can jump on a plane and travel almost anywhere in the world. No need to go very far though, because Utrecht is right around the corner. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe and only a 50 minute flight from Stansted airport to Amsterdam Schiphol. Low cost flights are also very easy to find, search online for Ryan flights, EasyJet flights or Transavia flights.
Utrecht is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only is it a beautiful destination for people who like to travel but it is also a city full of history. One of the things you will remember when visiting Utrecht is the great energy in the air, the happy faces, how friendly people are and the amount of people who cycle. Honestly there are more bikes than cars in the streets than any other city in the Netherlands. Utrecht is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation and is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2017. Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age, when it was surpassed by Amsterdam as the country’s cultural center and most populous city.
Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, as well as several other institutions of higher education. It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam.
Those are a few things you should know about the city. Now let’s see what’s fun to do once we are there!
Being 112 m and 32 cm (369 ft) in height, the Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. The tower has been the central feature of the city for centuries, and has borne witness to the trials and tribulations experienced by its citizens. This church is a perfect example of medieval architecture. Even though the view from up there is fantastic, If you are too lazy to climb all those stairs, we have another suggestion for you!
Are you a fan of art?
There are many surprising treasures and museums in Utrecht. Within walking distance of Central Station (train station), you’ll find several art museums and galleries, suited to both young and old.
Museums you might like :
Galleries you might like :
Not a fan of art? Ok!!! How about a relaxing boat ride?
Utrecht’s canal houses are best admired from the water. Sailing through the city on a canal boat is the perfect way to discover hidden beauties like historic tableaux, not to mention some great restaurants and of course the ancient wharves. You have various choices in order to plan your ideal boat ride. There are organised group rides for tourists that get to explore and learn about the city and there are also electric boats that hold up to 6 people and do not require a navigation licence. So choose the ride that is most suitable for you and enjoy!! Trust me this experience will be one you will remember.
Like most Dutch cities, Utrecht has an extensive network of cycle paths, making cycling safe and popular (safe for the cyclists NOT the pedestrians, so keep your eyes open). If you have ever visited any city in Netherlands, you know that you have to be careful with the bicycles. They just never stop!!
As thousands of bicycles are parked haphazardly in town, the City Council decided in 2014 to build the world’s largest bicycle parking station, near the Central Railway Station. This 3-floor construction will hold 12,500 bicycles and completion is foreseen in 2018.
And of course if you just want to have an extra chilled experience in the city, ignore all the above and just pop into a coffee shop!!
Puff Puff and pass 😛