Utrecht, a modern university town steeped in medieval history, is located in the heart of the Netherlands, just 30 minutes away from Schiphol Airport. It is a vibrant city of knowledge with young, brainy residents, a thriving creative sector, and beautiful historic and contemporary treasures, including the centuries-old wharf cellars and the Rietveld Schröder House.
A place where you can spend days walking around discovering new things, the fourth-largest city in Netherlands is remarkably easy to navigate. With the country’s tallest church tower–Dom Tower–as your point of reference, you will quickly get your bearings. Plus, the compact centre creates the warm, inviting and lively atmosphere that makes the city so endearing.
Utrecht is a surprising mix of grand and intimate, and historic and modern. This is a city where you will find exclusive boutiques and major retail chains, medieval buildings and contemporary architecture, charming art cinemas and spectacular multiplexes, ancient and modern art, small music clubs and one of Europe’s largest music venues: TivoliVredenburg. Utrecht is at its best when hosting markets, fairs, Cultural Sundays and festivals.
Rent a bike
A fun and relaxed way to explore the city is by bicycle. Utrechters love bicycles. They are everywhere you look in the city. Chained to posts and bridges, parked in bicycle garages and zipping by on the many bicycle paths. The leafy green outskirts of the city are great to explore by bike, too, with numerous country estates, museums and monuments to see. You are just 30 minutes away from impressive citadels, forts and castles–including De Haar Castle, the country’s largest.
Fall in love
No matter how long you stay, it is impossible to get bored in Utrecht. Immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating history, be captivated by the city’s exciting present, and discover what the locals have always known: Utrecht is a city to fall in love with.