Holiday in Utrecht
Enjoy the cultural heritage and centuries-old monuments of this charming, centrally located city in the Netherlands. A lot of the shops are on the canals, making shopping a magical experience. Utrecht is also home to the tallest church in the Netherlands and great nightlife.
Utrecht played an important role in the Netherlands already in the 7th century. Utrecht was the religious and cultural centre of the Netherlands from the 7th to the 12th century. In the beginning, most of the city's leaders were bishops, which is why the city is so rich in religious heritage.
Start your trip to Utrecht with a visit to the Dom Church. Climb the Dom tower for a fantastic view of the surrounding area and its mediaeval landmarks. Another special building is Stadskasteel Oudaen, an old patrician house that is now home to a restaurant. Utrecht regularly hosts trade fairs and large events in Jaarbeurs, which is conveniently located next to the main train station.
Nature lovers will be charmed by the nearby Loosdrechtse Plassen, where you can spend time on the lakes or go on long walks with your partner or the whole family. Another must-see is Castle Duurstede, one of the oldest castle ruins in the Netherlands.
Utrecht's main train station is in the centre of town and has a covered shopping mall that extends into the city's shopping streets. It's really easy to get there on foot, as are the other points of interest. The city also has scheduled bus services which come in handy if you don't feel like walking. The best way of visiting the nearby nature parks or castles is by car.
One of Utrecht's biggest advantages is its location. It’s easy to reach by public transport or car from anywhere in the Netherlands. If you’re travelling by car and plan to spend some time in the city, make sure your accommodation has parking. Alternatively, you can park cheaply at one of the park and ride (P+R) lots on the outskirts of town and take the fast tram (sneltram) into town.
Enjoy the great atmosphere, the practical location and the charming shopping streets of Utrecht!