Today we are going to talk about Utrecht, one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. Here you can enjoy of a city full of canals, museums and terraces without the tourist overcrowding that you can find in Amsterdam. This is a very nice city where there are more bicycles than people and that you can visit it in one day.
HOW TO GO FROM AMSTERDAM TO UTRECHT
You can go and come back by train for 18€ or by car. If you are going to stay some time in the Netherlands and you would like to move around in the country, the best option is to rent a car, but we would like to warn you that parkings in the Netherlands are quite expensive.
WHAT TO DO IN UTRECHT
You can start the tour visiting the St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Dom Tower. Both of them are located in the old area of the city and it’s the tallest tower of the Netherlands. It is 112 meters high and it has 13 bells. There is a lookout point in the tower but we couldn’t visit it because they were doing maintenance work on the building but it’s for sure an interesting activity to do in Utrecht.
Pay attention nearby the Cathedral, you will find a hidden entrance that will take you to Pandhof Domkerk, this is a small garden very well care that belongs to the Cathedral.
Just in front the Cathedral there is the DOMunder Museum, which they show the history of the last 2000 years of Utrecht. If you are interested in it, we recommend you buy the tickets in advance because they are usually sold out. The price for an adult is 12,50€.
Very closed to the Cathedral you will find the Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht. This is the most famous building of the University of Utrecht, one of the biggest and oldest universities of the Netherlands and at the same time one of the most prestigious universities of Europe.
A bit more far away of the old area of the city there is the Oude Hortus. This is a botanical garden and a science museum located in the same place. This garden has the oldest greenhouse of the universities of the Netherlands, and here you can also see different kind of plants, trees and also a small lake. The ticket to visit both museums cost 8€ but if you are only interested in visiting the garden, you can do so by paying 2,50€. In the same area you can also find the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Miffy Museum.
Once you have visited these museums, you can go back to the old area through the Lepelenburg park. If you come to visit Utrecht during the summer there is a lot of chances that you will see concerts and different activities in the park.
A curious activity you can also do in Utrecht is to go and visit the Miffy’s Traffic Light, which is unique in the whole world. The creator of the famous rabbit was born in Utrecht and this is one of the homage that the city made for him.
If you still have time you can visit the Rietveld Schröder house, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 2000. It was built in 1924 by the Danish architect Gerrit Rietveld and it is one of the best examples of the De Stijl style. If you love art, this house-museum is a must visit for you.