Utrecht owes its vibrant and inspiring atmosphere to its mix of modern concepts and historical buildings. Many of the historic city castles have been repurposed, now housing hotels, restaurants and shops. The old storage areas along the wharfs are now the place to be for cosy cafés, trendy retail concepts and restaurants offering food from all over the world.
‘Experience Utrecht’ mentions no less than 10 must sees:
- The unique wharf cellars of the Oudegracht
- The monumental city castle Oudaen, built in 1276
- The gothic Dom church, Utrecht’s former cathedral
- DOMunder, an exciting descent into Dutch history
- Lombok, Utrecht’s multicultural heart
- The miffy museum, dedicated to the world’s most famous rabbit
- The Papal house, the residence of the only Dutch Pope Adrian VI
- The Rietveld Schröder House, an international highlight of modernist design
- The botanical gardens, laid out in an old fort – and while you’re there, walk around the Uithof, Utrecht University’s science park
- And last but not least: TivoliVredenburg
Check out the Utrecht Tourism office for information about activities and attractions. Looking for something to do? Then go to the eventbrite website. For information about everything else the Netherlands has to offer, see Tourism in the Netherlands.