Utrecht Travel Guide
Utrecht is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Holland, with an exquisite medieval city centre. It is known for its lively atmosphere and intimate character.
Enjoy the Utrecht Museum Quarter with the famous Gothic Dom tower, magnificent architecture from the medieval Golden Age to the present day and surprising museums, trendy boutiques and cosy cafés on every street corner and in every alleyway.
The beautiful canals and wharves are unique. No other city in the world has comparable pedestrian quays along the water with many restaurants and boutiques located in wharf cellar houses. At the wharf outdoor cafés along the canal, candle flames flicker on the tables and the gentle buzz of voices and clinking of tableware resonates.
When darkness falls, Trajectum Lumen comes to life. Trajectum Lumen is a night time exploration, which follows artistically lit locations throughout the city centre. 18 artworks by renowned light artists illuminate the city’s past and present in spectacular fashion. ‘Cultural Sundays’ are special days with a lively programme full of theatre, dance, music, films, workshops, and more, on large and small stages, squares and in parks. Usually free. With a large number of festivals, events and stages, there is always a musical, dance, art or theatrical performance to enjoy.
Utrecht’s central location in the heart of Holland situated only 30 minutes from Amsterdam airport, makes it the perfect base for exploring the cultural sites of Holland or for a surprising short-break.
Things to do and see in Utrecht, Holland
Netherlands Railway Museum
A visit to the Netherlands Railway Museum is great fun for all the family. Come and throw some switches or get on board the Jumbo Express. Trainspotters and railway fans will find their Dutch ferry cruise holiday incomplete without visiting this fascinating place.
The ultimate symbol of the city of Utrecht is its 112-meter-high Dom Tower. Climb the 465 steps and enjoy the magnificent views.
Rietveld Schröder House
Famous architect Rietveld designed this house in 1924. It is an outstanding example of De Stijl architectural trend.
Charming canal and quaysides
The lovely canals and quaysides of Utrecht are unique. A pleasant way to get to know this versatile city.
Canal cruises and water bikes
Enjoy a cruise along the picturesque canals or hire a water bike - exploring these waterways is a great way to absorb the city's atmosphere.
Utrecht Museum Quarter
Discover the historical heart of Utrecht; the Museum Quarter. It is clear why this area is called Utrecht’s treasure trove.