Utrecht is a charming and pretty Dutch city, within easy reach of the capital city of Amsterdam. With a high percentage of the population being students, it has a lively and youthful air. It is a pleasant place to spend a weekend when travelling around the Netherlands. With plenty of places to eat and drink as well as healthy doses of attractions, it offers a fun and diverse break.
Some top things to do and see on a weekend in Utrecht include:
Domtoren is a high tower in the heart of the city. Its major claim to fame is that it is the tallest building in the whole country. It stands at over 110 metres high, and the views from the top are amazing. You can also step inside the bell tower and see the large chiming bells. Be warned though – to reach the top you must climb up over 450 steps! The outside view of Domtoren is also pretty impressive. Steeped in history, it stands on the site where the city was founded. The chapel is also worth a quick visit.
Seeing the Impressive Utrecht Fortresses
There are numerous imposing and grand defensive fortresses around the city, some of which are open to the public all throughout the year. Visit Fortress De Gagel, Fortress De Bilt, and Fortress Hoofddijk to see how the city prepared to defend itself against invasions in the past.
Drifting Along the Canals and Waterways
The city is laced with canals and waterways, with many charming quays. Unlike anywhere else in the world, the quays in Utrecht sit directly on the water itself. Relax on a boat trip, get active in a canoe, or soak up the views from one of the quaint bars and eateries that are spread along the waterfronts.
Visiting the Netherlands Railway Museum
With plenty for people of all ages, the Netherlands Railway Museum is sure to be a hit with the whole family. The displays and exhibits allow you to learn more about the history of trains in the Netherlands, and you can see some splendid old vehicles. There are, unsurprisingly, many model trains, and visitors can even enjoy a ride.
Experiencing Bert’s Bierhaus
Beer lovers will be impressed with Bert’s Bierhaus, a shop that also doubles up as a museum. It began life as a private collection, and grew so much that the owner decided to expand even more. Today, there are over 800 different types of beer on sale, and there are sometimes beer tasting sessions.
Seeing the Inktpot
This interesting building is the largest brick building in the country. Large and looming, it makes for a different sight.
A weekend in Utrecht offers a great time for all, and situated only 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, what are you waiting for? Put Utrecht on your travel itinerary and get set to enjoy this fabulous and charming Dutch city.