A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. And large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end.
1. Climb up a tower.
St. Martin’s cathedral – the pride of Utrecht: After visiting the beautiful Gothic building, climb up the Netherlands’ highest Dom tower (112 m) and enjoy an incredible view over the city from the Netherlands’ highest Dom tower.
2. Visit an art gallery.
With its many museums and art galleries, Utrecht is definetly worth a culture trip. What about visiting Carré d’artistes’ location of the Netherlands’? In Zadelstraat, you will be presented contemporary art at its finest – with changing collection by both Dutch and international artists.
3. Go to the beach.
Situated in the heart of Netherlands and still an oppurtunty to lay down in the sand? Check out SOIA, Key West or Haarijnsee Plaats!
4. Cross bridges.
How could a Dutch city trip be ever complete without a picture of a bike on a bridge? Among Utrecht’s almost 100 bruggen, the Bakkerbrug, Bezembrug, Hamburgerbrug, Stadthuisbrug offer the most potential for a scenic memory.
5. Take a detour.
Escape the tourist route and risk getting lost for a moment. Peeking into the side calm streets and flower gardens will surely not be disappointing.
6. See the castle.
Take a bike ride just outside the city center and find ‘De Haar Castle” surrounded by beautiful gardens and parks. The buildings are all built upon the Neo-Gothic original – with an interior that reminds you of a Roman Catholic church. Check out the regularly hosted fairs and markets!
7. Finish the day with some live music.
Especially in the summer months, many musicians and bands to Utrecht. Popular venues are: ‘t Oude Pothuys, Stairway to Heaven en De Witte Ballons.