Filled with canals, cafés, plazas and pedestrians, Utrecht survives as one of the oldest parts of the Netherlands. Its famous Dom Tower overlooks the entirety of the charming Dutch city where many museums and historical monuments date back several centuries. Explore the excellent shopping opportunities in boutiques housed in quaint buildings along canals. This city in central Netherlands has been the religious and cultural hub of the country since the 7th century.
Visit the city’s most recognizable icon, the Dom Church, also known as the Cathedral of St. Martin, built between 1254 and 1520. Gaze up at the Dom Tower, 368 feet (112 meters) tall. Take a tour of the tower and climb the 465 steps to the summit to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city. Try to spot distant landmarks, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The French design of the Gothic church is particularly rare in the Netherlands.
See the Rietveld Schröder House, a fascinating home that was created for a socialite in 1924. The structure, an example of the Dutch movement known as De Stijl architecture, is a UNESCO site. Admire the liberating style, with very few walls and an open floor plan. Its intriguing use of color features white walls complemented by striking red and yellow streaks.
Once you have enjoyed the attractions in central Utrecht, take a short trip to the medieval town of Amersfoort just outside the city. Learn about its history, from prehistoric hunter-gatherers to settlers from the Middle Ages. See the 15th-century Tower of Our Lady, one of the tallest medieval churches, at 322 feet (98 meters). Stroll around the quaint city center, preserved for many centuries. Enjoy the sense of serenity as you take a break by a canal.
Utrecht has warm summers and cold winters with a fair amount of snow. With the River Rhine flowing through it, the city is a picturesque oasis of calm south of Amsterdam and northeast of Rotterdam.