Fri. Jun 21st, 2024
Located just a short train ride southeast of Amsterdam, Utrecht is certainly one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the Netherlands. Proudly the fourth-largest city in the Netherlands, with a medieval center intersected by the picturesque Oudegracht canal. It was once the religious and cultural center of the country, so it has plenty of interesting historical and cultural landmarks for you to explore.

1. Dom Tower of Utrecht 

Standing impressively tall at 112m, the Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and the most recognizable landmark of Utrecht for about 600 years. Built from 1321 to 1382, this colossal tower symbolizes the power of Christianity in the 14th century and was once part of St. Martin’s Cathedral.
However, much of this structure collapsed in 1674, after a tornado ravaged the city. Now, the Dom Tower stands alone in the center of Domplein. From its top, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Utrecht and the surrounding area, with Amsterdam visible in the distance.

2. St. Martin’s Cathedral

As mentioned above, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Dom Tower were once one. But the tornado in 1674 tore the structures apart, causing the naves to collapse and never be rebuilt, while the Dom Tower remained isolated to the east.
Today, St. Martin’s Cathedral is an impressive example of classic French Gothic style, with a square and a museum area displaying archaeological artifacts, attracting many tourists for sightseeing.

3. Speelklok Museum

If you’re looking for a fun cultural activity in the heart of Utrecht, then the Speelklok Museum is a must-visit! The Speelklok Museum will take you through the wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments, filled with cheerful melodies from all corners of the museum.
Established since 1956, the museum has become renowned in the Netherlands and worldwide. The museum’s restoration workshops are leading companies in their field and are known for their excellent standards.

4. De Haar Castle

Tickets & Tours - De Haar Castle (Kasteel de Haar), Utrecht - Viator

Located east of Utrecht, De Haar Castle appears as if from a fairy tale, with its majestic turrets and beautiful rose gardens.
This Neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece dates back to the Middle Ages, around the 13th century, and was renovated and rebuilt by the Rothschild family in 1892. De Haar Castle currently boasts over 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms, all lavishly decorated with valuable sculptures and paintings.
Here, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a harmonious and enchanting oasis.

5. Utrecht University Botanic Gardens

Although located on the outskirts of Utrecht, this amazing botanical garden is definitely a place you’ll want to visit to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some stunning scenery from flowers and plants.
Established in 1639, the Utrecht University Botanic Gardens, covering 8 hectares, is divided into 6 different areas. You can stroll through an interesting rock garden, spot forest birds, and then be amazed by the colorful butterflies in its tropical greenhouse.

By Lala