Spring weekend breaks: 15 reasons to revisit Utrecht right now


Let’s face it, Utrecht frequency sounds like an appealing end – a word is like something urban, industrial and grimy.

But we couldn’t have been some-more wrong given Utrecht is presumably a prettiest current city in Europe.

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It reminded me of a cranky between Bruges and Amsterdam, though though a heaving crowds.

The Gothic city centre is tiny adequate to try on foot, though vast adequate to attract world-class festivals, hip shops and cafes, fascinating museums, moving architects and designers.

Zonsondergang in Utrecht, Oudegracht - Donkere Gaard.
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In a spring, a squares and immature spaces are filled with flowers and it creates Utrecht a lovely end for a weekend mangle and a good place to recharge your batteries after a prolonged winter.

This year is a ideal time to revisit as Utrecht is celebrating 100 years of a De Stijl art movement.

Fans of women’s football should also select Utrecht as England kicks off their Euro 2017 debate opposite Scotland there on Jul 19.

But if we need some-more inspiration, here are 15 other reasons to select Utrecht for your subsequent trip.


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Utrecht is a good city for strolling around in – we can try a canals and look into courtyards and tip gardens.

However, a many renouned form of float is a bicycle.

Everybody cycles and we can be during considerable citadels, forts and castles within half an hour.

Rent a gentle city bike for £8.65 a day during a Tourist Information Office at Domplein 9.

Canals and docks

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The Utrecht canals, with their docks and quay cellars, are utterly unique.

The 12th century Oudegracht current was built to change a march of a Oude Rijn river.

Large city castles were built alongside it and, in a 13th century, shipyards were built during H2O turn as second streets.

Today, a canals and shipyards have been incited into a singular party centre with restaurants, cafes and bars backing a waterways.


A current vessel passes underneath a overpass on a Singel current of Utrecht, a Netherlands.
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Hop on a vessel to see a city from a new angle.

It’s good to lay back, listen to a commentary, and cruise by a city, admiring a design from an wholly new angle.

If we don’t imagination an organized trip, we can sinecure your possess vessel and try a city during leisure.

Visit Utrecht has a list of boats we can hire.

Centraal Museum

Centraal Museum
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The Centraal Museum in Utrecht is a oldest metropolitan museum in The Netherlands and it’s where we can find a largest collection of Gerrit Rietveld’s designs in a universe (almost 3,000), paintings by aged masters such as a Utrecht Caravaggisti and a Dick Bruna ‘Miffy’ room.

In 2017, a museum celebrates 100 years of De Stijl with a array of special exhibitions and events.

Rietveld Schroder House

Rietveld Schroder House
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You don’t have to be an design consultant to be blown divided by this singular house.

Designed in 1924 by Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, this complicated home is a Unesco World Heritage site and is deliberate a architectural masterpiece of complicated art transformation De Stijl.

Throughout 2017, a residence is a focal indicate of a ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ celebrations, imprinting 100 years of De Stijl.

Art and architecture

“By a joint of architecture, sculpture and portrayal a new cosmetic existence will be created.” – Piet Mondrian

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Utrecht is packaged with extraordinary architectural gems, from Gothic to complicated and all in between.

The Mondriaanhuis occupies a building where a artist Piet Mondriaan was innate in 1872 and has a full-scale reproduction of his Paris studio.

Domplein square

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Climb 465 stairs to a tip of a 112m Domkerk tower, a Netherlands’ tallest bell tower, for a fantastic perspective of a Gothic block subsequent and all a rooftops.

The 14th century cathedral took roughly 300 years to finish and, on a transparent day, we competence even view Amsterdam in a distance.

You can also try Utrecht’s past in a debate subterraneous with DOMunder at Domplein.

Opened in 2014, this subterraneous den recounts 2,000 years of Dutch history.

Bars, cafes and restaurants

De Winkel outpost Sinkel in Utrecht (Picture: Getty)
De Winkel outpost Sinkel in Utrecht (Picture: Getty)

Eating outward on a balmy block is one of life’s good pleasures.

In Utrecht, we can ambience dishes from all tools of a globe, including Indonesian, Turkish, Vietnamese etc.

But don’t forget to stop for a Dutch pancake during a ‘pannenkoeken’ restaurant.

Round off your Utrecht revisit in character with a splash during one of a bars and cafes backing the The Oudegracht – Utrecht’s ‘promenade’, that follows a city’s categorical waterway.

Green spaces and flowers in spring

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In a Gothic centre, Utrecht is a variety of little passages and alleyways heading to tip courtyards and dark gardens.

You will feel like a colonize as we learn a pleasing rags of immature among a stonework, such as a Pandhof gardens, that is dark behind a cathedral.

Check out a blooms in a flower marketplace on Saturdays during Janskerkhof.

The greenhouses of a Oude Hortus are a oldest university garden greenhouses still in existence in Holland.


A chairman in a Nijntje (Miffy) dress hugs a child during a central reopening of a 'Nijntje Museum'
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Miffy, famous in Dutch as Nijntje, is Utrecht illustrator Dick Bruna’s many famous creation, capturing children’s imagination around a origination given a 1950s.

At a Miffy Museum, children can try 10 sensitive themed bedrooms and step into a tiny worlds.

Sadly Bruna died in Feb 2017, though his origination lives on.

There’s a block named after a small white rabbit: a Nijntje Pleintje, or Miffy Square, and there are also Miffy trade lights in Utrecht.

The lights on a Lange Viestraat have genuine ‘Miffies’ to uncover when we can cranky a street.


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De Haar Castle on a misty day (Picture: JTB Photo/UIG around Getty Images)

The aged city castle, Stadskasteel Oudaen, was built for a Zoudenbalch family in 1276.

It was one of a initial mill buildings in Utrecht.

Today, it has a good grill and a possess brewery.

Take a bike float out of city to see a fairytale-equ De Haar Castle, a largest in a country, and its gorgeous landscaped garden.


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Wander around a ancestral city centre and try no reduction than 13 churches dating from Gothic duration and a 19th century.

Don’t skip a St Willibrord Church (Willibrordkerk), that deliberate a Netherlands’ many pleasing Neo-Gothic church.


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This tip gem should not be missed – it’s a Renaissance house with Gothic features.

The usually Dutch pope, Adrian VI, was innate in Utrecht in 1459 and built this noble home in a heart of a city.

There’s a giveaway guided debate on a final Sunday of any month, starting during 10.45am.

The superb building also hosts concerts and other events.

Squares and markets

Zadelstraat and Dom Tower - Utrecht, a Netherlands.
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Spring and summer are a best seasons for visiting Utrecht, with all a flowers in a markets providing splashes of colour on a cobbled streets.

It’s a genuine pleasure to lay out in a balmy square, sip a cold Dutch lager or an orange drink, and watch a universe go by.

Trajectum Lumen

Dynamically and artistically bright tunnel!

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After sunset, follow a special light-themed walking track around Utrecht.

Get a map from a Utrecht Tourist Information Centre and follow a track past beautifully bright installations in a aged city centre.

The Trajectum Lumen project facilities 15 works of light art by Dutch and general artists and students of Utrecht’s HKU University, and is manifest from nightfall until midnight each night.

For some-more information on Utrecht and a ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ centenary celebrations, see the Visit Holland website.

Where to stay:

Apollo Hotel is a convenient and gentle hotel in a heart of Utrecht.

It’s 300m from a railway hire and subsequent to a contemporary song complex, TivoliVredenburg.

Double bedrooms start during £99 per night.

Getting there:

Getting there:

The ‘Rail and Sail’ package with Stena Line sails overnight from Harwich to a Hook of Holland.

From here, we can strech Utrecht by rail around Rotterdam within 90 minutes.

Choose a cabin on a 11th building with turn portholes and we will feel like a captain of a ship.

The ‘Rail and Sail’ package, with overnight in a cabin, starts from £166 return. 

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