Despite being the fourth largest in the Netherlands Utrect remains quite the hidden gem. After experiencing a few crazy days in Amsterdam it was nice to get off the beaten path and spend a night or two in a quieter, quirkier part of Holland.
Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It’s set around award winning canals famed for their lower-levels, where warehouses were located in the 13th century. This gives the canals a unique split-level meaning dining & drinking down by the water is pretty common.
The city was built around the iconic Domtoren, a 14th-century bell tower. Standing in the central Domplein Square the tower can be seen from pretty much any point in the city, so there’s no way of getting lost around here.
With so many places to dine you won’t be stuck for options in Utrecht. From coffee shops, to bakeries, brunches and hearty evening meals. Strolling through the city me and Munji were pleasantly surprised by the amount of quirky coffee shops and independent food spots we stumbled upon.
The Miffy Museum
Before visiting this museum I had very little knowledge of who Miffy was and why so many people were so obsessed with the fictional creation, including my best friend, Munji.
After doing a little ‘googling’ and realising that Utrect has a museum dedicated to Miffy and Dick Bruna, the man behind the iconic character, off we went to the museum.
Although the interior, toys and play materials at the museum are specially designed for families with young children we had a great time. You can expect to see a series of miniature worlds inspired by Bruna’s picture books.
No trip to Utrecht would be complete without visiting the highest and oldest church tower in the Netherlands. The Dom Tower was built in the 1300’s and stands at 112 meters high. The tower itself is open to the public and offers excellent views of the city and surrounding area. But to enjoy that view you’ll have to join a tour group and climb 465 stairs to get to the top. And I must say, it was quite the climb! On a clear day you can even see Amsterdam from the top of the tower.
So there you have it, if you’re looking to spend a day in a vibrant Dutch city, but want to get away from the hustle and bustle of other nearby places, such as Amsterdam, Utrecht is the place to go. It’s got charm, beauty and bags of personality.
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