City Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of Holland. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the attractive, car-free city centre.

Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water. As well as the Dom tower, Utrecht boasts hundreds of other monuments that each contribute to the special atmosphere in this centuries-old university town.


The cozy center of Utrecht is like an open-air museum where every stone has its own story to tell. The history of the city goes back to Roman times, in which the Middle Ages unmistakably left their mark. Utrecht is on top of what was once the border of the Roman empire. Numerous houses, churches, monuments - and of course the characteristic yards - in the city commemorate that rich history.

Today, the city combines these historic buildings with modern architecture, creating an interesting balance between old and new. The surroundings of Utrecht are of equally great historical importance. The city is surrounded by impressive citadels, fortresses and castles, including Kasteel de Haar, the largest castle in the Netherlands. Take a trip to the fortresses and listen to the exciting stories of the New Dutch Waterline, or climb to the top of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug: the Pyramid of Austerlitz. 

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