Visit Utrecht city. She’s a pearl! Utrecht’s ancient city features many buildings and structures, several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. The Archbishop resides here. Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age when it was surpassed by Amsterdam. Utrecht is the third city in the Netherlands.
Although there is evidence if inhabitation dating back to the Stone Age the founding date is usually related to the construction of a roman fortification (castellum) built around 50 BC. The roman name of the fortification was simply Trajectum (= trecht).
It’s location on the banks of the river Rhine allowed Utrecht to become an important trading centre. The heart of the town became canalized and a wharf system was built as an inner city harbour system. On top of the wharfs storage facilities (wharf basements) were built and on top of these the main street. Nowadays these basements are little shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Lovely places to visit in Utrecht! There are 732 of them.
Amsterdam Utrecht is easy to do by train. It takes you 30 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station and cost 8 euro. (If you want to know more about how to purchase a pulic transport ticket and time tables, than click here.)
Utrecht Central Station is the largest in the country. So it’s no surprise to find the famous Train and Railway Museum Utrecht in this city. We recommend to go by train.
Utrecht train station
By car it’s also half an hour drive from Amsterdam. To park your car in Utrecht on the streets in the historic city centre, cost more than 5 euro per hour.
For a full day trip in Utrecht we suggest to choose for day trip parking at interparking ( easy reservation in advance, cheap and in the city centre). You can also park at the following parking lots; Paardenveld, Kop van Lombok and de Grifthoek. You’ll find them on the edge of the city centre and saves you at least 2 euro per hour instead of parking on the streets.
City map of Utrecht, download the image on your device and you can zoom in.
Do visit Domplein (Dom square) with its famous Dom Tower. It is the largest in the Netherlands. Underneath the square you can visit the roman fortress that appeared during excavations. But there is so much more to see and do Visit the Utrecht museums; The old city center of Utrecht; The beautiful Utrecht canals; The Utrecht castles, Utrecht shopping center which is part of Utrecht Central Station. In the Utrecht city center you’ll find nice shops, pubs and restaurants all over the place. Utrecht nightlife is vibrant. Enjoy a one day trip in Utrecht!