Utrecht is a fortified city in the Netherlands, packed with ancient buildings and structures that describe the city’s long history. Although it dates back to approximately 50 AD, Utrecht is an enticing mix of the traditional and the modern, its medieval buildings serving as entertainment centres and social hubs on Utrecht holidays.
Dominating Utrecht’s skyline is Dom Tower or Domtoren, the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, standing 112.5 metres tall. It is a celebrated landmark in the city and a popular attraction on Utrecht holidays. Constructed during the 14th century, the Gothic-style tower features two enormous square blocks, a striking lantern on top, and a peal of 14 bells. It is part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin, and tourists can climb up the tower to enjoy views of the entire city.
Amsterdam has the most number of cultural events, but Utrecht is also considered a cultural centre in the Netherlands. Dutch culture is showcased everywhere in the city—from cinemas to theatres, and from art galleries to museums. The Netherlands Film Festival is held here annually, exhibiting feature films, television productions, and documentaries.
Another must-see on Utrecht holidays is Rietveld Schroder House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a famous architectural innovation. It was once the home of Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, built in 1924 by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld. Sliding room partitions, a customizable floor plan, and ideas of the art movement De Stijl (The Style) are some of the house’s attractions. It is open to tourists from Wednesday to Sunday under the supervision of a guide.
Shopping is a popular pastime in Utrecht, and Hoog Catharijne, the biggest mall in the city, is for shopaholics. With a total floor area of 250,000 square metres and 180 shops, this luxurious shopping centre promises tourists on a Utrecht holiday the ultimate shopping spree.