is the capital and most populous city in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The fourth largest city in the Netherlands
, Utrecht offers tourist a variety of lodging including hotel accommodations, vacation rentals, and condo rentals. The city’s ancient center features a number of buildings and other structures from the Early Middle Ages. It is host to the Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, and one of several institutes for higher learning in the city. The Dom tower
, part of the former cathedral (Dom Church) is a cherished part of the city’s skyline. The town hosts several other churches including the Romanesque St Peters
and St John’s
and the gothic churches of St James
and St Nicholas
. Many accommodations and vacation rentals border the Oudegracht
, the curved canal that cuts through the old town, its unique wharf basement structures creating a two level street along the canals.
A cosmopolitan city, Utrecht offers tourist a wide variety of cultural events, theatre, historical attractions, art, music, festivals and more. One of the most unique is the Letters of Utrecht, an endless poem carved into the cobblestones of the street where every Saturday a mason adds another letter to the poem. Visitors can leave their rental accommodation, vacation rental, or condo rental and walk the city to visit many of the attractions available. There are several fine art galleries in the city; including the Central Museum which has a number of exhibitions on the arts, the Museum Catharjneconvent
, the Money Museum of the Royal Dutch Mint
, and the University Museum
to name just a few. Utrecht is also home to one of the landmarks of modern architecture, the 1924 Rietveld Schroder House
, a UNESCO
world heritage site.
Host to the Netherlands Film Festival
, the city boasts several theatres including the Theater Kikker
and the Stadschouwburg Utrecht
. Visitors will be thrilled to enter the classical music hall Vredenburg, whose acoustics are considered among the best in the world for 20th century music halls. There are a number of festivals each year including the annual Gaudeamus Muziekweek
, a festival for young composers and new music. The indie rock festival, Le Guess Who
, takes place annually in several locations around the city, focusing on indie rock, art rock and experimental rock. Every summer the Summer Darkness Festival
culture and music.
The Hoog Catharijne
a large indoor shopping area in the center of town, where visitors and locals alike find art, craft, gifts, clothes and much more. Three times a week there is a large open air market in the Vredenburg Square
. Many of the city’s restaurants are located at the city center, near the canals. Like the Café t College
, a Jazz and Blues restaurant or the Stadkasteel Oudaen
a 13th century city castle turned restaurant. The city’s nightlife makes accommodation for every taste in music, from Blues and Jazz to indie rock and electronic.
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