Today’s spot of the day is a city called Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands.
Architecture In The City
The city center features many ancient buildings, some dating back to the High Middle Ages (1000-1250 AD). There are also many museums and monuments to visit.
Utrecht’s canals are very unique. The Oudegracht (Old Canal) is the only inner-city canal with wharves and wharf cellars, which were built as part of an ancient inner city harbor system. This means that instead of walking high above the canals, looking down at the water, one can access these wharves with staircases and walk or sit at the water’s edge. Many of the cellars now house restaurants, cafés, boutique shops and galleries.
Sites To Visit
- The tallest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower, is located in Utrecht at the spot where the city originated about 2000 years ago. The Dom Tower is a very popular tourist attraction, and one could climb the 465 steps to the top, or do the DOMunder, a tour of the visitor’s center beneath Dom Square, where you can see 2000 years of Dutch history by exploring all sorts of archeological finds.
- Utrecht is home to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands.
Where Can I Leave My bike?
At least a third of all journeys in and around Utrecht are made by bicycle, making cycling the most popular mode of transport. The city has the world’s largest bicycle parking garage, with parking space for more than 12,000 bicycles, located at the central railway station.