Today I went to Utrecht for a tour of the city. I spent a lovely afternoon in the main city center. One of the thing that marvelled me about the city was the city station. It is a modern vibrant train station, filled with Dutch people and tourists running around and stopping for a coffee or a meal in this wonderful place. Once I left the train station, to connect to the citiy center i had to cross a mall and I was in the beutiful streets of utrecht. It is a big city but at least is not overpopulated by bikes like Amsterdam. You can walk thorogh the cannals or visit old building like the town hall or the multiple historic sites within the city. One of those is the Dom tower, this was part of the St.Martin´s Cathedral, on the other side of the square, but in 1674 a tornado the nave connecting the tower to the cathedral was destroyed, separating the tower and the main building with the square we can see nowadays. It is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. In a clear day, such as today, you can see as far as Amsterdam or Rotterdam
from the tallest point. I entered the tower tour and climbed the 465 steps to get the best views of utrecht you can have. Inside the tower reside the largest homogeneous group of medieval bells in existance. The largest bell , teh Salvator, has a weight of 8200kg and a diameter of 227cm. Definitely a MUST visit if you come to the Netherlands. Besides this, just walking through the citiy is a marvellous experience in itself, walking through the cannals and getting inside the small street is an adventure in itself. I ended up in a small bar drinking a Grolsch (dutch beer brand) with some bitterballen (dutch snacks), giving the icing in the cake to a beautiful summer day in Utrecht.
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