Blogs from Utrecht, Province of Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe


Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht September 22nd 2019

We arrived in Utrecht from Antwerp (via Rotterdam) on the quick and efficient NS intercity rail. Our hotel was nearby to the train station and also nearby was the Hoog Catherijne - one of the largest shopping malls in the Netherlands!! After a quick rest, we went to explore the town on foot. Utrecht is basically a smaller, compact Amsterdam (and dare I say prettier). On our last trip to Europe we met two girls from Utrecht, and they told us their hometown was much prettier than Amsterdam (home pride) convincing us to visit. I'm glad we did now! We had a relaxing walk around town stopping for tea and pie by the canal. I then had to walk around the shopping mall while Bill waited at the hotel. Later in the evening, craving some Japanese ... read more
Bike city
Whale sculpture
Utrecht streets

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht July 1st 2018

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 ... read more
Basilica inside Dome Tower
View of utrecht mid-high in Domtower
Utrecht city canal

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht June 5th 2018

We had a great night's sleep and woke to a cool, cloudy day. Heading to the train station, it was downright brisk! This should have been London weather, and we are grateful to have it in Amsterdam. We jumped on a train (finally have the system down) and, after a 30 minute trip, arrived in Utrecht. Why Utrecht? Well, Alex wanted to go because a novel she had read took place in that town. On further research, though, we discovered that Utrecht was the religious and financial center of the Netherlands for much of the middle ages - almost 1000 years. A 20 minute walk took us to Utrecht Cathedral, which was as awe-inspiring as any cathedral in Europe. The pictures attached don't do justice to the majesty of the place. It dates back to 690 ... read more
Walking to old city
Utrecht's main canal
Old city street view

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht May 10th 2017

From much of the city of Utrecht the very tall Dom Tower is visible. This tower is part of the Domkerk (church) complex including a nice enclosed court-yard for this old church compound. There I found a small open air market with live intertainment with many nice Dutch people enjoying the afternoon. According to Wikipedia there were other churches built on that site that were destroyed. The construction of Domkerk (St. Martin's Cathedral) started in 1254 and was completed in the 1500s. The 109 metre Dom Tower was constructed in 1321 through 1382, and for years it was the largest church in the Netherlands. Later in 1674 church nave collapsed and now that is the Dom Square (Domplein) or court-yard. In time there were a number of denominations that worshiped there. A restoration in 1910 the ... read more
Domkerk, Dom Tower
Domkerk, Dom Tower
Domkerk with small market

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht May 8th 2017

I had a very good long day attending the Nederland Independence Day Festival in Haarlem on May 5. The next morning I took a train to Utrecht, then a taxi to my hotel and I checked in. I was tired, but could see the Spoorweg Museum from my hotel window. With only a month to explore Southern Netherlands, I had no time to waste so I walked over to the Spoorweg museum. The first thing to see is the Maliebaan Station, built in 1874, that was nicely restored. the station has exhibits, waiting rooms, a restaurant, and other things to see. Behind Maliebaan Station were the train tracts with very nicely restored trains. There was a covered area over the tracts that connects with what they call the Open Depots. The trains and tracts were in ... read more
Spoorweg Museum (on right)
Spoorweg Museum, Maliebaan Station
Spoorweg Museum, Maliebaan Station

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht June 16th 2015

Very nice train trip, it was quite easy and no reservation required, Two main train changes and an Intercity change top that off with a nice lady in a truck... voila, we made it to a very green place. Nothing but bikes here (about an hour away from Amsterdam).... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht September 27th 2014

The last 2 Days in our Motor Home 25 to 27 September 2014 We find ourselves preparing for the departure from our motor home rather than being tourists because we want to make sure all is well for the new owners (who are from Darwin) who take position of it on 29/9. We found a truck stop that provided a cleaning service for trucks so we thought we would get them to high-pressure hose the outside of the motor home. They did a fantastic job. We were sure that there was still some insects from Iceland and Finland on it before it was cleaned, particularly in the front of the vehicle. On the 25/9 we drove from the Industrial Route of Germany, which we had thoroughly enjoyed, along the Rhine River. The day was at times, ... read more
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - sad goodbyes (2)
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - Tom used to drive in the morning and I would drive in the afternoon - it worked well (1)
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - we are all packed (2)

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht November 10th 2013

Back in Utrecht, then Frankfurt for 2 nights before flying to Perth. Departed Perth on 13 May 2013 - flying back into Perth on 13 November 2013. It is the 10th November 2013 and after 6 months, driving 28,750km in our motor home around 28 countries in Europe PLUS our 8 days bussing around Morocco, flying from Madrid to Casablanca, we are back in Utrecht in The Netherlands where we started. We have completed the most amazing experiences, seen incredible scenery, completed some exciting achievements, eaten many different foods, and tasted many different drinks from 28 countries that we visited. We will come home with 1000s of memories (not to mention 1000s of photos), 100s of stories to tell, and will look forward to chatting to anyone who want to swap stories, dreams and experiences, and ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht June 30th 2013

Unlike a lot of travelers I had zero plans for what to do after a couple days venturing around Amsterdam. But in the back of my mind I had decided on a place without even realising it. Utrecht! I am not exactly sure what attracted to me to the idea of going to Utrecht. I have a theory that it was because I think the name of the town (or is it a city??) is really cool and fort someone who doesn't speak Dutch, it isn't to hard to say properly. I decided to try Couchsurfing because I feel it is the best way to actually immerse yourself in the culture of the city and the country you are in. Fortunately I found a host very quickly, a young guy, Marc, who like me is associated ... read more
Canal Promenade
Narrow Street

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht May 22nd 2013

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 15 to 17 and to20 to 22 May 2013 On arriving at the busy Utrecht train station, we caught a taxi to the Apollo Hotel (took 5 minutes!!) which is right in the centre of the CBD. Utrecht, which was founded by the Romans in AD 47, is full of bike tracks and malls. There are more bicycles in the Netherlands than there are people. Everyone rides a bike, in sunshine and rain. We saw lots of bikes with 2 little seats and mini trailers attached for toddlers, saddle bags for purchases, ties for strollers to be carried on bikes and everything else you need to move. The Netherlands is very flat with lots of water: dykes to control waterways, multiple canals and rivers. It has been cold and sometimes wet. Everything is ... read more
One of the many canals in Utrecht
Utrecht centre walking malls (6)
Utrecht centre walking malls (5)

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