Utrecht is a city in The Netherlands which is located in the EU and Schengen community. Utrecht offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Dom Tower (and view of the city)
- Nuede – Utrecht Central Square
- Oudegracht canal and reflection photography
- University Hall
- Rietveld Schröder House UNESCO world heritage site
- Pieterskerk Gothic Church
- Various museums such as Centraal and Railway museum
- Castle De Haar
- Various museums
You can easily visit Utrecht on a day trip from Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague. If you do decide to stay over, you’ll find lots of good value hotels.
The city of Utrecht dates back to the 1st century when Romans first settled here. Dom Tower is the symbol of Utrecht and the highest church tower in The Netherlands. The church which is known as the Cathedral of Saint Martin dates back to the 7th century. Dom Tower was built in the 14th century and used to be joined onto the church. In 1674 the nave of the church was destroyed by a storm and has never been repaired which makes the Cathedral of Saint Martin and the Dom Tower very unique.
The central square of Utrecht is known in Dutch as the Nuede. The Nuede is surrounded by traditional Dutch buildings, restaurants and bars. Foodies will find plenty of eating options around here and the Dom Tower offers the perfect view whilst sitting on the square. In the summer months this is a popular place to go and enjoy a few beers. In The Netherlands they like to drink the beer cold which means the beer is served in 0.25 cl sized glasses, they are concerned that if they drink from a 0.5 cl glass the last few mouthfuls of beer will be warm.
Opposite Dom Tower is the Utrecht University Hall. Utrecht is a university town and this photographic building is the heart of Utrecht University. Around the corner from University Hall is the UNESCO world heritage site of Rietveld Schröder House. The Rietveld Schröder House was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and is an example of the development of architecture in the modern age. It’s not the most beautiful building like the University Hall but is worth visiting because of it’s status as a UNESCO site and the fact that it is the first modern apartment.
Clogs are a symbol of The Netherlands, I presumed they were only for women but there are clogs for men too (above). Clogs don’t look to be the comfiest piece of footwear on the market, I prefer my Nike sneakers to walk around a city in. In Utrecht you’ll find other typical Dutch items to photograph such as Dutch bikes, canals and Dutch buildings.
The Dom Tower looks amazing from all over the city. There is another building in Utrecht which competes with Dom Tower for it’s beauty, the largest castle in The Netherlands, Kasteel de Haar. Kasteel de Haar is on the outskirts of the city and you’ll need transport to get there. Information on how to get to the castle is available on the Kasteel de Haar website.
Utrecht Centraal Train Station a is brand new station attached to a brand new shopping mall, it’s very impressive. Trains to Amsterdam are very regular, take less than 30 minutes and cost less than €10. There is free Wifi on all trains in The Netherlands, you should have a pleasant journey.