Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and serves as the capital of the Utrecht province in the centre of the country around 25 minutes south of Amsterdam.
The city is an important religious centre in the Netherlands and has many historical churches and architecture dating as far back as the middle ages.
Due to its central location and proximity to Amsterdam it also serves as a transport hub for the rest of the country with well-developed railway stations.
Traces of the city date back as far as 50 CE with Roman occupation and through the years it has developed into a large and important centre of economy for the Netherlands.
The myriad of historical buildings, network of beautiful canals and collection of high quality museums make Utrecht a fascinating tourist destination.
1. The Dom Tower of Utrecht
This huge structure towers above the city and is one of Utrecht’s most iconic landmarks.
The tower stands separately from the Cathedral of Saint Martin and was constructed in 1321. At a height of 112.5m, the Dom Tower towers over the centre of Utrecht and can be seen for miles around.
The tower contains a set of 14 bells that weigh a total of 32,000, at certain times the bells are still rung by a group of dedicated ringers.
There is a visitor’s centre where you can find a detailed history of the tower and a gift shop, and it is also possible to have tours that allow you to climb the 465 steps to the top of the tower.
From the top you are granted with fantastic views of the Netherlands and can even see as far as Rotterdam and Amsterdam.