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Utrecht 101

Here is another post about a beautiful city – this time it is Utrecht.  If you plan a trip to the Netherlands, do not miss the opportunity to visit Utrecht. The best time for a visit is in the warmer months although it has its charm in winter as well. It is located very close to Amsterdam and has a lot to offer. It is a vibrant city, home to the largest university in the country, and one of Netherland’s oldest cities. I love its cobblestone streets, the small shops and cafes around the canals and the beautiful view from the bridges.

Here are my favourite spots:

St. Martin’s Cathedral

This medieval cathedral has the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. Climb the 465 steps to reach the top and enjoy the breathtaking view over the city. Hidden bonus – on a clear day you can see Amsterdam. The tower tour costs 9 Euro, there is a tourist office nearby where you can purchase the tickets.

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Cafe Heen en Weer

I like this place because of its location. In the warmer months you can sit outside and have a great view both of the canal on one side and the cathedral’s tower on the other one. It is hard to miss the cafe since it is situated on a busy corner just next to the canal.

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The canals area

The best way to experience Utrecht is to take a walk around its canals. Small shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and a lot of cyclists – here you can feel the Dutch spirit. It is lively but not that busy in comparison to Amsterdam. Do not miss the Gaard bridge (Gaardbrug), it is a really beautiful location.

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Tea house Rhijnauwen

This is the best place to eat great pancakes and enjoy the nature. The tea house is located at a park near Utrecht, it can be easily reached by public transport – bus 41. Try the apple pancakes. The picture below is from the park, you have to walk a litte bit further to reach the tea house.

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Have fun! 🙂

Photos: title photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash, all other photos taken by me

 



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