What to Know About a Day Trip to Utrecht
If you are staying in Amsterdam for an extended period of time (five days or longer), it is definitely worth it to explore a little more of Holland. Located just 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam’s Central Station, Utrecht is the perfect Amsterdam day trip. Utrecht, much like Amsterdam, is situated upon a series of canals. The most significant difference between the two cities is size. Utrecht is smaller and more quaint. When I was speaking with a local shopkeeper she put it nicely saying, “Utrecht is mini Amsterdam without all the tourists.” Amsterdam is overcrowded with tourists, sometimes even feeling like there are more tourists than there are Dutch. In Utrecht, the lack of tourists allows you to see the city just like any local would. The pace of life also appears slowed down. Essentially, you don’t feel like you are going to be rundown by a bike at any moment. Here are some of the great things you can do in Utrecht.
Explore Dom Tower
Located in the center of Utrecht, the large Dom Bell Tower stands as a pillar of beauty and history in Utrecht. There is an informative tour of Utrecht and the Dom Tower you can partake in, which will allow you to climb to the top of the steep tower. Beware, the climb contains over 400 steps but it is worth the view. Tickets for adults are €9. You can get your tickets at the Dom Tower Website.
Visit Boutique Shops
After you have seen Utrecht from the top of Dom Tower, explore the city’s numerous boutique shops. Located on just about every picturesque Utrecht street is a boutique shop to match. Here you can get yourself a new scarf, leather belt, or famous Holland tulip. Also make sure to stop into one of Utrecht’s numerous cafés for a peaceful coffee along the canal.
Walk the Gardens
To cap off your day trip to Utrecht, take some time to admire the beauty of Utrecht’s many gardens and parks. Located on the outskirts of the city, about 1 mile from Dom Tower, are multiple free parks to walk through. If you are looking for a wide variety of flowers and plants, you can also check out Utrecht University’s botanical garden. The historic gardens, which date back to the 16th century, are a great way to see the classic beauty of Holland. You can buy tickets at the door which will cost €7.50 for adults.
Now you are ready to enjoy your day trip to Utrecht! For more about Amsterdam, click here.