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  • 1 Nieuwegracht Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Similar to the Oudegracht, this canal is lined with elegant houses. There is the Hofpoort, the Baroque door of the Courthouse (17C) and an old pretty house at no. 37. Further on at no.63, is the Catharijneconvent museum. From the bridge, there is an ..

  • 2 Museum het Catharijneconvent Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lange Nieuwstraat 38

    The late-Gothic former monastery of St John of Malta and a neighbouring house from the 18C bring together religious art collections tracing the history of Christianity in the Netherlands from its beginnings to today (liturgical vestments, manuscripts..

  • 3 Canals Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The very shady canals in the centre of Utrecht (Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht) have the peculiarity of being bordered by a quay much lower than street level. There are vaulted cellars there.

  • 4 Spoorwegmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art


    This museum is in the old Maliebaan station and brings together films, pictures, documents and models on the history of Dutch railways. More than 60 locomotives, wagons and trams are exhibited on the disused tracks. As well as a signal box and a stat..

  • 5 Centraal Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Nicolaaskerkhof 10

    This museum has a rich section on painting and the decorative arts from Utrecht and its surrounding area. Some furnished rooms are dedicated to the decorative arts in the years 1625, 1750 and 1975. Gold and silversmiths' work, a dolls' house from the..

  • 6 Rietveld Schröder Huis Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prins Hendriklaan 50a

    Restored after the death (1985) of the owner Madame Schröder, this house was built in 1924. Internationally famous, it illustrates to perfection the architectural trends of the De Stijl movement to which the architect G. Rietveld belonged: elements p..

  • 7 Domtoren Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Built from 1321 to 1382 in the Gothic style and restored at the start of the century, this campanile influenced many native belfries. It is the highest one in the country. It was once linked by an arch to the nave of the cathedral that was destroyed ..

  • 8 Oudegracht (old canal) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This canal is crossed by many bridges and crosses the town from one side to the other. At its start it joins the Rhine and the Vecht. It is one of livelier centres in the town, both on its upper and lower quays. Among the attractive buildings along t..

  • 9 Kasteel de Haar Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This enormous brick-built castle (the largest in the Netherlands),is surrounded by a moat and dates from the 14C and 15C. Burnt down by Louis XIV's soldiers, it was rebuilt from 1892 onwards by the architect P.J.H. Cuypers in the neo-Gothic style. Th..

  • 10 Universiteitmuseum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lange Nieuwstraat 106

    This museum contains the collections assembled by the university since its foundation in 1636: anatomical objects and wax models, medical instruments (collections of dental and ophthalmic medicine in the Open Depot section), stuffed animals, fossils ..

  • 11 Kloostergang (cloister) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    At the entrance to the cloister is a copy of a 10C rune stone from Jelling (Denmark), illustrating the conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The gables at the entrance have low-reliefs on the life of St Martin, the patron saint of the old cathedra..

  • 12 National Museum van Speelkok tot Pierement Interesting

    Museums and art

    Steenweg 6

    This sound museum is set up in the old Buurkerk church hall and has a magnificent collection of mechanical music instruments from the 18C to the 20C. There you will see old metronomes, music boxes (some with automata), pianolas and "orchestrions..

  • 13 Domkerk Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Domstraat 1

    The tall silhouette of the transept of the old cathedral was miraculously preserved at the time of the hurricane in 1674. These two Gothic parts (1254-1517) were built on the site of the cathedral of St Martin, which was destroyed by fire. Notice the..

  • 14 De Krakeling

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This pretty house dates from the 17C. Its façade is adorned with garlands and the door is decorated with a palm tree.

  • 15 Janskerkhoof

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On Saturdays, this square and its elegant 17 and 18C houses form the impressive backdrop to the stunning flower market. The Janskerk church stands in the centre and to the south of the square, the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht is in the..

  • 16 Janskerk

    Religious buildings

    This church was built in the Romanesque-Gothic transition style by Bishop Bernold, to the north of the famous Cross. Now renovated, it contains a centre for old music. A small building from 1683 is stuck to it: this is a guardhouse ( Hoofdwacht). The..

  • 17 Huis De Coninck van Poortugael

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This house from 1619 has a charming mannerist façade with a stepped gable and above the ground floor bears the coats of arms of Nijmegen and Portugal on either side of a man. The old meat hall (Grote Vleeshuis) opposite dates from 1637. On its façade..

  • 18 Van Renswoude foundation

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This impressive Baroque façade belongs to the foundation built in 1756 as a school for orphans. Turning around, you will see on the left an attractive collection of low brick houses belonging to a hospice (Kameren Maria van Pallaes) founded in 1651. ..

  • 19 Bruntenhof

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This line of low houses is a part of a hospice from 1621 and is very picturesque,. The main entrance has a Baroque doorway. The Leeuwenberchkerk church (1567) once formed part of an isolation ward for plague sufferers.

  • 20 Kloostergang van St-Marie

    Religious buildings

    Only the brick Romanesque cloister from this 11C church remains. It is one of the four churches of the Cross of Bernold, destroyed in the 19C.

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