Surrounding area, Utrecht
This is the 'ethnic' district of Utrecht. So damn relaxing. Go there on the Saturday for the wonderful street market, or just any day for a wander along Kanaalstraat. It's not too far off the beaten track - hey nothing is in Utrecht! Try it and be surprised.
yes agian we went on a bike tour, it is such a good idea and way to see the area around Utrecht. This time we did the noorderpark route ( sighposted, and a part of the Buitenplaasten route. You can see the lakes and the old houses and farms, it is a great way to see holland
If it is hot in the summer or when it is windy look for the lakes, and see if you can go sailing or just go for a swim. It is nice on the banks watching the boats
You can rent boats, and find info in the small villages, or in Lossdrecht
just ask aound or the VVV
In and around the city Utrecht, there are 8 stone forts (small fortresses) to be found, which symbolize some of the history of the city in the Netherlands.
5 of these forts can be found in the city, 3 are outside, easily accessible by rental car or bicycle (30 minutes). They are:
- Fort aan de Klop. North of Utrecht between the city quarters Overvecht and Zuilen.
- Fort de Gagel. North edge of Overvecht.
- Fort Blauwkapel. In the similar-named city quarter Blauwkapel, northeast of the city.
- Fort de Bilt. In city quarter Rijnsweerd, on the way to city Zeist.
- Fort Lunet. In the southeast of the city, in city quarter Lunetten, nearby Beatrix park.
THE VECHT is a river and....a most splendid one.....
on both riverbanks are the most beautiful stately homes and the river itself is as beautiful as these mansions....
It is a joy to make a boattrip on THE RIVER VECHT.....
The name of this stately home is 'QUEECKHOVEN' and it is situated along the Vecht near BREUKELEN...........
Very, very worthwhile of a boat tour, this sweetly streaming river Vecht.....
Most people stay within the 'singels' but just outside there are lots of fine things to do and to see. There is Amelisweerd, a parc on just 15 minutes by bike. Or the war fortresses that lie around Utrecht and are called the 'fort'.
A walk in Zuylen, with it's beautifoul castle of 'Belle van Zuylen' is also worth a visit and you shouls try to get a car or bike to see some small towns like Houten, Breukelen or Kamerik.
Haarzuilens, a little village close to a castle. More info will follow soon in the t-logue.
On the pic the restaurant were we had dinner and were the party took place. The village heart has a square and around that square are quaint little houses with shutters for the windows, all in the color red and white (except 4 one, but that will follow in the t-logue).
The easiest way to take a look at Utrecht surroundings is to make good use of the "fietspad" and ride your bike over the extensive network around the city leading to many different small towns, parks, small forests and natural scenery. One way to start is the countryside east to De Uithof campus and follow the signs toward Bunnik. On the way back you can take one of the many detours and find some really nice spots, like the one on the picture
One of the great things about Uytrecht is, that where ever you go, the landscape is different, in the south you have the big rivers, and again you can go on the bike and cicle along the dikes.
If you do this tour, it is great to take the small ferries, whom are dotted along the river. It is a shor ride, but worth it, and not expencive. In this manner you can do a round tour on the dikes.
Not far from Utrecht, there are several fortified cities worth visiting. For instance, Nieuwpoort, a true mini-town with a town hall that was built over the central canal.