Utrecht City Tours, guided walking tours
Utrecht City Tours offers guided walking tours in English through the historic centre of Utrecht. From only 5 euro per person, no reservation required and, starting in July 2010, almost every day a tour.
A typical tour takes a couple of hours and shows you the history and cultural charm of Utrecht, from the Roman border via castles and churches to the modern art, coffee shops and multiculturalism.
Reservations are not necessary. Just turn up at the meeting point before the tour starts. For some tours you will also get a free postcard. The longest tour includes a packed lunch and a free cotton backpack.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Stadskasteel Oudaen- Brewery & More...........
This is an example of a 13th century Castle, located right in Urecht city. It had a rich history of Knights of old, before becoming an old folk's home, and now is a Brewery, Conference centre, and has a Restaurant. The Steam Brewery is located on the lower level, alongside the Oudegracht Canal. There are different tours that can be done of the Brewery.
For more information, see the website below. It will give you the prices of the Beers, Restaurant meals, and information on the Tours.
I found it on my walk around Utrecht.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Castles and Palaces
SATURDAY FLOWER MARKET
This market is held under nice shady trees in the city centre. Stalls are also alongside the Canal. Here you will find plants for the garden, and heaps of stalls selling bunches of all types of Flowers. I was there near the finish, and the stall holders were yelling out cheap prices to get rid of their Flowers. I have never seen so many people walking around with Flowers! I wish they were that cheap back home, and I would be one of them. Very pretty. Located in the city centre.
Is held from 7 - 4pm on a Saturday.
As we walked past the conservatory, we heard lovely music. Must have been some of the students practicing or maybe even doing their final exam. The lovely garden next to it was also something to enjoy by all
As you walk along the Oude gracht you will eventually get to Utrecht's CityHall which dates back to the 13th century and can only be viewed on a guided tour.
This takes place on Monday and Wednesday from 14.00-15.00, costs Euro3 and a reservation is required.
Singing in the rain
When it rains and you cannot do much, you can always walk down the road with your little umbrella and start singing ....... I'm singing in the rain ..... Yes people might look at you a little funny, but hell, they would love to do it too.
Dick Bruna Huis
As a part of Centraal Museum Utrecht, Dick Bruna Huis is the home of the national's icon "Miffy." If you remember this cute little bunny...Utrecht is her birthplace. For those who fond of Miffy, you'll going to know a lot more about her here; Reading room with 100s of books translated into more than 20+ languages, interactive media, Miffy's house and some other past work of Dick Bruna's. Also a huge store devoted for Miffy at the museum's entrance. The tickets are 8 EUR each (which I think very high comparing to the its size) and can be purchased at Centraal Museum across the street.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Yeah, it's a restaurant and offers bieren en borrelhopjes; but I don't think it deserves to go into either category - although I have to admit it does do excellent food in the upstairs restaurant. Likewise it does excellent beers - Ouwe Daen en Jonge Daen; one is a great wittebier, the other a doable pilsner. But as I've put it in this category, it deserves it's dues most of all because it's a castle (in Utrecht Centrum).
Shipping museum & yard - Off the beaten path
In Vreeswijk a new museum has opened which is also a working shipyard.
As the information boards inside the museum are all in Dutch the museum staff were happy to take us around the museum and explain things in detail in English.
Part of the museum tells the story of the village of Vreeswijk and you can see how young some of the labrourers were working in the yard. We saw in the dry dock an old boat which is to be converted into a houseboat.
The museum rely on volunteers
Opening times Sunday 1-5pm,
15/3 - 15/11 Wed 1-4pm, Thurs 1-4pm
1/6 - 31/8 Friday 1-4pm, Sat 1-5pm
The Collectors Fair at the Jaarbeurs complex just South of the Utrecht Central Train station is held twice per year.
For collectors of curiosa, toys, coins, dolls, brick-a-brack, records & CD's and much, much more the two fair days will hardly be enough.
I limit myself mostly to the records and I easily can fill a full day at the fair with just going through the vinyl.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
The Neude, the festival square in Utrecht, is another attraction that draws many visitors.
When there are no events taking place, the square has a wonderfully spacious feel to it and the open-air terraces of the cafés around its perimeter silently invite you to come and enjoy a cup of coffee.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
RIETVELD SCHRöDER HOUSE, INTERIOR, UPSTAIRS (1924)
This House is considere "an important & unique icon of western architectural history" and a "masterpiece of human creative ability" by UNESCO, which placed the house on the world HERITAGE list in the year 2000.
It is the only building to fully conform to the architectural principles of DE STIJL.
The typical DE STIJL colours of red, blue and yellow combined with white grey and black are distinctive.
Rietveld also used the same colour scheme in designing the interior and the furniture.
The house was built in 1924 for Mrs. Truus Schröder - Schrader and the final result reflects her input!
RIETVELD - RIETVELD - RIETVELD.......
UTRECHT has become famous as the CITY OF RIETVELD.
The ARCHITECT and DESIGNER Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888 - 1964) lived and worked in his Utrecht throughout his entire life as did many of his cliënts.
In 1919 Rietveld's designs were first published in the "DE STIJL" journal.
The artists and architects who participated in DE STIJL between 1917 and 1932 were united in a single ideal: working together on buildings and interiors in order to create a better living environment.
They worked according to a number of basic tenets, such as using the primary colours RED, YELLOW AND BLUE and an abstract style plus modern design.
Their ideal was the integration of life and art.
Poet, painter and architect THEO VAN DOESBURG was the driving force behind the DE STIJL movement, to which Piet Mondriaan and J.J.P.Oud also contributed.
RESERVATIONS have to made in advance!
Visit: Rietveld Schröder House & Erasmuslaan 9
You can't visit one of the houses: it is a tour of both houses!
Guided tours of 1½ hrs..
THIS TIME NOT CLIMBING STAIRS BUT GOING DOWN....
This time you don't have to start climbing stairs but to go down the stairs to the quays where the most terrific restaurants and outdoor caffees are, take care.......or your feet will be dangling in the water!!
You will be able to enjoy food and drink there and come eye to eye with the tourists that have embarked on one of the boats to have a wonderfully relaxing and yet exciting trip through the canals.........it is not only A'dam and R'dam that have canals......come to my Middelburg and make a boattrip here through our Zeeuwse Waters.........we once were connected with the sea and had low tides and high tides in the city centre......
There is so much more to THE NETHERLANDS than meets the eye when arriving or staying in AMSTERDAM.....
Here in UTRECHT you have the most lovely terraces down on the quays........you will be able to touch the boats with tourists that floats along on its lovely trip....
Btw: THE DOM TOWER is 112 mts. in height!Related to:
- Wine Tasting
The statue of Jan van Nassau
The statue of Jan van Nassau, in front of the Domchurch....
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