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Top Choice Historic Building in Utrecht

Domtoren

A remnant of Utrecht's original 14th-century cathedral, this tower is 112m high, with 50 bells. It's worth the 465-step climb to the top for unbeatable city views; on a clear day you can see Amsterdam. Visit is by g…
Top Choice Museum in Utrecht

Museum Catharijneconvent

Museum Catharijneconvent is the pick of Utrecht's museums, with the finest collection of medieval religious art in the Netherlands – virtually the history of Christianity, in fact – housed in a Gothic former convent…
Top Choice Museum in Utrecht

Centraal Museum

Applied arts are at the heart of a wide-ranging collection that also features paintings by artists of the Utrecht School and a bit of De Stijl to boot. Here too is the world's most extensive Gerrit Rietveld collecti…
Top Choice International in Utrecht

Karaf

Exquisitely presented dishes such as seabass in smoked butter, and Scottish grouse stuffed with Merquez sausage served with mulberry jus are among the reasons Karaf became an instant hit following its recent opening…
Top Choice French in Utrecht

Lokaal Negen

Around the corner from the Domtoren, this long-standing option offers intimate dining in the living room of a sturdy old house with an interior garden. Instead of ordering, let yourself be pleasantly surprised by th…
Cathedral in Utrecht

Domkerk

Immediately north of the Domtoren, find the row of paving stones that mark the extents of the nave and the position of the columns. Across the way is the Domkerk, the surviving chancel of the cathedral. Back outside…
Museum in Utrecht

Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory

The Sonnenborgh is actually two museums in one: above is an exhibit on the history of astronomy in a site that was among the foremost astronomical research sites on earth in its heyday. Below are the foundations of …
Historic Building in Utrecht

Rietveld-Schröderhuis

This Unesco-recognised landmark house is just east of the city centre. Built in 1924 by Utrecht architect Gerrit Rietveld for socialite Truus Schröeder-Schräder, it is a stark example of ‘form follows function.' Esp…
Archaeological Site in Utrecht

Dom Under

A new component of the Domkerk experience is to go underground and view the excavated foundations of the Roman fortress that stood here. Films with lots of CGI effects are shown before and during the tour and there'…
Cinema in Utrecht

Louis Hartlooper Complex

Ensconced in a former police station in Amsterdamse School style, this is an art film centre where local cinephiles present each movie (in Dutch) in the tradition of its namesake, who also played piano for silent fi…