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Cities in Holland | Utrecht

januari 18, 2016

Utrecht is a city that has a lot to offer. Ranging from museums, shopping and historic locations you will find activities for each and every age group. Furthermore it has a long history with it even being the capital of The Netherlands in the year 1808. Unfortunately I didn’t spend a lot of time in Utrecht that day, but I do have some pretty nice pictures of the lovely city center. Read more to see what I have been up to!

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As always we hopped on the train to get to our destination, Utrecht. A nice thing of living in the Netherlands is that you never have to travel too long or too far to get somewhere. You wil get anywhere you want to within three hours or so, because the Netherlands is very small. From where I live it took us less than an hour to get to Utrecht. From The Hague it takes 40 minutes to Utrecht and from Amsterdam it takes about the same. I’m really not in need of a car yet haha.

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Our main plan was to visit the Miffy museum. There was a celebration of 60 years of Miffy in Utrecht and we thought that it was a nice idea to take a look. Sadly, we arrived at the museum to find out that it was closed.

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Oh well, no big deal. We saw some Miffy statues outside and walked through the streets to admire some of the buildings in the area. In Dutch we actually call Miffy Nijntje. It comes from the word konijn, which literally means bunny. Konijntje = Little bunny. The ‘-tje’ is there to make it smaller.

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I found a sticker that said: ‘Humane meat does not exist.’ or ‘Animal friendly meat does not exist.’. Pretty cool to spot a sticker like that. Some vegans/vegetarians might be lurking around. I looked it up on the internet and you can order stickers like this one from here.

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Walking further down the streets I realized how beautiful the houses are. Doesn’t the scenery look romantic? Anyhow, because the museum was closed we decided to head to the city center for a drink. Along the way I was reminded about the beautiful canals in Utrecht. It made me very excited to go and see them again.

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I noticed there were a lot of young people in the city. In some areas there was loud music, people in costumes and all kinds of activities. I think it was an introduction week for the new student starting their study in Utrecht. It seemed like a lot of fun.

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The huge tower you see in the pictures is called the Domtoren. It is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. After climbing up their 465 stairs you will have a breathtaking view over the city. We didn’t take a look inside this church, but we did went up in the church tower of Delft as you can see in THIS post.

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I liked taking pictures in the city center of Utrecht. I just love the different types of structures, shapes and textures the buildings and streets have. Especially when shadows change it up and the people in it provide the picture of some kind of story. If you know what I am saying hehe.

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We arrived at the Oudegracht. It is a canal that goes through the city center which is about two kilometers long. On sunny days, like this one, people take their private or rented boats out on the canals and navigate through it. You will even see people in canoe boats.

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We spotted a nice cafe next to the canal where we could relax for a while. One scary thing about sitting next to the canal is that the likelihood of falling in the canal is big if one is not paying enough attention. I heard stories of people falling into the water with their chair. It sounded like it happens to drunk people haha.

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And man, it was so relaxing. The sound of the splashing water, the soft mumbling of voices and the warm sun shining through the trees. I sipped on my tea while my boyfriend took a bunch of pictures of me.

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Utrecht is certainly a city to visit when coming to the Netherlands. It has such a rich history and the city looks lovely. Rotterdam is still my favorite, but aesthetic wise Utrecht wins for sure!

I hope you liked this post and found the pictures entertaining. I post daily on my instagram if you are interested in seeing more pictures! Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you here again 🙂

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