If you’re thinking of a trip to the Netherlands with a difference, think of Utrecht - the historic Dutch city has plenty to offer travellers no matter what time of year it is. Dotted with examples of stunning Gothic architecture, sights such as the 13th century Dom Church and its famously tall spire (the ‘Domtoren’) will ensure cultured days, while the city’s large student population means that when night falls, there are plenty of buzzing bars and restaurants to suit every budget.
No trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a trip on the canals, and Utrecht won’t disappoint. There are plenty of boat tours that wind through the city’s traditional waterways - not least the Oudegracht canal, which is lined with shops and restaurants tucked away inside ancient cellars. But if you don’t think you’ve got your sea-legs, you can rent a bicycle and experience the sights on two wheels, just how the locals do - it’s a great way to explore the city’s flower market and quirky book and music shops.
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