Utrecht, Netherlands walking tour

Utrecht, Netherlands walking tour

There is one special city in the Netherlands
with a unique atmosphere created by terrace restaurants and promenades right at water
level along the canals, producing a delightful ambience in a historic setting, and yet also
lined with modern shops and restaurants and bars. It’s this wonderful split-level setting with
pedestrian streets above and down below by the canals you’ve got the restaurants on their
terraces, really quite special. And there are many other delightful aspects
to the city of Utrecht. It’s the fourth largest city in the Netherlands,
and it’s got the oldest university, and they claim the second largest collection of historic
medieval buildings, second only to Amsterdam. Standing high above it all is the tallest
church tower in the country, then add to the mix typical Dutch ingredients of friendly
people with a relaxed tolerant attitude, always ranked high in global indexes of happiness
and quality of life – bicycles zooming by, great beer, wonderful food, and a compact
pedestrian historic zone riddled with picturesque canals. This is a place you would love to visit as
we will show you in this detailed travel guide. No, were not in Venice, but sometimes it sure
feels that way in these watery cities of the Netherlands, and in fact here in Utrecht you
can get even closer to the water than practically any place in Venice itself because of these
terraces that extend along the main canal through the heart of Utrecht, reaching 4 kilometers
in length. These were originally loading docks back in
the Middle Ages. In those days the main harbor was right here
in the center of town, which made it very convenient for the busy trade network. Their warehouses were right along the terraces
which have been mostly converted now to lovely restaurants. And just above is this lively, pedestrian
shopping street with modern stores and more restaurants and lots of people out walking. It has created a very unusual split-level
city. You just don’t see this in very many other
places in the world. It is the defining characteristic of the city
of Utrecht. In this aerial view from Google Earth we can
see how it’s all about this one section of curved canal with those terraces, and tables,
and shops, and trees – it’s the magical neighborhood in the heart of town. This is the actual downtown of the city, the
place where locals come to shop and take a stroll, see their friends, have a drink or
just walk on their way to work. While it’s also the scenic and historic heart
of town for the visitor, although you’ll notice there don’t seem to be all that many tourists
around, partly because I’m here in the off-season in September. And also because Utrecht is just not really
high on the radar for tourists, and that makes it all the more desirable a place to visit. It’s loaded with authentic charm, proclaimed
by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 unsung places, undiscovered, and ranked
by the BBC as one of the world’s happiest places. You will find it worthwhile to wander around
some other parts of the central historic area, certainly the little side lanes and into the
church and some of the museums, but you’ll always be coming back to this one spot along
the canals. It is just so magical, and during the program
we will be taking you back here again and again, with sunshine, or cloudy days, in the
morning, or at night when it gets even busier with people sitting outside enjoying dinner. It’s always fun to be here. Utrecht is in the heart of the Netherlands
and it truly is one of the great cities of Europe to come and visit. It is not as well-known as some other Dutch
cities like Delft, perhaps, or even Leiden and Rotterdam, but you might find in the most
charming of all cities in the country. It’s in the heart of the Netherlands and it’s
been ranked as one of the top 10 places to visit by various sources and it certainly
is worthwhile. It’s a city of history. It’s a city of canals, a city of old brick
buildings. There are lots of cafés, there several museums
and just lovely streets for walking. You can also take the canal boat ride when
you hear in Utrecht. Wie’ll also explore the amazing cathedral,
but we will spend most of our time just relaxing and enjoying the old canal, the Oude Gracht
right in the heart of the historic center with beautifully preserved building, some
dating back many centuries, experiencing the Dutch good life at its very best. But hang on, before we get too sentimental
and think this is a historic artifact, an ancient city that’s trapped in amber, some
kind of old-fashioned museum exhibit of the Middle Ages with nothing but old buildings,
let’s realize this is a modern cit. y population of 320,000 makes it the fourth biggest city
in the country and there is a lot of cutting edge activity going on here. The biggest and oldest university in the country. Large banks are headquartered here and it’s
the main crossroads of the Dutch railroad system. When you look at the big picture, you’ll see
that most of the buildings in the metropolitan area are not like those old brick structures
you see along the canals. There is another downtown, the more modern
side of the city – lot shops and busy streets with cars. Yeah, that is not a pedestrian zone in the
other part of modern downtown. Lot of bicycles and of course going by always
in the Netherlands. It’s bicycles, that’s the main system of transportation. Let’s back up and take it from the top. When you arrive in Utrecht you are probably
coming in by train. It’s a very good way to get here. Travel by train is the best way to get around
the country. You don’t really need to drive. The Dutch have one of the world’s best rail
systems. It’s clean, efficient, prompt, not expensive,
always on time. The Dutch make it very easy to use their transportation
system with a single card. It’s the OV-chip card. You just tap it on the ticket reader as you’re
boarding and then you tap it again once you get off. And that’ll work on trains and buses and trams,
local or intercity. It’s a phenomenal system. The cards are widely available, you can purchase
them in some tobacco stores, at the airport upon arrival, at each train station. It’s one more reason that visiting the Netherlands
is so enjoyable. The rail stations are also easy to navigate,
and you’ll be walking right through the heart of this modern train station, state-of-the-art
facilities. And then it will lead you right into a modern
shopping mall Hoog Catherijne which recently greatly expanded in size, becoming the largest
shopping mall in the Netherlands with 180 stores and getting 26 million annual visitors. And the neighborhood all around it and the
train station have been undergoing a modernization transformation into a new part of the city. Just keep walking and follow the signs and
you will enough end up out on the modern streets and then it’s a couple blocks walk through
a modern section. This too is an interesting neighborhood of
the city. Close enough, it’s only a few blocks from
the train station into the old historic part of town. So this is a great place to stay. Plenty of restaurants and convenience stores
to take care of you. It’s where nearly all of the hotels are located. I enjoyed the Apollo Hotel – clean, simple,
not expensive and just two blocks from the old part of town with the canals. Walking from the train station to the canal,
as shown on the map is just about 800 meters, a quick walk and then we’ll walk a little
bit more along that modern street before plunging into the heart of the old town along the canal,
have a look at some side pedestrian lanes, into the historic center with shops and restaurants
and then on to the Cathedral. A very easy route. We’ll continue along this busy street for
several blocks, show you a bit of the modern side of the city. It’s the major street coming through the central
city, very busy with bicycles as you see. Peddling is a way of life here. It’s the basic means of transport. They’re not peddling for exercise, but to
get somewhere. It’s the basic vehicle of the country. Cycling has always been a tradition here,
but it really took off in the 1970s with a lot of support from the government in terms
of bike lanes to provide an alternative to driving cars. It’s quite safe even for visitors, so you
might consider renting a bike for a day to peddle around. That busy street continues past Janskerk,
originally built in the 11th century and then rebuilt in the 20th century with a busy bus
station out front and some cozy sidewalk cafés around this neighborhood and the street then
continues for about another kilometer with more shops all along the way. It’s really quite a nice commercial street
but, no canals, so were not going that far. Turning around to go back into the old town
with the Cathedral looming large at the end this street. We’ll go inside it at the end of the program
after we have another look at the Oude Gracht, that charming canal in the heart of town,
easily reached directly from the busy street on a staircase that comes down from this old
brick bridge down to the water’s edge. It’s a different world when you’re at this
lower level of the canal, so close to the modern city and yet centuries apart. It’s quiet, no cars, not even any bicycles,
just a few boats going, by some pedestrians and mostly people sitting at the tables enjoying
drink or a meal. We’ll take a closer look at this most interesting
section of the old canal in the heart of town. This popular portion is only about 500 meters
in length. Canals are still used for transportation of
goods, although this of course is but a shadow of the former glory when this canal was a
major thoroughfare. Now most of the boat activity is for fun. It’s for tourists in their glass-topped tour
boats, it’s for kayakers who rent a little boat and paddle around for a couple of hours. One company has their shop right here in the
central canal area. You can rent one of these kayaks, or they
call them canoes, for six euro per hour or you could rent it for all day for €14 or
anything in between. It’s big on Trip Advisor. They give it an excellent rating. One customer said “we loved it. Spent five hours including a break canoeing
along the Utrecht canals. Another person called it “a wonderful change
of pace after walking, kayaking through the city, canals, and outside the city through
the smaller canals surrounded by nature, highly recommended”. You don’t need any paddling experience or
physical conditioning, even to come out here and enjoy paddling around. But you might want to make a reservation with
the boat company ahead of time because they do get busy and might be sold out if you just
show up without a booking. Tourists are not the only ones having fun
on the water. It’s for locals who very much enjoy this ambience
on their own personal boats, having parties. Notice the casual skipper enjoying his meal
with the rest of the gang on autopilot. There is no doubt the Dutch people love their
canals. It’s like an open park land for them, a major
place of recreation, a deep part of their heritage and history. Visitors can also join a boat tour with catered
meals and drinks in the open air – very popular option. Easily arranged with tour companies as an
alternative to that glass-top boat. But most visitors love that typical excursion
boat experience that you’ll find in nearly all major Dutch cities. Or you can rent small electric boat and just
go cruise around on your own. Typical prices are about €40 an hour for
a boat that’ll hold up to six people. Or how about cruising along on a standup paddle
board. Everything can be arranged here in the Netherlands. It’s a country that does business. They are ready to please the customer – anything
you want. And then there are some utilitarian boats,
like the garbage boat – something like in Venice where everything is done on the water. We’ve been looking at the Oude Gracht, the
old canal. It’s a branch of the Rhine River. Here it’s sometimes called the Crooked Rhine. It’s one of many branches of the great Rhine
that spreads out in a delta across much of the southwest part of the Netherlands. Utrecht became one of the great market towns
of the Middle Ages because of its position in the center of the country along the Rhine. This enabled the early boat traffic to connect
in many directions throughout, south into the heart of Europe, up to the North Sea,
and across the country from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. In that era long before railroads and easy
land transportation, these watery highways gave the Netherlands a big advantage in global
trade, and now they provide us with a delightful scenic attraction as we sit at table having
a drink enjoying the lively waterfront activities. You never know what’s going to pop up next. [paddler arrives]
These terraces function as the outdoor living room of the city, but how did they come to
be? Why are these terraces here and not found
anywhere else in the country? Part of the reason is that Utrecht is above
sea level, more so than many of the other Dutch cities, and therefore there is a drop
down to the level of the water from the street level. In the old days, large merchant houses were
constructed along the canal above the banks, built upon barrel vaulted cellars down below
to provide a secure foundation, and it’s those cellars that are now these restaurants that
line the canal. Earlier they were used as storehouses or even
residences, and these restaurant terraces, which even today are called wharfs, were the
docking and loading platforms for the cargo coming through town. And while the outdoor restaurants have a delightful
ambience you want to be sure to step inside some of these restaurants as well to get that
historic feeling of the barrel vaulted stone structure, many of them beautifully renovated
with modern and historic touches that really create a lovely atmosphere for dining. Even if you’re not eating, you’re certainly
always welcome to step into a restaurant, ask if you can have a look around. They will never mind, figuring that you just
might want to sit down once you see how attractive it looks and smells. Check the menu, have a bite. And then at night this same canal area gets
even more lively, of course, with all of the young people in this city. It is a university town, remember, with nearly
30,000 students, so there are going to be plenty of people out in the evening and well
into the night. Plus, the lighting is so beautiful at twilight. You catch that deep blue sky, nice for the
eyes and for the camera. They have some fun with special lighting effects
in the city at night, lighting up the bridges with changing shades of color and they’ve
got several illuminated passageways, a light tunnel that you can walk through. It’s kind of a psychedelic light show as you
walk along. This Ganzenmarkt tunnel has a history going
back to the old days when horse carts rode through this passage from the city center
down to the wharfs where freight was loaded and unloaded, so they didn’t have to carry
cargo down the staircases. And now it’s been converted into this amazing
light show by an artist named Eric Groen, one of many local and international artists
who use light as their medium of expression. City Hall gets lit up as well. It’s all part of this program called Trajectum
Lumen. It’s maintained by the government of the city
of Utrecht, all free and open to the public every day of the year from sunset until midnight. You can also pay to include a guided walking
tour where everything is explained and you don’t miss anything that way, and you could
even include a three-course dinner package in the deal. Of course, many private businesses are also
getting in the spirit of this movement and lighting up their own buildings. For comparison hears have the same building
looks during the daytime. Well it’s still a beautiful structure but
a little bit more magical in the twilight. Winkel van Sinkel not only is nice café and
tapa bar, but in the evening it’s a big music venue. So even more reason to consider that building
at night. Admire those neoclassical caryatid statues
seeming to hold up the roo. Well we are right in the heart of the old
town now. We’ve been walking along the Oude Gracht canal
into the very center of town. This stretch along the Oude Gracht for a couple
of blocks as we approach City Hall has a nice cluster of interesting and high-quality shops
with a variety of kinds of things on sale for men and women, and young and old – way
more interesting to be walking along a shopping street like this instead of inside a covered
shopping mall. Growing flowers is an important part of their
agricultural economy and they love to buy them and bring it on home. The shopping neighborhood does extend beyond
the canal for a couple of blocks along both sides of the waters, making this an excellent
place to meander. You’ll certainly hear some music in the streets
as you walk along from the various buskers, lovely accordion music. If you enjoy the music or stop to take a few
pictures, you certainly want to give them a nice tip. The atmosphere of the old city center creates
perfect a backdrop and environment for a day of shopping and you might find some treasures
in the cozy narrow streets that lead away from the canal. (Accordion plays)
Manufacturer of fabrics used to be a major part of the Dutch economy, but that ended
a long time ago. Sidewalk stands offer bargains on some imported
goods. Of course, the major chain stores are here,
but you also find a lot of independent boutiques featuring one-of-a-kind items. It’s also a good place to sit down and have
a beer and watch the passing parade of people. When you get hungry you can do like the natives
and line up at a lunch wagon for a delicious sandwich at low cost. The name of the lunch wagon is, “broodje Ben. Broodje Ben”. This place is amazing. It is so popular, people are lined up, waiting
patiently. It doesn’t take that long, and these workers
are very efficient, cranking out the sandwiches, delicious food, fresh ingredients, pretty
healthy and a good price. No wonder there is this long line every day
waiting to get lunch. When you’re ready for lunch in Utrecht there’s
a lot of choices, there is restaurants on the side lanes on the main street, and of
course there’s a lot of dining along the canal itself on the lower terrace. One of the things that makes this town so
very special. Or you can just wing it and get a sandwich
to go and have a picnic on the steps down here by the banks of the canal. Any way you do it you’re going to have some
good eating. And sandwiches are a very popular item here. You can buy your basic sandwich for 3 euro
or, get a fancy one for five euro. You’ll see lots of people eating a sandwich,
standing or walking along on the street, lunch in hand. Dutch people are quite sociable, which makes
them approachable if you’d like to strike up a conversation and they speak English. They’re gregarious and friendly. So by all means, if you see a chance to talk
with some locals, go for it. You eat lunch standing up. Yes, sometimes we walked yeah. We have less time (laughter), we have no time,
only 50 minutes before work, yeah. Hard-working
I love your city. Utrecht is a amazing, yeah, a wonderful place. The Dutch are outgoing and friendly in a society
with high levels of cooperation and mutual respect, in part because of their geography. It’s a small country, it’s densely populated,
so people have to get along. There always other people around, it seems. Another reason there’s sociable is the way
they get around. It’s either walking or on a bicycle rather
than being isolated as sole occupant of a private car as many modern travelers are. Very often you’ll see people having a conversation
as they pedal along next to each other. Another way that geography has brought the
people together is their history of dealing with the water. About one third of the country is below sea
level and would be underwater if they didn’t do something about it. So they have to work cooperatively to drain
it and maintain it, building dikes and canals in a process that started about 700 years
ago. Cooperation, it’s really a hallmark of the
Dutch personality. They cooperate with each other, whether it’s
sharing a sandwich, or on the job site, or in school, or in the family. It’s a very cooperative bunch of people. And they have created an egalitarian society
with a lot of economic equality among the population. They do not have the great disparities of
wealth that you find in many other developed Western countries. And you know they’re famous for being thrifty. You may call them frugal, but they are not
stingy. They are not cheapskates. They built a society that generously takes
care of its population with abundant education support, healthcare and various kinds of social
resources, but they do love those takeout sandwiches. You’ll see the kiosks scattered around town. And then how about some gelato for dessert? We mentioned earlier that connection with
Venice, with all these canals. Well here it is, a little touch of Italy. Reaching the City Hall, the country’s tallest
church tower just beyond, part of the Cathedral that we’ll be visiting in just a few minutes,
but first some more restaurants. At this point we’ve reached the canal’s largest
bridge, which forms a plaza serving as a crossroads in the center of the old town. A couple of streets extend beyond it with
many shops continuing for about five or six blocks and then gradually becoming more residential. And while you can still walk down a staircase
to the water’s edge here, it’s only a short terrace and the rest of the stretch of this
block of the canal is no terrace at all, just straight down. There’s basements down below, but they don’t
have any wharfs. Lotta shops up above though, it’s a great
block for walking and shopping and eating. Coming right up another bridge. Step onto it for of you back at City Hall
and that nice row of shops. This bridge is a bustle of activities as you’ll
see with people out, dining and walking around and shops all about it. Things are pretty close together here in Utrecht,
for example, we’ve only walked about 2 kilometers from the train station to get to this point
along the canal, and doing a little bit of meandering. We have more to see continuing a few blocks
south along the canal, enjoying more shop fronts and restaurants and there’s another
little side bunch of shopping streets and over the Cathedral and another back canal
. You could do it in a short period of time. You might even consider visiting Utrecht as
a daytrip, perhaps from Amsterdam. It’s only 1/2 an hour train ride from Amsterdam
to get here. And you can spend a full day walking around
and if you do that by all means stay here for the evening. You’ll want to see those illuminations that
we pointed out and have dinner at one of the lovely outdoor restaurants if the weather’s
fair and then you can catch a train back to Amsterdam or to whatever your home-base city
might be. However, you will find that there is enough
to see in Utrecht that a couple of days would be worthwhile. Then you can do enjoy the boat ride, rent
a canoe go paddling around, do some shopping and just really take your time here and enjoy
the place. We walked a few blocks south of City Hall
and over on the west bank of the Oude Gracht discovering another lovely cluster of shops
and little side lanes. This neighborhood is loosely considered still
part of the museum district even though the main museums are on the other side of the
canal and a few blocks further south. This quarter has a relaxed attitude. Just across the canal from the Cathedral,
where were heading next over to the Domplein, Cathedral Square. The Dutch love their cats. It’s the ideal urban pet in these smaller
cities i. T’s a quiet enough place that cats can just lounge around without being bothered,
although sometimes they don’t get along so well with the dogs passing by, if it’s encroaching
on their territory. (Dog barks.) You just go away doggy. Oh, ha ha, that’s the funniest thing. Ha ha. (Laughter). . Have a nice day. Okay
Good job Buster, guarding the domestic front. We are heading for the Cathedral, but first
we’ll look behind it at a charming smaller canal and that’ll be described for us by our
local guide Gitte Roosendaal. We are standing here at the Neu Gracht, the
New Canal It was built around the year 1400. And in those days there were hardly any people
living in this area. All through the ages after 1400 houses were
built, and this was always the area in the city for the more wealthy people, because
this is quiet here, so it’s hardly any traffic, and there are hardly any shops, and this was
also here in the Middle Ages. Because the trade heart was the Oude Gracht. There the ships came in, they were loaded
and unloaded horses, and carriages, people working, lots of noise. And if a tradesman made his money on the Oude
Gracht, on the old canal, he bought the house here because here, it was quiet. Quiet as it’s still now in our time – no
shops, no restaurants, hardly any traffic. Only some people living here, schools, University,
church has main buildings here, and it is always like this at this moment. This whole construction of the cellars on
the level under the street and under houses is unique in the world, and we have a few
kilometers of it on both sides of the Oude and then Neu Gracht. Beside a kayak or a paddleboat, you can also
make a booking on a small boat electric boat, and only electric boats are allowed to be
here, not with the gas oil motor or something that, because it makes too much noise, it
has to be silent. And then it’s possible to go here with the
boat like this. And this boat is small enough to pass in the
small canal and also to pass under the lower bridges. And you can make an arrangement with a group
or something, you can have something to eat or drink on board of ships like this, but
you can also book it individually, and you have a tour so you have a great impression
of a beautiful part of the old city. We’ll hear a lot more from Gitte in a different
segment of our visit to Utrecht when he takes us on an extensive walking tour. Just a couple blocks over we’re now approaching
the Cathedral. The short pedestrian lane leading over to
the Cathedral is a beautiful site in itself. As you walk along it you have to look up up
up at the tower. It’s the highest church tower in the Netherlands
at 112 meters high, right here in the heart of the oldest part of the city. We’ll be plunging through that archway into
the sacred domain of the Cathedral in just a moment but first a little look around this
great street where you’re going to find potential for nonstop eating, drinking, and shopping. It seems it’s wall-to-wall eateries and drinkeries
here. Then take a left just around the corner in
the direction of the Tourist Information Office, the VVV. It’s a great place to stop in for some free
information. A pleasant walled garden is nearby called
Floris hof. It’s on the location of the old Episcopal
Palace that was demolished after 1850, when the Catholic Church was prohibited. And now it’s a hidden gem, a small garden
in the heart of the oldest part of town. A nice place to feed some lunch to your cat
or sit on a bench and have your own picnic. Walking now through the passageway at the
base of the church tower into the Dom Square a beautiful open plaza and there’s something
going on today. It’s the graduation ceremony, the University
of Utrecht has one of their main academic buildings just here. In the Netherlands the class does not all
graduate together, it’s individual in small groups, a more intimate celebration where
the family can gather. From here there is direct access into the
Dom. One door leads right into the Cathedral and
another door leads into the cloister where we shall start. The Utrecht Dom has got an amazing history
– a tragic history. It was first built in the Gothic style starting
from the year 1254 and it took them 300 years to finish building it, but then 100 years
later it was knocked down by a tornado, a big storm, and it knocked down the middle
portion, the nave, destroyed it completely, and they never rebuilt that part. Inside the Cathedral there are some displays
that graphically illustrate what happened. Construction of the entire church was completed
in 1580 and 100 years later, in 1674 the storm hit and totally wiped out the middle of the
church. The tower still stands and the apse of the
church is still standing, the choir, the ambulatory, the altar area, and the crossing, and the
transepts are still surviving from those Gothic days. But the middle portion, the nave, is now gone
and it’s an open square in the middle of town, it’s the Domplein, and so that’s actually
kind of a nice place, a nice space in town, and especially with the beautiful tower of
the Dom still standing. You can actually walk up the steps of the
tower, it’s about nearly 400 steps to get up there, and they say – they say, I wouldn’t
know, that you have a view all of the Netherlands on a clear day from the top. It was built of course as a Catholic church,
and then it became a Protestant church, and now it’s really a wonderful sight to come
in and see, even though half the church is gone, you don’t want to miss it because
the parts that are remaining is a spectacular Gothic structure. And along with church there is this cloister
which is a beautiful peaceful garden space. It’s the original Gothic cloister, still standing
attached to the church, the remaining part of the church. There’s a café here, there is the nice
garden with the hedges, flowers and a little fountain statue in the middle. Of course the cloister was a place for prayer
and meditation, and the members of the clergy would generally live around and upstairs in
the cloister. With this garden in the center, this is truly
one of the prettiest cloisters you’ll ever see. There’s no admission charge to the cloister,
it’s a public park, and the church is also free. You might give a donation if you like, a couple
of euro, it’s up to you, voluntary, and enjoy that church interior as well as outside. You can see the buttresses around, the flying
buttresses, and of course the amazing tower. That completes our look at Utrecht for now,
one of the great cities of the Netherlands.

42 thoughts on “Utrecht, Netherlands walking tour

  1. Lekker Gezonde Chemtrails inademen….. Succes en bedankt voor het filteren

  2. Thank you most kindly for this great video, it was a great joy watching it. Actually Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. I studied at both universities so I'm not biased. Leiden is also after Amsterdam the town with the most historical monuments. On the other hand Utrecht has the largest festival of early music in the world lasting for ten days. I go there every year. It's my late summer vacation. I love both Leiden and Utrecht (more than Amsterdam). Very kind of you to pay attention to the Nieuwe Gracht which I find the most elegant canal in the Netherlands.

  3. Superb video! I strongly agree with your high praise for the Dutch railway system. I would suggest that visitors to the Netherlands base themselves in Utrecht, and travel from there to places like Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft. But one warning about the OV-chipkaart. You must remember to CHECK OUT at the end of each journey!

  4. I love to watch your Great videos, very informative and learning experience Indeed. Love and respect from Pakistan. ???

  5. Really good video. I’m staying in Utrecht for 1 week at Christmas / New Years in 1 of those warehouses on the canal converted into an apartment. 1 week in Haarlem and 1 week in Amsterdam. This will be my fourth trip to The Netherlands. I love The Netherlands ??.

  6. This was really a detailed video. I really loved it and subscribing your channel. Every second of it I played attention to the video and really liked it. I would love to visit and looking forward for more videos like this from you. Mainly from Amsterdam, Utretch. Thank you.

  7. Stadsie Utrech! I can be found there quite often! Beautiful city! Easily reached by train! Than you go to Manneken Pis to have a quite descent meal of French fries and kibbeling which I can barely manage to finish eating it… For only € 6,95! That'll be around 8 Dollar or so… But, you gonna love it!

  8. WARNING TO ALL TOURISTS WHO LIKE VISIT UTRECHT: BEWARE OF BLUE PHONE!!! That's a smart phone reparing shop! Don't go there!!! You will be cheated and scammed!!!

  9. Darnit. Here i am, living in a different city, watching my birthplace through new eyes.

    The video hits 21:37 and this guy wearing a brown jacket walks past the camera holding a sammich of utter glory.. And now i want a Broodje Mario.. Roll on to 23:53 and there they are, the old boss level dispensers of delectable foodstuffs. past midnight, miles away, and i'm waving at my screen like an idiot. "Wait! Take my money and make me one with extra peppers!"

  10. By the way,… the University of Utrecht (1636) is not the oldest one in the Netherlands. At least 4 Universities preceded the Utrecht one, of which two still exist…; the University of Leiden (1575) and the University of Groningen (1614).

  11. I will be travelling to Netherlands for my third time. After watching this video and report I want to make sure to spend sometime in Utrecht. Many thaks from Brazil.

  12. Thanks very much and respect. You give a lovely description of this very nice city where I did my University studies and lived for 10 years.

  13. Thanks for this high quality guide through Utrecht.
    Many tourists do not realize that the Netherlands are dotted with old towns, each with their own charm and history. The main railway stations are close to the city centers and on a five to ten minutes walk distance.
    All reachable by train, with a frequency of about every 15 minutes.
    Travel time from the train hub Utrecht usually less than 1 hour.
    Students and commuters use the trains mainly from 7:00 to 8:30 and from 16:30 to 18:30, and you may avoid those rush hours.

  14. A long time ago I was a theology student in this city.
    It wasn't that touristy and done up then.
    Reccomend the old post office, which is a striking example of art nouveau architecture.
    And if you want a tailor made suit, even better tha Saville Row, there is a shop at the Oude Gracht.

  15. Thank you Dennis..love your wonderful video's..watch them a lot..I have been there and it is very beautiful and so interesting. My daughter lived and worked there for a couple of years.. gorgeous..Thank you again for the wonderful memories we both have..x

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