Centrally located, Utrecht is the smallest of the twelve provinces. The capital of the province, which bears the same name as the province itself, is often called Holland’s cultural treasure trove. You can almost see the entire province from the Dom Tower around which the university city of Utrecht is built. On a clear day the lakes and wooded regions with some of Holland’s most stately mansions and castles can be seen in the distance.
Highlights of Utrecht
Besides the lively university city the countryside of the province of Utrecht offer marvelous castles and palaces, such as Slot Zeist and the Soestdijk Palace. Dierenpark Amersfoort is a zoo which guarantees fun for the whole family.
You should definitely explore the flourishing landscape of Utrecht, which includes the ‘Utrechtse Heuvelrug’, a chain of hills with pines, the river Vecht and the lakes Vinkeveense Plassen and Loosdrechtse Plassen. The latter offers splendid water sport facilities and activities. A highly recommended cycling route takes you along the New Dutch Waterline.
Utrecht may be the smallest province of the Netherlands, but as you can tell it has much to offer. Besides the lively capital Utrecht there are some beautiful neighboring villages, all within easy reach by car or by public transport. Zeist, for instance, is popular for its chic boutiques and haute couture. Still your hunger for fashion after a short 10 minutes' drive!