Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and offers visitors a rich and varied history, matched by an innovative, energetic pulse.
Utrecht became a religious center in Holland during the Middle Ages with the construction of many churches and monasteries, earning it the nickname 'City of Churches'. During the Golden Age, Utrecht was a thriving center of commerce and culture. The wealth brought here by prosperous merchants lives on in the city's museums and summer mansions on the banks of the nearby River Vecht. This era saw the construction of the Dom Church Tower, a symbol of Utrecht to this day, and the tallest tower in the Netherlands.
In more recent times, Utrecht has become a hub of innovation and sustainability, and the bicycle lanes that course through the city make it the perfect location for sightseeing by bike tour. Learn about the thriving arts scene and the laidback waterfront cafe culture on a guided city tour. Or, head out of the city and into the rolling lowlands on a day tour of Dutch windmills, to learn the historic and cultural significance of these quintessential monuments of the local landscape.
Alternatively, you might fancy meandering along the River Vecht, stopping at the magnificent Van Zuylen Castle, to visit its manicured gardens and learn about the Enlightenment writer that called it home. Whether you take a guided city tour or a family-friendly day tour into the surrounding countryside, there are few places on earth more cycle-friendly than the unique city of Utrecht.