Away from the bustling cosmopolitan locations of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are 2 of Holland’s most enchanting areas: Utrecht and Delft. Filled with medieval history, stunning old world architecture and gorgeously classic Dutch scenery. Here are some of the highlights of both cities:
Utrecht boasts a huge array of architecture dating to medieval times and beyond. The 627-year old Dom Tower is Holland’s highest church tower at 112 metres (369 feet). Visit RonDom , a dedicated tourist centre that gives you guided tours – with adult prices starting just €7,50.
It’s not just old world architecture on display in Utrecht – the city also includes the iconic modernist Rietveld Schröder House – listed as a UNESCO heritage site.
In Delft, a highlight is the Prinsenhof, a Middle Ages palace built as a monastery. It was here that William the Silent, the Dutch leader who fought the Spanish to start the Eighty Years War, lived and was murdered in 1584 – the bullet holes are still visible in the building’s walls. See opening times for the Prinsenhof museum.
Dining in Delft
Check out the cafes of Markt, the largest market square in Holland – Enjoy a meal whilst taking in with beautiful views of the town hall and Nieuwe Kerk, it’s Dutch dining Delft-style. If you’re travelling with a family, the Beestenmarkt has great, safe playing areas for children.
Classic dining in Utrecht
Utrecht’s De Colonie represents Holland’s past, with delicious local food and drink – the large bar and restaurant caters to all tastes and is open 7 days, perfect for a sightseeing stop-off.
Day trips in historic Holland
Both Utrecht and Delft provide great day trip options. In Delft you can combine a wide variety of sights in one with a Combi ticket – choose how you want to see the city, either through a city tour, a canal ride or Prinsenhof tour. Find out what Combi ticket suits you best
Tired of walking around and want to see Utrecht in a new way? The Gondolier of Utrecht is both a scenic and romantic way to see the city’s beautiful architecture and scenery. Find out more about the Gondolier of Utrecht.
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