Unsere Utrecht-Tipps. Wir nehmen dich mit in die Stadt, die oft das bessere Amsterdam genannt wird und verraten dir unsere Tipps für deinen Städtetrip nach Utrecht.
Utrecht ist tatsächlich noch immer ein echter Geheimtipp. Obwohl der Lonely Planet die Stadt einst zu den am meisten unterschätzten Reisezielen kürte, hat sich daran bislang recht wenig geändert.
Dabei ist Utrecht eine traumhaft schöne Stadt und braucht sich vor Amsterdam definitiv nicht zu verstecken.
Wir waren für ein Wochenende in Utrecht und zeigen dir in diesem Artikel, was dich dort alles erwartet.
Und wenn du doch nicht auf Amsterdam verzichten magst, dann kannst du Utrecht auch prima damit kombinieren. Lies alle unsere Artikel über Holland.
Utrecht hat etwa Die Innenstadt ist überschaubar, aber auch nicht so klein, dass du in einer Stunde alles gesehen hast. Es gibt nämlich eine ganze Menge zu entdecken.
Utrecht ist ein perfektes Reiseziel für ein Wochenende. Utrecht lohnt sich aber durchaus auch für einen Tagesausflug von Amsterdam aus.
Wenn dir die Grachten in Amsterdam gefallen, dann wirst du die in Utrecht lieben. Das Ufer säumen zahlreiche Restaurants und Bars, die an den Abenden rappelvoll sind.
Familien und Freunde kommen hier zusammen, bringen Tische und Stühle mit und verlagern ihr Abendessen kurzerhand direkt ans Wasser.
Holland eben! Du kannst die Oudegracht auch sehr gut selbst vom Wasser erkunden. In , the new and predominantly Protestant state abolished the bishoprics, including the archbishopric of Utrecht.
The stadtholders disapproved of the independent course of the Utrecht bourgeoisie and brought the city under much more direct control of the republic, shifting the power towards its dominant province Holland.
This was the start of a long period of stagnation of trade and development in Utrecht. The fortified city temporarily fell to the French invasion in the Disaster Year ; where the French invasion was stopped just west of Utrecht at the Old Hollandic Waterline.
In , only two years after the French left, the centre of Utrecht was struck by a tornado. The halt to building before construction of flying buttresses in the 15th century now proved to be the undoing of the cathedral of St Martin church's central section which collapsed, creating the current Dom square between the tower and choir.
In , Utrecht hosted one of the first international peace negotiations when the Treaty of Utrecht settled the War of the Spanish Succession.
In the early 19th century, the role of Utrecht as a fortified town had become obsolete. The fortifications of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie were moved east of Utrecht.
The town walls could now be demolished to allow for expansion. The moats remained intact and formed an important feature of the Zocher plantsoen, an English style landscape park that remains largely intact today.
Growth of the city increased when, in , a railway connecting Utrecht to Amsterdam was opened. After that, Utrecht gradually became the main hub of the Dutch railway network.
With the industrial revolution finally gathering speed in the Netherlands and the ramparts taken down, Utrecht began to grow far beyond its medieval centre.
When the Dutch government allowed the bishopric of Utrecht to be reinstated by Rome in , Utrecht became the centre of Dutch Catholicism once more.
From the s onward, neighbourhoods such as Oudwijk, Wittevrouwen , Vogelenbuurt to the East, and Lombok to the West were developed.
New middle-class residential areas, such as Tuindorp and Oog in Al , were built in the s and s. During this period, several Jugendstil houses and office buildings were built, followed by Rietveld who built the Rietveld Schröder House , and Dudok's construction of the city theater British and Canadian troops that had surrounded the city entered it after that surrender, on 7 May Around , the Leidsche Rijn housing area was developed as an extension of the city to the west.
The area surrounding Utrecht Centraal railway station and the station itself were developed following modernist ideas of the s, in a brutalist style.
Protest against further modernisation of the city centre followed even before the last buildings were finalised.
In the early 21st century, the whole area is undergoing change again. The redeveloped music centre TivoliVredenburg opened in with the original Vredenburg and Tivoli concert and rock and jazz halls brought together in a single building.
Utrecht experiences a temperate oceanic climate Köppen : Cfb similar to all of the Netherlands. Utrecht city had a population of , in It is a growing municipality and projections are that the population will surpass , by The majority of households Boroughs such as Kanaleneiland, Overvecht and Hoograven consist primarily of high-rise housing developments, and are known for relatively high poverty and crime rate.
Utrecht has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. Utrecht is also the see of the archbishop of the Old Catholic church, titular head of the Union of Utrecht , and the location of the offices of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands , the main Dutch Protestant church.
Religions in Utrecht . The city of Utrecht is subdivided into 10 city quarters, all of which have their own neighbourhood council and service centre for civil affairs.
Utrecht is the centre of a densely populated area, a fact which makes concise definitions of its agglomeration difficult, and somewhat arbitrary.
The smaller Utrecht agglomeration of continuously built-up areas counts some , inhabitants and includes Nieuwegein , IJsselstein and Maarssen.
It is sometimes argued that the close by municipalities De Bilt , Zeist , Houten , Vianen , Driebergen-Rijsenburg Utrechtse Heuvelrug , and Bunnik should also be counted towards the Utrecht agglomeration, bringing the total to , inhabitants.
The larger region, including slightly more remote towns such as Woerden and Amersfoort , counts up to , inhabitants.
Utrecht's cityscape is dominated by the Dom Tower , the tallest belfry in the Netherlands and originally part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin.
Nevertheless, some tall buildings are now being constructed that will become part of the skyline of Utrecht. The second tallest building of the city, the Rabobank -tower, was completed in and stands metres feet tall.
Two other buildings were constructed around the Nieuw Galgenwaard stadium These buildings, the 'Kantoortoren Galghenwert' and 'Apollo Residence', stand Another landmark is the old centre and the canal structure in the inner city.
The Oudegracht is a curved canal, partly following the ancient main branch of the Rhine. It is lined with the unique wharf-basement structures that create a two-level street along the canals.
Surrounding the medieval core there is a ring of late 19th- and early 20th-century neighbourhoods, with newer neighbourhoods positioned farther out.
The Dutch Water Line , moved east of the city in the early 19th century, required open lines of fire, thus prohibiting all permanent constructions until the middle of the 20th century on the east side of the city.
Due to the past importance of Utrecht as a religious centre, several monumental churches were erected, many of which have survived. Other notable churches include the romanesque St Peter's and St John's churches; the gothic churches of St James and St Nicholas; and the Buurkerk, now converted into a museum for automatically playing musical instruments.
Because of its central location, Utrecht is well connected to the rest of the Netherlands and has a well-developed public transport network.
Utrecht Centraal is the main railway station of Utrecht and is the largest in the country. There are regular intercity services to all major Dutch cities; direct services to Schiphol Airport.
Utrecht Centraal is a station on the night service , providing 7 days a week an all-night service to among others Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
A former station Utrecht Maliebaan closed in and has since been converted into the Dutch Railway Museum. The Utrecht sneltram is a light rail scheme running southwards from Utrecht Centraal to the suburbs of IJsselstein , Kanaleneiland , Lombok and Nieuwegein.
The sneltram began operations in and is currently operated by the private transport company Qbuzz. On the 16th of December the new tram line to the Uithof started operating, creating a direct mass transit connection from the central station to the main Utrecht university campus.
Utrecht is the location of the headquarters of Nederlandse Spoorwegen English: Dutch Railways — the largest rail operator in the Netherlands — and ProRail — the state-owned company responsible for the construction and maintenance of the country's rail infrastructure.
The main local and regional bus station of Utrecht is located adjacent to Utrecht Centraal railway station, at the East and West entrances.
Due to large-scale renovation and construction works at the railway station, the station's bus stops are changing frequently. As a general rule, westbound buses depart from the bus station on the west entrance, other buses from the east side station.
Local buses in Utrecht are operated by Qbuzz — its services include a high-frequency service to the Uithof university district. The local bus fleet is one of Europe's cleanest, using only buses compliant with the Euro-VI standard as well as electric buses for inner city transport.
Regional buses from the city are operated by Arriva and Connexxion. The Utrecht Centraal railway station is also served by the pan-European services of Eurolines.
Furthermore, it acts as departure and arrival place of many coach companies serving holiday resorts in Spain and France — and during winter in Austria and Switzerland.
Like most Dutch cities, Utrecht has an extensive network of cycle paths , making cycling safe and popular.
Bicycles are used by young and old people, and by individuals and families. They are mostly traditional, upright, steel-framed bicycles, with few gears.
There are also barrow bikes, for carrying shopping or small children. In , the City Council decided to build the world's largest bicycle parking station , near the Central Railway Station.
The bicycle parking station was finally opened on August 19, Utrecht is well-connected to the Dutch road network.
This has led to a passionate debate in the city about the best way to improve the city's air quality. Utrecht has an industrial port located on the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal.
In , the port facilitated the transport of four million tons of cargo; mostly sand, gravel, fertiliser and fodder. Production industry constitutes a small part of the economy of Utrecht.
The economy of Utrecht depends for a large part on the several large institutions located in the city. It is the centre of the Dutch railroad network and the location of the head office of Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
Rabobank , a large bank, has its headquarters in Utrecht. Utrecht hosts several large institutions of higher education.
The most prominent of these is Utrecht University est. The university is partially based in the inner city as well as in the Uithof campus area, to the east of the city.
According to Shanghai Jiaotong University 's university ranking in , it is the 57th best university in the world.
Utrecht is home of one of the locations of TIAS School for Business and Society , focused on post-experience management education and the largest management school of its kind in the Netherlands.
In , its executive MBA program was rated the 24th best program in the world by the Financial Times. Utrecht is also home to two other large institutions of higher education: the vocational university Hogeschool Utrecht 37, students ,  with locations in the city and the Uithof campus; and the HKU Utrecht School of the Arts 3, students.
There are many schools for primary and secondary education, allowing parents to select from different philosophies and religions in the school as is inherent in the Dutch school system.
Utrecht city has an active cultural life, and in the Netherlands is second only to Amsterdam. The main city theatre was built by Dudok.
In addition to theatres, there is a large number of cinemas including three arthouse cinemas. The city has an important classical music hall Vredenburg by Herman Hertzberger.
Its acoustics are considered among the best of the 20th-century original music halls. There are several other venues for music throughout the city.
Young musicians are educated in the conservatory , a department of the Utrecht School of the Arts. There is a specialised museum of automatically playing musical instruments.
There are many art galleries in Utrecht. There are also several foundations to support art and artists.
Training of artists is done at the Utrecht School of the Arts. The Centraal Museum has many exhibitions on the arts, including a permanent exhibition on the works of Utrecht resident illustrator Dick Bruna , who is best known for creating Miffy "Nijntje", in Dutch.
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst offers contemporary art exhibitions and public events, as well as a Fellowship program for practitioners involved in contemporary arts, theory and activisms.
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