Amsterdam Day Trip: Utrecht

Road tripping through the Netherlands is a lot of fun and there are many cute towns where you can stop along the way. On our way to Floriade from Amsterdam we stopped at Utrecht for one night but you could easily visit as a day trip from Amsterdam.

Canals and Bikes in Utrecht

Canals, bikes, bulbs and street food abound in Utrecht along with the typically gloomy weather found in northern Europe. The canals are lined with cafes, bars and little boutique shops.

Day Trip from Amsterdam: Utrecht

Utrecht has a mixture of architectural styles including Medieval, Art Nouveau and Brutalist architecture. It’s an odd mix but the centre of the city is mostly made up of pretty medieval buildings.

Pretty Red Shutters in Utrecht

Getting Around Utrecht

The small Medieval centre of Utrecht is pedestrian friendly and perfect for wandering on foot but the locals prefer to ride their bikes.

Bikes Galore in Utrecht

What to Eat

Utrechters seem to love their street food and these fast food vending machines are found all around the city. They look a bit too dodgy for me but I’m sure they are popular after a few drinks have been downed.

Dutch Fast Food

For something more civilised, head to Bond en Smolders for their delicious Dutch desserts, chocolates and breads. The specialty is the appelbollen which is kind of like an apple pie but in a ball of pastry or I can recommend the berry cake. The Netherlands is well known for its dairy products so anything with lots of butter, cream or cheese is sure to be good.

Bond en Smolders

Not surprisingly, the drink of choice in Utrecht is beer but for something different try the Advocaat egg liqueur. This is one of the strangest drinks ever and it’s not something I’d go back for but it might be tastier when served with dessert rather than as an aperitif like how I had it.

Dutch Advocaat Liqueur

I haven’t spent much time in The Netherlands, especially outside of Amsterdam, but I find cities like Utrecht to be adorable so I hope I’ll have the chance to do a few more Dutch road trips in the near future. What would you suggest doing on a day trip from Amsterdam to Utrecht?

About Andrea

Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


  1. What to see in Lissie in August? Any scenic photos taken in August

    • I’m not sure as I haven’t been in August but I think there isn’t much going on at that time of the year. It might be better to spend the time in Amsterdam.