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.
If you are thinking of visiting but aren’t sure when to go, this guide to the best time to travel to the Netherlands, including Utrecht, might help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?