Utrecht was founded by the Romans on the banks of the Old Rhine. Being the centre of Dutch Catholicism since the 7th century, the city has an unusual layout and a beautiful old town. In recent years, many new buildings have been implanted in the old city, making Utrecht a dynamic mix.
The construction of shopping mall Hoog-Catharijne in the 1970s meant a large-scale renewal of the northern city centre, while south of Domplein the small scale was preserved.
On this tour, we visit the old town of Utrecht, including some new developments. Find out about the architectural layout of canal houses, hidden alleyways and courtyards, and architecture through the ages in this young and vibrant city.
Explanations about the history and urban layout of Utrecht