Utrecht was founded by the Romans around 50 AD. In 1122 Utrecht
acquired city rights after which the defence canals, the city
earthwork and the city wall were constructed. In the Middle Ages,
Utrecht was the ecclesiastical centre and the largest city in the
Netherlands. The first bishop of Utrecht was Willibrord, from the
year 695. His statue can be found at the Janskerkhof in Utrecht.
The yards along the Utrecht canals are unique in the world, in this
form you will not find them in any other city. The construction of
the iconic Dom tower begun in 1254 and was completed in 1382. With
its height from over 112 meters, the Dom Tower is the tallest
building of Utrecht and the highest church tower in the Netherlands.
The University of Utrecht is the largest in the Netherlands and
counts about 30,000 students. The Jaarbeurs in Utrecht annually gets
visited by more than 4 million people. The famous Rietveld Schröder
House by architect Gerrit Rietveld is included on the World Heritage
List. If you are travelling with your children than a visit to the
Railway Museum in Utrecht is definitely recommended.
The Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht with unique yards and wharfs of
the canal houses are frequently visited by tourists. Another advised
possibility to admire the canals is in a boat or on a rented water
bike. You could choose to make a guided tour in the Dom tower to
admire the huge bells with a total weight of 30,000 kg or climb the
465 steps to the top of the Dom tower for a great view over the
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