Utrecht is almost 2,000 years old, but despite its presence in history, it’s frequently overlooked for the tourist-filled Amsterdam. Located just 30 minutes by train from its more famous Dutch neighbor, Utrecht is a bustling university town filled with students who people-watch in the city’s squares, bike through cobblestone streets, and stroll along the many canals.
Utrecht has a lot to offer tourists, too, from museums and music to the triumvirate of the necessities: good food, coffee, and beer.
The best way to see Utrecht is on bike—and when it comes to cyclists in the city, you can’t beat them, so you may as well join them. Rent a bike from one of the city’s ubiquitous spots and join the stream going in every direction.
Melissa is a freelance writer and permanent oliebollen fan.