City information

City of Utrecht

Dom Tower

After Amsterdam, Utrecht is the city with the second largest number of listed buildings in the Netherlands, but is sometimes referred to as ‘second, but better’ for a reason: the city has a clearer layout, is more personal, friendly and – with its 2,000 year old history – significantly older.
With 300,000 inhabitants, Utrecht has the largest number of cultural treasures per square kilometre of all Dutch cities. Utrecht functions as the central shopping city, is a true culinary paradise and is home to the largest and best university in the country. Utrecht is also home to icons such as illustrator Dick Bruna (and his creation Miffy), architect and furniture maker Gerrit Rietveld and the Pastoe design brand.

Around 47 AD, at what today is the location of the Domplein square, the Romans built a castellum (fortress) as part of the northern border of the Roman Empire. This was the early beginning of the city. Today, the mainly medieval city centre is dominated by the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom tower, which is the very heart of the bustling city centre with specialty shops, interesting museums, eight medieval churches and unique wharf outdoor cafés, all located closely together. Special theatre or musical events are held almost daily. With its numerous high-quality restaurants specialising in varied cuisines, visitors can eat to their heart’s content in the culinary area as well.


Search the PORTICO website

Subscribe to our newsletter