The History of the Oude Gracht

You might pass or cross the Oude Gracht every day and you may love it for its little terraces and restaurants, but you might not know that much about the Oude Gracht. Like the Dom Tower, it is just part of the image of Utrecht: the Oude Gracht is supposed to be there, it was... Continue Reading →

Mysteries of Utrecht #4: The Angel of TivoliVredenburg

You may think you know the city of Utrecht a little bit better everyday, but there’s a lot you still don’t know (and neither do we). That’s why we want to enlighten you with knowledge of the city you live in – just some random facts you can tell people on a party. We already... Continue Reading →

Mysteries of Utrecht #3: The Wharf cellars

We all know Utrecht is ridiculously pretty. We gaze upon its beauty every single day. At a certain point you just get spoiled by the gorgeous canals and the beautiful houses. The world recognizes Utrecht by its canals. In 2015, the Australian website News.com.au said Utrecht has the most beautiful canals in the world. Utrecht... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part V

We conclude this five-episodes series (in case you missed the previous four, here are parts I, II, III and IV) with an overview on the contemporary history of our beloved Ultraiectum ad Rhenum! It is not until modern times that the Netherlands became a monarchy. Before 1795, the head of the state was rather a stadtholder, who... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part IV

Picture this: you have lived all of your life as a Spanish. You consider yourself part of that specific national/social entity, speaking accordingly the Castellan language and having completed your study path at the university in Spanish - after all, it is the sole available language for the courses. But, coup de theatre! From a... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part II

Utrecht, from the Atlas van Loon So, in the first part of this series (if you missed it check it out here) we left our friend, the British monk Willibrord who, other than converting the Frisians to Christianism, founded the original St Martin’s church, the predecessor of nowadays Dom Kerk. However, this first incarnation of the... Continue Reading →

The Great History of Utrecht – Part I

When you all faithful readers of ours chose Utrecht as the next city where to settle down, you probably did so charmed by its lovely canals, its dynamic students’ life and its prestigious universities. What you may be unaware of is that you also came to the ancient Trajectum ad Rhenum of Roman foundation, one... Continue Reading →

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