Belgium or Netherlands (depending on the location of the participants).
8 June 2018 ca. 5 PM
Utrecht is a fascinating place and staying there for just a weekend is definitely too short to see all its main attractions. But it is enough to feel its unique atmosphere, visit extraordinary places for adults and children. Starting with a fairy tale castle De Haan, through family friendly activities like Speelklok Museum of Nijntje Museum to more adult oriented activities like the collection of Jan Turminiau’s dresses.
Our meeting point will be the hotel where after checking in we go for a good Dutch dinner. Then a relaxing sleep, as the next two days will be quite busy!
We start the day with visiting Kasteel De Haar. As the Castle opens at 11.00 but the park and the shop at 9.00 we can have a stroll in the park and pop in to the shop (kids!) first. After visiting the Castle we can have snacks or lunch at the Koetshuis de Haar – the Castle’s restaurant. Then we head towards Utrecht (ca.14.30) to visit Museum Speelklok – it should be great fun for kids and adults. The museum closes at 17.00 and then we can have a stroll around the Old Town, including Domtoren, the Cathedral, Oude Gracht and the University. Around 18.30-19.00 we go for a dinner at the Graaf Floris Restaurant (Vismarkt 13). They serve excellent classic Dutch food.
We start the day with the exhibition of Jan Taminiau’s most famous and spectacular dresses (entry at 11 AM). If time permits, we will have a short stroll in the permament collection of the Centraal Museum. Afterwards we go on the opposite side of the street to the restaurant of the Nijntje Museum to eat lunch. The kids will love the famous Nijntje pancakes. Afterwards we will of course see the museum and use its playgrounds.
At 4 PM we have a visiting slot for the Schroeder Huis designed byGerrit Rietveld, the famous icon if modernist movement.
At the end of our visit we drive towards University Campus to see Casa Confetti (Leuvenplein, 3512 JE Utrecht) – a ultra colourful example of modern architecture. The building (2006-8) comprises 377 students’ apartments.