Discover The Netherlands Online

There are many possibilities to discover Utrecht and the Netherlands online. If you are not able to visit Utrecht and still want the Summer School experience, take a look at the following links.

Utrecht

Take a tour through the city, walk along the canals, and enjoy the view from the top of the Dom Tower here. At 112 metres, it remains the highest church tower in the Netherlands. The tower has been the central feature of  the city for centuries, and has borne witness to the trials and tribulations experienced by its citizens. The tower survived violent storms, occupations by foreign powers and fires – but it has also seen festivities, flourishing trade and the expansion of the city. Halfway up the Dom Tower there are fourteen bells. Six of them were  founded by Geert van Wou in 1505 and can still be heard on Sundays, religious holidays and special occasions. They are the voice of the Dom Tower, and reminded Utrecht's residents of the presence of the church and the importance of religious faith. Listening to the ringing of the bells still leaves a very deep impression. The Dom Tower can play variable tunes. In response to the tragic death of the DJ Avicii, the Dom Tower played some of  his famous songs, to honor him. You can find the video here. If you have not seen enough of the city yet, you can take an additional city trip organised by the Centraal Museum of Utrecht on its website and explore its collection online as well.

             

Keukenhof

Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse is the largest tulip garden in the world with more than seven million flower bulbs that are planted every season. It is one of the most beautiful attractions in the Netherlands, attracting many foreign tourists. Keukenhof is only open 8 weeks a year and attracts more than a million visitors in that short time. The colorful flower fields around the spring garden are full of beautiful flowering spring flowers such as crocuses, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. This year, due to the coronavirus, the park is closed. Do not despair, the Keukenhof offers a unique virtual experience of the park. You can watch all their videos here.

Amsterdam

Musicians play for the empty halls of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and you can watch them on its website. While in Amsterdam, make sure to take a look at the Rijksmuseum from home. As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art.