To discover Utrecht and the Netherlands in an online setting, we have listed several links for you, including virtual museum tours and city walks. We hope to meet you in Utrecht one day in the future!
We will also organize a few Online Social Events for you to meet your fellow classmates online from home. Take a look at the Social Programme page for more information.
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 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. The Keukenhof offers a unique virtual experience of the park. You can watch all their videos here.
Musicians play for the empty halls of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and you can watch them on their 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.
Whereas the Rijksmuseum is the most visited museum in the Netherlands, the van Gogh Museum is in second place. The van Gogh Museum is an art museum, dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in the Museum Square in Amsterdam. Take a look at the exhibition; Here to Stay Online.
On third place of the most visited museums in the Netherlands is the Anne Frank House. The Anne Frank house is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. During World War 11, Anne Frank hid from the Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th century canal house, known as the Secret Annex (Dutch: Achterhuis). Anne Frank did not survive the war, but her war time diary was found and published in 1947. Her story became known world wide. Visit the Anne Frank house online through stories, pictures and virtual reality.