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On July 4, this beautiful city was the starting point of the Tour De France. Quite undiscovered by UK travellers, it’s an amazing town with a great buzz, especially as it is home to one of Europe’s oldest and biggest universities. It’s great to roam around in, and has plenty to do, such as cycling to the stunning Utrecht Castle, or taking a canal cruise. Seeing the city by boat or Venetian-style gondola is a great way to see the city’s history and architecture. There are several impressive museums, too; the famous Centraal Museum features the world’s largest collection by Dutch furniture designer and architect Rietveld. A trip to his iconic masterpiece, Rietveld Shröder House, is also a must. Once you visit, you’ll see why this building is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Other highlights of the city include climbing the medieval Dom Tower, dining in the medieval wharves, and visiting Dick Bruna’s House – home to Miffy the rabbit, celebrating 60 years this year.

Stay at Utrecht’s beautiful Mother Goose Hotel, which oozes character and style. Offering amazing views of Utrecht Dom Tower and located right next to the canals, each room is individually designed and the perfect place to end a beautiful day.

HOW: Prices at the Mother Goose Hotel start from £215 based on two sharing; book via www.mothergoosehotel.com/en. To get to Utrecht, Stena Line offers twice-daily, seven hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Return fares start from £147 for two adults and a car. www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland.

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