Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Utrecht

Among Dutch cities Utrecht has one of the richest collections of medieval buildings. A blend of Baroque and Gothic styles, Utrecht’s architectural styles have been dictated by the Reformation and the Dutch wars. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best architecture.
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Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: JohnB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht
  • De Liefde Aapotheek
  • Oudaen
  • Winkel van Sinkel
  • Academiegebouw
  • Paushuize
  • Duitse Huis
  • Geertekerk
Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht

1) Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht

Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht, a remarkable piece of medieval architecture, played an important role in the history of the city. From 1808 to 1811 it served as the palace of King Louis I. Its exterior was redone in the late-Baroque style and decorated with red bricks. The library holds a renowned collection of old manuscripts, prints and maps.
De Liefde Aapotheek

2) De Liefde Aapotheek

De Liefde Aphotheek, one of the best known Art Nouveau buildings in Utrecht, was built in 1904, designed by Dutch architect R. Rijksen. Taking its name from the owner, Johan de Liefde, its white brick architecture features asymmetrical lines and a hexagonal tower. Nowadays, the ground floor serves as a pharmacy.

3) Oudaen

Oudaen is a fortified medieval castle built in the late 12th century by the Zoudenbalch family. Later it was bought by another wealthy family, the Oudaens, and has kept this name since. Its large stone façade, arched windows and Gothic towers are some of its most prominent features. Oudaen has had many tenants over the centuries and has been used for various purposes. Since 1986 it has housed a catering company.
Winkel van Sinkel

4) Winkel van Sinkel

Winkel van Sinkel can be found among the numerous medieval houses along the Oudegracht channel. Designed in a late-Baroque style, its façade, namely the four women statues, are the same as its shop in England. Formerly in Amsterdam, Van Sinkel moved his shop to Utrecht and continues to sell quality imported goods from England.

5) Academiegebouw

Academiegebouw, in the heart of Utrecht, hosts academic ceremonies for the university, including lectures, promotions and graduations. Built in 1886, its exterior design was controversial at first, as it was assumed it would continue the Gothic style of the cathedral, though a Neo-Renaissance style was implemented instead.

6) Paushuize

Paushuize (Pope House), with its blend of red brick and lighter layers, is a unique structure. A Renaissance house with Gothic influences, it was built in the beginning of the 16th century by the only Dutch Pope, Adrian VI. Also formerly used as a royal castle, it now serves as a venue for the Queen's Commissioner and the provincial government.
Duitse Huis

7) Duitse Huis

Duitse Huis (German House) is the historic headquarters of the Teutonic Order from Bailiwick of Utrecht and the residence of the Grand Commander of the Order. Built in 1348 by a group of priests and knights, over the centuries it has undergone major renovations, yet still retains its Gothic design. The five-star Grand Hotel Carl V is also located on the premises.

8) Geertekerk

Geertekerk, the smallest of Utrecht’s four parish churches, is dedicated to St. Gertrude of Nivelles. It has served as a Reformed church, stables, barracks, warehouse, and from 1930 on as a Reformed church once again. Built of brick with Gothic features, the main tower contains two clocks installed in 1477 and 1506. Notable mathematician Laurens Praalder is buried here as well.

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