Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht, Utrecht

Utrecht’s religious buildings will amaze you with their beauty, design and fascinating history. Some of them, such as Jacobikerk or Sint-Gertrudiskathedraal, are of interest for their role in the Dutch Reformation, which influenced the city’s spiritual life in many ways. Take the following tour to discover the best holy buildings Utrecht has to offer.
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Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: JohnB

1) Sint-Willibrordkerk

Sint-Willibrordkerk is a Roman Catholic church built in 1875 under the direction of a group of priests. Its general design, by Alfred Tepe, is a conservative variant of the Gothic Revival style, with a focus on the late Gothic period, the Lower Rhine Gothic style in particular. Made entirely of brick, one of its main attractions is its interior, where the original woodwork and glass design remain almost entirely intact to this day.

2) Janskerk

Janskerk, founded in 1040 by Bishop Bernold, is dedicated to John the Baptist. In the Middle Ages it was one of Utrecht’s five collegiate churches. Over the centuries it has undergone major renovations, gradually transforming from the Romanesque style into the present late-Gothic. It served as the university library from 1656 until 1821. Its interior is dominated by the Gothic tomb of Dirk Wassenaer and a massive Batz organ. Each Sunday the church holds ecumenical services for university students.

3) Sint-Augustinuskerk

Sint-Augustinuskerk was the first Roman Catholic church built after the Dutch Reformation. Designed in the Classical Revival style, the tower belfry is a Gothic design. Its peaceful interior is an undivided neo-Baroque space with richly adorned stucco and Classical capitals on the columns and pilasters.

4) Jacobikerk

The Jacobikerk is a landmark Protestant church in Utrecht. The building is located on the St Jacobsstraat, named for its patron saint St. James the Greater. The church is one of the medieval parish churches of Utrecht, along with the Buurkerk, the Nicolaïkerk and the Geertekerk.

Today it is known as the starting place for Dutch pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella along the Way of St. James. The Dutch Confraternity of St. James is located around the corner on the St. Jacobskerkhof.

The current gothic church dates from the end of the 13th century, but was expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The church is still used on Sundays as a church but can be rented it out the rest of the week for other functions, including weddings and concerts, but also various cultural initiatives of the city or the local university.

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5) Westerkerk

Westerkerk, located on Catharijnekade, was built in 1891 by AW van Beeck Calkoen and designed by draft master carpenter H. van Dijk. Designed in an eclectic style with neoclassical elements, one of its most prominent features is the organ, which has acquired the status of a national monument.

6) Sint-Gertrudiskathedraal

Sint-Gertrudiskathedraal, constructed in the late 1920s as the seat of the Archbishop of Utrecht, was built in a neo-Romanesque style on the site of a former smaller church with a similar design. Its main façade features stone-washed brick laying and two side towers. The church is known for having a close relationship with the Church of England.

7) Domkerk (must see)

St. Martin's Cathedral, or Dom Church (Domkerk) was the cathedral of the Diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages. Once the country's largest church and only cathedral, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, it has been a Protestant church since 1580. This is the only church in the Netherlands that closely resembles the classic Gothic style as developed in France, every other church was designed in one of the many regional variants. Unlike most of its French predecessors, it has only one tower, Dom Tower, which is the hallmark of the city.
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Lutherse Kerk

8) Lutherse Kerk

Lutherse Kerk (Lutheran Church), according to the city records, was originally the chapel of the nunnery of St. Ursula's. Founded in 1412 by wealthy city resident Abraham Dole, over the centuries it has been used for multiple purposes. In 1743 the Lutheran community acquired the church. Nowadays it offers services in Dutch, German, Latin and English.

9) Sint-Catharinakathedraal (must see)

Sint-Catharinakathedraal (St. Catherine's Cathedral) was originally part of the Carmelite Friary, established in 1465. The present church was initiated by the Knights Hospitalers, and completed in the 16th century, with a façade bearing a remarkable resemblance to the former church located on this site. For over two centuries Protestant services were offered here, until 1840 when it returned to Catholicism, becoming the cathedral of the Archbishopric of Utrecht in 1853.

10) Nicolaïkerk (must see)

Nicolaïkerk, built in the early 12th century, is one of Utrecht’s four medieval parish churches. A blend of Romanesque and late Gothic styles, during the Dutch Reformation many of its Catholic elements were removed and it became a Protestant church. Today, this wonderful church is well-known for its beautiful interior and great organ.

Walking Tours in Utrecht, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Creating your own self-guided walk in Utrecht is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

When it comes to great nightlife entertainment, Utrecht has a lot to offer. Downtown, namely the Oudegracht area, is where most of the city’s nightlife is located, including such places as 't Oude Pothuys, Tivoli, Café België and much more. Take the following tour to discover Utrecht’s hottest nightspots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, is a tourist-friendly destination renowned for its numerous cultural and historic treasures. On this orientation walk you will climb 465 steps to the top of the Dom Tower, visit the best music museum in the Netherlands, as well as the legendary Oudegracht ("old canal") and other remarkable sites fit to make anyone's visit to Utrecht unforgettable.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II

Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II

Utrecht is one of the top touristic destinations in Netherlands. Thousands of tourists visit it every year. The city is famous for its lovely Museums. Most of them can be found in Museum Quarter. This tour will lead you to some of the best known museums in Utrecht.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Architecture Tour in Utrecht

Architecture Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, attracts many tourists. It contains many large and small museums, the majority of them located in the eastern part of the municipality, called the Museum Quarter. Take the following tour to acquire plenty of unique and unforgettable memories.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Utrecht for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Utrecht has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Utrecht, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.