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Discover Benelux  |  Utrecht & Flevoland  |  The heart of the Netherlands

De Haar Castle.

Ultimate Utrecht It may be the smallest province in the Netherlands, but Utrecht’s virtues stretch way beyond its eponymous 2,000-yearold capital city. With a picturesque medieval centre, café-lined canals and gabled merchants’ houses, the provincial capital is an ideal size for a city break. There are museum’s galore, including Centraal Museum, which explores Utrecht’s fascinating cultural history via paintings, modern art, costumes and more. Meanwhile, do not miss the impressive Dom tower, which can be seen from any point in the city and boasts the highest church tower in the Netherlands. Another gem in the province of Utrecht is the city of Amersfoort, a charming medieval town and shopper’s paradise. From big names to art galleries and hip boutiques to independent retailers, check out characterful shopping streets such as the Krommestraat or the Grote Sint Jansstraat and Kleine Sint Jansstraat. Utrecht province also offers beautiful landscapes, farmhouses, manors and magnificent castles. Do not miss the De Haar Castle, the biggest and most luxurious in the Netherlands. The verdant park and gardens surrounding it are also worth a visit. 48  |  Issue 39  |  March 2017

DO NOT MISS: Mondriaanhuis: The world of Piet Mondrian 8 March - 31 December Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort As the birthplace of artist Piet Mondrian (1872), the Mondriaanhuis has been transformed into an international experience to take visitors on a journey through the creative’s ideas and oeuvre. www.mondriaanhuis.nl Spring Festival 18-27 May – Various locations Held every spring at various Utrecht locations, this international performing arts festival is known for avant-garde performances in the realms of dance, theatre, performance and visual art. www.springutrecht.nl Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival 28 June - 2 July – Various locations An annual music festival focusing exclusively on chamber music. This year marks cellist Harriet Krijgh’s first year as artistic director. www.kamermuziekfestival.nl

The Pandhof, Utrecht. Photo: Jurjen Drenth