Opening People’s Eyes to Utrecht

Last year, Utrecht got a mention in a Lonely Planet article about 10 hidden gems of cities. This year, tourism is up, although there’s no specific information as to whether the article influenced anyone or not. Who knows, maybe my own blog is the cause of the rise in numbers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, CNN has posted an article about the new cities in Europe that everyone should be visiting. Rather than hit the usual spots, visitors should look into other equally appealing cities. For example, one close to my heart is the suggestion that instead of visiting Rome, people should check out the beautiful city of Bologna. And of course, instead of Amsterdam, come to Utrecht!

My role as unofficial ambassador for Utrecht has been noticed, as well. A new article on the Utrecht tourism website takes a look at some of the websites and the people behind them who are singing the praises of Utrecht. I’m thrilled to be included in such a great group, since they’re all websites that I already follow and find useful. Even if you can’t read the article, click on the links. Most of the sites have content in English.

It’s always great to see the city get some recognition. If you’re coming to the Netherlands, do give us — and lots of other cities — a visit. But do please behave yourselves! Stay out of the bike paths, don’t litter, drink responsibly, and just be nice. For that matter, behave that way at home, too!

13 thoughts on “Opening People’s Eyes to Utrecht

  1. Congratulations!! That’s fantastic and very well-deserved. But I personally think many of your photos are so gorgeous, you rise far above being a “wannabe photographer.” Harumph! *sniff*

  2. How great that you are noticed as an ambassador for our city! On the one hand I’m not looking forward to hordes of tourists swarming the city like they do Amsterdam, on the other hand it annoys me so much that for most tourists and guides The Netherlands=Amsterdam. I hope Utrecht gets more international rcognition as a great medium-sized city. But I do hope tourism stays at a managable level here, Amsterdam can get pretty crazyin peak holiday season.

    • Exactly! We need some sort of happy medium. People should be aware there are lots of great places to visit throughout the country. That said, I would hate it if we became overrun with tourists like Amsterdam. Especially considering Utrecht is so much smaller!

  3. Great for you!! Congrats!! A really excellent idea to transform a trip abroad into a photography blog, which takes an unofficial diplomatic turn and may help tourism!! Serendipity is fun!!

    I visited Amsterdam, Nijkerk, Harlaam and The Hague in 2010 and had a great time! I took over 600 pictures and videos!! So much to see and enjoy — I took every shot possible!! lol

    • There’s plenty of wonderful things to photograph in the Netherlands. You’ll have to visit again and go to Utrecht next time. Lots and lots to see and do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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