Museum District

A historic bit of Utrecht

In the Museum District (Museumkwartier) your museum visit starts in the streets themselves, with medieval houses, hidden courtyards and the over one-hundred-year old trees lining the canals and wharfs. Between the walls of centuries-old monasteries and university buildings you will find six museums with extraordinary collections and a wide variation of exhibitions. And if beautiful (or tasty) souvenirs are what you’re after, then you’ve certainly come to the right place.  

If you’re travelling to Utrecht by train and you’re interested in visiting the Museum District, then take the train to Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station. This station is located at a convenient five minute walk away from the lively Twijnstraat and Ledig Erf, which leads you straight into the Museum District. Ledig Erf is a small square next to the water which is surrounded by café’s with great terraces. The perfect place to rest those weary feet and reflect on all you’ve explored and seen. Ledig Erf is also home to the Louis Hartlooper Complex, a small and atmospheric arthouse cinema which is definitely worth a visit.

The tasty Twijnstraat
With more than ten culinary specialty stores, an organic supermarket, various restaurants and café’s a visit to the Twijnstraat is by any means a treat for the taste buds. Besides the bread, cheese and beer on offer this street is also home to a number of stores selling lovely postcards and interior decorations as well as clothing boutiques.

If art galleries and vintage stores are what you’re after then head to the Oudegracht, the Lange Nieuwstraat and the Nieuwegracht.

Nature in the city
From the Museum District you can reach Fort Rhijnauwen and Amelisweerd within fifteen minutes. Here you can rent a canoe or rowing boat, go for a walk or eat traditional Dutch pancakes