Are you looking for the perfect venue for celebrating a birthday, anniversary or to throw a wedding party? An old city that dates back to Roman time, Utrecht boasts a great number of historical landmarks that will surely add a special atmosphere to your party. Just imagine…high ceilings, burning candles, and great acoustics for the band! And how about a glass of bubbles in the stately rose garden in a sunny afternoon. Sounds enticing? Well, here are four historic locations in Utrecht that will make your party a big hit!
What’s a better way to kick-off your celebration than raising a glass at the icon of Utrecht? The Dom Tower offers two rooms for your indoor feast: the extraordinary St Michael’s chapel for a larger celebration or the more intimate Van Heukelom room (14 people). Whether it’s a DJ or a sing-along, you are allowed to play the music until 1 am. If you prefer an outdoor party, you can opt for the monastery garden, which is normally open for public. Handy to know: the Dom Tower works with four new caterers, which serve traditional or modern-style banquet. The caterers are selected based on the following criteria: their involvement with the development of Utrecht, quality, passion and innovation.
More info: Domtoren
For those who want to add some stardust to their party, the Sonnenborgh observatory is the perfect location. The place breathes history, with its 16th century defense walls, where you can enjoy a great view of the canals. The atmosphere is just enchanting. At the Sonnenborgh, you can choose between the stately library for an intimate ceremony or the covered courtyard, where you can marvel at the stars through the glass ceiling.
More info: Sonnenborgh
With a choice of – yes – 14 rooms, the historic Hotel Karel V offers a grand setting for your special occasion. With names like ‘Duke of Brunswick’ and ‘Anne of Austria’, you can imagine how these rooms must look like: regal and sophisticated. Surrounding the hotel is a hectare of beautiful gardens, where you can hold a cocktail party, a dinner or a wedding reception.
More info: Karel V
The Royal Dutch Mint building
The magnificent building of the Royal Dutch Mint (Muntgebouw) on the Leidseweg is over 100 years old, a perfect venue to party in style. The former Mint building and Money Museum now offer excellent meeting and event facilities. With ten rooms and space to accommodate up to 500 people, there is something for everyone. The nicest room is the Eerste Slagruimte, where the first coins were struck. It has a glass wall overlooking the monumental façade of the building.
Beeld: Ruud de Graaf
More info: Muntgebouw
Eager for more golden oldies in Utrecht? This summer we come up with a Fort Route, so watch this space!