Let’s face it, Utrecht hardly sounds like an attractive destination – the word is like something urban, industrial and grimy.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong because Utrecht is possibly the prettiest canal city in Europe.
It reminded me of a cross between Bruges and Amsterdam, but without the heaving crowds.
The medieval city centre is small enough to explore on foot, but large enough to attract world-class festivals, hip shops and cafes, fascinating museums, inspiring architects and designers.
In the spring, the squares and green spaces are filled with flowers and it makes Utrecht a refreshing destination for a weekend break and a great place to recharge your batteries after the long winter.
This year is the ideal time to visit as Utrecht is celebrating 100 years of the De Stijl art movement.