A quiet street in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  1. Utrecht is a city in the Netherlands, known for its medieval center. It has tree-lined canals, Christian monuments and a venerable university.

  2. Don't forget skyrocketing house prices and dramatic increases in the homeless population as a result.

  3. Gorgeous! I would like to have a walk in a such street as I only visited few times Amsterdam (canals, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum...)

  4. You'll very much find the same types of streets in Amsterdam as well. Just not always on the beaten tourist paths.

  5. Only in Utrecht. This city is ahead of its time, but only by a couple of months. The canals of Utrecht (Oudegracht f.i.) are the most beautiful of the Netherlands, and the center of Utrecht is very much geared towards pedestrians (certainly more than Amsterdam) so definitely worth an extra visit to Netherlands.

  6. I've seen more and more American pickups around over the years, and I'm still shocked each time given how bad they look on our streets.

  7. That's the biggest thing I always notice going back and forth between the Netherlands and the US. Cars in the US are massive, roads are wide to accommodate them, parking spots too.

  8. I'm from utrecht, if I recognize this neighborhood correctly it's super expensive. Both because it is so close to the city center/in the city center and because the houses are huge, as well as the current housing market being completely insane at the moment.

  9. I used to live there, just around the corner in the picture. Extremely expensive. Utrecht is one of the worst places to find a house. Over the past ten years, many neighborhoods have become enclaves for educated, affluent people with very similar cultural backgrounds. The city just lets it happen. Next stop: London.

  10. I actually live in Brooklyn off New Utrecht Ave and behind New Utrecht high school and milestone park end of my block has the foundation of this first Dutch house still, and the old Dutch church by me to with burials of Dutch early settler families that streets are named after.

  11. Also, single layer windows, because the front of the house cannot be altered. That adds to the winter fun.

  12. People always says this, and i used to think like this too. Moved to southern europe (I'm from NL too) and yeah the weather is good, but social security, the economy (i.e. your wage will also be 2 times less), are all okay, but not as good as in northern europe.

  13. For me it wasn’t a few years but the first winter, I knew I needed to move and soon. On my 4th year now and we’re close to being able to relocate, and I couldn’t imagine staying for 20+ years here. Spain, Italy, Southern France, Portugal… or Costa Rica. Those are our potential new places to live. I just need the sun… seasonal affected disorder fucks me up so hard.

  14. Those were my exact thought before I left the Netherlands after living there for 6 years. Lovely country, but needs a roof or something

  15. Maybe for you, it never changed for me. If youre that easily dissatisfied, i dont think youll ever be happy anywhere long term

  16. I see where new york got most of its architecture from. For some reason i always thought everything just heavily resemble British but the more I look at Netherlands, the more I see its resemblance in the north eastern US.

  17. This is mesmerisingly beautiful to me, with the added appeal of the autumn leaves as we enter the season. The houses are majestic, yet cosy and welcoming too.

  18. Gorgeous! I used to live on a street very similar to this. I don't miss the Netherlands, but I miss living in Utrecht.

  19. Where do you live now? I moved to Brussels from Utrecht and I do really miss the Netherlands. I miss the calm, the organisation.

  20. Beautiful. I drop the pin on google maps in random places around the world to look around when I’m bored. I don’t think I have ever seen any places in Netherlands where I’d think ‘shit I wouldn’t want to live there!’. It’s tidy and well looked after everywhere you look.

  21. Funny how both countries look the same. Even the shitty council estate houses. You should drop the pin in the countryside to see your real country and not Greater London

  22. If it wasn’t for the title. one could easily mistake the location as a quaint New England street in the middle of Autumn with Halloween just around the corner…

  23. Saw this post yesterday so I decided to drive by on my bike this morning on my way to home from my night shift.

  24. As lovely as brick roads look, I hate riding my bike with narrow road tires on them. After a couple of blocks I'm looking for some modern pavement.

  25. Brick roads are used a lot here in the Netherlands in residential areas, also in new development. Narrow tires are rarely picked for day to day use here

  26. The Dutch have learned to live with that. After a couple of months of daily riding your bike to school or work one develops an 'koperen kont'.

  27. They're pretty smooth and don't make you bounce. Lot of paved roads here and I've never minder at all.

  28. That's the thing, it's really only inside the residential areas. If you would bike to the other side of the city, 80-90% of your trip would be on proper asphalt roads. This area is like this also to low key enforce the 30 km/h (~18 mph) max speed.

  29. The brick roads arent just used instead of pavement because they look nice, its actually a traffic calming measure along other things like narrower roads, obstacles etc. Rougher roadsurfaces will have people drive slower.

  30. Schwalbe g one speed or the panaracer slicks, 35 or bigger tubeless and you won't even notice them. Those tyres fit on on trekking or gravel bikes, unfortunately they are a bit overpriced at the moment because of the gravel cycling fad.

  31. These roads are murder if you're on 23mm road tires, but most bikes here use much larger tires and then you don't really notice the difference between a well maintained brick road and asphalt

  32. No one in the Netherlands has a modern bike with road tires. The bikes are minimum 100 years old, passed down to you from great grandmother, or bought from sketchy African in a dark alley.

  33. My first thought was somewhere by the Nieuwegracht or out by Wilhelmina Park somewhere. I lived there for about 8 years many many moons ago and it was a great place. Ledig Erf, Cafe De Zaak, Cafe De Maan and then to Tivoli for a Swakfeest. Good times.

  34. This is a great picture! Love the architecture. There was another top post a few days ago also from the Netherlands. Makes me want to visit the country someday. :)

  35. I also like the peace and quiet of Utrecht but it wears a bit thin after a while. Calming and relaxing becomes gloomy and depressing in winter

  36. I recently moved from Amsterdam to Utrecht, and it’s super lovely here. I always tell my people back home that it’s like Amsterdam minus the tourist and minus 2 floors on all the buildings.

  37. Alot of people don't realise the Netherlands has way more then just Amsterdam, whenever someone says that they are going to the Netherlands I always recommend smaller cities and towns, as they're usually way prettier.

  38. Utrecht is not in Holland. Amsterdam is in North Holland. Rotterdam is in South Holland and Utrecht is in the province Utrecht (same name for the province and city )

  39. I’m pretty sure this is in the Wittevrouwen neighborhood, an entire house would cost 1.3 million euro or above with the current market as it is.

  40. 60 m2 in one of the least popular neighbourhoods will cost you easily €230.000,- these will go for well over a milion €.

  41. Been there a few times for events, such a beautiful place! Up there as one of my favourite places I've been.

  42. I read somewhere that that style of window in the Netherlands/lack of curtains developed out of the idea that you should live at home as you do in public, that people from the street can kind of monitor your behaviour like a panopticon!

  43. Crashed on a friend of a friend's couch in Utrecht when I was visiting Amsterdam with some buddies while studying abroad back in 2014.

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