Interesting facts about Utrecht

Did you know about Utrecht?

  • Residents of Utrecht are unsure if they should be referred to as Utrechters or Utrechtenaars.
  • The first bicycle path (fietspad) appeared in 1885. The street is now called the Maliebaan.
  • The Dom Tower and Cathedral has shape-shifted throughout the ages and empires that reigned the region.
  • The 'Miffy' cartoon character for children invented by Dick Bruna resemble 'Hello Kitty'.

Historic figures

Historic Painters
Abraham Bloemaert
Gerard van Honthorst
Theo van Doesburg

Designers/Architects
Gerrit Rietveld

Martial Artists
Anton Geesink

Sporting Figures
Marco van Basten

Religious Figures
Pope Adrian VI

Military Admirals
Karel Doorman

Muscial Composers
Louis Andriessen

Metereologists
C.H.D. Buys Ballot

Artists/Writers/Singers
Rijk de Gooyer
Dick Bruna
Herman van Veen
Sylvia Kristel

Businessmen
Paul Fentener van Vlissingen