Utrecht has always been a city at the centre of history dating right back to 50 A.D. when the Romans made their camp where the Domplein now stands. Rosie Khdir follows the Trajectum Lumen; a light art trail which highlights the city’s past and present.
If you are looking for a way to go sightseeing that is a little more inspiring than your average tour bus or guided walk, you should check out Trajectum Lumen. This is a art trail that will show you the medieval wonders of Utrecht in a whole new light.
From sunset until midnight, for seven days a week, visitors can see the most beautiful historic sites of Utrecht illuminated with breathtaking light artwork. The tour starts at the Vredenburg where students of the Utrecht School of the arts create a new dynamic interactive projection in front of the Apollo Hotel.
It then passes onto the Neudeflat, the modern counterpart to the Dom Tower, then forward to the Ganzenmarkt Tunnel, a passageway to the quay that has been transformed by artist Erik Groen.
Then you come to the Bridges on the famous waterways of the city, which have been highlighted by light architect Har Hollands, and then on to the beaming Utrecht City Hall.
Other sights to behold include Jansskerk (Saint John’s Church), the Drift Vaults and the glowing waters of Kromme Nieuwegracht.
But my favourite by far is the artwork on the Saint Willibrord’s Church titled Halo & Trompe-L’Oeil. This neo-gothic building has been dressed with a neon halo above the spire and on the inside, artist Titia Ex has lit it with beautiful, ecclesiastical imagery.
For more information on the trail visit the Trajectum Lumen website.
If you would like to follow this beautifully illuminated trail around the historic medieval city of Utrecht then P&O Ferries can get you there. You can travel on the Hull to Rotterdam overnight ferry service from £149 each way and from here it is just a short drive to Utrecht.