Utrecht Heritage Day – Learning & Re-evaluating
September 12th 2020
Reservations are required
This year the Open Monumentendag Utrecht will take place on Saturday September 12th. Despite the many uncertainties beforehand, we managed to offer an interesting and above all safe program. The day will be different than other years, so monuments can only be visited with a reservation through our reservation system.
More than 40 monuments can be visited between 10.00 and 17.00 on Saturday. The theme of the Utrecht Heritage Day is ‘Learning & Re-evaluating’. This year, a lot of attention will be paid to the city ring canal, which was partly filled up in the 1970s, but is completed once again since this year. Monuments along the waterfront tell the story of the canal through the ages: from the strongholds Sonnenborgh and Manenburg, to the city theatre and the former prison Wolvenplein.
Re-evaluation is also happening for the forts of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie. Many of the forts in Utrecht were vacant for decades until their re-use led to restoration and reuse. On Utrecht Heritage Day a bicycle route was set out along nine forts, six of which can be visited.
Remarkable monuments in the city include the recently opened Post Utrecht – the library in the former post office on the Neude – and the buildings of the former Rijks Veeartsenijschool, such as ‘het Anatomiegebouw’ and the ‘Paardenkathedraal’.
The complete program and reservation options can be found on this website or in the special Monument Newspaper, which you can download here.