Breukelen, located northwest of Utrecht, is best known for its natural areas and the large mansions and castles that adorn the banks of the winding Vecht River. Many of these lavish homesteads and their sprawling gardens were constructed in the 17th century by wealthy merchants.
Breukelen, the namesake of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, is a great spot for boat tours, bicycle treks, or just an afternoon of sightseeing. One highlight is Boom en Bosch, a quaint park in which you will find the former city hall building. While there, head to the garden facing the river Vecht and admire the gorgeous maple trees.
There’s also the chance to see a free music performance in the summer months, or sample some delicious Dutch poffertjes (stacks of tiny pancakes with powdered sugar) in the colder parts of the year. Breukelen’s town centre boasts some charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants, and there’s a weekly market held on Fridays—ideal for picking up some gifts for friends and family while you’re in the Netherlands.