Meet-up with other internationals!

Interview with Vanessa Smith

One of Utrecht’s treasures for adults and kids alike, the Spoorwegmuseum. Not only are the trains artfully rendered and larger than life, they take you back in time as you peer through the windows and step down the narrow corridors. It’s not just about trains though, there’s science, theater, a playground, rides, ample space to run (perfect for kids), a store, restaurant, and so much more. And if you’re lucky enough to visit during the holiday season, you’ll find plenty of tasty desserts along with an ice skating rink. 

Head upstairs and you’ll learn about engineering. With hands on activities to explore what it takes to get a train in motion, you’ll understand a whole new view from a historical perspective as well as a modern one. All ages benefit from knowing the literal nuts and bolts behind Europe’s favorite way to travel. 

After working up an appetite, head down to the restaurant. I’m not big on junk food and had somewhat expected a fried food fest. Though that option was available, I was happy to see heart healthy food on display - salads and smoothies, a variety of sandwiches, fresh cooked burgers, homemade soups, and of course, pie. While my 6 year old noshed on the standard bread and cheese sandwich while watching Thomas the Train on a nearby TV, I indulged in a strawberry smoothie. Satisfied, we headed outside to climb, play, and explore more trains. 

The Spoorwegmuseum is part of the Museumcart. You pay an annual fee of around 60 which gets you free entry into over 500 museums in the Netherlands. Worth every cent, especially since there is so much to see at one museum alone!