Regional Overview

Fields of Utrecht

The Oversticht is simply the region of the Eastern Netherlands ruled over by the Bishops of Utrecht. The region is largely uninhabited, famous today for its Communists. The region was so poor that it was denied representation in the States-General. Once upon a time though, it was a land full of castles and villages, and much of this legacy survives today.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Lowland Brick Architecture. As the soft ground was too soft to build with stone, brick was the favored material.
  • Dutch Monumental Architecture: large churches and palaces often needed creative building approaches, e.g. wooden vaults or pile-driven supports.
  • Dutch Classicism: Starting with the Renaissance but continuing through to the present is preference for rigid Italian classical design, e.g. Palladio.




Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is the Oversticht?

The Oversticht, or today the regions of Drenthe and Overijssel, were ruled mostly from Utrecht. They form the amorphous region between the Ijssel River and the region of Frisia, a land mostly of canals and farmland. The land was never really fought over, and few ever sought to turn it into a base of power. As a result, the centers of development lie on the Ijssel River with mostly just villages and farmland in the interior.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 4
  • Transportation: 5
  • Volume/Capacity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 3
  • Interactivity: 5

5.3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 5
  • Monuments: 8
  • Quality: 3

7.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 10
  • Tradition: 5


The Imperial Lowlands

A diverse land united only by geography

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