Atmosphere and specifics
- Parkhaven or Veilinghaven is the former harbour of the Utrecht fruit and vegetable auction along the Merwedekanaal.
- After the auction and cattle market had left the area around 1970, the grounds became available to the Jaarbeurs.
- Around 1995, several of the harbours were drained, the industrial estate was appointed residential area and Parkhaven was developed.
- Part of the old Veilinghaven that remained, was refurbished as a landing for historic houseboats.
- Along the quay you can now find restaurants and cafés.
- The industrial character of the old harbour can still be seen in a restored unloading crane and four sand and gravel funnels.
- These 'U-Trechters' (funnels) can be rented as conference rooms.
- The former harbour building now houses a restaurant.
- The area appeals to architect lovers from the Netherlands and abroad and is also characterised by differences in height and red bricks.