The Vismarkt is the street in which Logement Petit Beijers is located on the Oudegracht. The Oudegracht, the most famous canal in Utrecht, dates from the year 1000 when it was still part of the moat of Castle Trecht. As the name suggests, the Vismarkt was the place where fish was traded in the early 1200s. A convenient location because the fish was kept fresh by hanging them bundled in the canal.

The Vismarkt is the oldest market in Utrecht. Around 1550, the two bridges that ended up at the market were merged, creating a larger square. In addition to the weekly Vismarkt, the Zoutmarkt (‘Salt Market’) used to be located here too. The streetscape changed relatively little throughout the years. A roof was eventually created to keep traders dry. Today you can no longer find fish on the Vismarkt, but instead you will find nice shops, cafes and cosy terraces.

Lofen Palace

Logement Petit Beijers is spread over two canal houses. Vismarkt 16 and 18 are separated by a narrow alley, which can be recognised by the fence with a beautiful golden crown and the text ‘Paleis Lofen’. The Domplein, located at the back of Petit Beijers, is the place where Lofen Palace used to be, around 1040.

It was constructed by order of Emperor Henry III and is a place of significant historical value. In 1122, Emperor Henry V granted Utrecht official city rights here. The alley provided access to the cellars located under the buildings on the Domplein and thus the palace. When a major fire erupted in 1253, the palace was destroyed. All that remains are the pillars of the palace (which you can find in the basements of the surrounding buildings) and the beautiful gate between Vismarkt 16 and 18.