Things to Do in Utrecht

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Things to Do in Utrecht


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Top Attractions in Utrecht

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Charming canal-side walks lined with eclectic shops and eateries, complemented by serene boat tours and a blend of historic and contemporary architecture.
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Interactive museum set within a historic church, featuring live musical demonstrations of self-playing instruments, engaging exhibits, and a café with ambient piano tunes.
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Historic train station converted into a museum showcasing diverse train exhibits, interactive displays, model railways, and a train simulator, nestled in a charming neighborhood.
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Historic tower with panoramic views and a climb through narrow steps to explore its past and the 14 bells. Located amid vibrant shops and canals.
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Underground tour through historic ruins, providing a self-guided audio experience in multiple languages. Highlights include Roman and medieval remnants, with a focus on archaeology.
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What travelers are saying

  • Paula S
    Poole, UK70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really attractive area. Many lovely old buildings, the Dom Tower and the Cathedral, lots of bars and restaurants, as well as canal tours.
    Written June 2, 2024
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  • nosilamail
    Gillingham, UK39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited as party leader on a school music tour with 71 students and 10 staff. Staff were super helpful by email before hand organising the visit. The museum kindly opened 30mins early for us, fab. We split into two smaller groups, each with a guide (both were fab), and had a 1hr tour. Lots of demos from the instruments and just the right amount of history and chat. A great way to pass the time staying in Utrecht when we couldn’t use our coach. Students enjoyed it and their gift shop certainly made their money from our students! Thanks for looking after us so well.
    Written July 21, 2024
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  • Robin C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good best exhibit is the Ex Manchester to Sheffield Electric (1501) and its history plus the original Tommy name plate and very good trip the second time I have been and a very friendly tour of the Signal box as a former Railwayman from uk it was nice to meet some one with a passion and a very good day out,and like the train that takes you directly into the museum more railways could do with this.
    Written April 27, 2024
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  • Lnmagnee
    Portland, OR177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are rest stops, but be prepared to climb 465 steps to the top! Our guide on April 29 was Odette, who was knowledgeable and spoke in Dutch and English.

    Tip: Book a tour on a clear day for a good view.
    Written May 31, 2024
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  • Wendy D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great experience! The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The site itself is really cool and the town of Utrecht was one of my favourite in all of The Netherlands!
    Written May 25, 2024
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  • Beck S
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A easy cycle to the gardens. Beautifully laid out which kept the interest of everyone. A very relaxing couple of hours. Recommend to all
    Written August 13, 2023
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia34,342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most UNESCO sites in the Netherlands are linked to technically complex sites and are not very accessible. These are either polders, water pumping stations, canals, factories, etc. Schröder House is one of the accessible UNESCO sites in the Netherlands, located in the city. Accessible only in this sense. You can visit the house only as part of a guided tour, with a ticket purchased online in advance. A tour of the house will cost you 19 euros, which is 4 euros more expensive than visiting the Louvre in Paris. Feel the difference... since there aren't many tours, they sell out long before, so I knew I wouldn't get inside. To get to the house, you need to take a beautiful yellow tram 20 directly from the Central Station (stop to the right of the exit) to the De Kromme Rijn stop. Then you need to walk 600 meters in the opposite direction. The full name of the house Rietveld Schröderhuis contains both the surname of the customer (Truus Schröder) and the architect (Gerrit Rietveld). Madame Schröder was a woman with a specific taste and demanded that the architect build a house without walls. Of course, you can't build a house without them at all, but on the 1st floor Rietveld was able to fully realize the idea of a transformer house. Many people compare his house with the concept of so-called neoplasticism by the Dutch artist Peter Mondrian, whose paintings the interior of the house really looks like. Many ideas of the house like an elevator from the kitchen to the second floor for serving food, retractable furniture, transforming partitions instead of walls, automatic door opening have become commonplace in modern design. But then in 1924 it was a new word in world architecture. for this, UNESCO awarded the house of status the World Heritage of Mankind. I was able to inspect the house from the outside and look at the groundfloor. But the most interesting thing on the 1st floor can, alas, be seen only on a guided tour.
    Written January 6, 2024
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  • Renata H
    Munich, Germany168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a very good museum for children, very interactive
    Totally recommended if you have small children
    Written January 18, 2023
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  • Paul H
    Surrey, UK76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was expecing a rather bare old monastery with a few ancient relics, but nothing could be farther from the truth. This was a highly modernised museum with modern lighting (and heating) and red shagpile carpet that may have persuaded me to become a monk if I'd lived in medieval Utrecht. I came to see the Man of Sorrows by Geertgen to Sin Jans, but there is a lot more here. There was a Development of Science exhibition when I visited which was also interesting and well attended. It's not the most English language friendly museum you'll find in the Netherlands. but that didn't matter, we don't put Dutch translations on everything in British museums. It was an easy walk from the train station on the way to the Centraal Museum. I spent a couple of hours at the Cotharijneconvent. and would certainly recommend it.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • Mark B
    Berlin, Germany4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibit about the development of central Utrecht following the war and the political influences the weighed upon it.Plenty of room in the museum to explore the different periods in the growth of Utrecht and strong emphasis on local artists.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, UK1,422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stall after stall of amazing flowers of all colours. Huge bunches of tulips at very reasonable prices. As a tourist it was difficult resisting buying some. The variety is amazing. Many I’ve never seen all beautifully displayed. There are even citrus trees fruiting you can buy. Definitely worth a stroll through even on a drizzly chilly day.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China20,340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Utrecht is the birthplace of Miffy. It is therefore not so surprising to find a Miffy traffic light in the Dutch city. That said, seeing a comic character reminding you not to jaywalk is an interesting experience. The light is at downtown Utrecht and pretty easy to find.
    Written June 8, 2023
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