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Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

1. Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

See the highlights of Utrecht's medieval inner city during a cruise on the Oudegracht canal. Learn about the city's history as you pass centuries-old buildings, canal houses, wharf cellars, and the Dom Tower. Exchange your voucher at the ticket office and collect your audioguide. Then, descend the 21 steps to the waterside to board your boat. Once you are settled, the boat will set off along the Oudegrachtn (Old Canal). Admire the oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. Then, pass the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower. Marvel at other significant historical buildings along the route. After half an hour, arrive at the city's outer moat, a former defensive structure. Learn about the old strongholds and casemates there. Take photos of the beautiful Zocherpark. See the Railway Museum or Hoog Catharijne, the largest mall in the Netherlands, from the water. Return to the Oudegracht canal and watch people enjoying themselves on the wharves. Try and spot the typical wharf cellars. Once back on dry land, you will have a good idea of what you want to visit next.

Utrecht: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

2. Utrecht: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

Get to know Utrecht at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Utrecht’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. In the history-filled city of Utrecht you will first visit the beautiful Oude Mannen En Vrouwenhuis. Then the unique Museum Speelklok and then the irreplaceable Oudegracht. This wonderful route continues to the Utrecht University Hall. As a fifth stop you will find the Dom Tower. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting St Martin's Cathedral. Of course, the Pieterskerk could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Park Lepelenburg. The penultimate destination is the enviable Joods Monument. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Railway Museum.

Utrecht: City Boat Tour & Balkan Restaurant Lunch OR Dinner

3. Utrecht: City Boat Tour & Balkan Restaurant Lunch OR Dinner

Utrecht is known for it's unique canals and historical buildings; from grand canal houses to churches, and -of course- the typical wharfs and wharf cellars. From the tourboat you'll be able to enjoy the wonderfully unique perspective whilst being guided in different languages. Learn all about Utrecht and it's history from the comfort of one the typical city boats. The boattour ends right at the restaurant where you will enjoy either a lovely lunch or three-course dinner.

Utrecht: Highlights and Secrets with a Walking Tour

4. Utrecht: Highlights and Secrets with a Walking Tour

Whereas the NY Times describes Utrecht as a city that deserves more than a pleasant day trip from Amsterdam, according to a leading Australian news site, the city has the most beautiful canals of Europe. And they are right. With its iconic Dom Tower, churchyards, the old city centre and its canals, Utrecht is absolutely stunning. A walking tour of Utrecht is a fantastic way to discover Utrecht. Meet your guide at Vredenburgplein, the square nearby the train station and The Mall. Embark on a walking tour through the old city centre with your knowledgeable guide and learn about the city’s history that started around 2,000 years ago when Utrecht was part of the Limes; the northern border of the Roman Empire. During the tour you not only learn about historical Utrecht, but also about history is connected to contemporary issues that play a role in Dutch society. Follow your guide to the city's main square for it houses the historical Dom Church. With its dominating tower, it is Utrecht's pride and joy. Continue through little cobbled streets and churchyards; all leading to what has been for centuries the city’s main artery, the 1.5 mile long old canal Oudegracht. Along and nearby the canal there are many cafés and restaurants. A great way to getting to know the city with all its 'secrets'!

Utrecht: Professional photoshoot at Utrecht Canals

5. Utrecht: Professional photoshoot at Utrecht Canals

Running through the entire length of the town from north to south, Oudegracht is likely the most famous canal in the city. With its charming historic buildings, vibrant cafes, and scenic bridges, it is a must-visit destination for those seeking a blend of history and serenity. Your photographer will meet you at the location and skilfully guide you through the photoshoot using their local knowledge, showcasing the unique atmosphere and captivating beauty of your trip to Oudegracht Canal. After the photoshoot, you will receive your edited photos in a digital gallery link within 48 hours directly to your phone or email. Book your photoshoot now and capture memories of your journey along this iconic waterway. Our photographers will select the best photos for your purchased package. If you fall in love with more moments than expected, extra photos will be available for purchase.

Cultural and Historical Audio Guided Walking Tour of Utrecht

6. Cultural and Historical Audio Guided Walking Tour of Utrecht

Welcome to Utrecht, the beating heart of the Netherlands. This audio tour takes you through the medieval old town with numerous cultural and historical treasures. We take you back in time. You can climb the 465 steps to the top of the iconic Dom Tower and enjoy an amazing view, visit the best museums in the Netherlands, stroll along the legendary Oudegracht and visit other remarkable sights to complete your visit to Utrecht to make it unforgettable. Please note that due to the Covid-19 measures, certain sights and/or opening times may differ. During our Utrecht tour, you will get to know the city of Utrecht in a unique way. This way you see the city from a different perspective and you visit the special sights that this medieval city has to offer. During our Utrecht tour you will pass the following sights: Climb the 465 steps of the 112 meter high Domtoren Visit the monumental building the Paushuize Walk along the working-class neighborhood of the Zeven Steegjes in the city center Visit the nationally listed building Huis Zoudenbalch in the center of Utrecht

Utrecht Walking Tour with a local comedian as guide

7. Utrecht Walking Tour with a local comedian as guide

Explore the historic centre of Utrecht with a local stand-up comedian as guide! Your comedian-guide will take you on a captivating tour past Utrecht’s most iconic buildings, including the Dom Tower, Dom Church, Academic Building and the Oudegracht. Learn about the historic origin of Utrecht’s renowned buildings, enjoy the fascinating stories behind these landmarks and gain insight into Utrecht’s local culture. Your guide’s talent for identifying and highlighting the peculiarities and quirks of Utrecht and its people turn this tour into a unique experience. This is not a typical tour, but a fun experience through Utrecht’s hidden gems and lively little streets. It’s your comedian’s fresh and unconventional perspective on Utrecht’s local culture that will leave you pleasantly surprised and entertained throughout the tour. No dusty details and facts but the lively anecdotes and personal stories about what makes Utrecht truly unique.

Utrecht: Escape the City - Self-guided Citygame

8. Utrecht: Escape the City - Self-guided Citygame

In this game, Utrecht is under the spell of an incomprehensible mystery. In recent weeks, people keep disappearing in the city's wharf cellars. A pattern seems to be emerging. It is up to you to solve the mystery, stop the disappearances and free the city! The story is based on a real Utrecht city story. Escape the city is a fun combination of an escape room and a city walk. Besides tourist highlights, discover the hidden gems and cute alleys of Utrecht while you solve assignments and riddles to get closer to solving the mystery. After purchase, you will receive the login details and instructions to start the game. Choose when you want to play. The app will automatically guide you through the story. The start is at Vredenburgplein and you finish at a central location. The game is selfguided and played by an app. You can finish the game no matter what, even if you cannot solve some riddles or tasks or if you do not manage to escape the city within 2 hours.

Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

9. Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Utrecht on a personalized private tour. Explore this quintessentially Dutch city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its quaint, canal-flanked streets (and those off the well-trodden tourist trail). Your itinerary will be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let then know if you have any special requirements. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host at Amsterdam Station, and take the train 30 minutes to the university town of Utrecht, an enchanting hub of subterranean wharves and canalside haunts. You could visit the central Domplein square in the shadow of the Domtoren (a 14th-century bell tower that’s the tallest in the country) and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Alternatively, see the city’s natural beauty at the sprawling Utrecht Botanic Gardens, and peer into pocket-sized shops and restaurants along the Oudegracht – the most-central of the city’s famous canals. Stroll down the bustling Amsterdamsestraatweg, a hive of university students, and see the wide selection of local brews at the beer specialty store. Savor the floral fragrance at the colorful Bloemenmarkt of Utrecht, and browse through stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, and meat at the typical Dutch market on the Vredenburg. Experience a modern-day village vibe in Twijnstraat, one of the coolest streets in Utrecht, and join locals popping into small independent shops, then admire the hofjes (concealed courtyards surrounded by almshouses) that have existed in the city since the Middle Ages. If you’re up for some fun, end your day at one of the city’s many game cafes for a bite and board game before boarding the train back to Amsterdam!

Walking Tour Utrecht with a local comedian as guide

10. Walking Tour Utrecht with a local comedian as guide

As with any other tour, your comedian will take you to the most renowned landmarks in town and share his in-depth knowledge on the rich and colorful history of Utrecht. During the tour your comedian will shed a contemporary light on the seemingly common sense of the past which turn this tour into a super fun and unique experience. Your comedian’s keen observation and sharp wit will keep you entertained from the beginning till the end. No dusty facts but lively anecdotes and fun personal tales reveal the true character of Utrecht and its people. During this tour you will learn about the fascinating stories behind Utrecht’s Dom Tower, Academy Building, social housing, the Oudegracht and many more. But keep in mind, this is not a traditional city tour but a fun-packed walking tour showing you the real Utrecht.

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What people are saying about Oudegracht

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4.2 / 5

based on 338 reviews

Top! We only expected that we could buy a drink, the skipper solved that for us without saying or asking & came to our table with 4 cups of coffee! really super thoughtful!!

It was very informative. Unfortunately the weather didn’t allow us to see much (rain).

The view of Utrecht at night and the fact that it wasn't crowded on board.

Greeat activity to get to know the city. Highly recommended

Was a bit cold, heater didn't work, but otherwise fine