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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: De Haar Castle and Park Entrance Ticket

2. Utrecht: De Haar Castle and Park Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in history at iconic De Haar Castle. Admire its picture book medieval architecture, see its opulent interior, learn about the famous guests who have stayed there, and explore its tranquil grounds. Encounter a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates, and drawbridges. Marvel at the setting as the fairytale-like castle rises majestically from parkland filled with impressive trees, old gardens, and ponds. Take a walk in its tranquil parklands. Visit the Rose Garden or Roman Garden. Discover its ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas, and impressive avenues ideal for long walks or picnics.

Utrecht: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

3. Utrecht: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Visit the tranquil landscaped parklands of the famous De Haar Castle. Discover its ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas, and impressive avenues ideal for long walks or picnics. Explore castle grounds which are over 55 hectares in size. Encounter calming areas like the park forest and the former menagerie, ideal for an attractive private walk. Explore features like the maze, the large deer park, the romantic covered bridge, and the picnic meadow. Walk amongst some 7,000 trees, some of which are up to 140 years old. Visit areas like the Roman Garden, with its Ha Ha rampart, or see the Rose Garden, containing over 1,200 roses in 79 different varieties which bloom beautifully every summer.

Utrecht: Guided Lumen Walking or Bike Tour

4. Utrecht: Guided Lumen Walking or Bike Tour

Discover Utrecht's magical nighttime lights on a guided walking or bike tour. Listen to the background behind the light art, learn about the sights you see, and spot subtle messages in the art. Meet your guide at the Academy building on Domsquare and walk together with the guide to explore of Utrecht Lumen's artistic light stimuli. The walking tour goes through the city centre of Utrecht, for example the ancient Roman Castellum Wall, made out of light. Or Pausedam to enjoy the animated glowing video in the windows, the light and sound display at the St. Jans Church and stop at the hidden Drift Vaults. Head to Near the Ganzenmarkt a Tunnel with illuminating lights gives a beautiful sight of the tunnel. Walk over Utrecht's bridges and marvel at the light playing on them. The tour will finish at the Domsquare. During the bike tour you will be surprised by Utrecht Lumen light works that are located in Buiten Wittevrouwen, Museum Quarter, the station area and Lombok East. Light works such as Simplicity & Refinement or the Rebus pass by. Why are these works called that and what was the intention of the artists? And why are they actually in the places where they can be found?

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4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

This is a BEAUTIFUL castle. SO ornately detailed. 10000 times worth the visit! Try to go for the Christmas Festival/Market. The employees at the Castle are amazingly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the history with you. Kind and friendly. FIVE star experience.

The guide of the was very nice and informative. Edwin was very good at explaining the art objects. The meeting point, start of the tour, should be given in more detail because the dome is very large and it was not clear where the meeting point is.

This cruise is really worth it! You get a nice impression of Utrecht and at the same time enough information about the things worth knowing about various places while sailing.

We loved this! We also came at the time of the Christmas Market. So fun!

Pristine condition (almost newly built) with great family history.