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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: National Railway Museum Admission Ticket

3. Utrecht: National Railway Museum Admission Ticket

The Dutch Railway Museum, also known as the Het Spoorwegmuseum, is your chance to explore the wonderful world of trains. Explore the museum's extensive collection of locomotives, carriages, scale models, steam engines, paintings, and railway material and objects. Visitors to the Railway Museum enter through the fully restored historic Maliebaan Station built-in 1874. While in the museum, you can see the impressive SS 13, also known as De Bril. While you're at the Railway Museum, visit its 3 saloon coaches and the authentic Royal waiting room. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a railway yard throughout the age of steam. Walk along with the Maliebaan Station platform and visit the Model Stockroom, which is filled with a collection of railway models. Take a ride on the Steel Monster and explore under, between, and above steam engines. Visit the Techlab while at the Railway Museum and learn everything there is to know about electric trains.

Utrecht: DOMunder Entry Ticket with Guide

4. Utrecht: DOMunder Entry Ticket with Guide

Discover the iconic DOMunder, an interesting historical attraction under the Domplein in Utrecht. Join your guide and embark on an adventure for all ages as you climb down to learn about local history in a unique setting. Step inside, grab a smart flashlight, and begin an underground exploration full of exciting stories and archaeological treasures. Follow a journey through the eventful history of the Domplein, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Europe. Immerse yourself in Utrecht's Roman past, as well as the glorious Middle Ages. Experience the devastating storm of 1674, during which the nave of the Dom Church collapsed and the Dom Square was created.

Utrecht: Dom Tower Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Utrecht: Dom Tower Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Discover spectacular views of Utrecht and the surrounding countryside with this ticket to Dom Tower. Step back in time as your guide takes you on a historical journey all the way to the top of the 700-year-old Dom Tower. Meet your guide VVV Utrecht and make your way to the Dom Tower. Enter with your included ticket and after 465 steps, reach 112 meters and be rewarded with a breathtaking views of Utrecht. Capture stunning photos to share with friends on social media. Climb the historical Dom Tower with stops along the way to hear about the history and the construction of the Dom Tower. These moments are a good opportunity to catch your breath. Discover the Tower's unique history along the way. Hear about how the tower has been the central feature of the city for centuries and how it survived violent storms, occupations by foreign powers, and fires. Find out how it has seen festivities, flourishing trade, and the expansion of the city.

Utrecht: The Monster Mystery Exploration Game

6. Utrecht: The Monster Mystery Exploration Game

Play a real-world quest in Utrecht as a monster hunter who is tasked to find an elusive beast that threatens the city. Solve the clues you receive on your smartphone and save the people of Utrecht. Along the way, you will find new locations and unlock amazing stories. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. The quest will take you from 1 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most unique ways to have fun whilst acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Utrecht. It's a fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Utrecht: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

7. 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: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

8. 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.

Rhenen: Ouwehands Zoo Entry Ticket

9. Rhenen: Ouwehands Zoo Entry Ticket

Come face to face with the magical creatures of our natural world with your entry ticket to the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. Meet the giant pandas named Xing Ya and Wu Wen and learn about protecting natural habitats. Make your way to the zoo entrance and step into a world of wonder as you check the map and decide who you want to visit first. Take the chance to discover one of the most beautiful panda enclosures in the world, the only one in the Netherlands, and watch them chomping on bamboo. Make sure you say hello to the African elephant named Bumi too. Watch the monkeys swinging around and enjoy refreshments at the Maki lounge. Observe the majestic polar bears and learn about their natural habitat, including what they eat and how they hunt. See if you can spot the clouded leapords before you leave the zoo.

Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

The Centraal Museum is located in the heart of the city, with a beautiful monumental garden and café to escape the busy centre. Collection Centraal presents more than 400 works by makers from a range of periods. The new displays follow a route that starts in the Middle Ages and ends in the present. However, each thematic gallery shows you more, combining fashion with paintings and art of the past with contemporary design. This enables you to make connections between different periods and art forms. In Collection Centraal you will find familiar favourites such as the Red Blue Chair by Gerrit Rietveld and iconic dresses by Viktor & Rolf alongside new favourites wating to be discovered. Combining works from the collection in this way provides new insights or a sense of recognition in every gallery. Come up close and personal with Miffy creator Dick Bruna’s studio containing his original furniture, books and sketches. Explore Utrecht’s ancient Ship in the museum attic. End your visit in the garden view Museum Café for a local drinks, lunch and snacks. And don’t forget to have a look at the museum shop for exclusive Miffy, Rietveld and Utrecht-themed presents.

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Could not have been happier with this. Didn't expect to need so much time here though, so plan accordingly! The grounds are stunning, and there's a little cafe inside to grab a snack. We had to skip the inside of the castle because we spent several hours just wandering the gardens. One of my favourite places in the Netherlands, so peaceful.

beautiful castle. the very large and well-kept garden, the interiors of the castle are very beautiful and the explanations in various languages make it even more interesting. advised

Beautiful scenery, even though it’s winter and overcast it's still worth it. Wife loved it every bit.

Very nicely preserved castle with a beautiful park, you can easily spend a day there

there is no guide to assist us at all....we were only asked to move in..