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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: Smartphone Game and Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Utrecht: Smartphone Game and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore the city of Utrecht while solving the riddles. Even locals say they discovered new places while doing the Outside Escape. Start at any time you wish, you will receive all information on your mobile phone after ordering. Play in a team of two to five people, or by yourself. This Outside Escape will take you about two hours. The start location is at about 10 minutes walking from the central station. The finish is very close to the central square of the city, where you can find lots of bars and restaurants.

Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

4. Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

Dive into a (partly) fictional story of Utrecht in the 17th century. You follow Jan, a hard working family man on a typical day of work in 1622. What starts out as a normal day, soon takes a turn for the worst. Help Jan by finding out what's happening and who's responsible. He needs your help. On your route you'll get a peek in the history of Utrecht and discover sights and buildings that are either gone or repurposed. Utrecht has one of the most beautiful old city centers of europe. With this game the city gets an extra layer thanks to storytelling, gamification, augmented and virtual reality. It’s time to discover the city in a whole new way! You decide when to start and when to take a break. The adventure and flexibility makes this city game one of the best activities for during your stay in Utrecht.

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What people are saying about Utrecht

Lovely way to walk through the city. We had 2x teenagers in our group & they enjoyed taking part. We saw lots of details that we wouldn’t have noticed on a normal city walk. I liked that it wasn’t as formal as a tour but we learned about the history for Utrecht through the game. Recommended! Will look for this kind of thing elsewhere!

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.

Hat riesen Spaß gemacht und werden wir auf jeden Fall nochmal machen. Wirklich wirklich cool! Nächstes mal starten wir etwas früher, weil es im hellen bestimmt noch besser ist. Leider hat es bei uns schon gedämmert, aber das wissen wir fürs nächste mal :)

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

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