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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.

Arnhem: Kröller-Müller Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Arnhem: Kröller-Müller Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the renowned Kröller-Müller Museum, set inside a stunning national park just a 20-minute drive from Arnhem. Discover the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection and stroll through the beautiful sculpture garden. Besides many well-known Van Gogh paintings, the museum houses acclaimed works by Renoir, Picasso, Monet, Mondriaan, and others. As well as its permanent collection, the museum offers temporary exhibits, making every visit different.

Utrecht: De Haar Castle and Park Entrance Ticket

3. 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.

Nijmegen: River Cruise with All-You-Can-Eat Dutch Pancakes

4. Nijmegen: River Cruise with All-You-Can-Eat Dutch Pancakes

Take a 1 hour cruise along the Waal River to enjoy the beautiful views over the city and the nature reserve of the Ooijpolder. Relax as you glide over the water and admire the many bridges of Nijmegen.  Then tuck into the all-you-can-eat pancake buffet and savor freshly baked plain, apple, and bacon pancakes. Top your pancakes with all sorts of delights, like cheese, ham, fruits, jams, and eggs.  Join in for a family-friendly cruise suitable for young guests, who will be delighted to play in the large playroom filled with balls in the hold of the boat.

Utrecht: The Monster Mystery Exploration Game

5. 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.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

6. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Utrecht: City Highlights Exploration Game

7. Utrecht: City Highlights Exploration Game

Discover Utrecht’s fascinating history and attractions while solving clues around the old town. By solving this coming-of-age quest, you’ll fall in love with the city’s unique charming spirit. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answer, the secret stories of Utrecht slowly become unlocked. The game will take you about 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You do not need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. 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 smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, split into smaller groups and compete against each other, or each person can play on their own.

Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

8. Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

Silver Betrayal is one of the best-rated city games of Utrecht. Prepare to solve riddles, answer questions, and unlock hidden augmented and virtual reality elements. In just 1 hour, you'll get a peek into the history of this beautiful 900-year-old city. The story begins with you following a hard-working family man during a typical working day in the 17th century. But what starts out as a normal day, soon takes a turn for the worst. Help find out what's happening and who's responsible before it's too late. Choose to play with 1-3 players or in several smaller groups to compete against each other. You can stick together as a group because you'll walk the same route. You decide when to start and when to take a break. The mix of freedom and adventure makes this city game the perfect outing during your city trip.

Utrecht: City History Walking Tour

9. Utrecht: City History Walking Tour

Embark on a walking sightseeing tour and discover the highlights of Utrecht. Hear about when and why the city received its rights and other interesting facts about the area's history. Stop at significant locations with your guide. In 2022, Utrecht celebrates 900 years of city rights. In 1122, Utrecht officially became a city — one of the first in the country. During this city walk, your experienced guide will tell you all about how Utrecht obtained its city rights and more. Hear about why Utrecht received city rights and where they were signed. Learn everything about the influence this has had on the city of Utrecht and how it is still developing today. Make a series of stops together with your guide and get to know the origins of the city. Prepare to be surprised by the beautiful places in the city center while you uncover their history.

Utrecht: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 53 reviews

honestly can't fuly this enough !! got from the airport too zaandam then too central square the main part too the wind Mills its great if your going too be Adventuring away from the main tourist part. easy too redeem just scan the barcode we done it where collect our luggage their was a white ticket machine so easy too use going back in November so going buy again

Having F. Leger impresed my daughter a lot, She knows that my professor Kazimierz Ostrowski was a student in his class in Paris, than i was a student of prof. Ostrowski some years later in Poland, Gdansk .

It was a fabulous castle. Well worth the day trip. The history was fascinating

Hassle free ticket to alot of scenic areas close to Amsterdam

It is beautiful there, my family enjoyed the time.