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Our most recommended Utrecht Architecture Tours

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: City Highlights Exploration Game

3. 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: City History Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

6. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

Get picked up from your accommodation by your professional guide and head first to Muiden Castle. Commissioned by Count Floris V in 1280, this 13th-century castle is one of the oldest in The Netherlands. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Muiden Castle is a quintessential medieval castle accessible only by drawbridge and featured in a number of shows and films set in the Middle Ages. Next up is De Haar Castle, the largest castle in the Netherlands once privately owned by the van Zuylen family. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle while you tour the exhibitions in its interior as well as the park and beautiful gardens surrounding it. Get driven back to your accommodation after the tour.

Amsterdam Castle & Utrecht City - Private Day Tour

7. Amsterdam Castle & Utrecht City - Private Day Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your private guide will drive you directly to the Muiderslot, also known as “Amsterdam Castle”. Your professional and certified guide will take you around through this beautiful castle with its unique collection. They will inform you of its impressive history and strategic importance, as you observe the castle and its gardens. Following the castle visit, your guide will drive through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Utrecht. In this graceful city your guide will show you the highlights of the city center throughout a walking tour. On your walking tour you will get to see the highlights of Utrecht, such as the massive Domtoren, the unique canals, the Pope House, and hidden cloisters. Throughout the duration of your tour you will also learn a lot about the interesting history of the Netherlands and Europe. Depending on the opening hours of The Muiderslot, the tour can begin in Utrecht instead. Following this inspiring journey, your guides will happily drop you off at your hotel, the boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

Utrecht: Hoge Woerd Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Tour

8. Utrecht: Hoge Woerd Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Tour

Make the most of your visit to Utrecht with a ticket to the Hoge Woerd Museum and treat yourself to an audio tour of all the museum's treasures. Liven your experience with a choice between the ship, ramparts, or expo-wing auido tour.  Discover an ancient Roman ship with its complete furnishing, climb up the walls of the towering fort. The museum offers three thematic tours covering all the treasures of the museum. Select the ship tour to learn everything there is to know about the unique Roman ship which is the crown jewel of the museum’s collection. Find out how did the ship sank, who was on board, and what treasures were found around the ship. Pick the ramparts tour to enter the ramparts of the imposing fortress and immerse yourself in the life of a garrison town on the edge of the Roman world in 200 CE. Enjoy the views and hear about what happened in and around the fortress at this time. Take the expo wing audio tour to become an archaeologist and follow the trail of 3000-years of living and working history. This exhibition highlights the most striking moments and findings from 25 years of excavations in this part of Utrecht. 

Utrecht: Romantic Tour

9. Utrecht: Romantic Tour

Explore the most romantic locations within the scenic city of Utrecht with a knowledgeable guide, and learn the historical love stories hidden in its streets. Experience the spellbinding atmosphere of this charming city and take photographs together in some unforgettable places. Marvel at the wondrous Dom Tower, Utrecht's famous bell tower, which dates back to the 14th-century. Learn the romantic twists and turns of the story of Henry and Katherine Hudson, and be engaged by other tales, from the heartbreaking to the hilarious. Discover the best spots to go for a date night, and come away with memories to treasure.

Utrecht: 2-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

10. Utrecht: 2-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

Discover the city of Utrecht on this guided city highlights tour. Enjoy a sightseeing walk around the city center with insightful commentary from your local guide. Start your walking adventure at the famous Miffy's Traffic Light in the heart of Utrecht and meet your guide. Stop for photos at famous monuments along the route and hear interesting facts and anecdotes about them from your local guide. See the iconic Dom Tower and admire the impressive architecture of one of the most famous structures in Utrecht. Learn about this historic bell tower which dates back to the 14th century. Hear the fascinating story behind Utrecht University and the historical events that led to the Treaty of Utrecht, one of the first international peace negotiations.

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What people are saying about Utrecht

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

It was a beautiful day around the castle and great to see how well it is preserved!

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

Wonderful place. However getting there and back from Amsterdam was not easy.

Highly recommended .. a lovely place is a wonderful castle

It is beautiful there, my family enjoyed the time.