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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: Museum Speelklok Entry Ticket

2. Utrecht: Museum Speelklok Entry Ticket

Discover the whimsical world of self-playing instruments with this entry ticket to the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht. Listen to instruments that are over a century old. Join the free hourly tour and dive into the history of these instruments. Experience the creative music that comes from the smallest music box and the largest barrel organ. See old musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras), and traditional Dutch street organs. Admire the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder, the Violina. Marvel at the skill of the those the restore these precious items and keep them playing for generation after generation to enjoy. Visit the Museum Expedition to hear about the magical stories, technical craftsmanship, and remarkable music of the different musical instruments. Spend the day listening and learning with the whole family.

Utrecht: Hoge Woerd Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Tour

3. 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. 

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What people are saying about Utrecht

I was standing in the wrong place to get on the boat but the captain pulled the boat over so I could get on. He gave us lots of extra information and was very happy and calm while effortlessly steering the boat.

Nice trip through the canals. In an hour you can fast through the city with its special quays. What made it especially nice was our skipper who gave extra information about the city in real Utrecht.

The cruise was very informative but also laid back and relaxing. The boat was clean and bright and the skipper was very knowledgeable about the sights we were passing

Nice but also interesting cruise through the canals of Utrecht.

Great captain/guide and a beautiful city! Highly recommend!