Utrecht is a beautiful university city in the Netherlands, known for its medieval center. It has peaceful canals with a relaxing, unique wharf, housing cafés and terraces by the water, and stunning architecture. It’s a small city, allowing you to experience the city in one day, although I would recommend 2-3 days to really enjoy what Utrecht has to offer.
Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, yet it’s the lively, beating heart of Holland. The city is built around the Dom Tower, which you can see from any point in the city (an easy way to make sure you are never lost). With ancient and historic buildings, hundreds of monuments, and the largest university in the Netherlands, you’ll experience a unique atmosphere like nowhere else.
Full-day Tour, Overnight Tour
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Flights & Accommodations
Dom Tower, Utrecht
The Dom Tower of Utrecht is the tallest and oldest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112 meters in height. It’s a place you must visit when in Utrecht and is considered the symbol of Utrecht. The tower was built between 1321 and 1382 as part of St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
The Railway Museum at Utrecht is one of the city’s most renowned museums and makes for a great day out – especially for kids and any rail enthusiasts. It takes you on an exciting journey through two centuries of railway history with train stations and trains from different areas. There’s even an old fashion barbershop. Visitors go on a journey through the history of the railway network in Holland.
Museum Speelklok, Utrecht
Are you looking for the most fun and cheerful cultural activity in the center of Utrecht? Museum Speelklok is undoubtedly the most cheerful musical museum you’ll visit and a must-see when traveling with children. It is home to the world’s most extensive collection of mechanical musical instruments, with over 600 instruments from all over the world.
Minimum 1 day
Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard
Recommended Age Groups
Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors
Frequently Asked Questions
Utrecht is famous for its Dom tower, beautiful historic city center, its inner canals, and its many shops and restaurants.
Yes, Utrecht is definitely worth visiting! It’s in the center of the Netherland and offers a much more relaxed vibe than Amsterdam and offers a lot to see and do.
Yes, Utrecht is known to be a safe city.
No. The closest airport is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. From Schiphol, trains to Utrecht take about 30 minutes and depart every 15 minutes, and about 40 minutes car ride.
Around 22 miles (35 km)
You won’t need your car in Utrecht, so if you arrive by car, I suggest parking it as soon as you arrive, close to the Dom Tower, and make the rest of the tour on foot. Part of the fun in Utrecht is to browse around the streets and canals, so remember to look around as you go from one stop to the other and stop if you see something you like.
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Best Time To Visit
The most popular times for visitors in Utrecht are between July and August. The weather hovers around 23°C (74°F) and there are lots of events and activities. Overall, the weather is never very extreme, and visiting during the off-season is also ideal. If you’re not a fan of called weather, try to avoid wintertime, as the average temperature is 2°C (35°F).
Remember to check the weather forecast a few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.