A day out in Utrecht? 23 local things to do in Utrecht

Wat te doen in Utrecht

Things to do in Utrecht on a day outUtrecht is the capital of the province Utrecht and 4th largest city in the Netherlands with almost 300,000 inhabitants. A city with plenty of fun things to do!

The city is known among others for the University of Utrecht, the Dom Tower and the many canals. Reasons enough for large numbers of tourists, both foreign and Dutch to come and visit.

Make a trip to the birthplace of the world famous architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld. Utrecht is also a great place to go shopping and has a busy nightlife!

Sightseeing Squares Parks Museums Nearby Utrecht Events

Sightseeing in Utrecht city center

If there’s one city in the Netherlands that has an abundance of beautiful classic sights to see, it’s Utrecht. From the Dom Tower through to the popular canals like the Oudegracht are worth a day trip in the Dom City.

Domkerk

Domkerk in Utrecht The spot right behind the Domtoren (Dom Tower) is where you find the Domkerk (Dom Church). Built in the days of the Romans and it's the history of politics and religion which has eventually led to the building you find there today. Did you know [...] Continue reading about Domkerk.

Domtoren

Domtoren Utrecht The Domtoren (Dom Tower) is definitely THE symbol of Utrecht as it's build on the spot where Utrecht was founded over 2000 years ago. From the top of the tower at 112 meters, you have a great view of the city of Utrecht. Next to [...] Continue reading about Domtoren.

DOMunder

DOMunder in Utrecht Have you been at DOMunder under the Domplein (Dom Square) yet? Despite time travel not having been invented yet, a visit to the underground center DOMunder gets you pretty close. Here you discover step by step the 2000 year history of the location between various [...] Continue reading about DOMunder.

Oudegracht

Oudegracht Utrecht The Oudegracht (Old Canal) is really impossible to miss during your visit to Utrecht. On the one hand because of its well known name, on the other hand because it runs throughout the entire city center. As such, you encounter among others the Winkel van [...] Continue reading about Oudegracht.

Stadhuis (City Hall)

Stadhuis in Utrecht For over half a century the location of the Stadhuis (City Hall) is where the administration of the city of Utrecht has been based. The building at the Oudegracht close to the Stadhuisburg (City Hall Bridge) is recognizable by the neoclassical style of the impressive [...] Continue reading about Stadhuis (City Hall).

Utrecht hotspots from the Mariaplaats to the Neude

Walking through the city center you can’t miss them (and probably don’t want to), the cosy squares that really are the hotspots in the city. From the Dom to the Neude they offer a variety of comfortable terraces and take you by the hand through the history of the city.

Domplein

Domplein in Utrecht At the Domplein (Dom Square) in Utrecht you first run into the Domkerk and the Domtoren. Two sights you really can't miss when visiting Utrecht. On the square you next find a number of monuments that represent the turbulent history of the square and city. [...] Continue reading about Domplein.

Janskerkhof

Janskerkhof Utrecht The Janskerkhof (Saint John's Cemetery) in Utrecht goes back to the 11th century when the area was walled and only accessible to the ecclesiastical community. At least one reason for a visit to the square today are the various beautiful 17th and 18th century houses [...] Continue reading about Janskerkhof.

Mariaplaats

Mariaplaats Utrecht Walking through Utrecht via the Moreelsepark from the station to the city center, passing Mariaplaats (Maria Place) is a given. Named after the former area that belonged to the Mariakerk (Maria Church), the Mariaplaats runs all the way from the Catharijnesingel to the Springweg and [...] Continue reading about Mariaplaats.

Neude

Neude Square Utrecht The square in Utrecht where many large festivals and events are organized is the Neude. During the annual Kingsday, for example, the square is colored orange all around. Distinctive characteristics of the square are the rectangular shape that comes together in a point and the [...] Continue reading about Neude.

Vredenburg

Vredenburg in Utrecht Named after the castle that was build at this location in 1528, Vredenburg is inevitable for any visitor coming via public transport. Impossible to miss at the exit of the shopping mall Hoog Catharijne that is attached to the central station. Most interesting days to [...] Continue reading about Vredenburg.

Parks in Utrecht to unwind on your trip

Done shopping and ready to relax in one of the city parks? Utrecht is the place to do so. From the green areas around the canals through to the ponds with fountains are at your disposal.

Oude Hortus

Oude Hortus in Utrecht While on a visit in Utrecht, be sure to walk in at the Oude Hortus (Old Garden) for a unique garden. This garden from the 17th century at the Lange Nieuwstraat and the accompanying glass house complex isn't interesting just when it comes to fauna, [...] Continue reading about Oude Hortus.

Park Transwijk

Park Transwijk in Utrecht In the middle of the district Kanaleneiland (Canals Island) you find Park Transwijk where both the petting zoo Eilandsteede as the playgrounds are sure to make a success out of your trip with your kids. Cooling off during a summer afternoon is easily achieved near [...] Continue reading about Park Transwijk.

Wilhelminapark

Wilhelminapark in Utrecht Designed in the 19th century, the Wilhelminpark with a surface of 25 acres is a relaxing place in east Utrecht. The English style of the city park results in a romantic environment where the fountain offers some refreshment. Especially the wide grass fields and promenade [...] Continue reading about Wilhelminapark.

Zocherpark

Zocherpark in Utrecht The Zocherpark is, as the name already suggests, designed by J.D. Zocher around the old city center at request by the mayor of Utrecht. With the task to turn the defense works into a park, J.D. Zocher started in 1828 with the result the current [...] Continue reading about Zocherpark.

A variety of interesting collections at museums in Utrecht

Varying from the Railway Museum to the Central Museum, if you’re interested in history of any kind you’re sure to have a great experience. Also art lovers and Miffy fans will definitely enjoy their visit to Utrecht.

Centraal Museum

Centraal Museum in Utrecht The Centraal Museum in Utrecht really has something fro everybody. From Rietveld to miffy, abstract art to designs by Victor & Rolf, the collections are so diverse that you're sure to have enough to see during your visit. Where the internet made the viewing audience [...] Continue reading about Centraal Museum.

Museum Catharijneconvent

Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht The history of Christianity is what the Museum Catharijneconvent (Museum St. Catharine Convent) let's you explore through the help of a treasure room full of gold and silver artifacts, beautiful paintings and even centuries old clothing. Thanks to the split up collections, you can discover [...] Continue reading about Museum Catharijneconvent.

Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok in Utrecht From musical boxes to street organs, special clocks to playful drums you find in the Museum Speelklok (Playing Clock Museum) in Utrecht. Maybe it's hard too imagine but for a long time there was no other kind of live music than this! Throughout the museum [...] Continue reading about Museum Speelklok.

nijntje museum (miffy museum)

nijntje museum (miffy museum) Previously known as the dick bruna house is nowadays called the nijntje museum (miffy museum). Who didn't grow up with the adventures of miffy! These and other main characters from the works of Dick Bruna you discover in the miffy museum across the street from [...] Continue reading about nijntje museum (miffy museum).

Rietveld Schröder House

Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht We've already mentioned Utrecht being the birth town of Gerrit Rietveld, but did you know there is actually a Rietveld Schröder House designed by this famous Utrecht-born artist? The house from 1924 largely consists of horizontal and vertical planes and is listed on the UNESCO [...] Continue reading about Rietveld Schröder House.

Sonnenborgh observatory

Sonnenborgh observatory in Utrecht Originally intended as an extension of the defense wall around the old city center of Utrecht and temporary used for housing the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute), Sonnenborgh is nowadays used as an observatory. One the one hand used for astrological measurement using the 5 [...] Continue reading about Sonnenborgh observatory.

Spoorwegmuseum

Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht Welcome to the Spoorwegmuseum (Railroad Museum) where your exploration of the railroads throughout the centuries starts with your first step into the museum. It literally takes you by the hand through different worlds where train travel plays a central role. From The Great Discovery about [...] Continue reading about Spoorwegmuseum.

Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht

Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht The Universiteitsmuseum (University Museum) in Utrecht offers a look into the history of various science areas like medicine and archaeology. While we pull out iPads without any second thought these days, here you find hand drawn educational cards. Also the instruments that were used in [...] Continue reading about Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht.

Day trips from Utrecht

The central location of Utrecht has another benefits, besides it being easy to get to, it is surrounded on all sides by interesting sights to see. From the New Dutch Water Line to the De Haar castle and not to forget the nature reserves close by. You’re guaranteed not to get bored exploring the sights nearby Utrecht.

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Upcoming events and activities in Utrecht

Film festivals, fun fairs and exhibitions fill the event calendar of Utrecht throughout the year. Find out what’s going on in Utrecht the coming months in below overview.

February

Feb 14 – Feb 17 | |

March

Mar 01 – Mar 03 | |

Mar 15 – Mar 17 | |

Mar 29 – Apr 14 | |