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Top things to do in Utrecht

Top things to do in Utrecht

Geographically located right in the center of the Netherlands, Utrecht is easily among the most history-rich cities in Europe. Medieval castles, aged canals, various museums, underground archaeological ruins and observatories are just some of the many reasons why Utrecht is so loved by tourists and locals. Check out our favorite things to do in Utrecht below and get a perfect weekend break at Park Plaza Utrecht.

Fun on Utrecht’s canals

To fall in love with Utrecht even more, take a boat, gondola, canoe, or kayak trip through the canals. Canoe rental has been popular in Utrecht for many years, an exciting and fun way for guests of the city and locals to see the most beautiful parts of the city from a different perspective – from the water! Remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Not a big fan of water? Then the Utrecht walking tour might be your perfect way to discover the city. 


Explore the city center

Spend your morning wandering around the city center of Utrecht. Since the city is compact, it does not take very long to explore the area. Start your walk at Utrecht Central, which leads you to the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall. Spend some time buying gifts for your loved ones, or continue on to discover Dom Tower, Mariaplaats, Saint Martin Cathedral, and Central Museum. 


Visit De Haar castle 

De Haar Castle is a great example of a true medieval castle. Thus, it is the most luxurious and the biggest castle in the Netherlands. Visit De Haar castle to admire its rich history, parks, gardens, and exhibitions. Behind every corner at De Haar castle, there is a secret story that you can explore. The castle terrain is regularly used for markets and fairs, which you are welcome to visit! 


Star gazing

Do not miss out on the unique opportunity to visit the Sonnenboug museum-observatory. Inside, you can learn all about the stars overhead, weather forecasts, and conduct your own sky-related research. Every Sunday, visitors have an opportunity to join the “Star on Sunday” event and look through the largest solar telescope in the Netherlands.


Experience DOM UNDER

Discover the history of Utrecht underneath the Dom square. The DOM under is a very different kind of attraction that cannot be found in many cities across the world. At the DOM under, you can explore how Utrecht was looking 2000 years ago! 


Game now at Game State

If you’re on the hunt for something fun to do with friends or with colleagues, take a look at Game State in the city center of Utrecht! Game State offers everything from retro games and dance machines to VR experiences! Plus, a wide range of prizes are on offer for every visitor. 


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