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Things to do in Utrecht

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“It's Utrechts most famous landmark. With a reservation you can climb to the top and see the entire city. The nearby domplein has many cafes and restaurants.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“TivoliVredenburg is the best place to enjoy music. This large-scale cultural venue is the latest addition to Utrecht’s music and festival scene – a place where all types of music come together. The large, modern music palace houses several concert halls with perfect acoustics for symphonic music, pop, jazz, chamber music and dance. It is the first new building in Europe where music lovers of all kinds can meet up, from early in the morning until well into the night. The programme ranges from children’s concerts to matinees; from heavy metal to techno raves.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“112m/367ft and 465 steps to take you there.. magnificent view (especially on clear days)”
  • 76 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The main museum in Utrecht with a wide-ranging collection, mainly of works produced locally.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“I nice place to have a relaxed movie night. You can enjoy a nice meal and or a drink before or after the movie. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Park
“The Griftpark is a park created on an old factory. It has been intensely cleaned and turned into a city park, with a big playground, dog park, a small farm, skate park and restaurant. It is a popular place to hang out, specially in the summer.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Medical Center
“With its many old trees and fountain, Wilhelminapark is one of the most beautiful parks in Utrecht. Built almost 120 years ago it has this special atmosphere. It is definitely a good place to cycle, exercise, go for a stroll or BBQ. Park is located 15min walking distance from home. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The famous rabbit was invented in Utrecht so if you are a fan you will love this museum.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Event Space
“Plenty of stores to shop at, all while enjoying the historic centre of Utrecht!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Beautifull belgian beer cafe in an old church. Lot's of beers on the tap. Visited by a lot of locals, especially on friday afternoon. Was voted one of the best bars in holland. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Castle
“De Haar Castle is the largest castle in the Netherlands. At the end of the 19th century the castle was restored by the famous architect Pierre Cuypers, who is also designer of the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The castle is from the 13th or 14th century and is built in a neo-gothic style, but the interior is eclectic, since it has been shaped by different residents. It features many nail-proof decorations, old furniture pieces and a silver cutlery with the family crest. There are also many art objects in the castle. Next to the castle is a chapel built and the castle also has a beautiful park and beautiful gardens, which were designed by Hendrik Copijn.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Museum
“Step into the wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments and be surprised by the cheerful music! By listening and listening, you learn more about all the instruments: from the smallest music box to the largest barrel organ. Also very suitable for families. In the holidays there are activities and / or special shows for children. This museum is located in the beautiful center of Utrecht, near the canals with shops and nice terraces and restaurants. You must have seen Utrecht when you come to Maarssen! www.museumspeelklok.nl”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bar
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“During the day and even in the evenings this a popular location for people to sit down for a drink. There are a few bars attached to this kind of square (not a big open square, there are roads in between)”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great bar to hang with Utrechts folks. From students, artists, professionals,... ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Very popular with hipster crowd. Good coffee. Benches to sit outside in the sun. Nice place for solo travellers as more people come here alone”
  • 50 locals recommend
Plaza
“This is a square with a lot of bars where you can have a drink or have dinner.”
  • 46 locals recommend

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Concert Hall
“TivoliVredenburg is the best place to enjoy music. This large-scale cultural venue is the latest addition to Utrecht’s music and festival scene – a place where all types of music come together. The large, modern music palace houses several concert halls with perfect acoustics for symphonic music, pop, jazz, chamber music and dance. It is the first new building in Europe where music lovers of all kinds can meet up, from early in the morning until well into the night. The programme ranges from children’s concerts to matinees; from heavy metal to techno raves.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Beautifull belgian beer cafe in an old church. Lot's of beers on the tap. Visited by a lot of locals, especially on friday afternoon. Was voted one of the best bars in holland. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Very popular with hipster crowd. Good coffee. Benches to sit outside in the sun. Nice place for solo travellers as more people come here alone”
  • 50 locals recommend
Tea Room
“beautiful and delicious...bike ride here! If hot - jump in the water when you get there.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
“A classic, once Eddie Vedder visited before going on stage in Tivoli. Many beers and many not-mainstream people”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nearby restaurant that serves nice food. Located in an old factory at the canal, where they supplied the ships. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Beach
“Just because Utrecht is not next to the sea doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a beach ;) ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Nightclub
“At 10 minutes distance you can find the Winkel van Sinkel, a place of entertainment music and to book meeting rooms when you are in Utrecht for business. ”
  • 30 locals recommend

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