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Best things to do in Utrecht

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Hotel
“Utrecht's most famous old church tower. Climbing it is one of the things you mus have done. The view on the top i s amazing. ”
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Concert Hall
“Situated in the centre of the medieval city of Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg is a unique contemporary music complex for all kinds of music and entertainment. TivoliVredenburg opened its doors in 2014 and consists of five halls with perfect acoustics and facilities for all kinds of music - ranging from pop, jazz and club nights to symphonic music, chamber music and much more! - as well as bars, lounges, a cafe and a restaurant.”
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Monument / Landmark
“112m/367ft and 465 steps to take you there.. magnificent view (especially on clear days)”
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Park
“Relatively new city park 10-15min walking distance from home. Has a petting zoo inside the park which is open from Tue until Sun from 10.00-17.00 (it's for free) and couple of different restaurants near by/ on Blauwkapelseweg street.”
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Art Museum
“The main museum in Utrecht with a wide-ranging collection, mainly of works produced locally.”
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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. ”
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Indie Cinema
“One more authentic movie theater. Located in a former police station from around 1927 it opened it' s doors for movie lovers in year 2004. ”
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Art Museum
“When you're really looking into something that your toddler can do; maybe visiting Miffy's house is something nice you can do. Here the toddlers can play, play and play.... ”
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Beer Bar
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“Amazingly delicious locally-brewed Belgian- style beer, in a very historic "hidden" church. Always a crowd, pretty loud accoustics”
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Event Space
“Utrecht is an amazing major city similar to Amsterdam (including canals and bicycles), but with less tourism. Amazing architecture and many nice restaurants and bars near the canals! ”
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Castle
“8 kilometers from our caravan you can find Castle De Haar. It is a nice area to cycle through and to visit also. To visit De Haar Castle, whether to admire its park, its rich history, the exhibitions, gardens, deer or for a wedding, is to be immersed in a different world. Behind every door, every detail, every flower in its colourful gardens is a story. A story about earlier times, different cultures and interesting characters. De Haar is the largest castle in the Netherlands, once the private residence of the Van Zuylen family, whose descendants still stay here yearly. In the last century, the castle also frequently hosted members of the international jet set with their lavish lifestyle; from Coco Chanel to Roger Moore, they too left their mark on the sumptuous rooms of the most opulent spot in Utrecht. Few castles in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its ideal image of a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. Like a real fairy-tale castle it rises majestically from parkland with impressive trees, old gardens and ponds. The castle is situated in the centre of The Netherlands, near Utrecht, and is easy to reach by car. There is ample parking space. De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited Dutch museums. It is a historic monument alive with year-round activities such as guided tours (for adults and for children), exhibitions, theatre and events. De Haar Castle is a private foundation and does not receive any regular subsidies from local or central government. The foundation is a non-profit organisation and depends entirely on its revenues from ticket sales, activities and events. For over a century it has been tradition for the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar family to reside in the castle for one month a year, in September. The tradition centres around entertaining prominent international guests at lavish house parties hosted by the baron and baroness. Famous guests included Coco Chanel, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Yves Saint Laurent, Joan Collins and Brigitte Bardot. The medieval House De Haar dates from the 13th century. It fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th centuries. Architect Pierre Cuypers (famous for his designs of the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam) restored and rebuilt De Haar for baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar. The rebuilding took from 1892 till 1912 and was a project unique of its kind in all of Europe. Cuypers’ grand design included not just the architecture of the castle but also the interiors, the gardens, the chapel and even the village of Haarzuilens. Without exaggeration the whole can be described as a Gesamtkunstwerk. Cuypers has created a unique, special world: an enchanting oasis of harmony and peace. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle – covering over 135 acres of land – are worth a visit in their own right. The Rose Garden, the Roman Garden, the ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas and impressive avenues invite visitors to go on long walks or have a picnic. Each season in the park has its own charm.”
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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)”
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Plaza
“This is a square with a lot of bars where you can have a drink or have dinner.”
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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”
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Bar
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“Arthouse cinema with a cozy restaurant where everyone goes on the weekends, it seems.”
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Tea Room
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“beautiful and delicious...bike ride here! If hot - jump in the water when you get there.”
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