Utrecht is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands and the ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from the early Middle Ages. The city of Utrecht has plenty of places of interest, such as dozens of museums, magnificent churches, interesting monuments, etc. Explore them independently, or during a canal cruise or city walk.The Dom Tower and Dom Church just might be the best-known objects of interest in Utrecht, but there are many more interesting churches and listed buildings, such as the Janskerk church, the modern Rietveld Schröderhuis or Kasteel de Haar castle and the fortresses of the New Dutch Water Defence Line just outside Utrecht
Utrecht has interesting museums for young and old. For children, these include the Railway Museum, the Dick Bruna Huis and the Museum Speelklok (Museum of Musical Clocks). Don’t forget the exhibitions in the Aboriginal Art Museum, the Central Museum and the Museum Catharijneconvent
The parks, gardens and other scenic areas in Utrecht are oases of tranquillity and green in the city. Go to the Oude Hortus (Old Botanical Gardens) and the Rosarium (Rose Garden) to enjoy beautiful plants and flowers. In Park Lepelenburg, events are held on a regular basis in summer.
Utrecht city centre alone has seven cinemas. Theatre fans can indulge themselves with main performances in the Beatrix Theatre, or smaller cabaret or theatrical performances in the Stadsschouwburg or the Werftheater. The Ekko pop music venue and various Tivoli locations hold concerts on a regular basis for music fans
A rollercoaster ride in which you pass enormous trains and locomotives? ‘Steel Monsters’ is thrilling and exciting. The latest attraction in The Dutch Railway Museum is ‘The Fire Test’. In this ride you can experience the full story behind almost two centuries of railways, ending in a spectacular train ride.
This fairytale-like castle has a beautiful park with large trees and is surrounded by old gardens and is located near Haarzuilens in the province of Utrecht. The present castle buildings date from 1892. The park contains many waterworks and a formal garden which reminds one of the French gardens of Versailles
The Botanical Gardens at Fort Hoofddijk provide an unparalleled collection of plants from all around the world. The history of living plant collections of Utrecht University dates back to the 17th century. The first botanical garden of the university was founded in Utrecht in 1639, three years after the establishment of the university itself.