Looking for fun things to do in Utrecht? Plan a day (or night!) in Utrecht in your agenda soon. In this new guide we share the best things to do in Utrecht. An ultimate Utrecht bucket list, so you won’t be bored for a moment. A list full of tips that every Utrecht resident or (day) tourist should have done once in his or her life, if you ask us. From well-known to local places to visit and activities to do. Beautiful architecture and great museums, it all comes along. Curious about what to do in Utrecht during a weekend away? With the tips from this Utrecht bucket list, you will not have enough time to do all the fun things! Have fun.
| FAVORIETE HOTELS IN UTRECHT: there are nice hotels to book in Utrecht for every budget. From boutique hotels to hip hotels or very chic. These are Yourlbb’s favorite hotels in Utrecht that you want to know: The Nox, Mother Goose, Muze Hotel, The Anthony Hotel, Moxy Hotel, Daen’s Greenhouse, Grand Hotel Karel V & Eye Hotel. Via the links you can immediately check the best prices for your travel dates!
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27 X best things to do in utrecht, the netherlands
☐ Utrecht op de fiets:The best way to see a lot of a city in a short time is by renting a bike or going on a bike tour. When I am abroad, I always plan all my bike rides through Bajabikes. You can go with a group or plan a private bike tour with your own group. Compare the prices of a bicycle tour with those of a private bicycle tour here >>
☐ Climb the Utrechtse Dom: The Dom Tower of Utrecht is the center of the city and carries with it a long history. You can now choose to go up with the elevator, but for the full experience, climbing the stairs is a real must.
Domplein 21, Utrecht – domtoren.nl
☐ Dinner & Staying at Hemel & Aarde: Eating and staying at Hemel & Aarde: By far our favorite new restaurant in Utrecht. Reservations are a must, but you can also turn your dinner date into a sleepover at hotel The Nox in which the restaurant is located!
Keistraat 8, Utrecht – hemel-aarde.nl
☐ Sailing on the Utrecht canals: View Utrecht from the water. At least as beautiful as in Amsterdam and also opportunities to sail a bit out of the city. There are several options to explore Utrecht from the water. Which one do you put on your Utrecht bucket list?
☐ Take a walk over de Oudegracht: The most famous street in Utrecht can’t be missed from the bucket list. This long street cuts through the entire city center from south to north. Along the way you will come across nice hotspots such as Teds, Keek and Thing I Like, Thing I Love.
☐ Rent a canoe: One of the best things to do in Utrecht when the weather is nice is kayaking in a canoe on the canals if you ask us. There are several places in Utrecht where you can do this and a tour lasts around 3 to 3.5 hours.
☐ Visit estate Amelisweerd: Just outside the center of Utrecht you can enjoy the tranquility of the Amelisweerd estate, the perfect environment for a nice walk. There are also fun activities to do all year round, there are several restaurants and there is plenty to see on the estate! Amelisweerd.com
☐ Taste the Domtorentjes: The Domtorentjes from bakery Theo Blom are a must try when you visit Utrecht. This sweet treat has been the specialty of the confectionery since 1922. In addition to the Domtorentjes, you can also get the butter sprits at Bakkerij Theo Blom. This cookie has been around since 1888 and is also a typical Utrecht cookie.
Zadelstraat, Utrecht – banketbakkerijtheoblom.nl
☐ Centraal Museum: Also known as THE art museum of Utrecht. With an extensive collection of old and modern art, the Centraal Museum is a must see!
Agnietenstraat 1, Utrecht – tip: boek hier ‘skip the line’ tickets
☐ Photo at the Regenboog zebrapad: A real Instagram eye-catcher. A photo moment with this brightly colored zebra crossing is definitely on our list. Go early to get the best photos. You will find the zebra crossing at the Bijenkorf on the Lange Viestraat.
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☐ Visit a concert in TivoliVredenburg: A visit to the music hall of Utrecht certainly belongs on our bucket list. With five concert halls, there is always something fun to do in TivoliVredenburg.
Vredenburgkade 11, Utrecht – tivolivredenburg.nl
☐ Rietveld Schröderhuis: Everyone knows them, the designs and furniture of artist Rietveld. Take a look at the Rietveld house and the large collection in the Centraal Museum.
Prins Hendriklaan 50, Utrecht – rietveldschroderhuis.nl
☐Wander through the Botanical Garden: The botanical garden of Utrecht may not be the most famous attraction nof the city, but do you want to escape the daily hectic and (perhaps with a good audio book or a podcast) relax surrounded by nature? Then put the Botanical Garden of Utrecht on your bucket list.
☐ Try the Utrechtse Vockingworst: This Utrecht wurst is a real regional product. The family business of the butcher family Vocking has been in the family for four generations and they have been making the Vocking sausage with the same recipe for 125 years.
☐ Discover de Voorstraat: Without a doubt, the Voorstraat is one of the streets in Utrecht where you will find nice shops and restaurants. Which hotspots should you not miss there? Read all the tips for the Voorstraat here >>
☐ Nijntje Museum: I think everyone knows the sweet happy bunny, Nijntje. In Utrecht they have a whole Nijntje museum, fun for the little ones.
Agnietenstraat 2, Utrecht – nijntjemuseum.nl
☐ Sit on the terrace at Neude of Janskerkhof: Perhaps the nicest square in Utrecht. If you are in Utrecht for a day, then terraces on the Neude are definitely part of it! The Streetfood Club in Utrecht remains our favorite.
☐ Het Spoorwegmuseum: if you want to learn everything about the world of trains, the Railway Museum is the place to be. This museum is fun to do with (small) kids!
☐ Discover the best restaurants: We have already tested many fine restaurants in Utrecht and of course a day in Utrecht is not complete without good food and drinks. Check out all restaurant tips for Utrecht here >>
☐ Walking city game: Walk through Utrecht during this individual treasure hunt and discover the 7 wonders of the city while doing a treasure hunt along the way. You can start with your own company at any time of the day! Also fun: do an outdoor Escape Walking Tour!
☐ Kasteel de Haar: This castle is the largest castle in the Netherlands and can be found in the Utrecht village of Haarzuilens, not far from the city. Take a look and discover the many stories of Kasteel de Haar and take a walk through the gardens.
Kasteellaan 1, Utrecht – kasteeldehaar.nl
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☐ Terraces by the canal: Just like in Amsterdam, there are also nice canals in Utrecht. There is nothing better than sitting by the canal and watching all the boats sail by.
☐ DOMunder: Under the Domplein are ancient remains from the time of the Romans. This place has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List since this year and therefore certainly belongs in the Utrecht Bucket List.
Domplein 4, Utrecht – domunder.nl
☐ Taste the Utrecht Beers: Beer lover pay attention, several tasty beers are brewed in Utrecht. Think of the beers from The Sisters, Brouwerij Maximus or Vandestreek. Visit one of the tasting rooms or order a real Utrecht beer on the terrace.
☐ Try Ben’s Sandwich: Another unmissable sandwich stall in Utrecht is Broodje Ben. Every day there is a long line of people waiting for the tastiest sandwiches at this sandwich stall on the Oudegracht.
Oudegracht 131, Utrecht – broodjeben.com
☐ Wander in Rotsoord: In the south of Utrecht you will find the former industrial area Rotsoord. Once full of warehouses and factories, now full of fun hotspots to eat and drink. The Sawmill. LE:EN and WT Urban Kitchen are restaurants you want to know.
| TIP: do you want to organize something fun to do in Utrecht for a group of friends, family or colleagues? There are several websites that you can use to orient yourself on what to do. I have already listed some tips in this blog, but if you want to view the complete range, you can do so here: