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  • Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

    1. Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

    See the highlights of Utrecht's medieval inner city during a cruise on the Oudegracht canal. Learn about the city's history as you pass centuries-old buildings, canal houses, wharf cellars, and the Dom Tower. Exchange your voucher at the ticket office and collect your audioguide. Then, descend the 14 steps to the waterside to board your boat. Once you are settled, the boat will set off along the Oudegrachtn (Old Canal). Admire the oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. Then, pass the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower. Marvel at other significant historical buildings along the route. After half an hour, arrive at the city's outer moat, a former defensive structure. Learn about the old strongholds and casemates there. Take photos of the beautiful Zocherpark. See the Railway Museum and Hoog Catharijne, the largest mall in the Netherlands, from the w...

  • 7 Wonders of Utrecht City Exploration Game

    2. 7 Wonders of Utrecht City Exploration Game

    Discover Utrecht’s fascinating history and attractions while solving clues around the old town. By solving this coming-of-age quest, you’ll fall in love with the city’s unique charming spirit. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answer, the secret stories of Utrecht slowly become unlocked. The game will take you about 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You do not need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, split into smaller groups an...

    Great way to explore a city. It has the benefits of having a knowledgeable tour guide with the added benefits of independence and flexibility. We really enjoyed the puzzles component as well.

  • Utrecht: Monster Mystery Exploration Game and Tour

    3. Utrecht: Monster Mystery Exploration Game and Tour

    Play a real-world quest in Utrecht as a monster hunter who is tasked to find an elusive beast that threatens the city. Solve the clues you receive on your smartphone and save the people of Utrecht. Along the way, you will find new locations and unlock amazing stories. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. The quest will take you from 1 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most unique ways to have fun whilst acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Utrecht. It's a fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase acce...

    Really fun way to enjoy the city! Entertaining, affordable, interactive, I just might have found the perfect companion for city explorations!

  • Utrecht: Private or Public Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

    4. Utrecht: Private or Public Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Utrecht and its iconic Dom Tower, churchyards, the medieval city center, and more. Explore some of the most beautiful tree-lined canals of Europe with a local guide from a multiple award-winning tour operator. Meet your guide at Domplein, the city's main square in the heart of the city center. Embark on a walking tour through the old city center with your private party or, a maximum of 5 other travelers if you choose the small-group public walking tour. Learn about the city’s history that started around 2,000 years ago when Utrecht was part of the Limes, the Roman Empire’s northern border. Follow cobbled streets and churchyards, all leading to what has been the city’s main artery for centuries, the 1.5-mile-long old canal or Oudegracht. See the string of cafes and restaurants nearby. Walk through the Zeven Steegjes (Seven Alleyways), an idyllic complex of small ...

  • Utrecht: Interactive Game Experience

    5. Utrecht: Interactive Game Experience

    Discover Utrecht as never before with an original interactive game experience. Use your mobile phone and wander along the charming canals to discover the city’s finest highlights, little secrets, and local stories. Pass by the charming Oudegracht canal and the colorful Ganzenmarkt Tunnel. Also, visit the famous Dom Tower and its surrounding square.

    The rules of the game are easy. Each riddle is made up of directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you are stuck, you can ask for a hint. However, this adds 10 minutes of “penalty time” to your overall completion time. If you’re lost, you can skip a riddle, but this also adds 20 minutes of “penalty time”.

  • Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

    6. Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

    Enjoy a Private tour and a sightseeing cruise along Vecht River. Admire the views of scenic castles, old draw bridges and 17th century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, over looking the river. Start from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to the Vecht river to board on a classical open-topped boat. Toast with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the next two hours cruising by stunning castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and vibrant gardens. Listen to tales of life along the river by a local skipper/guide, and get a good impression of the summer life of the wealthy merchants in the dutch golden age. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner of your cho...

  • From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

    7. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

    Get picked up from your accommodation by your professional guide and head first to Muiden Castle. Commissioned by Count Floris V in 1280, this 13th-century castle is one of the oldest in The Netherlands. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Muiden Castle is a quintessential medieval castle accessible only by drawbridge and featured in a number of shows and films set in the Middle Ages. Next up is De Haar Castle, the largest castle in the Netherlands once privately owned by the van Zuylen family. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle while you tour the exhibitions in its interior as well as the park and beautiful gardens surrounding it. Get driven back to your accommodation after the tour.

    Out guide was knowledgable and I think it is something few people do when they get to Amsterdam but it is worth it. Den Haag castle is absolutely wonderful to see.

  • Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

    8. Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

    Discover art, design, fashion, and city history in the Centraal Museum Utrecht, the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands. The museum aims to expand your mind by offering different perspectives on the present and the past and through special events and activities. Immerse yourself in fashion as you walk through exhibits that display important garments from the last hundred years. There are famous items on display by world-renowned designers such as Jan Taminiau and Iris van Herpen. Get a real feel for the graphic designer, visual artist, and children’s book author Dick Bruna and see his faithfully reconstructed studio inside the museum. His best-known creation is Miffy (or, in Dutch: nijntje).  Marvel at the skillful use of color and the intriguing themes of the internationally renowned Caravaggisti painters of Utrecht, including Dirck van Baburen, Gerard van Honthorst, and Hendr...

  • Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

    9. Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

    Silver Betrayal is one of the best-rated city games of Utrecht. Prepare to solve riddles, answer questions, and unlock hidden augmented and virtual reality elements. In just 1 hour, you'll get a peek into the history of this beautiful 900-year-old city. The story begins with you following a hard-working family man during a typical working day in the 17th century. But what starts out as a normal day, soon takes a turn for the worst. Help find out what's happening and who's responsible before it's too late. Choose to play with 1-3 players or in several smaller groups to compete against each other. You can stick together as a group because you'll walk the same route. You decide when to start and when to take a break. The mix of freedom and adventure makes this city game the perfect outing during your city trip.

  • Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

    10. Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

    Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Utrecht on a personalized private tour. Explore this quintessentially Dutch city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its quaint, canal-flanked streets (and those off the well-trodden tourist trail). Your itinerary will be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let then know if you have any special requirements. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host at Amsterdam Station, and take the train 30 minutes to the university town of Utrecht, an enchanting hub of subterranean wharves and canalside haunts. You could visit the central Domplein square in the shadow of the Domt...

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 53 reviews

Super fun walking / treasure hunt. Excellent length (about 2.5 km) and therefore easy to combine with other activities. It's also nice that you can do it at your own pace.

Very nice puzzle walking tour you come to places where you normally don't and learn something about history. A few tricky questions, but most of them are doable.

Out guide was knowledgable and I think it is something few people do when they get to Amsterdam but it is worth it. Den Haag castle is absolutely wonderful to see.

Really fun way to enjoy the city! Entertaining, affordable, interactive, I just might have found the perfect companion for city explorations!

Wonderful cruise through Utrecht. Ideal on the Sunday morning before the shops and terraces open.