Add dates
Utrecht

Nature & Adventure

Our most recommended Utrecht Nature & Adventure

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 water. Return to the Oudegracht canal and watch people enjoying themselves on the wharves. Try and spot the typical wharf cellars. Once back on dry land, you will have a good idea of what you want to visit next.

Utrecht: Silver Betrayal - City Exploration Game

2. 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: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

3. Utrecht: De Haar Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Visit the tranquil landscaped parklands of the famous De Haar Castle. Discover its ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas, and impressive avenues ideal for long walks or picnics. Explore castle grounds which are over 55 hectares in size. Encounter calming areas like the park forest and the former menagerie, ideal for an attractive private walk. Explore features like the maze, the large deer park, the romantic covered bridge, and the picnic meadow. Walk amongst some 7,000 trees, some of which are up to 140 years old. Visit areas like the Roman Garden, with its Ha Ha rampart, or see the Rose Garden, containing over 1,200 roses in 79 different varieties which bloom beautifully every summer.

Utrecht: A Secret Crusade City Exploration Phone Game

4. Utrecht: A Secret Crusade City Exploration Phone Game

A Secret Crusade is one of the funnest experiences in Utrecht! You solve riddles, answer questions and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. In about 1 hour you'll get a peek into the history of this beautiful 900-year-old city. Discover the most beautiful sights in the most adventurous way. During this game you'll follow the story of Pope Adrianus VI. The only Dutch pope in history, died in 1523 after having reigned for only one year. His death was reported to be the result of a fatal illness. However, things are not always as they seem... The game starts at Kromme Nieuwgracht 49, Utrecht and also ends near this location. Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food. The mix of freedom and adventure makes this city exploration game the perfect outing during your city trip!

From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

5. 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.

Utrecht: The King's Speech City Exploration Game

6. Utrecht: The King's Speech City Exploration Game

The Kings Speech is the most adventurous citygame in Utrecht. You solve riddles answer questions and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. In about 1,5 hours you'll discover the city center and the beautiful canals. Ready to start? The King of the Netherlands is delivering a speech in Utrecht about the impact of climate change. The AIVD (Dutch Secret Service) intercepted several messages and are worried about the safety of the King. He will arrive in a few hours but these threats are very serious and it could be a matter of life and death. As an agent you need to make sure the king will be safe! Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food whenever you want. The mix of freedom and adventure makes this city game the perfect outing during your city trip!

Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

7. 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 Domtoren (a 14th-century bell tower that’s the tallest in the country) and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Alternatively, see the city’s natural beauty at the sprawling Utrecht Botanic Gardens, and peer into pocket-sized shops and restaurants along the Oudegracht – the most-central of the city’s famous canals. Stroll down the bustling Amsterdamsestraatweg, a hive of university students, and see the wide selection of local brews at the beer specialty store. Savor the floral fragrance at the colorful Bloemenmarkt of Utrecht, and browse through stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, and meat at the typical Dutch market on the Vredenburg. Experience a modern-day village vibe in Twijnstraat, one of the coolest streets in Utrecht, and join locals popping into small independent shops, then admire the hofjes (concealed courtyards surrounded by almshouses) that have existed in the city since the Middle Ages. If you’re up for some fun, end your day at one of the city’s many game cafes for a bite and board game before boarding the train back to Amsterdam!

Frequently asked questions about Utrecht Nature & Adventure

What are other things to do than Nature & Adventure that are worth visiting in Utrecht?

The other unmissable things to do in Utrecht are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Utrecht

Want to discover all there is to do in Utrecht? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Utrecht

Our ship for the grand tour was a little smaller than the other ships and had a full glass roof and you sat facing each other with your back to the window. That wasn't a disadvantage! The helmsman had many anecdotes, albeit in Dutch. The atmosphere on board was very good

If you want to hear interesting facts about Utrecht, take a boat trip. As a real Utrechter I experienced it as super fun to hear things from the water that I didn't know about Utrecht yet

Very cool game to get to know the city better! Very nice job with virtual reality. And also educational

It was a nice boat trip, which I find interesting that there are different trips

We had a lot of fun following this virtual game through Utrecht.