Expats moving to Utrecht will find that there is plenty to see and do in the city. Simply taking a stroll on the docks or through the city centre provides a great opportunity to marvel at national monuments and take in the city’s heritage. Cycling is a fun way for visitors to explore attractions that are further afield. From castles, forts and citadels to informative museums, galleries and the stunning botanical gardens, the city has expats spoilt for choice when it comes to must-see attractions.
Recommended attractions in Utrecht
Utrecht’s main museum was founded in 1838 and gives visitors an insight into the city’s history and culture through a range of exhibits.
De Haar Castle
A visit to the Netherlands' largest castle and its landscaped garden is the highlight of anyone’s stay in Utrecht. Its history dates back to the 13th century but largely fell to ruins before its restoration in the 19th century. Located near Haarzuilens, this castle plays host to regular fairs and events throughout the year.
Dom Church, also known as St Martin’s Cathedral, is a Gothic church dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The architecture is impressive and the view from the top is well worth the 465-step climb to get there.
This is a museum dedicated to religious art in the Netherlands. It was opened in 1978 and houses the country’s largest collection of medieval art treasures. The tours are illuminating and provide great insights into a part of the country’s culture.
A museum dedicated to music boxes and barrel organs, this is possibly one of Utrecht’s more unusual tourist attractions. Exhibits display instruments from the 18th century as well as music boxes and fair organs which are still in working order today.
Oudegracht, or 'old canal', is a canal that runs through the centre of Utrecht. On a sunny day, it’s well worth taking a stroll along the canal and admiring the historic buildings that have now been turned into restaurants, bars, galleries and boutique shops.
Rietveld Schröder House
This UNESCO-listed 1920s building was designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs Truus Schröder-Schräder and her family. The house was commissioned to be designed without walls and its design occupies a prominent position in the development of modern architecture.
Utrecht Botanical Gardens
Located on the eastern edge of the city on Utrecht University’s campus, the famous Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit. Filled with an array of plants, trees and a beautiful collection of butterflies, visitors will certainly have plenty to keep them occupied.