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Culture of Utrecht. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

In Utrecht there is the oldest religious building in the Netherlands; the first mention of the Cathedral (Domkerk) dates back to the 7th century. The ancient religious building was severely damaged by fire in the mid13th century; hundred years later it became the place to build a new cathedral, which is now called Domkerk. The Cathedral owns its name because of the unusual architectural form; it resembles a tall tower with a scenic facade. The cathedral is 112 meters height; everyone can climb to the special viewpoint and appreciate the panorama of the city.
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The lovely cathedral is not the only unique attraction in Utrecht. In the immediate vicinity of the city there are most extensive fortifications of Holland, Kasteel de Haar. Surrounded by a deep moat, the castle has well preserved after a century. There are incredibly beautiful parks and gardens next to it. Vacationers could admire the interior of the castle and find out the amazing story of an ancient fortress during regular guided tours.
Sight of the later period is Rietveld Schroder House. The house named after architect was built in 1924; it is considered one of the most interesting landmarks of Utrecht. The excursion around house includes viewing informative film about the great architect; visitors can also appreciate the unusual interior of the building. Copyright
1.Most shops are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday is a common day-off. Saturday and Monday are half-days, so the timetable of places of interest should be specified in advance. 2. Mains … Open
There are lots of interesting museums and cultural centers in Utrecht, a visit there will diversify the program of vacations. An interesting collection of exhibits is represented in the Museum Het Catharijneconvent dedicated to Christian culture. It is situated in the beautiful monastery of the 15th century. There are priceless articles of gold, silver statues of saints, paintings and manuscripts among its exhibits.
In the former Augustinian monastery the Centraal Museum is situated. Among its exhibits there are works of art and costumes, as well as other things that introduce the culture of local people. Families with children will be interested in visiting the House of Dick Bruna (Dick Bruna Huis); he was the famous Dutch artist and illustrator. In 1955, he painted Miffy rabbit; today, this fabulous character is familiar to children from different countries. The museum's exhibits list is very extensive and includes a rich collection of sketches, posters, books, covers decorated with works by the artist.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Utrecht and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Utrecht and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Utrecht
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' , 12.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Soestdijk Palace' , 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' , 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Utrecht and around
♥   Art museum 'Centraal Museum' Utrecht, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Catharijneconvent' Utrecht, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hofje van Mevrouw Van Aerden' Leerdam, 21.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Cobra Museum' Amstelveen, 30.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hermitage Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 35.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Utrecht
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van St. Jan de Evangelist, ’s-Hertogenbosch, 45.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint-Josephkerk, Haarlem, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 47.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 47.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Kerk van de HH Laurentius en Elisabeth, Rotterdam, 49.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Utrecht and near

Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum

From the series “Strange, Weird and Unusual Museums Amusing its Visitors”
The hemp was used for cooking, from this grass the remedies were made of many diseases and even fabric and paper. The large collection of exhibits illustrates this remarkable fact: in the museum one can see the old medical books and recipes, the beautiful clothes and even the old Heupräparate. Part of the exposure is dedicated to 'the smoke side of the question'. Here is a rich collection of old pipes, shisha and other smoking accessories presented. … Read further


From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
The bridge connecting Borneo Island with the Sporenburg Peninsula was opened in 2001. The bridge is located in the center of Amsterdam, next to the striking historical monuments. The workers of the architectural office West 8 decided a few years ago to refresh the center of the city and built this strange high-tech bridge, which reminds of the huge winding python. … Read further

Lute Suites Hotel

From the series “Best industrial-style loft hotels”
Interesting design accessories were used in the design of the hotel. A collection of original upholstered furniture, as well as paintings and other works of art in the style of pop art, is collected in it. Even though the loft hotel in Amsterdam is relatively small, there are many additional services available to its guests. They can visit the national cuisine restaurant and bar. An unusual "training kitchen" is also available at the hotel. The chef of the restaurant conducts cooking classes for guests every day. They can learn how to cook popular national dishes during such masterclasses. … Read further
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