Utrecht travel guide

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Introduction to Utrecht

Utrecht, known for its incredible Castle De Haar, Spoorwegmuseum, and Dom Tower, is a travel destination everyone should visit once in their lifetime. This municipality in the Netherlands and capital city of the province of Utrecht, has plenty of experiences to offer curious travelers. Home to a variety of natural beauty and architecture, a unique historical background, and a culture as rich as its population of 359,370 people, Utrecht is truly one of the main highlights of the Netherlands.

Travelers looking to experience the best of the Netherlands often choose to stay in Utrecht.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the city of Utrecht below!

Top services in Utrecht

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Browse the 32 top-rated tours available to you in Utrecht. Compare the rates and services of the 3 types of places to stay in Utrecht and the 5 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Utrecht.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Utrecht, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Utrecht on your vacation in the Netherlands.

Get answers to questions about the routes and services offered in Utrecht from our free 24/7 customer support. Continue reading to learn how you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation in the city of Utrecht!

Learn more about the Netherlands

There are many reasons to visit the city of Utrecht, but a trip to the Netherlands needs no explanation.

Exploring the Netherlands, which spans 42,201 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. The Netherlands offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Castle De Haar, Spoorwegmuseum, and the Dom Tower, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in the Netherlands.

Click or tap the link below to discover more about the Netherlands.

What to see in Utrecht

Utrecht has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the city.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the city of Utrecht.

Top attractions in Utrecht

Home to plenty of top attractions, Utrecht is more than just a wonderful city in the Netherlands. Utrecht is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of the Netherlands.

One fascinating sight in Utrecht is the unforgettable Castle De Haar. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the city, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Utrecht. This remarkable attraction is located at Kasteellaan 1, 3455 RR Utrecht, Netherlands and is open for visitors Monday - Sunday, between 11:00-17:00.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in the Netherlands, check out our list of top attractions in Utrecht below. Discover the best places to visit in Utrecht, including the fascinating Castle De Haar, Spoorwegmuseum, Dom Tower, Máximapark, and Nijntje Museum.

Map of attractions

Use this map to find the location of all top attractions in Utrecht.

Things to do in Utrecht

Enrich your travel experience in Utrecht by joining tours and activities. Utrecht offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the city.

Discover the most popular experiences in Utrecht below.

Most popular experiences in Utrecht

Traveling is all about gaining new experiences. You can have that and more in the city of Utrecht.

Utrecht offers numerous tours and activities for travelers to choose from. Historical Tours, Walking Tours, and Audio Guides are only a few of the many experiences you can book for your holiday in the Netherlands.

Explore the most popular experiences you can join in Utrecht by clicking on one of the top-rated tour categories below.

Top tours & tickets starting in Utrecht

Travelers in Utrecht can choose from 12 categories of top-rated tours and tickets. If you're curious about what the most frequently recommended experiences in the city are, Cultural Tours is the answer.

The most popular tour in Utrecht is the fantastic Utrecht Kayak Tour. By joining this highly recommended tour, travelers get to learn more about what makes Utrecht one of the best travel destinations in the Netherlands.

Utrecht also offers plenty of budget-friendly tours and activities that promise travelers a unique experience in the city. The affordable Utrecht Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour is the cheapest tour in the city, and is a popular Adventure Tour. This experience costs around 4 EUR and allows travelers a great time in Utrecht. This Adventure Tour is available in 6 languages: German, English, Italian, French, and Dutch.

Secure an unforgettable experience for your upcoming trip to Utrecht and book a top-rated tour in the city. Discover the best tours, activities, and tickets in Utrecht below.


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Discover the best things to do in Utrecht. Choose from 32 fantastic tours and activities available in the city.

Select your dates and number of travelers in the search bar below to receive the best recommendations for your vacation in Utrecht. Click the green button to view your options.

Vacation packages in Utrecht

The best and easiest way to visit Utrecht is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in the Netherlands.

Booking a vacation package to Utrecht means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Utrecht to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Utrecht is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find unique vacation packages to Utrecht, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the city of Utrecht.

Find vacation packages in Utrecht

Discover and compare vacation packages that take you to the wonderful city of Utrecht.

The best flights, hotels, and activities in Utrecht get fully booked quickly. Use the search tool below to find the best vacation packages in the Netherlands. Your customized holiday package to Utrecht is only a few clicks away!

How to get to Utrecht

To get to the city of Utrecht the fastest way possible, travelers from outside the Netherlands can travel by plane.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Utrecht, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you.

Find cheap flights to Utrecht

Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Utrecht, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in the Netherlands.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to the Netherlands and the city of Utrecht from your city of departure.

Where to stay in Utrecht

An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a city as fantastic as Utrecht is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Utrecht usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Utrecht offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the city allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Utrecht and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Utrecht planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Utrecht, you'll find 3 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in the Netherlands can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Utrecht. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the city, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Utrecht.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Utrecht in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Utrecht

A trip to the fascinating Utrecht, the Netherlands, means opportunities to relax at any of the 3 different types of places to stay in the city. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 87 hotels, 19 vacation rental apartments and 1 bed & breakfast. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Utrecht provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the city, Park Plaza Utrecht is one of the top picks of travelers in Utrecht.

The hotel is located at Westplein 50 and boasts many great utilities, including 24-hour front desk, Air conditioning, and Bar.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Utrecht. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

In Utrecht, travelers looking for an economical yet top-rated place to stay usually choose Stayokay Hostel Utrecht-Centrum. For approximately 37 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Unknown at this popular hotel.

Below is a list of all 3 different types of places to stay in Utrecht. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Utrecht

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Utrecht for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the city is home to around 107 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Utrecht provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Utrecht are created equal, finding the best in the city often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Utrecht.

Grand Hotel Karel V offers the most luxurious rooms and is perfect for travelers looking for the ultimate 5-star hotel experience in Utrecht. If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out Park Plaza Utrecht, the top 4-star hotel in the city. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Utrecht, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, Holiday Inn Express Utrecht - Papendorp, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Utrecht. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

Click the arrows or swipe the list to see each hotel's ratings, reviews, locations, rates, and more. You can read detailed descriptions of each hotel by clicking the cards.


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Search for accommodation in Utrecht

Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the city of Utrecht on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the city of Utrecht that match the information provided.

Car rental in Utrecht

Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Utrecht. Utrecht has 5 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Utrecht start from 31.35 EUR per day or 219.48 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is a Hyundai I20 Aut.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Utrecht, starting from 26.21 EUR per day or 183.48 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Toyota Aygo.

Learn more about the different types of cars you can rent in Utrecht, the Netherlands, below.

Popular types of car rental in Utrecht

Discover and choose from our broad range of popular car rental options in the city of Utrecht to find the best car for your travel plans. Travelers in Utrecht can choose from small cars, medium cars, large cars, estate cars, mini vans, SUVs, convertibles, premium cars, camper vans, mini campers, vans, cars. All car rentals come with CDW insurance for added protection throughout your trip.

Renting a car is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore the Netherlands at their own pace. The most popular type of car rental among small groups of travelers in Utrecht is a TopLevel.

Another very popular type of car to rent in Utrecht is a TopLevel. This car is particularly popular among couples and solo travelers touring the city of Utrecht.

Check out all options available in Utrecht and book the car rental for your upcoming adventures in the Netherlands below.

Search for car rental in Utrecht

Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful city of Utrecht. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Utrecht, the Netherlands, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

Enter your pick-up and drop-off location, driver's age, and dates. Click the green button to view your options.

Popular destinations to visit after Utrecht

The city of Utrecht is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in the Netherlands. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that the Netherlands has it all.

The Netherlands is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in the Netherlands that are as magical as the city of Utrecht. The most popular travel destinations in the Netherlands are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

All the best destinations in the Netherlands

When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in the Netherlands. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Utrecht

A taste of the Netherlands through a visit to Utrecht can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Utrecht to another remarkable destination in the Netherlands.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the city of Utrecht to other spectacular locations in the Netherlands, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

Search domestic flights from Utrecht

Traveling to another city or region in the Netherlands? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Utrecht to different local destinations.

Enter all the necessary information and click or tap on the Search button to see a list of the available domestic flights in the Netherlands on the selected dates.