Explore and Do
Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and capital of the Utrecht province in the centre of the country. It is 35 minutes train ride south of Amsterdam. The city has many historical churches and architecture dating as far back as the middle ages. Through the years it has developed into an important centre of economy for the Netherlands. The multitude of historical buildings, the canals and high quality museums make Utrecht a fascinating destination. However there is more to explore in Utrecht Region. Other interesting cities such as Amersfoort or Zeist. Varied landscapes and internationally renowned knowledge institutes. Use your Utrecht Region Pass to get off the beaten track and combine nature, tranquility and beautiful old buildings from the region with all the advantages of a dynamic metropolis.
Castle De Haar
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De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands. It is one of the top European historic houses. A visit to De Haar Castle will take you back to the glory days of the castle and will show you the breathtaking splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. You will be amazed at the very un-Dutch luxury in which the Van Zuylen family and their guests lived amidst a wealth of history and art.
The Railway Museum
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An adventure for all ages! This museum offers much more than watching trains. Start your museum tour with the ‘Great Discovery’. A mine lift takes you back to the time before the invention of the steam engine. Stop for a moment and admire the first Dutch steam locomotive, “De Arend”. Continue your visit in ‘Dream Journeys’ where actors play scenes of the well-known movie “Orient Express”. A roller coaster ride along life-size trains and locomotives? Try ‘Monsters of Steel’. ‘The Acid Test’, the latest attraction of the Railway Museum, tells the story of 175 years of railways in the Netherlands.
The National Military Museum
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Situated on the former air base at Soesterberg, the National Military Museum combines the collections of the former Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and Army Museum in Delft. There are numerous pieces on display, including tanks, planes, armoured vehicles and helicopters.
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DOMunder is a prize-winning historical attraction located under the ‘Domplein’ in Utrecht. This exciting underground discovery among the archaeological remains of 2000 years of Dutch history is interesting for all ages. You pass through the immense pillar foundations of the Gothic Dom Church. Experience the devastating storm of 1674 or the fascination of the archeologist explaining the past layer by layer.
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Centraal Museum Utrecht, an open house to explore and discover. From Scorel to Bruna to Viktor & Rolf. From Rietveld to the Utrecht Caravaggists, and from Bloemaert to Marlene Dumas. Classic alongside modern, design alongside Utrecht city history, experimental alongside monumental. A museum that never fails to inspire. Expect the unexpected!
Mondriaanhuis (Mondriaan’s House)
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The Mondriaanhuis in Amersfoort is the birth house of Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Piet Mondrian was born and spent his childhood here. After the Mondrian family departed, for a long time there was nothing on this spot that reminded of the world famous painter, until architect Leo Heiderijk and his wife Cis made it into the Mondriaanhuis in 1994 and opened it to the public. The Mondriaanhuis is a museum experience for young and old alike.
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Climb on the Pyramid of Austerlitz
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The Pyramid of Austerlitz is perhaps one of the most famous sights in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug region. You will discover that it is located in a beautiful spot. Climb on the pyramid, really, the short climb is absolutely worth while. The view from up there over the whole area is absolutely stunning. Additionally, you will discover cool things to do around the pyramid for young and old.
Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 5pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10am until 6pm
Closed on Monday
How to get there?
Train and OV-fiets (bike). It’s about 30 minutes bike ride from Amersfoort or from Zeist.
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Do you want to escape the busy city life? Do you need to relax after a hectic working day? Do you enjoy walking or cycling in the middle of nature? Around Utrecht there are plenty of places where you can find beautiful, peaceful areas. The Soester Duinen, for example, is such a magic location. Soester Duinen is a nature reserve, characterised by extensive sand drifts.
How to get there?
Easy! It is only a 20 minutes nice bike ride away from Station Amersfoort. Once there all you have to do is rest and enjoy!
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Bunschoten-Spakenburg is a beautiful village with authentic features, welcoming people, and modern shopping and restaurant facilities. Daily the older ladies parade in their costumes and proudly explain the significance of the coloured fabrics. The centre of Spakenburg is located around the old museum harbour, with a bustling fishing boat wharf. Cute shops and the Saturday market, the historic buildings, museums and cosy cafes and restaurants with their terraces make for a wonderful day or afternoon.Spakenburg used to be on the Zuiderzee and lived off fishing. So remember to try the fish there.
How to get there?
Bunschoten-Spakenburg is only half an hour by bus from Train Station Amersfoort.
Utrecht Central Station
Utrecht central station is the heart of the rail network in the Netherlands aa well as the largest and busiest train station in the Netherlands. It was recently rebuilt – three times its original size – so as to accommodate the 88 million people who now use the station annually. The public transport terminal houses train, bus and tram platforms under one striking wavy roof. Utrecht central station has become an autonomous building with two new city squares on both entrances, the side of the Jaarbeurs (convention center) and the city side.
Get connected 24/7
Good news and very handy! The entire Utrecht city centre has a free WiFi network. Check your email, post a nice picture, plan your next activity. Get connected and explore the city.
Travel like a local: rent a bike
Can you imagine that in Utrecht, there are more bikes than inhabitants? The province counts 1.2 bike per inhabitant. No wonder that the largest bike parking garage in the world is in Utrecht at the central train station: 12,500 spots! There are 17 locations in the city of Utrecht where you can rent an OV-fiets (Public Transport bike). You can use your Utrecht Region Pass to rent an OV-fiets. Our tip: get inspired and explore Utrecht by bike. With hundreds of kilometers of bike paths, you’ll enjoy getting around and door-to-door on two wheels. Click here for more information about the OV-fiets.