What to do and see in Utrecht Province, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

October 29, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best top things to do in Utrecht Province, The Netherlands including Canals area, Rietveld Schroder House, Koppelpoort, National Military Museum, Dom Tower, Muurhuizen, Botanic Gardens, Kasteel de Haar, Bloemenmarkt, Janskerkhof, Utrecht, Museum Speelklok.
Restaurants in Utrecht Province

1. Canals area

Utrecht, The Netherlands +31 85 401 9555
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Canals area

Reviewed By Rallie S - Stirling, United Kingdom

There are lots of cafes, bars and shops of all types (incl. antiques) along the canals, as well as more quiet areas, so there is something for everyone. Mostly it's less crowded than Amsterdam although in the centre it could get quite busy (beware of the cyclists). The old houses along the canals are beautiful. It's definitely a lovely walk.

2. Rietveld Schroder House

Prins Hendriklaan 50, 3583 EP Utrecht, The Netherlands +31 30 236 2310
Excellent
67%
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28%
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

Rietveld Schroder House

Reviewed By bonsi7 - Bardolino

One-of-a-kind Rietveld house. All of the downstairs rooms have an external door. The panels that closed at the end of the day are fantastic, cutting off part of the external light. A 30 minutes' walk from the center of town should not put you off. Entrance is a bit expensive, but includes the entrance fee to the Central Museum (on the same day). The tour includes an audio guide backed up by a well informed live guide.

Kleine Spui 2, 3811 BE Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

Koppelpoort

The Koppelpoort is a city gate in Amersfoort. It is a combination of land and water gate. The name is probably derived from the East Middle Dutch word Coppel meaning meadow

Reviewed By CockneyBrum - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

This was well worth navigating the tricky, narrow streets to see. There was a couple having their wedding photos taken here and I don't blame them. It's a stunning piece of architecture.. We loved our time walking the leafy streets of Amersfoort. It's stunningly beautiful.

4. National Military Museum

Verlengde Paltzerweg 1, 3768 MX Soest, The Netherlands +31 85 003 6000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 581 reviews

National Military Museum

In the NMM at the former Soesterberg air base, the past, present and future of the Dutch armed forces come together. See our impressive collection at first hand and experience for yourself the exciting stories of our armed forces at the biggest museum about the Dutch military! The NMM has the most extraordinary collection of tanks, aircraft, armoured vehicles and helicopters in the Netherlands! Each one of them is unique and has its own story. Personal objects and moving stories also come to life at the NMM. You will be amazed how the Dutch armed forces are interwoven with the world around you!

Reviewed By Hansje - The Hague, The Netherlands

The Netherlands National Military Museum tells the story of the Netherlands Army and Air Force over centuries. It's only a couple of years old and definitely on par with the some of the worlds best technological museums; e.g. the Smithsonian museums in Washington. Well worth more than one visit, suitable for all ages.

5. Dom Tower

Domplein 21, 3512 JE Utrecht, The Netherlands +31 30 236 0010
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dom Tower

Reviewed By Antonija R

There is no better way to see Utrecht other than the Don Tower. I don’t get visitors from my home country frequently but as soon as someone comes I take him/her there. The Dom Tower has a history spread through several centuries but moreover it has a culture represented through 14 bells and old organ. It allows a great view over Utrecht and when the weather allows it Amsterdam can be seen.

Stadswal, Amersfoort, The Netherlands +31 33 472 2236
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Muurhuizen

Reviewed By Flyngdtchmn - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Amersfoort central is full of stone houses in old style. I always wander the streets (especially the ones around Mondriaanhuis) to feel the relaxing atmosphere and those part is more silent and calm than the onze-lieve-vrouw. On sunny days you can get your drink and sit next to the canals to enjoy

7. Botanic Gardens

Budapestlaan 17, 3584 CD Utrecht, The Netherlands +31 30 253 1826
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Botanic Gardens

Reviewed By ChockaLife - Denver, Colorado

This is not a very large or extensive garden but it's lovely. Located over by the university science area it's not the best looking part of town. I would give this a kind of average because if you go out into the Dutch countryside you'll see far lovelier areas. Hint: Museum Oud Amelisweerd or Fort Rhijnauwen offers far more lovely Gardens.

8. Kasteel de Haar

Kasteellaan 1 | 5km W of Maarssen, 3455 RR Haarzuilens, The Netherlands +31 30 677 3804
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4.5 based on 732 reviews

Kasteel de Haar

Reviewed By jpcalo8 - West Virginia

This castle was rebuilt to its very impressive stature to include a moat and fully functioning draw Bridges. it is winter and the Gardens are impeccable but we missed the flowers of spring and summer.
The benefit of visiting now, no crowds and our visit seemed like a private tour. The staff is very knowledgeable and eager to answer all questions. This is the castle to visit.

9. Bloemenmarkt, Janskerkhof, Utrecht

Janskerkhof | Toute la Place, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Bloemenmarkt, Janskerkhof, Utrecht

Reviewed By TJX05 - Singapore, Singapore

The flowers here were very pretty. We wanted to buy some tulips home. The vendors were selling 50 pieces for 5 euro. Unfortunately, we still had 2 more days to spend in the Netherlands so we didn't buy them here. We bought them in Amsterdam paying double the price.

10. Museum Speelklok

Steenweg 6, 3511 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands +31 30 231 2789
Excellent
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4.5 based on 642 reviews

Museum Speelklok

Museum Speelklok, the most cheerful museum in the Netherlands! During a visit to the typical Dutch Museum Speelklok, cheerful live music will surround you from centuries-old self-playing musical instruments. The history of these instruments started back in 16th century the Netherlands with the use of church carillons. Over the centuries, the general desire of people to be surrounded by music, led to the invention of all sorts of self-playing musical instruments: musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras) and the traditional Dutch street organs. All of these instruments, including the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder the Violina, can be admired and heard during the lively museum tour. Thanks to the highly skilled Restoration Workshop, the collection is kept playing and this craft can be passed on from this generation to the next.

Reviewed By springlering - Marietta, Georgia

I love this wonderful museum, which is housed in a beautiful old vaulted church. I have the CDs. I plot to visit it whenever we go within a few hundred miles. It must date back to my childhood fascination with Grimm’s fairy tales describing the emperor’s tiny mechanical singing bird, but I just love seeing the tiny and the the big mechanical music devices. I’m amazed at the genius and craftsmanship it took to build them. And I never tire of hearing the music. The idea of a dance hall with an orchestrion just fans my imagination. It all just speaks of “happy” to my heart.
However, this time we were given a plastic key card with no instructions other than to insert it to hear the song a device would play. Although we tried to ask several people, we finally gave up, and it wasn’t til after we left that we realized there was a second floor. I am bitterly regretful we missed that, but on the plus side, I guess it’s an excuse for visit #5!

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