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, expats will be spoilt for choice in terms of must-see attractions.

Sightseeing in Utrecht

De Haar Castle

A visit to this 19th-century castle and its landscaped garden is the highlight of anyone’s stay in Utrecht. Located near Haarzuilens, this castle plays host to regular fairs and events throughout the year.

Dom Church

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.

Centraal Museum

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.

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.

Museum Spelkok

A museum dedicated to music boxes and barrel organs, this is probably 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.

Museum Catharijneconvent

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.


Oudegracht 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.

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.

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