Architecture Tour in Utrecht, Utrecht

Among Dutch cities Utrecht has one of the richest collections of medieval buildings. A blend of Baroque and Gothic styles, Utrecht’s architectural styles have been dictated by the Reformation and the Dutch wars. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best architecture.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Architecture Tour in Utrecht Map

Guide Name: Architecture Tour in Utrecht
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: JohnB
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Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht

1) Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht

Bibliotheek van de Universiteit Utrecht, a remarkable piece of medieval architecture, played an important role in the history of the city. From 1808 to 1811 it served as the palace of King Louis I. Its exterior was redone in the late-Baroque style and decorated with red bricks. The library holds a renowned collection of old manuscripts, prints and maps.
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De Liefde Aapotheek

2) De Liefde Aapotheek

De Liefde Aphotheek, one of the best known Art Nouveau buildings in Utrecht, was built in 1904, designed by Dutch architect R. Rijksen. Taking its name from the owner, Johan de Liefde, its white brick architecture features asymmetrical lines and a hexagonal tower. Nowadays, the ground floor serves as a pharmacy.
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Oudaen

3) Oudaen

Oudaen is a fortified medieval castle built in the late 12th century by the Zoudenbalch family. Later it was bought by another wealthy family, the Oudaens, and has kept this name since. Its large stone façade, arched windows and Gothic towers are some of its most prominent features. Oudaen has had many tenants over the centuries and has been used for various purposes. Since 1986 it has housed a catering company.
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Winkel van Sinkel

4) Winkel van Sinkel

Winkel van Sinkel can be found among the numerous medieval houses along the Oudegracht channel. Designed in a late-Baroque style, its façade, namely the four women statues, are the same as its shop in England. Formerly in Amsterdam, Van Sinkel moved his shop to Utrecht and continues to sell quality imported goods from England.
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Academiegebouw

5) Academiegebouw

Academiegebouw, in the heart of Utrecht, hosts academic ceremonies for the university, including lectures, promotions and graduations. Built in 1886, its exterior design was controversial at first, as it was assumed it would continue the Gothic style of the cathedral, though a Neo-Renaissance style was implemented instead.
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Paushuize

6) Paushuize

Paushuize (Pope House), with its blend of red brick and lighter layers, is a unique structure. A Renaissance house with Gothic influences, it was built in the beginning of the 16th century by the only Dutch Pope, Adrian VI. Also formerly used as a royal castle, it now serves as a venue for the Queen's Commissioner and the provincial government.
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Duitse Huis

7) Duitse Huis

Duitse Huis (German House) is the historic headquarters of the Teutonic Order from Bailiwick of Utrecht and the residence of the Grand Commander of the Order. Built in 1348 by a group of priests and knights, over the centuries it has undergone major renovations, yet still retains its Gothic design. The five-star Grand Hotel Carl V is also located on the premises.
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Geertekerk

8) Geertekerk

Geertekerk, the smallest of Utrecht’s four parish churches, is dedicated to St. Gertrude of Nivelles. It has served as a Reformed church, stables, barracks, warehouse, and from 1930 on as a Reformed church once again. Built of brick with Gothic features, the main tower contains two clocks installed in 1477 and 1506. Notable mathematician Laurens Praalder is buried here as well.

Walking Tours in Utrecht, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Creating your own self-guided walk in Utrecht is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, is a tourist-friendly destination renowned for its numerous cultural and historic treasures. On this orientation walk you will climb 465 steps to the top of the Dom Tower, visit the best music museum in the Netherlands, as well as the legendary Oudegracht ("old canal") and other remarkable sites fit to make anyone's visit to Utrecht unforgettable.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II

Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II

Utrecht is one of the top touristic destinations in Netherlands. Thousands of tourists visit it every year. The city is famous for its lovely Museums. Most of them can be found in Museum Quarter. This tour will lead you to some of the best known museums in Utrecht.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

When it comes to great nightlife entertainment, Utrecht has a lot to offer. Downtown, namely the Oudegracht area, is where most of the city’s nightlife is located, including such places as 't Oude Pothuys, Tivoli, Café België and much more. Take the following tour to discover Utrecht’s hottest nightspots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, attracts many tourists. It contains many large and small museums, the majority of them located in the eastern part of the municipality, called the Museum Quarter. Take the following tour to acquire plenty of unique and unforgettable memories.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht

Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht

Utrecht’s religious buildings will amaze you with their beauty, design and fascinating history. Some of them, such as Jacobikerk or Sint-Gertrudiskathedraal, are of interest for their role in the Dutch Reformation, which influenced the city’s spiritual life in many ways. Take the following tour to discover the best holy buildings Utrecht has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Utrecht for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Utrecht has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Utrecht, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.