City Orientation Walk, Utrecht

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: NatalyD
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Dom Tower

1) Dom Tower (must see)

Dom Tower, at 112.5 meters, is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. This Gothic tower is the symbol of the city. It was part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin, also known as Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382, designed by John of Hainaut. The cathedral was never fully completed due to lack of money. Since the unfinished nave collapsed in 1674, it has been a free standing tower, located on the spot where the city of Utrecht originated nearly 2,000 years ago.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Domkerk

2) Domkerk (must see)

St. Martin's Cathedral, or Dom Church (Domkerk) was the cathedral of the Diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages. Once the country's largest church and only cathedral, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, it has been a Protestant church since 1580. This is the only church in the Netherlands that closely resembles the classic Gothic style as developed in France, every other church was designed in one of the many regional variants. Unlike most of its French predecessors, it has only one tower, Dom Tower, which is the hallmark of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sint-Catharinakathedraal

3) Sint-Catharinakathedraal (must see)

Sint-Catharinakathedraal (St. Catherine's Cathedral) was originally part of the Carmelite Friary, established in 1465. The present church was initiated by the Knights Hospitalers, and completed in the 16th century, with a façade bearing a remarkable resemblance to the former church located on this site. For over two centuries Protestant services were offered here, until 1840 when it returned to Catholicism, becoming the cathedral of the Archbishopric of Utrecht in 1853.
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The Oude Hortus

4) The Oude Hortus

The Oude Hortus. A beautiful quiet place in the heart of the city, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the day and go for rest, lunch and coffee.
In this unique, historic garden you forget you're right in town. It is a peaceful place to stroll and offers inspiration to gardeners. The garden is divided into several sections, including a cottage garden and a medicinal garden: the Regiustuin. In addition, the garden is home to many plants and trees. For example, for example, one of the oldest Ginkgo biloba pictures of Netherlands. This copy is over 250 years old.
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Centraal Museum

5) Centraal Museum (must see)

Centraal Museum’s collection, founded in 1838, was initially limited to art related to the city. In 1921 its acquisition merged with various private collections in a centralized museum located in the former medieval monastery at Nicolaaskerkhof. Currently, the collection consists of pre-1850’s art, modern art, applied art, fashion and historical objects of Utrecht, including the 1,000 year-old Utrecht Ship, which is part of the Stadsgeschiedenis collection. Another highlight are paintings by the Utrecht Caravaggians, such as Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen. Along with Joachim Wtewael, Abraham Bloemaert, Paulus Moreelse and Renaissance painter Jan van Scorel, this museum’s collection has international appeal.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

6) Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum (must see)

Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum, the national railway museum, was established in 1927 and was initially located in one of the main buildings of Nederlandse Spoorwegen in Utrecht. At the time the collection consisted mostly of pictures, documents and other small objects. In the 1930s the first steps were taken to conserve old significant railway equipment. A portion of this collection was lost during World War II. The current collection is too large to be shown in full in the limited space available, but rotates on a regular basis. Most of the trams were dropped from the collection in the 1990s. Its collection contains, among other things, steam, electric and diesel locomotives, train cars, freight cars and several trams.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sint-Willibrordkerk

7) Sint-Willibrordkerk

Sint-Willibrordkerk is a Roman Catholic church built in 1875 under the direction of a group of priests. Its general design, by Alfred Tepe, is a conservative variant of the Gothic Revival style, with a focus on the late Gothic period, the Lower Rhine Gothic style in particular. Made entirely of brick, one of its main attractions is its interior, where the original woodwork and glass design remain almost entirely intact to this day.
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Museum Speelklok

8) Museum Speelklok (must see)

Museum Speelklok (previously Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement) has a collection of automatically playing musical instruments, most of which still work and therefore still can play their music. Among the instruments on display are music boxes, musical clocks, pianolas, barrel organs (including the typically Dutch large street organs) and a turret clock with carillon. The word speelklok means musical clock.

Over the years the museum has become popular nationwide and also internationally. The museum's restoration workshops are a leader in their field, and are known for their excellent standards.

The museum had its origins in an exhibition of mechanical organs and other musical automata in Utrecht in the summer of 1956. The great success of this led to the creation of a permanent national museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments. In 1984 the museum's present housing in the central medieval Buurkerk (citizens' church) was officially opened by Queen

For its 50 year Jubilee in 2006 the museum held a special exhibition, "Royal Music Machines". For this event, various renowned museums, including the Hermitage Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, loaned very special instruments.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays: 10 am – 5 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stadhuis van Utrecht

9) Stadhuis van Utrecht

Stadhuis van Utrecht is a fine example of the city’s architectural heritage. Having undergone several changes over the years, the building’s most recent contribution was designed by architect Enric Miralles. It serves as an open town hall where many important conferences are organized and where locals get married.
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Oudegracht

10) Oudegracht (must see)

Oudegracht runs through the center of Utrecht, beginning in the southeast of the city. Here, Kromme Rijn (the main bed of the Rhine River) and Vaartse Rijn (a medieval canal connecting Utrecht to the newer main stream of the Rhine) meet the original moat of the fortified town, and Oudegracht goes from there into the center of town. Parts of it follow the original flow of the Rhine. The northern part is most likely an early canal connecting the Rhine to the River Vecht. The southern part was begun in 1122 after the water level of the Rhine dropped due to the new dam at Wijk bij Duurstede. The ground excavated was used to raise the sides of the canal, to reduce the chance of flooding. When the city's system of locks were finished in 1275 the water level was constant, enabling the creation of dry cellars and quays, hence the wharfs below street level.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Neude Square

11) Neude Square

The Neude is the most famous square in the city centre of Utrecht. It is wonderful place because of many reasons: you can have breakfast, lunch and diner at the cozy bars, cafes and restaurant.
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Oudaen

12) 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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Janskerk

13) Janskerk

Janskerk, founded in 1040 by Bishop Bernold, is dedicated to John the Baptist. In the Middle Ages it was one of Utrecht’s five collegiate churches. Over the centuries it has undergone major renovations, gradually transforming from the Romanesque style into the present late-Gothic. It served as the university library from 1656 until 1821. Its interior is dominated by the Gothic tomb of Dirk Wassenaer and a massive Batz organ. Each Sunday the church holds ecumenical services for university students.
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Voorstraat

14) Voorstraat

Voorstraat (The Front Street) is a street in the center of the Dutch city of Utrecht . This street is slightly curved and is approximately 300 meters long.
Today it is a one main street. .
There are several historic buildings in this street , which include the building Central Pharmacy Love. These properties are also various plaques.
On Front Street are culturally famous for Utrecht cinemas ( City Movies ) political and cultural center ACU .Look for special second-hand treasures in the antique stores, design items from young fashion designers, for the loveliest of home decorations, you need to be here
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Architecture Tour in Utrecht

Architecture Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 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 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
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
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

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.