Monster of Utrecht Real World City Tour
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The De Haar Castle is one of the most popular and visited attractions of the city. The castle looks quite elegant on the exterior with parks and gardens surrounding it. On the inside, the castle has rich ornamental wooden carvings which look like that of a Roman Catholic church. The tableware, furniture, paintings, tapestries, and other illustrations make the castle look extremely royal and lavish when you enter. There are 7000 trees in the park that surrounds the castle with a formal garden and waterworks. In today's date, the castle is usually used as a tourist spot for the tourists to explore the markets and fairs.
Established in the year 1927, the Railway Museum in Utrecht is the national museum of the Dutch. The museum has been divided into a station hall, a dining room, a royal waiting room, a freight hall, a waiting room for the 1st and the 2nd class and a waiting room for the 3rd class separately. After extreme renovation and expansion, four new worlds were added to its building including the Dream Travels, the Workshop, the Great Discovery, and the Steel Monsters. A museum shop, a larger exhibition area, and a restaurant were also opened in the building to provide more service to the visitors.
The Museum Speelklok has a collection of musical instruments which play on their own. The displays include music boxes, pianolas, large street organs, turret clock with carillon, musical clocks, and barrel organs. The museum's restoration workshops in their field and are popular for their excellently set standards. In the year 2016, Martin Molin who is a Swedish musician visited the museum. He mentions that his visit inspired him to build his own Marble Machine which is an instrument made of plywood and plays music by the marbles falling. He gave this machine to the museum next year in 2017. A weekly video series of his instrument is broadcasted on YouTube with the name 'Music Machine Mondays'.
The Nijntje Museum, also known as the Miffy Museum or the Dick Bruna House is a museum which has been dedicated to the work of Dick Bruna who is a well-known author of the city. The museum is actually a part of the Central Museum. Inaugurated in the year 2006, the museum contains 1200 works of the author for the people to admire along with the nijntje books and the first book of Bruna, the book covers, posters and his work for the Red Cross Society, Amnesty International, and many other organizations. The museum also contains a number of play areas for children.
The Utrecht Botanical Garden is housed in the Utrecht University. It houses some of the most amazing collection of plants, trees, flowers, and much more in its collection. It is a fantastic location for tourists to recreate and explore the nature's diversity in flora. There are almost 6000 plant species in the gardens which are being collected for the last 350 years. The Dutch Mountains Rock Garden in the premises of the botanical gardens is the largest in Europe and has 1500 species of mountain plants and hardy rock. There is a tropical greenhouse in the gardens which houses plants for import. You can also sight a few theme gardens too.
The Zuyen Castle is a castle of the Dutch and is located along the Vecht river in the city. The main material used in its construction is brick. It was demolished in the year 1422, however, it was built again in a better way in the years 1510-1522. At the Zuyen Castle, you can actually experience what it feels like to be living in like a royal in the most glamorous way possible. The major highlights of the castle include its sophisticated furniture, lavish glass wares, extraordinary paintings, beautiful ceramics, and embroideries.
Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and also one of the main religious centers of the country. With buildings and structures representing the High Middle Ages, Utrecht is an important cultural center as well. Numerous cultural events are conducted in the city which makes it the second highest in the same after Amsterdam. Located on the banks of the Rhine River, the city offers panoramic views of extraordinary buildings seeming to touch the sky and containing a pile of history behind them which awaits to unfold. Come and be a part of a city which is modern in its aspects but also traditional in its mannerism.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be booked online through this website.
How To Get Around?
The city offers a number of option to avail for getting around including trams, buses, taxis, train stations, etc. You can also rent a car or a cycle. The main city has most of the attractions located nearby so you can easily walk around as well.
What Should I Wear?
Carry a pair of pants and trousers. Pair them up with full sleeves shirt. Layer up for winters and night. Carry your sunglasses and a pair of heels along with sports shoes.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the city is in the season of spring during the months of April and May.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything on this site.
How To Get There?
You can start in Eindhoven. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the central station of Utrecht from the Eindhoven Airport. Every 15 minutes a train from the station leaves for the main city.
Make sure you book your tickets timely as the tourist season attracts a lot of crowds to the city. Carry your Visa and passport at all times. Learn a few major words in Dutch to make communication easier.