Due to its compact size and diverse population, Holland is a brilliantly authentic European escape at any time of year. With loads of different towns and cities within easy reach of the port in Rotterdam by car, you can easily treat yourself to a weekend filled with relaxation, delicious cuisine, and exclusive shopping.

Return home from your short break or Mini Cruise completely refreshed and revitalised after you have tried these great activities in the Netherlands.










Canal dinner in Utrecht, the Netherlands

About the city

Explore the city

Its historic tree-lined canals make Utrecht a great place to see from the water. Hire a canoe for a romantic private excursion, or opt for a stand-up paddleboard if you are feeling adventurous! You could also rent a boat if you are travelling with a group, or a canal bike for something a bit different. 

When the sun sets, a great way to see a different perspective of the city is by following the Trajectum Lumen light art trail. Taking place across the historical city centre, you can follow this route as it leads you past streets, canals, historical buildings, and installations created by international light artists.

Historic canals in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Gothic Dom Tower in Utrecht

Art and history in Utrecht

Full of heritage sites and museums, Utrecht is like a mini-Amsterdam which makes it perfect for culture vultures. For a slice of history, head to the Museum Catharijneconvent which offers a wonderfully presented look at Christianity and is located in a converted Gothic convent.

Art enthusiasts will love the Centraal Museum where they can see the work of past masters from the city, plus a large collection of work by local architect Gerrit Rietveld. An integral part of the De Stijl movement, the architect's home is another top attraction, with its unusual yet innovative design granted UNESCO Heritage status. 

For the young, or young at heart, the Railway Museum is one of the top things to do in Utrecht. With interactive exhibits, retro locomotives, and theme park rides, the museum is a great experience for all ages.


Stunning architecture in Utrecht

Dominating the city’s skyline you will see the impressive Gothic Dom Tower, one of the most popular attractions in the area. The tallest church tower in the Netherlands, head up the 465 stairs and enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond, sometimes as far as Amsterdam!

Step into a fairy tale with a visit to the De Haar Castle, which is the largest and most extravagant castle in the Netherlands. Located just 16km west of Utrecht, this medieval fortress boasts a deep moat, enormous gates, and suspension bridges, plus you can take a walk around the castle's beautifully manicured parks and gardens to truly feel like royalty.

Railway Museum in Utrecht, Holland

Miffy Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Visit the Miffy Museum

One of the most adorable things to do in Utrecht if you are travelling as a family is to head to the Miffy Museum. Dick Bruna, Miffy’s creator, lived and worked in Utrecht for most of his life and this museum offers children the chance to spend time in Miffy’s colourful world.

With different themed areas to explore, including a house, a zoo, and a museum, children can learn and play, plus you’ll find all the Miffy merchandise you could dream of in the museum shop.

There are so many great things to do in Utrecht, and you can discover them for yourself by booking your Hull to Rotterdam crossing today.


There are lots of amazing Christmas markets that are definitely worth visiting

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With its fairy tale castles, winding canals and quintessential Dutch charm, a weekend in Utrecht offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all.

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