Explore the area
There is a lot for you to discover in Utrecht Region! The area is home to many beautiful cities and neighbourhoods with bustling cafés, magnificent museums and fun festivals and events. And then there is the relaxing outdoors with forests, rivers and seemingly endless polder landscapes. This section offers an overview of the region’s hotspots and activities.
Things to do
Utrecht Region has many stories to tell. Explore the region’s marvellous cities, impressive water defence lines and glorious castles and country estates. And visit the cheese warehouses, flourmills and breweries to learn more about traditional Dutch crafts and trades.Visit Utrecht Region
Events in Utrecht Region
There is always something wonderful to see and do in Utrecht Region, from inspiring performances and festivals to entertaining sport events and exhibitions. Check the events calendar to find out what’s coming up.Check regional events
Most Dutchies start the week with…coffee! They simply cannot imagine starting the day without a cup of freshly brewed goodness. You will find a wide array of great coffee around almost every corner.
Many Dutch people take a packed lunch to work, typically consisting of a sandwich with cheese or hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles). We are not kidding. Try it yourself!
The Dutch are known for their good work-life balance. A lot of people who work part-time take Wednesdays off to relax or spend time with their children as most primary schools close by midday.
On Thursdays, most city shops are open until 9.00 pm. Koopavond, a festive occasion, is when many people linger after work and enjoy the extended shopping period to seek out their next delight.
A tradition to kick-off the weekend, the Vrijdagmiddagborrel is when mid-afternoon drinks and bites are enjoyed at work or people gather in a cosy bar for local beers and deep-fried snacks.
Every Saturday, the flower market takes place in Utrecht’s Janskerkhof square, where you can buy the best flowers in town. It’s also fun to watch the square transform into a sea of colour.
Sunday is reserved for leisure. Whether that means sleeping in, visiting family and friends or joining a road bike peloton in the country, we enjoy it to the max!