Oudegracht, Utrecht
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Canals of Utrecht

Explore Utrecht from the water and you will be treated to an entirely different view. See the historic façades of wharf side houses, sculpted tableaux, and all kinds of impressive trees along the canals, some of which are over 200 years old! You can choose between a round-trip with a canal cruise or set out on an exploratory expedition by pedal boat, rowing boat or canoe.

  • Go on a tour boat cruise and discover Utrecht from the water.
  • Admire the historic facades and extraordinary dock cellars.
  • Enjoy a drink and a bite at one of the countless terraces along the canals.

Dock cellars and double docks

Around two kilometers long, the Oudegracht is the most famous canal in Utrecht. With their many dock cellars, Utrecht’s canals are very different from Amsterdam’s. In the second half of the twelfth century, Utrecht’s inhabitants decided to dig tunnels from the dock to the canal-side houses. This resulted in the double docks typical of the city.

These days, you will find countless pleasant restaurants and cafés with a water-side terrace in these dock cellars. The perfect place for a drink or a bite after a great day in Utrecht!

Take a boat tour

You will see Utrecht from an entirely different perspective from the water. Enjoy a wonderful boat tour. The guide will tell you all about the history of Utrecht and its canals.

Explore the canals by paddle boat

Can't wait to explore Utrecht's canals in your own way? Then hire a paddle boat! Enjoy the beautiful canals of Utrecht from the water. A paddle boat adventure is also fun with children and a perfect outing for the whole family.

Editor's pick

A boat trip along the canals can be particularly romantic in spring when cow parsley is in bloom. Tip for romantic couples: You can also enjoy a round trip on the canals on a Venetian gondola. 

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