Canals of Utrecht
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.
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.