Many Dutch cities were built around canals. Alkmaar Utrecht, Dordrecht, Leiden, Groningen, Leeuwarden and Amersfoort are cities with cityscapes that are characterised by graceful canals. Of course, Amsterdam has the best-known canals. The Amsterdam Canal District is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the city has even been nicknamed the “Venice of the North”. Discover Holland from a different perspective and take a cruise through the canals.
4x most beautiful canals
The Canals of Amsterdam
A stunningly designed ravel of canals that give Amsterdam its unique character.
Canals of Utrecht
Explore Utrecht from the water.
Canals of Leiden
After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the greatest number of bridges, canals and moats. Discover Leiden from the water.
Canals of Delft
The canals of Delft served as defense and lifelines throughout the city.
Learn more about canals
History of the canals in Holland
Holland has thousands of canals used for travel, irrigation, and water removal.
The Houseboat Museum
The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam was created due to curious visitors' questions.
Hit the water!
Rent a small boat, a canoe or a water bike and explore the canals in Amsterdam, The Hague or Utrecht.
Dining on boats
Enjoy the view and a meal while cruising along the canals of Holland.
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