Oudegracht, Utrecht
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Enjoy the canals

Want to enjoy summer in the busy city? Rent a little boat, a canoe or a water bike and explore the city in a more peaceful way on the beautiful canals.

  • Rent a rowboat at de Waterkant in The Hague.
  • Paddle a canoe along the wharf cellars in Utrecht.
  • Discover Amsterdam’s canals on a water bike.
Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague... many Dutch cities are famous for their beautiful canals. In the past they were used for transport, water management and city defence but today they serve more recreational purposes. Why not see the city from a different perspective and rent a boat, canoe or water bike?

Rowing in The Hague

If you want to rent a rowboat in The Hague, you should combine this activity with a visit to de Waterkant. Get to this wonderful ‘grassy terrace’ across the water with the manually operated ferry. You can have lunch or dinner for ten on the terrace boat or rent a simple rowboat and explore your surroundings.

Visitors enjoy the waterfront

Explore Utrecht by canoe or water bike

Paddle along the Oudegracht with its beautiful wharf cellars. Discover the city’s many monuments from the water or leave the city and row to the lovely natural park of Rhijnauwen. Don’t forget to stop for a meal or a beer at one of the cafes or restaurants you are bound to pass.

People get on boat in Oude Gracht (Old Canal) in Utrecht

Amsterdam from the water

In Amsterdam you can rent water bikes in several places, then go for a peaceful tour of the beautiful canals. Rent your own water bike from Pedal Boat near the Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Anne Frank Huis or the corner of Keizergracht and Leidsestraat. If you want to move a little faster and invest less energy, rent a small motorised boat from Mokum boat rentals or another rental company. You can also book a boat tour and enjoy the wonderful views.

People in boats on Amsterdam canal
Canal in Leiden
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Canals of Leiden

After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the greatest number of bridges, canals and moats. Discover Leiden from the water.

Delft Canal with bikes and trees
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Canals of Delft

The canals of Delft served as defense and lifelines throughout the city.

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