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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

Keizersgracht in Amsterdam
Sights to see

Canals of Amsterdam

The best of the iconic canals of Amsterdam.

Oudegracht, Utrecht
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Canals of Utrecht

Explore Utrecht from the water.

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.

Learn more about canals

Holland has thousands of canals used for travel, irrigation, and water removal.

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.

Enjoy the view and a meal while cruising along the canals of Holland.