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Canals area, Utrecht

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Visit Canals area to see the urban waterways the country is known for. The canals in Utrecht are similar to those in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities. Take the stairs down to water level and stroll along the canals. Stop at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating and enjoy pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes) or other Dutch delicacies. To learn more about the city's history and explore it from a typically Dutch vantage point, take a boat tour. Put Canals area on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Utrecht vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Utrecht

As a major cultural and economic center, Utrecht has more than its fair share of centrally located hotels oriented towards business travelers visiting the city for a day or two. To stay longer without spending too much on a comfortable room, consider a self-catering apartment or guesthouse near the city's main train station. You can also explore the residential neighborhoods' family-run hostels, which offer simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi within walking distance of good restaurants and shops.
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  • What a lovely smaller city of Holland! We absolutely enjoyed the canal area, which is rather long and slightly different from Amsterdam.On both sides of the canals in Utrecht there are little shops an...  more »
  • I love exploring Dutch canals and the ones in Utrecht do not disappoint. Stroll along the water, stop for a coffee and people watch to your heart's content. A perfect way to spend a spring day.  more »
  • Easy walk to the canal from the train station. This area is very lovely just to walk and immerse in the sights of all those lovely and beautiful buildings. The canal was very lively during summer with...  more »