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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  • August 17, 2017
    A comfortable boat with a good commentary and seeing the canals on a sunny day made our trip very enjoyable. See Utrecht from the water brings home the importance of the canals to this city.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Utrecht is an underrated city! A kind of mini-Amsterdam. Much quieter and much cosier. Take a canal boat, but be sure to get an open boat where you can sit on the deck. Otherwise, a bit of a waste.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Clear and clean canals with cosy terraces on the "kadesh". You can see this anywhere else in the world!
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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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