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The canals run through the centre of the city but are different from Amsterdam as they are lower down with bars and restaurants at the side.
The atmosphere feels really chilled and relaxed which is great on a nice sunny day
We stayed last weekend as it was a lot cheaper than staying in Amsterdam and the train was €15 return and a superb service. Utrecht is similar to Amsterdan with lots of quaint areas to walk by canals. There is a great choice of places...More
Had been to Utrecht in business before but had never had time to walk around. This time was different and really enjoyed my time in the evening walking round the canals. Great architecture and a real vibe about the town. Huge choice of bars and...More
Utrecht canal area is very distinctive as the canals have a walkway on the top, where pedestrians and cyclists circulate and with stunning houses and a lower wharf where goods used be loaded off ships and directly into those houses’ cellars.
Some of the buildings...More
gorgeous canals which are different than amsterdam in that they are 2 levels. To get to canal level you descend steps. There are numerous businesses and restaurants. Obviously not nearly as extensive but we loved walking along the canals almost every day.
Sorry for providing a general answer: The canals area has an upper and a lower side. The latter is not accessable most of the time, with the exception of a big terrace near the town hall in the bend of the Oude Gracht. An... More
Sorry for providing a general answer: The canals area has an upper and a lower side. The latter is not accessable most of the time, with the exception of a big terrace near the town hall in the bend of the Oude Gracht. An arch/tunnel allows you to move to the waterside terrace from a side street.
Having said this, at street level you will also find street terraces where you can take something to eat and/or drink and enjoy the summer. Restaurant staff will help by adjusting the tables and chairs, maybe less inclined when it is very crowded at peak times.