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Canals area

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Ranked #1 of 49 attractions in Utrecht
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

They're basically just canals, not much can be said. There was a fair bit of debris in them in the areas I saw, but this could have been caused by the King's Day+Night celebrations, I'm not sure. There's nothing fancy about them or visually shocking. Not ugly, but not beautiful either. Disappointing when compared to the rest of Holland.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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126 reviews 126 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Utrecht is a romantic area with many canals and restaurants. The restaurants are nothing to brag about however the scenery is beautiful. Actually, I was expecting Amsterdam to be a bit more like Utrecht.

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Yellowknife, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Utrecht is one of my favourite places in Europe! The bicycles, the canals, the coffee houses, the history, the university the list goes on and on... Utrecht is what I envisioned Amsterdam to be like. It is cleaner, safer and feels more hospitable. I found the prices a little higher but it felt more like a real town. A very... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Beautiful provincial area.Worth visiting if you don't have time to go to Amsterdam. Great shopping ( known for that). Worth mentioning is store on main pedestrian walk with wedding dresses for about 1/3 of US prices and much more interesting and boutique few doors down.

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Nottinghamshire
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99 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Fascinating history of the canal and architecture. Very different to Amsterdam. Worth taking a tour by boat as you can get close to the history. Very lovely area. Will be back to learn and experience more as only had brief time on a tour group.

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Wollongong, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

When I was travelling to this place I had doubts that it wouldn't be so great.. I'm glad I got that train and ended up coming here. Just a great place to discover

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

since all canals in Utrecht are build in a circle you can' t get lost. Beautiful and ancient. Stroll along the canals and visit the " werven" down below at canal level. You can eat and drink there and see the boats float by. Utrecht is a city were about 50.000 student live and 322.000 people live and work. This... More

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Calapan, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

i have been twice in utrecht and spend most of my holiday with my bf in utrecht and never get tired walking along the canal and it really fascinates me how the water dont rise that much where in in my country it will be just next on your door step hehehe,no offense but i love how the upper portion... More

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Utrecht, Nederland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Utrecht Canals are a must-see. Great atmosphere, shops, bars, restaurants. Spend a day here and you won't be disappointed.

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London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
95 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A walk along the canals of Utrecht can be picturesque, especially around the Dom Tower. What is particularly interesting is that the streets are two tiered. The upper tier is normal street level and gives access to the front door of the houses whereas the lower tier (right on the water) acts as a wharfe and gives access to the... More

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