Canals area

Canals area, Utrecht: Address, Phone Number, Canals area Reviews: 4.5/5

Canals area
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TravelswithMrH
The Hague, The Netherlands342 contributions
Couples
The canals area is a must see when in Utrecht. The area has lots of photo opportunities and are busy with pleasure boats and paddle boarders. There a lots of pubs and restaurants to choose from along the banks from ordinary pubs to really high class restaurants and cocktail bars. Mr H and I loved the atmosphere although we did find it difficult to get a table on a Saturday night so would advise to book early if wanting to eat in any of restaurants in this area.
Written August 8, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,815 contributions
Within Utrecht there are a couple of canals snaking through the city centre. Around the canal there are plenty of lovely little buildings which have been turned into shops and restaurants.

The canal is lower down from the walking area compared to in Amsterdam and so there were possibly storage areas in the past which are now little cafes and restaurants and boat hire facilities.

It is quite a buzzing area with a good atmosphere so definitely worth checking out on your visit to the city.
Written July 30, 2022
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Denver, CO56 contributions
Friends
While in Amsterdam on vacation we took a day trip out to Utrecht to explore. It was very easy to get to on the trains. The main canal that runs through town is lined with old shops, restaurants, and bars. Many of these get by on location alone but it makes for a nice stroll. I’d recommend getting off the canal and into the side streets if you are looking for better shopping and food options - but for a relaxing day of exploring the canals are great.
Written November 25, 2021
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Martin S
Sidcup, UK501 contributions
Couples
Like most of The Netherlands you are sure to find yourself admiring life around the canals. Utrecht is no different with beautiful canals, bridges and buildings to admire in the old city. Just behind the tower of St. Martin’s Cathedral you will find a stunning spot to picture and treasure.
Written January 20, 2020
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Claudia D
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina1,095 contributions
Solo
Utrecht is a very important city. Lots of night life, bars, coffees and restaurants near the channels, full of young people that gives the spirit of the place.
Mix of old and modern architecture gives the place a unique style.
The main streets are full of shops and you’ll find less channels than in Amsterdam.
If you want some peace you will find some stairs that lead you straight down to the channels were you can walk, seat and chill.
There are some little places far frim the most important bars that give you the oppprtunity of having some time near the calmy waters seeing the boats and kayakers passing by.
Written June 17, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,159 contributions
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Utrecht is worth checking it out as a daytrip from example either from Amsterdam or if you live in West Germany like me. You can see the canal area in the center very quickly, there is the old and the new canals. The old ones are the ones full of bars and restaurants. The canals have two floors. It is nice for pictures but can get boring pretty easily. Do not plan too much time for this city.
Written August 22, 2021
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jessimo
Stoke-on-Trent, UK902 contributions
Very similar to Amsterdam but with less tourists so you can actually walk around peacefully and take some lovely photos. When we went at the beginning of March it was very quiet due to the situation we are facing with the pandemic. I'm guessing that the main canal area would be much busier but i secretly love it much more because there were no crowds.
Written May 2, 2020
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bunnyofdarkness
Glasgow, UK582 contributions
Spent the day in Utrecht just wandering around the canals and churches. It was a lovely day and if the weather is in your favour we would recommend doing the same. The canals are lovely and very picturesque. Plenty to see in a relatively small area.
Written September 12, 2020
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Maida
Iran6 contributions
My first visit from the canals was incredible and unbelievable. I just couldn't get enough of walking around these beautiful areas, and everyday I walked around them before or after business. I would highly recommend you to put enough time to visit these beautiful neighborhoods.
Written July 16, 2022
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Dutch-Mikey
Le Havre, France1,096 contributions
Couples
The grachtengebied, the canal area, of Utrecht is like a mini-Amsterdam but without the millions of tourists. The whole area is easily accesible, everything is walkable (but the stone roads are a bit difficult to walk on).

The city center is very old and beautiful, well kept. Since there is very little car traffic, there is virtually no pollution; you can actually smell the flowers being sold on the streets, and the food being made.

You need to be aware of the cyclists, since they come from any side of the street, often at high speed.
Written May 21, 2013
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