The Oudegracht is the aorta of Utrecht it runs right through the city and is the busiest and most interesting part too. You can find lots of terraces here, shops and restaurants. I visited on a sunny day and the whole gracht was booming. There was live music at a few locations, artists doing paintings of the city's sights, and people peddling water bikes forward. Also make sure to check out the aboriginal museum which is also located on Oudegracht.
Utrecht's canals have pedestrian walkways on either side. Check out the two main north to south running canals (the Old Canal and the New Canal - though remember that even the new one dates from the 14th century). There are plenty of cafes along the way, if you feel in need of a pit stop
The Oudegracht is the main canal which passes through central Utrecht. Along the canal there are lots of restaurants and also department stores. You can also go on a cruise on the canal. It is very romantic.
There are many student-filled cafes and bars alongside the canals of Utrecht. In particular, these are located alongside the edge of the Oudegracht (old canal) that runs through the heart of the city.
In some areas, the city is built on two levels. At street-level there are shops and houses. But then there are steps down to the canalside, where there are bars and restaurants, and small boats for hire.
while in utrecht make sure to enjoy a meal at a restaurant along one of the many canals. Downtown there is a main stretcht of places, and there is tons of variety. The food is good, and the atmosphere is amazing. There is nothing quite like watching a boat row right past your table while you enjoy a delicious meal.
During good weather you can take a boat ride in the canals in Utrecht. Make sure to take advantage of this, as it's far less expensive than in Venice, and probably more romantic, as there are less tourists.
By train to Utrecht, or by car, even by bus....it is all possible and quick, reliable and frequent and....punctual.
Once in town, (I am sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.....) start walking.
Direction Tourist Office is the best start!
But then: the real fun of discovering special nooks and corners, alleyways and cul-de-sacs will start!
Camera at hand you will enjoy Utrecht to the full........and see, I was hanging over the railing of one of the many bridges and watched a long trail of early autumn leaves go by on the stream......
On the left the very old store houses where now lots of very atmospheric café's and restaurants are housed: it is great sitting there and seeing the tourboat with tourists coming by.......
Summer evenings are very special there!
You can walk along the lower part of the canals. Although you might feel like your trespassing..you're not. But you might walk along people who use this part as their 'balcony'.
If you decide to do a canal bike tour, you will pass this spot as well.
The beautiful canals in Utrecht! I loved strolling along the canals, on this beautiful spring day. The sun shining brightly, reflecting in the water, the beautiful old houses along the canals.... it looked so beautiful! I never knew before that Utrecht was such a nice city.
One of the things to do and see in Utrecht are the canals and the city in general.
Just walk along the streets and see the local way of life.
From the streets you can also go down to the canals. There are also some little restaurants and cafés located just next to the canals.
Utrecht is one of the oldest towns, with a lot of historical buildings, most of them in the centre of the town.
It is easy to walk around, or rent a bike, but walking is the best way tp see this town.
This quay are called dockyards.
Utrecht is the only town in the world who has this dockyards.
Behind the doors there are very low cellars.
In the old days they where packed with goods , that could easy loaded at the ships who where on the dockyards.
The main streets of Utrecht have, like Amsterdam, canals running down the middle of them. However, Utrecht has something special, not found in any other city in the world. Along the side of the canals are also wharfs which act as a kind of second road at canal level. Their original use was to make deliveries from the canal. They are still used for this as there are many restaurants and store rooms under the main roads which are accessed via the wharfs. You can take boats around Utrecht, similar to those in Amsterdam, for a better look.
The inner part of Utrecht is well known for its number of canals. The age-old pedestrians along the water take care off a unique city view.
Original they gave access to the cellars beneath the canal houses.
Nowadays these cellars lodge a big amount of cafes, restaurants and boutiques, specially during the summer is this the place to be !!
As you walk along oude gracht , keep an eye open for the door with the cross above it. this is where the priest used to live.