But by far the most popular tourist attraction are the historic canals (grachten) with their distinctive wharves and cellars – now converted into shops, cafes, and restaurants. The most famous canal is the thousand-year-old Oudegracht, or ‘old canal’ which runs through the centre of Utrecht, following the original course of the Rhine River. It’s lined with historic buildings, graceful bridges and splendid sculptures, and its cute café’s make for the perfect place to have lunch after a lovely walking tour through the city.
After a tasty meal on the old canal, walk up the ancient waterway to find the Schuttevaer Boat Company at number 85 on the Oudegracht. Take the lovely boat tour for under 20 euro a person, including tip, but skip the lacklustre audio guide and just enjoy the scenery. Afterwards, consider a visit to one of the many quality museums or the DomUnder experience explained on the tour.