EXPLORE UTRECHT IN A CANOE
The canals in Utrecht are beautiful from the streets, but the views are most spectacular from the water. Admire the historic facades of wharf side houses, sculpted tableaux, and all kinds of impressive trees along the canals, some of which are over 200 years old while you paddle through the water.
Back in the middle ages (circa 12th century) when the main flow of the river Rhine moved south, parts of the old river bed were dug out to create the Old Canal (de Oudegracht) and wharfs were added to create an inner city harbour system. Boats were able to directly dock and unload their cargo onto the wharfs lining the canal. The wharf cellars had pedestrian walkways and provided storage at water level, hence creating a unique two level street system along the canals. While Utrecht may no longer be an important trade center, the unique wharfs of Utrecht, now dotted with restaurants, craft shops, cafés and boutiques still hold tribute to its former glory and significance.
This beautiful tour will take us through the city center of Utrecht and into the nature area “Amelisweerd”. To reach Amelisweerd we need to pass a few very low bridges, be prepared for a bit of adventure 😉
• WHAT TO BRING
Rain jacket, camera, something to eat/ drink. We’ll have a lunch break in the middle (food is not included)
• WHERE DO WE MEET
Oudegracht 275 in Utrecht (at the bridge of kanoverhuur Utrecht)
• IMPORTANT TO KNOW
We are LEAVING at 11.30 and we finish around 16.00
All participants (members and their guests) on any of Nature Connects walks or activities are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Payments are non-refundable.