Like most Dutch cities, Utrecht is filled with canals. This photo shows the Oudegracht, which was a main artery for transport and commerce in the 13th century. “Oude” means old and “gracht” means canal in Dutch. When the water level fell, cellars, warehouses, and workshops were built along the wharves. Nowadays, they have been converted into cafes and restaurants at the water level. In the summer, you can descend the stairs from street level to sit by the canal and eat a meal or drink a beer, watching the boats and ducks float past. The canals are spanned at many points by lovely arched bridges that you can walk or cycle across.