Stadhuid - From Oudegracht aan de werf, Netherlands
The Stadhuis and Oudegracht aan de Werf are two of Utrecht's most iconic sites, located right in the heart of this vibrant Dutch city. The Stadhuis (Town Hall) dates back to the 16th century when it was first built as a nobles' special court. The adjacent Oudegracht aan de Werf (Old Canal on the Wharf) runs along the city's old canal and is lined with picturesque 17th and 18th century warehouses. The canal is widened in the middle and here visitors can take a boat ride and explore the sights along the river banks. The combination of the Stadhuis and Oudegracht makes for a romantic setting, with centuries of tradition and architectural beauty. Visitors can enjoy views of the canals, 17th century canal houses and old bridges. Along the canal there are plenty of restaurants, galleries and shops to explore, as well as special events such as festivals, markets, car and boat races. For history lovers, the Stadhuis and Oudegracht offer a window into the past, with a mix of old city life and beautiful architecture.