Utrecht Nieuwegracht from Quintijnsbrug
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Utrecht Nieuwegracht from Quintijnsbrug

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As a result of the absence of commercial activity the Nieuwegracht always remained quiet, picturesque and authentic. Typical of the canals in Utrecht are the quay walls and yards that are possible thanks to the low water level.

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Nearby images in Utrecht


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