The Dom Tower (Cathedral Tower, Dutch: Domtoren) in Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands at 112.5 metres, and can be seen from practicaly anywhere in the city making it an ideal landmark. The tower stands at the spot where the city of Utrecht originated almost 2,000 years ago.
Many of the canals (Dutch: grachten* ) in Utrecht, such as the Oudegracht (old canal) above, are below street level and many of the former wharehouses have been converted to cafes and restaurents with seats and tables along the walkways.
*Canals are very important to Nederlanders, so importent they have four words for them.
A gracht is a waterway in a city with streets on both sides of the water.
A singel is a water-filled moat which orgionaly surrounded a city for defense purposes. When a city expands, the singel is incorporated in the city’s structure and cannot be distinguished from a gracht, although the name ‘singel’ is usually maintained.
A kanaal is a manmade water course, usually in the countryside, irrespective of whether it has streets along its banks.
A vaart is a canal essentially used for transport rather than, for instance, drainage. Like most kanalen, they are usually in the countryside.
Although gracht means "canal" or "waterway" in the general sense, there no exact equivalent in English, therefore it is best left untranslated.