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Canals of Amsterdam

A visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without enjoying the canals. They are a symbol of Amsterdam and of great cultural and historical value.

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A visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without enjoying the canals. They are a symbol of Amsterdam and of great cultural and historical value. In 2010 the World Heritage Committee decided to submit the 17th century canal ring area in Amsterdam to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Enjoy this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stroll past the centuries-old canal houses.
  • Take a canal cruise and discover the canal ring from the water.

Amsterdam Canals on World Heritage List

According to UNESCO, the canals are cultural heritage of “outstanding universal value”. The city of Amsterdam also does its utter best to maintain and protect the canal

Amsterdam Canals Musts

Though every canal is beautiful and unique in itself, there are some absolute musts:

  • The Golden Bend: the canal from ‘Leidsestraat’ to ‘Vijzelstraat’ has the most beautiful and magnificent stretch of canal houses of Amsterdam.
  • One view, fifteen bridges: the bridge on the corner of ‘Reguliersgracht’ and ‘Herengracht’ has a unique view over fifteen bridges. Make sure you stand on the side of the street with the odd numbers.
  • Magere Brug: the ‘Magere Brug’ (Skinny Bridge) is one of the most picturesque bridges of Amsterdam. At night the bridge is romantically illuminated. 
  • Canal tour: enjoy the beautiful canals and canal houses from the water with one of Amsterdam’s many canal tours. 

Canal cruises

The best way to enjoy Amsterdam's canals is from the water. You can rent a paddle boat and explore the canal belt at your own pace. If you prefer to take things easier, take a canal cruise where a guide will tell you all about the history of Amsterdam.

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