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
Every canal in Amsterdam is unique and has its own charm. The Gouden Bocht or Golden Curve, the section of Herengracht between Leidsestraat and Vijzelstraat, boasts the most beautiful canal houses in Amsterdam. The bridge on the corner of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht offers an exquisite view. From the odd-numbered side, you can see as many as fifteen bridges! The Magere Brug (’skinny bridge’) is the most picturesque of all bridges. Beautifully lit at night, it is one of Amsterdam’s most romantic spots.
Would you like to explore the history of Amsterdam’s canal ring? In that case, you should visit the Grachtenhuis, a beautiful museum on Herengracht that revolves around the history of the canal ring. If you have always wanted to look inside one of the houseboats on the canals, Visit the Woonbootmuseum.
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.