Canals of Amsterdam
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 Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great wealth for the Dutch Republic. Visit the many places in Holland that still reflect the riches of the Dutch Golden Age