History of the canals in Holland
Over 26% of all Dutch territory lies below sea level. The continuous battle of the Dutch against the water has resulted in beautiful cities. Canals and rivers play a prominent part in Holland’s city planning.
- Holland is famous for its canals.
- Admire the unique structure of Dutch cities.
- Go for a boat tour through the canals of Leiden, Haarlem, Utrecht, or Amsterdam.
The canal layout in the modern Dutch city
Amsterdam was created with canals of concentric circles facing the IJ Bay in the seventeenth century. Three canals were designed with residential development in mind. The fourth outermost one was created for defense as well as excess water management. These waterways were interconnected by radiating canals, forming a fan shape. Construction was done from west to east, with the eastern area took a long time to irrigate. Delft is formed in a rectangle with a grid layout of canals. Java-eiland in Amsterdam is a good place to see more modern canal technology.
If you are visiting Amsterdam or other major cities in Holland, you will want to spend some time on the canals. The history of canals is deeply integrated with the cities and tours, and most tour packages include the canals. If you just want the opportunity to see the canals from the water, taking a water taxi, especially in Amsterdam, can be a great way to see them while saving some money for the rest of your tour.