Amsterdam canals: an overview
There is a reason why Amsterdam is called the ‘Venice of the North.' The low-lying Dutch capital has over 100 km of canals, scores of islands and over 1000 beautiful bridges. Amsterdam canals have been built over her 400-year history. They form many concentric circles expanding outwards, reflecting the growth of Amsterdam.
Experience Amsterdam canals on a cruise
The best way to see Amsterdam canals is on a canal cruise. You will view private residences and hidden pockets of Amsterdam that you just could not access on foot, while also receiving valuable information about Amsterdam canals. There are some options when it comes to cruising, outlined below.
A one-hour boat trip down Amsterdam canals is an excellent manner in which to experience the city. These cruises depart at various times throughout the day. Barges depart between 9 am and 10 pm in summer, and between 9:30 am to 9 pm in winter. Prices are very affordable, starting from 16 euros. Find out more information about this amazing Amsterdam canals day tour here.
Or see the Amsterdam canals on a dinner trip. Glide along the dark, sparkling waters in a comfortable, state-of-the-art barge, a glass of wine in your hand. The popular dinner journey, lasting about 2 hours, is a great way to drown your senses in delicious food and stunning sights. Enjoy a four-course meal as you gaze upon the merchant houses lit up along the Amsterdam canals.
The most elegant of the Amsterdam canals are the Herengracht and Golden Bend. The Herengracht, or ‘Gentlemen’s Canal,' was built in the 17th century with wealth from shipping and mercantilism. It includes the world-famous Golden Bend, a stately stretch of houses between Leidsestraat and Vijzelstraat. As most of the buildings are now privately owned, the best way to see these Amsterdam canals is on a canal cruise. However, you can also visit the quirky Kattenkabinet (Cat Museum) at No. 497 Herengracht.
Travel to Amsterdam
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