Channel The Soul Of The City With Amsterdam Canals
Amsterdam canals are the heart and soul of the city. There is more than 100 km of canals lacing through the Netherland’s cultural capital - and it’s no wonder given Amsterdam was reclaimed from the sea and marshland. Here’s our guide to the best of Amsterdam canals.
The Amsterdam Canals of the canal ring are not to be missed. In Amsterdam’s center, there are the famous waterways known as the Grachtengordel, recognized by UNESCO as a site of special significance. Winding down these Amsterdam canals you’ll get a glimpse of the Golden Age, the period of remarkable cultural, economic and political growth fed by Dutch trade in the 17th century.
Pay special attention to the Amsterdam canals while cruising the Gouden Bocht ("Golden Bend"), the magnificent and astronomically-priced stretch of houses on the Herengracht. It is found between Leidsestraat and Vijzelstraat in the southern canal ring. There’s only one house open to the public - the wonderfully bizarre Kattenkabinet (“Cat Cabinet”), devoted exclusively to feline art. Fun fact: it was also used in the film Ocean’s 12!
Watch out for the Magere Brug while on Amsterdam canals. This lovely, white “Skinny bridge” traverses the Amstel river in the city’s center. Stop by in the evening with your lover for a romantic photo at what is often touted as the most beautiful of Amsterdam’s 1,200 bridges.
Some of the Amsterdam canals are too narrow to be sailed on a regular barge, like the ones in the Red Light District. Some of the oldest of the Amsterdam canals, these canals are fascinating and worth a visit, so jump on a small vessel to soak up the ruby-red ambiance of one of the Netherlands most notorious neighborhoods, which dates back to the 15th century. Get cheap tickets for this small cruise here.
Weather in Amsterdam
The weather in Amsterdam is relatively mild by European standards. August is the hottest month, and, along with July, is the busiest regarding visitors. Autumn and Spring are lovely, and not as crowded, while the weather in Amsterdam in winter can get cold, so take layers.