Explore the canals

Explore the canals, Amsterdam

Planning to explore the canals? See our information below!


When you think of Amsterdam, you think of the canals; the city consists of a network of beautiful canals, which are on the Unesco World Heritage List. Walk, cycle, rent a boat with friends or join one of the canal tours and see Amsterdam from the water. ย 

Horseshoe-shaped canals run from the city centre, which is called the Grachtengordel. The Singel is the first of these canals and was originally the canal that surrounded the city centre. Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht form the core of the ring of canals. Like spokes of a wheel, these canals are intersected by streets, bridges and smaller canals. The most beautiful streets in the centre of Amsterdam can be found around Groenburgwal, Raamgracht, Kloveniersburgwal, Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Zwanenburgwal. The romantic canals and countless bridges will make you instantly fall in love with the city!

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Amsterdam’s canals, run throughout the city and can be visited every day of the year.

Photographer: Jonne Mรคkikyrรถ by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before you explore the canals.

  • The most famous canals are Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht.
  • Walking along the canals is undoubtedly one of the most fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  • Don’t like walking ? It is possible to rent a bike at several places in Amsterdam.
Photographer: Tim Trad by Unsplash


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