The canals of Amsterdam are, together with those of Venice, the most famous in the world. They are an indispensable part of the beauty of the Dutch capital. These are timeless spectators of everyday life who discover the essence of the city to tourists. Not for nothing is it usual to discover visitors by portraying them from any of the 1500 bridges that cross them.
The belt of canals of Amsterdam
Enjoying a boat trip through the canals of Amsterdam is one of the most recommended activities that you can enjoy in this city. But you can also walk along its banks and see them from another point of view. We talk to you about the most important channels.
1. Singel, one of the oldest canals in AmsterdamSingel Channel - Kavalenkava
Singel was raised during the Middle Ages by way of moat. It was created with the intention of protecting the city from possible attacks, both by land and by water. At that time it was called the Canal de la Ciudad, for a few centuries later it was renamed Canal del Rey. However, none of those names has lasted until today.
With the passage of time, it has become the point that delimits the old area. Keeping this separate from the urban area built a posteriori, that is, the most modern. It is one of the most popular and busiest in the city. This is so since its banks have a multitude of tourist entertainment.
Next to him is what they say is the narrowest house on the planet. Plus, This channel runs partly through the well-known Red Light District,One of the most visited places in the city.
2. Herengratch and Prinsengratch, two historic Amsterdam canalsWesterkerk at the Prinsengratch - jan kranendonk
The area that runs through the Herengratch is one of the richest and most luxurious of the "Venice of the North". Although Singel was the first to be raised, Herengratch is more popular. During the seventeenth century its banks were adorned by hundreds of ostentatious mansions belonging to merchants who had made their fortune.
For its part, Prinsengratch, is the longest canal in all of Amsterdam. On our way along its sides we will run into one of the must-see museums: the Anne Frank House. Building in which this young woman was forced to hide with her family during the Nazi occupation and today serves as a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
Continuing our way through this channel we will arrive at the Homonument, a small space raised to remind all homosexuals who have been persecuted and condemned throughout history for their sexual condition.
3. Keizersgratch and Singelgratch, spaces of interestKeizersgracht - S.Borisov
On the banks of the Keizersgratch is the famous House of the Heads. It is said that the 6 heads that decorate its facade represent classical gods. But the popular legend says that they are real and that they belonged to 6 thieves who tried to steal at home when they were surprised by a maid who was armed with a huge knife. Rumors aside, it is one of the most photographed elevations in the city.
For its part, the Singlegartch should not be confused with Singel, although they have similar names. It serves as a border barrier between the Grachtengordel neighborhood and the rest. This area is known as the channel area. Because of its unique appearance, it was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
"Every trip, even if it has 1000 leagues, begins with a single step."
4. Zwanenburgwal, home of illustrious figuresZwanenburgwal - Jean-Christophe BENOIST / commons.wikimedia.org
Zwanenburgwal is both the name of the canal and the street that accompanies it. Both make up one of the most valued neighborhoods by city dwellers and tourists. And is that, dozens of relevant personalities have stayed here, including the fabulous Flemish painter Rembrandt. As if this were not enough, there also inhabited the philosopher Baruch Spinoza for a while.
As a historical curiosity, it should be noted that this territory remained virtually empty during World War II. This circumstance was due to the transfer of many of its inhabitants to Nazi concentration camps.