Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam's enchanting canals

Built during the Golden Age, the canals of Amsterdam form one of the most unique urban landscapes in the world. It’s so special, it’s even listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Amsterdam’s maritime success in the Golden Age led to a boom in trade and architectural development. This was marked by the building of the city’s remarkable canal houses in the 17th and 18th centuries – most of which are still standing today.

You can enjoy the canals when strolling through the oldest part of the city center or by taking a canal cruise. Canal cruises are one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. Whether it’s a one-hour tour or a romantic candlelight dinner cruise, there are options for every occasion.

There’s also a canal museum called the Grachtenhuis. This museum brings the history of Amsterdam’s canals to life.