Canals and Waterways

With their delightful views, pretty bridges (1,703 in all), idiosyncratic gabled houses and relaxed waterside cafés, Amsterdam’s 75 km (47 miles) of canals are full of interest and perfect for a leisurely stroll. They are a constant reminder that the Netherlands is the world’s flattest country, half of which has been reclaimed from the sea with the aid of dykes, canals and huge tidal barriers. Before you start exploring Amsterdam’s canals on foot, however, you should take a boat tour (for further details see The Cat Boat&Canal Tours) for a fascinating overview. In 2010 the 17th-century canal ring was added to the UNESCO World ...

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