About Canals of Amsterdam

Floating down the canals of Amsterdam is probably the most picturesque way of exploring the attractions, and soaking in the century-old houses along the canals. The views and attractions are breathtaking from land as well. It is just the experience of looking at life from inside a boat that gives it a whole new angle.There are over 165 Amsterdam canals, that stretch for over 100 km. Each canal has its own persona and vibe, so be sure to read up on all and pick the one that resonates the most with you. The main ones include the Herengracht (Gentlemen's Canal), the Keizersgracht (Emperor's Canal), and the Prinsengracht (Prince's canal).It is almost impossible to miss Amsterdam’s favorite way of exploring the canals, via waterways on boats! The canals play a huge role in Amsterdam’s history.

It is no wonder, that in 2010, the Canal Ring of Amsterdam was placed on UNESCO’s world heritage list of sites. There are numerous canal cruises and tours that you can pick from. There are different types of cruises that are customized according to your requirements. Some are an hour-long cruise through the city, while there are tours with a candle-lit ambiance for a romantic experience. Others include a hop-on-hop-off tour, which enables you to get off the cruise midway to sightsee or shop at a certain location. For smaller groups, you can book a private boat, and get a more one-on-one guided tour of the canals.


Must See

  • Herengracht (Gentlemen's Canal)
  • The Keizersgracht (Emperor's Canal)
  • The Prinsengracht (Prince's canal).
  • Canal houses 
  • The Magere Brug Bridge

How to reach

Amsterdam Central train station is centrally located, so it is easy to walk to many of the major attractions.
It can be explored by foot or bike.


  • You can rent a boat or cruise and even try a houseboat as well. 
  • No parking charges.
  • Visit at night to see the beautifully lit Magere Brug bridge, it is one of Amsterdam’s most romantic spots.
  • Visit the Grachtenhuis, a beautiful museum on Herengracht and also the Woonbootmuseum (houseboat museum)
  • Take a canal cruise where a guide will tell all about the history of Amsterdam. 
  • Swimming in Amsterdam's canals is not permitted 
  • Don't forget to carry your camera to capture the amazing view.
  • Wear proper footwear.

Visit Time

Sunday:           Open 24 hours.
Monday:           Open 24 hours.
Tuesday:          Open 24 hours.
Wednesday:     Open 24 hours.
Thursday:         Open 24 hours.
Friday:              Open 24 hours.
Saturday:         Open 24 hours.

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