One of the most beautiful and well-kept cities in Europe is Amsterdam, Dutch capital that to a certain extent remembers Venice for the large number of canals that it has throughout the city and that give it such a special and magical touch that very few cities manage to have. Although on other occasions we have already told you about this city, today I would like to focus on the channels it has.
In Amsterdam there are some 160 channels that extend about 75 kilometers around the city and with 1,500 bridges that cross them, quite a scenic spectacle. The first channels were made for defense transport in the 17th century and several were created to wrap around the city center and to be well guarded.
The Grachtengordel channel It is one of the most visited by all those who visit the city, something you can do by taking a little boat ride to enjoy all the surroundings and the characteristic architecture of the city. This was also the first to exist and was alone for 50 years, which was what it took to start a second phase of channels with the Keisersgracht and the Prinsengracht. Little by little, everyone else arrived to connect the city with multiple channels everywhere.
A cruise on any channel will be a golden opportunity to discover the entire city from another perspective, in addition to many of these cruises you can have lunch or dinner on board so that the experience is complete. If you have a chance, I recommend you choose a night cruise or simply a boat trip but at night to enjoy the whole city lit up, a marvelous contrast with the canal water.
Walking along the canals in Amsterdam | Amsterdamse grachten (July 2021)