The Canal Ring

The Canal Ring

Wondrous waterways

Noteworthy for: The four canals that make up the ring and all the streets inbetween are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 'Canal Ring' describes the four parallel waterways that form a horseshoe around the city, separating the Old Town from the neighbourhoods of de Jordaan, Plantage and the Museum Quarter. These canals - Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht - are crisscrossed by beautiful bridges, leafy streets and hundreds of bars, cafes and shops. Nearby is the famous 9 Streets area of upmarket boutiques, the entertainment district of Leidseplein, the bar-filled Rembrandtplein and the antiques area of Spiegelkwartier.

The ring itself dates from the 17th century, when city planners constructed an area that was appealing for local residents and also made trade transportation more efficient. The result was an early grid system that is common in modern cities, but was arguably pioneered here on the water. Together with the Old Town, the Canal Ring is a typical picture-postcard image of Amsterdam.

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