Just take a walk around Amsterdam and enjoy the views. Lovely old buildings, nice peaceful canals. It sure beats the busy hustle and bustle of the Damrak area and the RLD. When you need a rest just dip into a cafe or bar for some light refreshment.
where the Houseboats catch your eyes, bridges need to be walked, camera always ready. saturday afternoon in Amsterdam walking along the Canals, someone looks after the Geraniums, a colourful bird calling, pretty boy.
Walking or simply sitting by the many canals in Amsterdam is fantastic way to relax. Particularly on a warm summer day. At night, the bridges light up to amazing effect. This is one of my favourite canals, the Keizersgracht............
Amsterdam is full of canals, which offer some of the city's best scenery. We spent hours strolling along the canals through the city's neighborhoods. Our favorite canals were the ones west of the center city, between it and the Jordaan neighborhood. Most of the canals are lined with traditional canal houses, which are tall and narrow and feature decorative gables on top with cranes for lifting heavy items into the upper floors.
It is a great experience to travel by canal bus as I could see the canals and houseboat in a clear way! I am surprised to find that even cats can live on the houseboats! They even came out of the house to enjoy the sunshine! Some of them even walked closely to the water!!!
Amsterdam is as well known for its canals as any other aspect of the city. In the central downtown area, it seems there are as many canals as paved streets. According to Frommer's, there are 160 canals in the city, stretching over 47 miles -- and crossed by 1281 bridges! Amsterdam has more canals than the other famous canal city -- Venice...
The canals add to the old-world charm of the central city. Besides transportation for citizens and tourists, the canals also are the home of many residents who own houseboats.
Part of what makes Amsterdam such a charming city are the many canals. While touring the city you will come across at least 4 or 5 of them.
Along these canals you will find some of the most beautiful homes lined with trees making it very picturesque.
Amsterdam is called Venice of the north because of its many canals. The most beautiful canals are Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and Herengracht. Along these canals you can find the most beautiful houses once belonging to doctors, lawyers, bankers and shipowners. The canals are lined by many trees, giving it a lovely touch.
Did you know that the names of these canals refer to important political people of that time.
Keizersgracht = German Emperor Maximilian I
Prinsengracht = Prince of Orange
Herengracht = noblemen
Canals are an omnipresent scene in Amsterdam and on a norman day one can find al kinds of -- small, large and midsized boats moving around.
Unfortunately I couldn't find time for that bit of local siteseeing which is a must see/experience activity.
Though there are jettys leaving from a few places.. I gues the most popular is the one at Central Station point from where lotta tourists get on the boat.. Try and catch the open top one with probably a dinner thrown in and enjoy..
Best known for its sex and drugs but how could you forget the canals ! the highlight of any trip to Amsterdam for me. They look at there best at night over the christmas period when all the brightly coloured lights from the cafe's and bars make them look particulalry romantic and appealing. This is a great City to explore on foot, getting lost has never been so much fun.
My pictue is not at night nor at christmas- however, this is a great wee cafe just opposite the Anne Frank Musuem
I loved the town houses in Amsterdam. Some were terribly grand, while others were smaller and cosier. A great many are built on reclaimed land, and preserving them is an expensive business, as the foundations move so much over the years, as can be seen from this house.
Just walking around the city you will see the different canals and bridges, while they are great to admire during the day, some are even better to view at night. Don't walk around the city just looking up, make sure you look down and admire all the city has to offer.
Dude!!! The whole city is full of canals! How cool is that? It's really cool, but it can be a little confusing at first. While you're walking around it's a good idea to have a map with you, otherwise those canals and streets are bound to leave you scratching your head. On the other hand, you could just accept the fact that you'll get temporarily displaced and enjoy the views while you're trying to get yourself back on track.
Make sure that you make at least a short walk along the canals (or take the boat) to see the wonderfull houses along the canals.
Each canal has its own charm.
Between the canals are small streets (9 streets) with a wide variety of specialty shops, bars and restaurants.
I took this photo because of the really obvious slant this building had. The reason for this is that most of the canal houses are tall but very narrow and so it was difficult to get large pieces of furniture etc up the stairs so the buildings were usually built to lean a bit so that the furniture could be hoisted up the outside without hitting the side of the building. Most canal houses are like this, but not as obvious as this one.