If you’re walking around in Amsterdam’s centre, you will find yourself in the canal belt – it’s impossible to miss. With beautiful 17th-century houses lining each side of the canal, charming cafes, and endless bridges you could spend an entire day walking around and taking in the scenery. A canal cruise can’t be missed out on as it offers a unique perspective on the picturesque canals with the canal houses, and typical Amsterdam architecture.
The four canals that make up the inner canal belt in Amsterdam are the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht, and the Prinsengracht. This area is known in Dutch as the ‘Grachtengordel’. Built in the 17th century to deal with an increasing population during the Dutch Golden age, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To get to the Singel canal, you need to come out of the front of Amsterdam’s central station, turn right and walk for about 5 minutes until you can see water. Because the inner canal belt is in an arc around the city, it is easy to navigate your way around. To reach any one of the other canals you can turn right on one of the bridges along the Singel and follow the street to the next canal.