Built during the Golden Age of the 17th century, Amsterdam’s canal ring comprises a network of intersecting waterways. The waterways were developed as part of the draining and reclamation of land. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. The canal ring area has been officially protected since 1999 and they were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

I really enjoyed strolling along Amsterdam’s canals; they are truly one of the city’s greatest delight. With its low-rise brick facades and distinctive gables, I can imagine myself being a part of the Dutch Golden Age.

With more than 1,500 monumental buildings in the area, history comes alive in every corner.

Some of the houses are evocative of the way a grand family may have lived during the Golden Age, when the Netherlands was one of the richest country in the world.

Amsterdam tourist attractions along the canals include museums and historical buildings, parks, and the famous Red Light District.

Celebrating its 400th birthday in 2013, the Canal Ring remains a historic and beautiful water network through the city.

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