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  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,784 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canal
    Singel Canal is one part of Amsterdam's canal ring. It also happened to be the canal where our hotel was which was great as it's quite central to lots of tourist sites. Singel is a canal lined with wonderful 4 and 5 storey buildings which are typical of Amsterdam. Lovely to look at. Take the time to stroll along the canal bank - watch out for bikes - to admire the buildings, the canal itself and some of the boats floating past. Also look out for various small shops and eating places.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth A Visit If Your In The Area
    One of the many canals surrounding Amsterdam. Nice to walk along especially in the summer. We came in late July with nice weather. You get some good views up the canal, and there are some nice buildings dotted along the canal.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia34,177 contributions
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    It is perceived as one of the big channels, but has nothing to do with them…
    The Singel channel is perceived as one of the big channels, but in fact it has nothing to do with the Hendrik Stats project, since it appeared almost 2 centuries before it. Singel was dug around 1428, not as a canal, but as a defensive moat and served as the western border of Amsterdam until 1585, until the influx of Protestant emigrants from Antwerp, defeated by the Spaniards, demanded the expansion of the city. The most elegant house on the Dolphin Canal (Dolphin Huis, No. 140-142), This house with a double red brick pediment by architect Hendrik de Keyser was built in 1600. Incredibly, we can see even one of its inhabitants almost live. At the Rijksmuseum. This is Frans Banning Kok, the main character of Rembrandt's painting "Night Watch". The longest house on Singel (or maybe in Amsterdam?) The modern "House of Hooft" (Hoofthuis) occupies an entire block. It is occupied by one of the faculties of the University of Amsterdam. On the canal there is probably the widest bridge in Amsterdam - Torensluis - the Tower lock of 1648. Its width is as much as 42 meters. The architect was Jan Legvater, whose main occupation was land drainage. The Round Lutheran Church of 1671 looks unusual. It is out of harmony with the surrounding houses and would be more suitable for Venice. The secret is simple: architect Adrian Dortsman was a big fan of Italian architecture.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 27, 2024
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,271 contributions
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Jul 2022
We walked along this canal one morning on our way to the central station. It is lined with many beautiful buildings. One that stood out for us was the beautifully decorated mid 19th century building that is the headquarters of Levensverzekering Noord-Braband, an insurance company.
Written September 6, 2022
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,113 contributions
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Jul 2022
Singel is one of the canals in the canal ring surrounding the old city of Amsterdam. It is the ring closest to Dam Square and runs parallel to the other canals.

It's a really nice area to walk around and take in the beautiful buildings and water features.

I would advise walking on the pavement or against the flow of traffic as you could be running into bicycles, cars and lorries so watch your step!
Written August 5, 2022
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,784 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Singel Canal is one part of Amsterdam's canal ring. It also happened to be the canal where our hotel was which was great as it's quite central to lots of tourist sites.

Singel is a canal lined with wonderful 4 and 5 storey buildings which are typical of Amsterdam. Lovely to look at. Take the time to stroll along the canal bank - watch out for bikes - to admire the buildings, the canal itself and some of the boats floating past.

Also look out for various small shops and eating places.
Written August 2, 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Among so many canals in Amsterdam, Singel is perhaps the most picturesque and definitely the most lively. At the bustling heart of the Dutch capital, it is full of souvenir shops and restaurants. A stroll along the waterfront is particularly impressive. Definitely spend some time to explore the area.
Written June 5, 2023
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Tom J
London, UK1,698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
One of the many canals surrounding Amsterdam. Nice to walk along especially in the summer. We came in late July with nice weather. You get some good views up the canal, and there are some nice buildings dotted along the canal.
Written August 13, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Singel is one of the many canals that make up the Amsterdam Canal Rings and one with many houseboats, some of which if sitting on dry land could easily be mistaken for actual houses. The whole area and the bridges over the Singel is very picturesque and well worth visiting.
Written August 2, 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
There are four canals that form the UNESCO World Heritage Grachtengordel (Canal Ring) of Amsterdam. These include the Singel, the inner most canal as well as the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and the outer most Prinsengracht.

In the distant past, the Singel was a moat that surrounded Amsterdam until the 16th century when the city outgrew Singel.

These days, the Singel is a curved canal in central Amsterdam, it is a nice waterway to walk and is lined with 17th-century buildings, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. You can take boat rides along the Singel and take traditional Amsterdam canal photos from the small bridges which cross the canal.

I enjoy walking along the Singel as well as other Canal Ring waterways. These are unique parts of Amsterdam that contribute to the charm and appeal of the city.
Written July 8, 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Scenic and beautiful
* Classic picture perfect postcard views of Amsterdam
* Relaxing and soothing

CONS
* Pay to take a canal cruise and get on the water

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... as part of my plan to see and do as much as I could. I was happy to cruise on this with Flagship Amsterdam (very highly recommended) and to walk along it too.

WOULD I VISIT THIS PLACE AGAIN?
Sure

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Walking is free; the Flagship Amsterdam canals cruise was certainly worth it

ADVICES
Do it

Written October 5, 2023
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Chez261247
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Four friends, all female and all mature age, we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay on the Singel Canel in a houseboat. It was such a unique experience, so much better than staying in a Hotel where we would be in 2 twin rooms, and not all altogether. We were close to everything we needed, and Central Station was about 8 to 10min max walk. Our boat was actually a stationery old ship, not a flat bottomed house boat, so it had lots of character. It was fun being on the water with all the boat traffic passing by.
Written July 16, 2019
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Marvin
Oslo, Norway18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Singel Canal is one of the canals in Amsterdam Center. Lots of restaurants and nightlife near by. Or you cab just sit on a cafe and have a cup of caffee and look at all the people and canal boats.
Written May 4, 2019
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