Amsterdam Canal Ring
Amsterdam Canal Ring
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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Graham
Rugby, UK896 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A word of warning, it’s very easy to plan. A walking route was looking at a map that makes the centre of the city, look tiny.

So what at the fourth canal is longer on the map than the first canal, they basically circle around each other. Even though your mind tells you that the fourth canal is gonna be longer than the first canal. It doesn’t look like much on the map and so hey why not go for it. In reality, the centre of Amsterdam is bloody huge and that walk that you were going to do so easily and gracefully along the canal. Turns out to be two hours in the Sun trying desperately hard not to be run over by bicycles and motorbikes.

This leads me to my second warning which is bicycles. I totally understand that they are in the easy way to get around. Amsterdam is flat after all, they’ve been even given the Room Lane to cycling, although who cares because they use the pavement as well. They don’t care about pedestrians they don’t slow down they don’t stop they just whistle around by the thousand and not only do you need eyes in the front and back of your head, but all along the sides as well.
Written May 7, 2023
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Lynn G
Washington, UK78 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Lovely hols to go on any time of year. If winter check weather just in case. We went one time to find canal boats out of service as canals were all frozen!
Written April 8, 2023
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mark_wendy19
Coventry, UK132 contributions
Mar 2023
Simply stunning and exactly what you expect to see. Make sure you see the canals in the day and night.
Written March 17, 2023
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dvdgurr04
Pevensey, UK371 contributions
Mar 2023
Very interesting - more canals than Venice. You see all the narrow houses with gables and winches, for use in pulling goods etc to upper floors. Lots of houseboats
Written March 6, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,109 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
This area also known as Centrum area is a buzzing hub of activity, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars. The canals look beautiful anytime of the year. Great Area to walk around. Many different routes leading to Dam Square, Red Light District, the various famous Churches and Museums.
Written February 12, 2023
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david n
Manchester, UK4,476 contributions
Dec 2022
There is so much to see if you take the time to look for it. Often exceptional architectural fancies from the 17th Century.
Written December 11, 2022
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hanzie k
45 contributions
Nov 2022
This place is just awesome in the night with all the Christmas lights. Give you a real good feeling for the winter holidays
Written November 17, 2022
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Herbert C
819 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This concentric semi-circles of canals surrounding Amsterdam’s old 17th century centre are the bedrock of the city and has placed the city’s urban map as one of the most recognisable city maps in the world. The picturesque canals is not only the city’s vital form of transportation, but has become the city’s most iconic and instagramable spots. The row houses and historical buildings dotting the many chic neighbourhoods certainly adds vibrancy to the area. So, hop onto one of the many cruise boats, peddle on a bicycle or simply walk to fully appreciate why UNESCO designate this as a World Heritage Site.
Written November 9, 2022
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Rebecca M
206 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Pictures do not do this justice. Definitely a must do and you will be able to see the various neighborhoods. I would make this the first excursion as it maps out the area better while sightseeing
Written October 27, 2022
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Anna P
5 contributions
Oct 2022
We stayed at the Ambassade Hotel with a view directly overlooking the canal. Lovely canal views day and night, and boat tours.
Written October 13, 2022
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