Exploring a city floating on the water remains a unique experience. Especially in a city like Amsterdam, which is known for its picturesque canals with many bridges, it is a magical trip. The unique long waterways with thousands of historic buildings with rows of green close by.
Did you know that Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and more bridges than Paris? A cruise through this unique environment never gets boring.
The unusual street pattern makes the canals among others so unique. Most canal cities have a rectangular shape. However, in Amsterdam the three main canals consist of 5 bent straight sections. Together they form a semicircle around the old medieval city center. The angles come together in one point: the Dam, the central city square.
If you enjoy the environment during your trip, you may notice more. The trees along the canals were very special for that time. Amsterdam was the first city in Europe to plant trees on a large scale. As early as 1600, double-sided Linden and later Iepen were planted on every newly dug canal.
Historic facts on the Canals of Amsterdam
Also noticeable are the hoisting beams, which every gable house in Amsterdam has. The stairs are so narrow that almost all furniture has to be lifted in and out through the windows. The facades of the houses are therefore slightly inclined forward so that the tarnished goods do not collide with the walls.
What makes the Amsterdam canals so beautiful and unique is now sufficiently described and you have to see it with your own eyes. But did the canals, where you might be able to cruise come from ? actually we can tell you more about it.
The oldest existing canals, such as the Oudezijdse Voorburgwal and the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, were constructed in the 14th century around the medieval city center. At that time, the waterways network was mainly built in order to get dry soil. The land that was retrieved when digging the canals was used to raise land or to construct the defense walls. In addition to this, the channels used to serve as fire extinguishing water, landfill and sewage. In addition, the canals were the main roads for transporting goods and people.
Since 1 August 2010 the main canals have even been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The ring of canals gained recognition among other things because of the unique street pattern, the varied historic architecture of the buildings and the long rows of trees along the ancient canals.