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March 31, 2010

A Tour in Amsterdam’s Golden Age Canals

The city of Amsterdam is famous for its numbers of canals and is even considered as the Venice of the North.

So when you decide to travel to Amsterdam, make sure that you would not deprive yourself of a canal tour in exploring the architectural and cultural areas inside the city. Such tour can be both relaxing and fascinating by day as you catch sight of the beautiful views and sceneries. And it can be romantic and enchanting at night as you pass by illuminated bridges and houses.

The famous canals of Amsterdam can be best explored by foot. As you slowly stroll along the city’s canals, you will discover and appreciate more the uniquely crafted gable, canal boats, canal houses, cafes, museums, among many others.

However, riding on canal boats are a much preferred way to explore the city from the water. It is also a solution for those who are in the rush to see the most of Amsterdam within just an hour.

The Golden Age Canals trip should never be neglected on your visit to Amsterdam. These canals are comprised of three 17th-century canals, namely, the Keisersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), Prinsengracht (Princes’ Canal), and Herengracht (Gentlemen’s Canal), which are actually symbols of the pride and wealth of the city.

On your tour, you can pay a visit to one of Amsterdam’s top museums, the Museum Van Loon, a very breathtaking canal house built during the 18th century. It is owned by the prominent Van Loon family. The museum displays the family’s belongings, including family portraits, heirloom treasures and other exquisite furniture.

Another place worth dropping by is the Noordermarkt market square. On Monday mornings, from 9am until 1pm, the Jordaan quarter has a great flea market where you can find fabrics, records, antiques, and piles of low-priced second-hand clothes. The Jordaan itself has several nice shops, bars, and restaurants. On Saturdays, the Noordermarkt becomes a biological food market from 9am up to 4pm, where they offer fresh organic vegetables, fruits, oils, herbs, and many others. You can drop by on these days and you can buy something of value but at very affordable prices.

Indeed, a tour in Amsterdam’s Golden Age Canals should never be missed when you get the chance to be in the city. The Grachtengordel (Canal Belt) has a lot of cultural and architectural history that will surely impress every Amsterdam visitor.

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