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The Grachtengordel of Amsterdam

Anyone flying from above would have a clear view of the interwoven image that the city of Amsterdam displays. It looks like a spider’s web from above, but is a system of streets, canals, quays, bridges and residential houses. The lots show an identical picture of equal length and width, and they have more or less courtyard gardens.

The Primeval Canals

The inner city of Amsterdam runs along four major ones, namely the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht. The canals all run toward the Amstel River, but do not end there. At later times, these canals were further extended with the new Herengracht, Nieuwe Keizersgracht and new Prinsengracht. They then run from the Amstel to the Muidergracht in the northeastern part of the area. The uniqueness of this ring of canals is that it is centuries old. It is an ironclad painting and urban planning concept and gives the picture of the development of the area at that time, the prosperity that was there. It has no been altered over the centuries, proud other larger structures have been erected around it. It is therefore not surprising that it is on INESCO’s World Heritage List. It is one of the city’s main tourist attractions.

The Canal Museum

To highlight the genesis of the canal district, an interactive and multimedia exhibition has been created in the museum. Through models, animations, 3D and wall projections, the old-time image is created. There is also a dollhouse, where you can view the rooms of the canal house through the Peppers Ghost technique. In addition to the exhibition, you can also view the period rooms on the bell floor and thus the garden. The museum was opened, following the inclusion of Amsterdam’s ring of canals on the World Heritage List in 2010, set up in 2011. The museum is located at Herengracht 386 in an ancient building designed since 1663. It is a building rich in the history of the time in terms of trade that was conducted within that building. It even had international trade. It also developed strong ties with the United States of America here. Even during the American War of Independence from 1775 to 1790, Americans were supported from here with credits and shares by Dutch bankers.

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Things do to in Amsterdam, Netherlands

There are a lot of things to do and see in Amsterdam. With a balance between crazy nightlife and a long history makes it one of the most popular cities in the world.

What to see

Amsterdam is one of the freest cities in the world. There is a lot to see in Amsterdam, but I’d recommend that you start with a walking or canal boat tour. This way you can see the beauty of the city and all its colors. If you don’t like water or walking, there is also the option to hop on a bike and ride through the city. There are a lot of places to hire a bike in the city and travelling by bicycle is very popular in The Netherlands.

There are a lot of museums in Amsterdam. The most popular museums are the Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh museum holds the biggest collection of van Gogh’s artwork. If you are a fan of art, you’ll find the Rijksmuseum not too far away. These are two great art museums with a lot of history. If art is not for you, you can also visit the Heineken museum where you can learn more about the most popular beer in Netherlands and how it’s made.


The nightlife in Amsterdam is big. The red light district is filled with tourists when the sun goes down and I would only recommend you go see it for 10 minutes for the experience and then go have a proper Amsterdam nightlife outing. There are a lot of clubs and bars in the city center that will be like you have never seen. One of the best clubs is Radion. Radion is open 7 days a week and almost all hours. They are mostly into techno, but they add variety to it. Be sure to buy tickets beforehand if there is an event.  

To be more relaxed on your night out, you can visit a variety of bars by just walking through the streets and looking around. Canvas is a great bar where you are on a rooftop and a sunset over the city can be seen. It’s not exactly in the city center, but is easy to reach with public transport.


There are a lot of ways to get around Amsterdam. You can take the tram, bus, walk or ride a bike. Walking would be the best as you can then see all the sights and beautiful buildings.  There are also hop-on, hop-off buses that allow you to see the whole city. Just be sure to buy tickets these buses.

Foods to try

Amsterdam has a lot food that should be tried and most of them can be found while walking through the streets. At almost any street take away shop, you can buy patat. This is potato fries that are fried, topped with sauce of your choice and really good. There are different sauces and combinations to choose from, but you will surely buy this more than once where you can then experiment for yourself. If you are having a beer and a little hungry makes bitterballen the perfect snack. This is a deep fried meaty snack that’s served with mustard or mayonnaise.

Amsterdam offers a lot of things to do and once you’ve seen this city, you will realize why it’s so popular among the rest of the world. This is one of the best cities that I have ever traveled to.