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Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals

Cool or not, the Amsterdam canals still determine the architectural style of Amsterdam's city center. Originally built as a sewage, the canals provide the best view of the 17th and 18th century merchants houses and warehouses. Each house has its own tale. Keizersgracht number 123 is the 'House with the Heads'. Legend has it that the maid caught six burglars red-handed and beheaded them with an axe. Number 546 boasts one of Amsterdam's most beautiful clock gables.


The canals have been praised and immortalized in numerous songs, poems and stories and some of Amsterdam’s best-known events take place in the canal district. And now Amsterdam’s canal district has even been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.