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The Canals of Amsterdam - The Red Light District Amsterdam Guide - discover the secrets!
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The Canals of Amsterdam

Date: 7. jul 2018.

Beautiful canals of Amsterdam are the main reason that some people refer to it as the “Venice of the North”. The canals are also the great way to travel around the city during your Amsterdam tour and enjoy the scenery of this free-thinking European metropolis.

The city of Amsterdam was founded around 1250 with the building of the Dam that gave it its name. The first canals were dug for the purpose of water management and defense. The city started to expand in the Middle Ages and the successive defense moats ended up inside the walls and lost their function but started serving the new important one: local transport of merchandise.

The canals have been a part of the city’s landscape for centuries. However, most of the current canals were built during the Amsterdam’s golden age in the17th century. The officials at the time had decided to build a series of three concentric semi-circular canals around the city center. In time, hundreds of narrow streets and smaller canals spread out from the center, crossing the semicircles and creating 90 Islands and 1280 bridges within the city limits. The canals were ending in the squares at the outskirts of the city that were used for the parking space because the vehicles were not permitted in the city for years.

The canals in Amsterdam are also the popular place for recreational activities. Many of the city’s special events are held upon the water of the canals. In the winter time when the water in the canals gets frozen, many of the locals are ice-skating and after that visiting one of the local restaurants for the cup of traditional pea soup.

Many people are living in canals in one of the many Amsterdam’s house boats throughout the city. It is also possible to rent one for your visit to Amsterdam.

The Red light district is the oldest canal in the city, where the first brothels were opened in the 15th century but along the first canals in the area, rich merchants and regents established residence. The municipal project “1012” aims at reducing the prostitution in the area and highlights the historical importance of these canals. And since recently it became possible to book a canal cruise through the medieval Amsterdam.

The Gentlemen’s canal (Herengracht) is considered the most important canal in Amsterdam in the 17th century, the richest merchants, the mayors and the most influential regents of the city resided on this canal.

The Emperor’s canal (Keizersgracht) is located in the middle of the three main canals in the city and it was named by emperor Maximilian of Austria.It is the widest canal in the center of the city and is 31 meters wide.

The Prince’s canal (Prinsengracht) is one of the three main canals of Amsterdam and together they form the “Fourth outlay” of the city, which was the extension project that lasted 50 years and had started in 1612. The reason behind the name of the project is that this project made the city four times larger after the project was finished. in 2009 the Amsterdam canal belt was placed on the world heritage list of UNESCO.