Amsterdam: the charm of the Canals

Amsterdam deserves its nickname “Venice of the North". Indeed, the extraordinary number of canals in this city of the Netherlands exceeds the understanding, so that visiting the city without having at least a boat ride through these canals would be equivalent to having seen nothing of Amsterdam.

These canals stretch over a hundred kilometers, crossed by some 1,500 bridges, linking the 90 islets that make up the capital of the Netherlands. These figures can be used to indicate the extent to which these channels play major roles in travel to Amsterdam, but also occupy a prominent place in tourism. Regardless of where you want to go, wherever the buildings are to be visited, it is always a matter of borrowing these canals unless you cycle through the maze of chaotic streets in the city.

There are four main main canals in Amsterdam, from the outside to the inside: Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel. The latter was a river before being transformed into a canal in the 14th century in order to reinforce the defenses of the city. The other three dates from the 16th century, during the Golden Age of Amsterdam. Their construction is a real achievement and the work lasted nearly a century before the historic center of the city was encircled by these conduits, vital arteries of the Amsterdam of the time.

The most notable buildings of the city were built along these main canals. Walking along these paths, one cannot fail to marvel at the splendor and majesty of the mansions bordering the Keizersgracht, the Emperor’s canal. The Herengracht has nothing to envy him on this plan, because buildings with impressive architectures are also on the edge of this canal of the Lords.
Speaking of architecture, we can say that the most notable works are all on the banks of the Amsterdam canals. Their style differs according to the time of their construction and according to the architectural trends, but they all have one thing in common, they are all wonderful. There are all styles: baroque, renaissance, neoclassical, Art Nouveau… They are the witnesses of the grandeur, the power and the richness of the city in the 18th, 19th and 20th century respectively.

As for the bridges that cross the canals, there are several hundred, as mentioned earlier. To each his charm, but one of them deserves all the same a special mention; The Maigre Bridge. Built in 1670, this traditional wooden double-deck bridge is the most famous bridge in Amsterdam. At night, it is the high place of Romanticism under the dim lighting of thousands of lamps that illuminate the bridge.