Nothing reflects the personality of Amsterdam more than the canals in the heart of the historic city. Built during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, the canals of Amsterdam are a tourist wonder and a local delight. The canals are also a constant reminder that in a city that sits below sea level, the sea and the land are intertwined.
The canals were placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List effective 2010. Neighborhoods surround the canals. Swans swim on the canals. House boats on the canals are the homes of some Dutch residents.
The canals extend through Amsterdam’s cultural center.
They reflect the history of the city for locals and tourists alike.