Amsterdam has always been one of my
A quick note about traveling alone: I love it! For someone who’s quite extraverted and likes to chat a lot, that might be surprising—or maybe it isn’t! Maybe the reason I love it so much is that I like making new friends and chatting up new people. It’s honestly one of my
I ended up having the most wonderful day, discovering new parts of town I hadn’t spent as much time in, new places to grab a Dutch treat or two and of course, the end result of this whole mission: finding the most beautiful canals (IMO) in the city! I hearted each location as I went on Google Maps (a handy feature PS—if you end up loving a place, just tap your current location or a local landmark and add a heart to save it, which helps you remember it if you want to return or if you want to recommend it down the road!). Since I had all my canals saved, I also included a little map at the very bottom of this post so that the next time you’re in Amsterdam, you can literally just pull it up and follow along! Oh, and because I’m a huge nerd, of
Bloemgracht literally translates to “flower canal” (canal is “
Another gorgeous canal in
Herengracht has one of the most gorgeous bridges in the whole city, particularly when it’s all lit up! Herengracht historically is one of the most prestigious canals to live on in the city, and that still rings true today. It’s the second of the four main canals that connect the whole city (seriously, looking at the map gives you so much
Similarly to Herengracht, this canal has gorgeous bridges and they do such a good job with adding lights to the archways so that the bridges are reflected in the water in the evening! If you take a canal boat (which you should) you can get a clear shot from below all seven bridges on the canal.
One of my absolute faves. It is teeny tiny but has one of the best views in the whole city—make sure you have a camera here because as you look down the canal, the gorgeous Rijksmuseum overlooks it! This canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (so you know it’s gotta be good).
Another canal with a fantastic monument at the end of it, the
And as promised, some quick facts! Did you know:
Amsterdam has 165 canals! Crazy to think of the planning that went into making sure they all formed this perfect system. Amsterdam’s houses are tilted because the soil they’re built on is so damp—it’s truly
a water-logged city!
There are about 3,000 houseboats in Amsterdam, some that are literally the size of a proper house! If you have the canal space, you might as well take advantage of it. And of course, some are restaurants, bars, etc as well!
While you might think of Venice when it comes to canals and bridges, Amsterdam actually far outnumbers Venice with its bridges, coming up to about 1,300 bridges total! 25,000 bikes wind up in the canals every year—on our first visit there, Matt and I were told it’s become something of a drunken game to toss them in at night. That’s why you don’t get a flashy bike there—it’s all about function, not style! You don’t want to make your bike a target.
And now finally, the map! You can easily refer to this on your next trip and bike around to each canal. I can’t stress enough how important it is to bike the city if you can bike ride—even if you’re not the most confident rider, just try it for at least one day! It’s really the way to see the city, and Amsterdam’s not that big so you can cover it easily this way! Also, would really suggest doing a canal ride at some point—make sure you stop by this guide to see more suggestions!
Feel free to pin this snap below for future reference!