View of the Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

Grachtengordel Tour

In 1275 Amsterdam started as a small fishing village around a dam in the river Amstel. Around the old city center the famous horseshoe shaped canal belt was formed, comprising Heren­gracht, Keizers­gracht and Prinsen­gracht. Many stunning canal houses (with their ornate gables) and buildings can be admired along the canals with matching interesting stories — we will walk through centuries of history.

Located in the South Canal Rings district of Amsterdam, just across the bridge opposite the Rijks­museum, the Spiegel­straat has been the heart of the Dutch art and antique trade for the past 80 years.

Amstelveld with it’s former wooden church, where Napoleon once stalled his horses, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) across the Amstel river and the house­boats along the canals are just a few of the high­lights which can be seen along the way.