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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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USD 27.34*
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat
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USD 47.28*
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Amsterdam Hop-On-Hop-Off Boat Pass including Hermitage Museum Admission
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USD 45.57*
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Private Amsterdam Canal Boat Cruise Including Bites & Drinks

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One of the most scenic canals to see

Amsterdam has many canals. This one is great. if possible, take a boat cruise on this canal and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kennebunk, Maine
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Kennebunk, Maine
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amsterdam has many canals. This one is great. if possible, take a boat cruise on this canal and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Thank RobOlson
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Touring the canals either by tourist liner or private boat is an unforgettable experience. Historic Amsterdam's beautiful buildings and homes are the perfect backdrop to the canals, contrasting beautifully with the wide variety of houseboats and eclectic collection of watercraft. I don't suggest renting a small craft and doing this on your own. The canals are extremely complex and getting... More 

Thank mdwstmatt
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Any & all the canals in Amsterdam are a pleasure to walk along or just stop and enjoy the architecture and people watching.

Thank Tess V
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One must take a Canal tour. It goes through the city. One gets an idea of the whole city, its culture and its people. There are buildings, which are tilted like Minar of Pisa.

Thank Vjhajharia
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You're able to see the canal with bridges, beautiful old canal houses, some still on double lots with gardens and carriage houses behind them, and you can observe all of the different types of gables on the houses (step, bell, triangle etc).

Thank iminmiamitrick
George Town, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The emperor's canal is beutiful and is great just to go up and admire the architecture of all the houses.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many of the canals offer a good photographic location, this one was even more beautiful. Worth a visit.

Thank Paulina Z
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The second and widest of all the canals in the historic city center, the canal has many beautiful and historic buildings along its banks including the twin sisters (identical canal houses). Best visited as part of a canal cruise of Amsterdam.

Thank TAIN2013
Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat rides looked so fun!!! They really know how to throw a party in Amsterdam.... would highly recommend planning on attending this holiday!

Thank Marci W
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not that u can fig out any difference between all the annals as they all lòk and are same but a ride in water and passing the city in day or lighted night is totally mesmerising

Thank minotindesai

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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