Adorning the picturesque streets of the city and providing river transportation, Herengracht winds past the homes of the rich, showcasing centuries-old houses and quaint cafes. Among all of Amsterdam's canals, this one is the finest and most fashionable. See important and historic sites, such as the mayor's residential quarters and a house where Peter the Great stayed. Snap a photo of the seven bridges of the Reguliersgracht, which--if viewed from a correct angle--give the impression of a tunnel. Look for the oldest residential house in the city--a small 1590 home with a stepped gable, overlooking the water. Using our online itinerary creator, Amsterdam attractions like Herengracht can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Es ist einen besondere Atmosphäre, typisch Amsterdam ist hier anzutreffen. Das Wasser, die Boote, schöne Locations am Wasser, "hunderttausend" Fahrräder sind unterwegs oder "haufenweise" irgendwo und ... more »It is a special atmosphere, typical Amsterdam can be found here. The water, the boats, beautiful waterfront locations, "a hundred thousand" bikes are on the way or "heaps" parked somewhere and everywhere, partially chained, rusted, unsightly. The space is very tight: A few cars in one-way traffic, an imense number of bicycles on the bike paths and on the often highest 50 cm wide "sidewalks." Everyone drives just where you go ..., pedestrians are a hindrance! And the water in the canal is visually a broth.
Buen lugar para admirar la arquitectura de Amsterdam con sus casas inclinadas y sus viviendas en barcos en el canal more »Good place to admire the architecture of Amsterdam with its sloping houses and its houses in boats on the canal
Stroll along the Herengracht and enjoy the water, the buildings and the people walking and sitting outside having a chat and a drink. The buildings are beautiful and you have to turn your head upwards to get the complete view and all the magnificent details of the houses.
We recently spent a week in Amsterdam and enjoyed strolling along Herengracht (canal) several times during our stay. This is one of the three principle canals that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Grachtengordel, a semi-circular arrangement of three canals that form the Canal Ring in the city centre. Herengracht is the inner most of the three canals and considered the most important in the city. During its construction in the 17th century, this was where the most wealthy of the city merchants bought plots to build their mansion houses and large scale properties, many of which remain and can be viewed along the banks of this beautiful canal today. Note: If you want to visit one of these properties, try the Willet-Holthuysen House and Museum near the junction of Herengracht and the Amstel River. Obviously taking a boat ride that includes time on the Herengracht can be a rewarding experience if you enjoy traveling by water. I prefer the slower, longer walks along the canal, allowing you more time to enjoy and appreciate the architecture of the buildings along Herengracht. During this time of the year, many of the trees along the canal are turning, resulting in some good autumn foliage sightings as well. In the end, Herengracht is a lovely canal in Amsterdam... but there are others worth spending time as well. Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and even the Singelgracht, which is nearer to Dam Square and the more popular sightseeing within the city centre are well worth exploring as well.
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