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The 400th Anniversary of Amsterdam Canal District


This year Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of its well-known Canal District, which was established in the Golden Age and is currently included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Starting from the 17th century the Canal District has been a compound chain of amazing waterways that attract thousands of visitors each year. The anniversary is a big event in the city, in regard of which many museums, restaurants and cafes located nearby the canals offer tourists special packages and discounts. For instance the Het Grachtenhuis museum has established a special thematic exhibition, which is devoted to the anniversary and represents life during the Golden Age. 

Only a 40 minute walk in the museum promises to reveal the 400 year old history of the Amsterdam Canal Ring. And if you present the Canal District 2013 Map in this or in some other museums that take part in the celebration of the anniversary, you will get little souvenirs as a gift. The map can be found in different tourist agencies. 

Different water tours around the canals are organized for tourists, as well as discounts are provided for restaurants and museums. The tours are led by English-speaking guides who know a lot of interesting stories about the city and the Canals and are carried in luxury and open boats so that you can enjoy all the attractions that this ancient city features.

While staying nearby the Canal District you will get acquainted with the rich Dutch history in the historical buildings on your own. offers the Prinsengracht Apartment, which is a modern studio apartment, located in a monumental building on the famous Prinsengracht canal, and is ideal for a single traveler or a couple looking to be in the middle of the city.