Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): A Day Strolling the Canals of Amsterdam

A Day Strolling the Canals of Amsterdam
Every city in Europe is special and unique, offering glimpses into the past of that town’s history. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands has such special characteristics that truly make it one of a kind. The name “Amsterdam” actually derives from several floods in 1170 and 1173 on the Amstel river. After the floods, the residents built a bridge dam over the river, therefore, creating the name which we know today.

What truly makes Amsterdam so special is that there are over 100 kilometers of canals, 90 islands and 1,500 bridges throughout the entire city which was designed in the 17th century. The city of Amsterdam took into consideration of an ever growing population and therefore, strategically planned and dug the three main canals,Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht in the shape of a half circle, as well as a strategic fourth military canal. Over time, the population steadily increased and expanded into the neighboring areas.

So, while this all sounded incredibly enticing, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit a friend, Michelle from Confessed Travelholic who is currently doing her dream internship in the Netherlands. So, Hans and I, already had a vacation booked for Aachen, Germany and surrounding towns, we decided to tack on a couple of extra days to drive up to see Michelle and of course, the Netherlands.

Immediately, upon stepping on to the train platform, memories from my 2008 trip surfaced. The Amsterdam Main Station is one of ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Day Strolling the Canals of Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Amsterdam Centraal   Openbare Bibliotheek   Oude Kerk   Red Light District   Koninklijk Paleis   Dam Square   Madame Tussands   Anne Frank Huis   floating Flower Market   Rijksmuseum   Museum Square   Van Gogh Museum   Warung Spang Makandra   Amsterdam Cheese Company   t’Smalle  
Author: Lorelei Frey
Read it on author's website: https://caliglobetrotter.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/a-day-strolling-the-canals-of-amsterdam/

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