Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour, Amsterdam

Grachtengordel (Dutch for the Canal District) is an international icon of urban planning and architecture in Amsterdam. Still very much intact after four centuries, the area is known for its small bridges, crossing the canals, and 17th-century homes. Forming a horseshoe around the Old City Centre, the Canal Ring comprises Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals, built during Amsterdam's Golden Era. Interconnected with streets, the three canals offer a plethora of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities, complete with cultural attractions, among which are the Pipe Museum, The Cat Cabinet, the Torture Museum, the Mint Tower and others. A walk around Amsterdam Canal Belt will leave you anything but bored.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Guide Name: Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: clare

1) Leidsestraat

Leidsestraat is a busy Amsterdam street, located between the King's Square and the Leidseplein. It has many luxurious clothing boutiques like Karen Millen as well as cheap souvenir...   view more
Pipe Museum

2) Pipe Museum

Smoking has been a part of cultures since ages. In fact, the first citation of smoking was reported as early as 5000BC and that too as a part of a religious ritual. We have come a long way since then and yet smoking remains the one way man can legally and openly subject himself to neuronal drugs.

Whether it is ritualistic, societal, leisure or a status symbol, smoking seems to be the one habit; man has kept alive (apart from drinking, of course!). So what best way to celebrate this kind of...   view more

3) Spiegelkwartier

If you're looking to acquire a nice piece of antique either for yourself or anybody, Spiegelkwartier is the place to go. The variety of objects available here is enormous, from Egyptian 6,000 year-old antiquities and Chinese porcelain to the 17th century Delftware and abstract modern...   view more
Galerie Clement

4) Galerie Clement

The Galerie Clement features graphic art as well as other forms of art. It opened in 1969. The gallery displays paintings, sculptures and paper works by Jan Baas, Peter Breevoort, Jan Hendrix, Terry Thompson, Antonie Wiertz, Jan Swart, Ronald Tolman, Jan Cremer and many other creative minds. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30...   view more
Toussaint Bonnet Decorative Arts and Antiques

5) Toussaint Bonnet Decorative Arts and Antiques

Located at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam's antique district, Toussaint Bonnet Decorative Arts and Antiques specializes in antique furniture, ceramics, porcelains, sculptures and many more. Established more than 25 years ago by Toussaint Bonnet, the gallery also offers decorative objects from the 18th to 20th century, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, as well as bronze and marble sculptures.

Operation Hours Wednesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 5 am, or by...   view more
The Cat Cabinet

6) The Cat Cabinet

If you are a cat person and just adore the feline, The Cat Cabinet must not be missed. But don’t let that be the only reason to visit this amusing museum. Located on the banks of the Herengracht Canal, the Cat Cabinet is housed in one of the most opulent areas of the city.

The structure that now houses the Cat Cabinet has stood its ground since the early 17th century and seen many elite families of merchants, mayors and ambassadors come and go.

For years the building housed important...   view more
Torture Museum

7) Torture Museum

One of Amsterdam’s most gruesome but still interesting places is the Torture Museum. At the Museum, step into dungeons that hold the darkest and most terrible secrets of history and travel back to a time when prisons, justice and laws meant ripping of body parts and tearing of flesh. Get an glimpse of how prisoners and criminals were brought to justice or even got to confessing their crimes.

The Museum is definitely renowned for the ambiance it creates. With its dimly lit interiors and...   view more
Mint Tower

8) Mint Tower

The Mint Tower is one of the structures in the city which has a rich past. A part of the wall that guarded the city of Amsterdam, the Tower was one of the main gates of the Regulierspoort.

Built in the latter half of the 15th century, the Tower underwent tremendous renovation over the centuries. From the fire of 1618, which engulfed and destroyed most of the city’s walls, the Mint Tower emerged almost untouched, only to be reconstructed in the Renaissance style a year later.

Hendrick de...   view more
De Kleine Komedie

9) De Kleine Komedie

De Kleine Komedie is today the oldest theatre in Amsterdam, dating from 1788. In the Fifties and Sixties many famous people in the Dutch entertainment world, like Toon Hermans, Wim Kan and Fons Jansen, made appearances in this theatre. In 1973 the building was closed by the Amsterdam fire brigade due to fire hazard. After a renovation financed by private sources, it was reopened in 1978.

Amsterdam's oldest theater, De Kleine Komedie is the nation's premier cabaret stage, though it...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Amstel Antiques

10) Amstel Antiques

Amstel Antiques is located at the Amstel canal, in the South Canal Ring district of Amsterdam. The shop features a wide collection of antiques, such as old vinyl records, CDs, as well as some 20th century art and...   view more
Museum of Bags & Purses

11) Museum of Bags & Purses (must see)

The Museum of Bags and Purses, located in Amsterdam, is a museum devoted to historic handbags, purses and suitcases. The museum's collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 1500s. One of only three museums across the globe specializing in the field and its collection is the world's largest. While the majority of visitors to the museum are women, the most valuable item on exhibit is a 16th-century men's goat-skin belt pouch with iron clasps. The earliest handbags in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kunsthandel P. de Boer

12) Kunsthandel P. de Boer

Located in the South Canal Ring district of Amsterdam, Kunsthandel P. de Boer specializes in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters paintings. Its collections include masterpieces from the 16th to 18th century, although the main focus is on 17th century works. Established in 1922, Kunsthandel P. de Boer also provides advice on restoration and framing matters.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm, or by...   view more

13) FOAM

If you want a break from the history and architecture of Amsterdam the FOAM is a pleasant change.

Located in a beautiful 19th century warehouse and residential complex with the interiors a mix of the old and new, the FOAM comes alive with its myriad of photographs and exhibits. The Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam or FOAM is a photography museum with international reputation and acclaim. Attracting admirers from all over the world, the FOAM offers its viewers a peek into the minds and emotions of...   view more
Gallery Lemaire

14) Gallery Lemaire

Located in the South Canal Ring district of Amsterdam, Gallery Lemaire has been in the trade of tribal art from Oceania, Africa, Indonestia and New Guinea since 1925. Over here, you can find a large collection of items such as statues, masks, jewellery, textiles and utensils. In addition, Gallery Lemaire has an elaborate library that contains information about any item found within the gallery (i.e., its origins, tribe background, age, etc). Gallery Lemaire also participates at the Tribal Art...   view more

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It is famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements that keep drawing in people from the whole world all year round. Here are some suggestions on the top-rated tourist attractions of this extraordinary city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Old Side Walking Tour

Old Side Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Old Side or Oude Zijde in Dutch is a neighborhood of true contrast. On one side we have centuries old medieval buildings, churches and landmarks, and on the other hand we have the Red Light District, which is not in fact a district, but an area within the Oude Zijde of Amsterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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