Western Canal Belt Walking Tour, Amsterdam

The Western Canal Belt is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam, it is where the web of historic canals is most tranquil. Various attractions are found here, from tiny shops and cafes to churches, museums and galleries. Take this tour and see the best sites of the Western Canal Belt.
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Western Canal Belt Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Western Canal Belt Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: clare
Huis Marseille

1) Huis Marseille

One of the most stunning structures in Amsterdam decorated with breathtaking photography; the Huis Marseille offers its viewers a chance to encounter art within art. The first museum in Amsterdam dedicated to photography; Huis Marseille showcases contemporary as well as historical photographs.

Located on the Keizersgracht canal the Museum is located in an elegant 17th century merchant house. Dating back to 1665, the house was custom built by a wealthy French family. The building has an...   view more
Biblical Museum

2) Biblical Museum

Amsterdam is filled with sights that intrigue and connect to the past. Standing on the Herengracht Canal, the Biblical Museum immediately catches ones gaze with its timeless façade and obvious age. The Biblical Museum is one of the oldest museums in Netherlands.

The Museum was first commissioned by Dutch Merchant Jacob Cromhout in 1660. It was constructed by merging two patrician houses and was designed by architect Philips Vingboons. A total of two years were taken to complete the...   view more
Laura Dols

3) Laura Dols

Laura Dols is a typical Nine Street's shop that offers a variety of vintage chic clothes. Most clients who visit this shop are the Jordaan locals and tourists. A special interest for visitors are hand-embroidered traditional tablecloths and linens. Hours: Monday 13:00-18:00, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00-18:00, Thursday 11:00-21:00, Sunday...   view more
De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Little Streets)

4) De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Little Streets)

Amid the canal district of Amsterdam lies the area known as Nine Little Streets. It consists of nine side streets of the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel in central Amsterdam which have been promoting themselves with that name since the 1990s. Together they form a sub-neighborhood within the larger western Grachtengordel ("Canal Belt"), one with many small and diverse shops and restaurants. Dotted with designer boutiques (Antonia by Yvette, Donna Fiera, Sky...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Our Lady

5) Church of Our Lady

Amsterdam has many beautiful churches like Westerkerk and Noorderkerk. The Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk more commonly known as the Church of Our Lady is one among them. Built in the 11th century, run by the Opus Dei, this is a Roman oratory church founded by Redemptorist Fathers and is situated in the St. Nicholas Parish. Hearing of confessions and choral liturgy is of major importance in this church.

If you want to experience the magic of Michelangelo’s work then a visit to this church is a...   view more
Theater Museum

6) Theater Museum

Theater Museum is part of the Dutch Theater Institute and is located in two monumental buildings at the Herengracht. Its objective is to make a significant contribution to the knowledge of the Dutch theater culture in the international context. The Museum exhibitions give visitors an insight into the development of theater in the Netherlands. Hours: Monday-Friday from 11.00 to 17.00, Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 to...   view more
Westerkerk (West Church)

7) Westerkerk (West Church)

Located near Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, in Prinsengracht canal, is the highest church- The Westerkerk. The 85 meter high structure is one of the oldest churches in the city and its tower, topped with a blue, red and golden crown is symbolic of the imperial crown of Maximilian the First of Austria. Initially, this Church was built by the city architect Hendrick de Keyser but after his death in 1621, his son Pieter took over. Built for Protestant service, this church exhibits Dutch...   view more
Anne Frank House

8) Anne Frank House (must see)

The name Anne Frank must have rung a bell somewhere. Just to revive your memories, Anne Frank was a 13-year-old Jewish girl residing in the Netherlands with her family. Originally residents of Germany, after the Nazis gained power in Germany and life started getting difficult for the Jews, she and her family sought shelter in the Netherlands. However, little did the family know that soon the Nazi terror would come and haunt them even in their asylum.

The Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
René Bruijstens Modern Art

9) René Bruijstens Modern Art

Specializing in modern mid-20th century and contemporary art, Rene Bruijstens Modern Art is located in the West Canal Ring district of Amsterdam. In its collection, you can find fine artworks by Karel Appel, George Braque, Raoul Dufy, Sonia Delaunay, etc. Every year, Rene Bruijstens Modern Art participates at the PAN Amsterdam Fair of Art, Antiques and Design.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30 pm - 5:00 pm, or by...   view more
Pancake Bakery

10) Pancake Bakery

The Pancake Bakery is housed in an old canal warehouse. The restaurant was established in 1973. It's famous for 'poffertjes' (tiny pancakes) and omelets prepared according to the in-house recipes. Don't lose your chance to try the most delicious and unusual pancakes in the city. Open daily from 12.00 to...   view more
Nostalgia Antiques & Curiosa

11) Nostalgia Antiques & Curiosa

Located at Herenstraat in the West Canal Ring district of Amsterdam, Nostalgia Antiques & Curiosa offers antique furniture, metal art, glass and ceramics, all of which are from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Jugendstil periods. The antiques are mostly from Southern Europe and England, particularly from the 1880s to 1900s. The owner, Heleen den Ronden, started the business in 1990, before moving to the Herenstraat in 1998.

Operation Hours Monday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00...   view more
Antiquariaat Lont

12) Antiquariaat Lont

Located at Herenstraat in Amsterdam's West Canal Ring district, Antiquariaat Lont is a bookstore that is filled with antique books, maps, prints and many more. Over here, you can find a wide collection of antique and rare books from the 1800s and 1900s.

Operation Hours Monday - Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00...   view more

13) Haarlemmerstraat

Haarlemmerstraat is probably the youngest of the trendiest shopping streets in Amsterdam. It is the perfect place for those who seek to grab the latest and the...   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.
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
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Amsterdam has been the center of the Dutch Jewish community for the last four centuries, and although the holocaust had a dramatic effect on it, great efforts have been made to rebuild it in the years since. Wandering around the Jewish Quarter will give you an insight into the centuries-long history of the Jewish community of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Old Center Museums Walk

Old Center Museums Walk

Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Museum Quarter Walk

Museum Quarter Walk

The museums of Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions of the city. Some of its museums are quite small, but nevertheless important, and some, like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are world famous and should not be missed. This tour gives you an opportunity to visit Amsterdam's most renowned museums and learn more about history, art and even the world of diamonds.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
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

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