Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), Amsterdam

#3 of 11 in Nature in Amsterdam
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The people who live along the city's widest channel, Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), can enter their homes directly from their boats when the weather's good. Take a walk through the quaint streets and stop by a charming cafe, or tour the site to find numerous important buildings. Look for an 1854 Syrian Orthodox church, ornamented with Neo-Gothic elements. See 17th-century warehouses with stepped gables that were once used for storing whaling products, and today host luxury apartments. You can also take a boat tour to learn the history and highlights of the area. Put Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Amsterdam online trip maker.
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  • Interesting to hear history of these canals and imagine how life was like in those times in this city, good to walk around the canals  more »
  • What an intriguing city and interesting! If you don't want to pay to go to the museums just walk around it is FREE. So much to see and explore. Not my favourite in Europe, but beautiful. I wish the....  more »
  • Nice experience to cruise through Emperor's Canal. All the canals in Amsterdam CBD are interconnected and they simply presented the best view of Amsterdam.  more »
  • Enjoy the canal and its beauty by foot. Alternative through the canal cruises but walk on a pleasant evening is the best.
  • Beautifull
  • Everyday something new happening!
  • The widest of the three main canals on the Canal Belt, Keizersgracht is between Herengracht and Prinsengracht and named for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459-1519). If the canal freezes in winter, no boats are allowed to pass through, in order to help keep the ice intact for skaters. As with Keizersgracht’s neighbours, it pays to be methodical as you make your way, so you don’t miss anything. At No. 44 are the Greenland Warehouses (1620), easily identified by their three crow-stepped gables. As many as 50,000 litres of whale blubber could be stored in the basements of these buildings, a far cry from their current role as luxury apartments! The distinguished House with the Heads (1622) at No. 123 is adorned with the heads of six Roman gods and goddesses, while Felix Meritis (1788) at No. 324 was built by the Enlightenment society of the same name and hosted performances by the likes of Mozart and Brahms.
  • A canal running through out Amsterdam. The canal of Keizer is its literal meaning. It is central waterway of city.

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