Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), Amsterdam

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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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  • Like all the three big Grachten around Amsterdam this is a nice place to simply walk along, look at shops and interesting details of the architecture and simply have a jolly good time.  more »
  • Loved walking along this and just experiencing Amsterdam. Such a beautiful city...safe, clean, vibrant.  more »
  • One of the many beautiful canals - perfect for a long stroll or you could consider a boat tour to change the perspective.  more »
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  • Enjoy the canal and its beauty by foot. Alternative through the canal cruises but walk on a pleasant evening is the best.
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  • 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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