Unique and instantly recognisable, the Amsterdam Canals have been synonymous with the Dutch capital for centuries. Over 100 kilometres of canals weave their way through the city, creating a network of islands connected by over 1200 bridges. Most of the canals date back to the 17th century, having been initially created as part of an expansion plan. Today they form an integral part of the city's landscape.
Sample the beauty of the canals and their surrounding areas from The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam, conveniently located on the banks of one of the 165 canals.
Exploring the canals
There are a variety of ways to soak up the atmosphere of the canals in Amsterdam, such as one of the many boat tours on offer. The guided tours enable you to discover the city from the water, whilst learning about its history and the concepts behind its marvellous architecture.
Exploring by foot is an equally enjoyable way of taking the pulse of the countless quaint, narrow streets that run off the canal ways. Many of the old canal houses, for instance, are now home to a variety of museums. Throughout the city, cafes, restaurants and boutiques combine to create the unique atmosphere of Amsterdam's canal rings. The canal landscape is treasured by locals and visitors alike and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010.
Discover the canals from an ideally located city centre hotel
Guests staying at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam need only step outside the front door in order to take in the sights of one of the vibrant and picturesque canals. This upscale hotel's central location makes it the perfect base from which guests can immerse themselves in the city.