The city of canals
Unique and instantly recognizable, the Amsterdam Canals have been synonymous with the Dutch capital for centuries. Over 100 kilometers 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.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam boasts a picturesque canal-side setting, allowing you to step out of the lobby and immediately stroll around the heart of this historical city. You can even reserve a private canal dock when arriving via canal boat, for special events and occasions.
Exploring the canalsThere are a variety of ways to soak up the atmosphere of the canals in Amsterdam. One such way is to take one of the many canal boat tours on offer. A guided tours gives you the opportunity you to discover the city from the water, whilst learning about its history and its marvelous architecture.
Exploring by foot or hiring a bike is an equally enjoyable way of immersing yourself in the countless quaint, narrow streets that run off the canals. Many of the old canal houses are now home to a variety of museums. Throughout the city, cafes, restaurants and boutiques create the unique atmosphere of Amsterdam's canal rings, like the famed The Nine Streets shopping area.
The canal landscape is treasured by locals and visitors alike and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010.