Emperor's Canal

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Keizersgracht, the Emperor's Canal, is the widest of the 3 major canals in the city centre of Amsterdam and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht, recognized for illustrating expertise in hydraulics, civil engineering, town planning, construction and architectural knowhow. Located between Herengracht and Prinsengracht, the 31 metre wide waterway is great for boating in summers and ice-skating in winters. Named after Emperor Maximilian of Austria, it is flanked by landmarks such as the 17thcentury Greenland warehouses with spout gables on nos. 40-44, Rode Hoed (Red Hat) at no. 102, Huis met de Hoofden - House with Heads of 6 Roman gods at no. 123, Amnesty International HQ at Coymans House on no. 177, Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk at no. 220, Felix Meritis at no. 324, Opera aan de Gracht at no. 517, John Adams Huis at no. 529, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography at no. 401, Keizersgracht Church at no. 566, Foam Photography Museum in the 18thcentury building at no. 609, Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis at no. 633, and Museum van Loon on nos. 672-674. The Homomonument (Gay Monument) is also on the banks of the Keizersgracht.

Emperor's Canal and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Rijksmuseum(1.6 km)
The Rijksmuseum or National Museum is the largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands, displaying works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Steen.

Amsterdam City Archives

Amsterdam City Archives(1 km)
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city.


Noorderkerk(0.9 km)
The 17th-century Noorderkerk in the Jordaan neighborhood was one of the first Protestant churches built after the Reformation in Amsterdam.

Basilica of St. Nicholas

Basilica of St. Nicholas(0.7 km)
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is a 19th century Catholic church near the Centraal Station in the oldest part of Amsterdam.


Micropia(1.5 km)
Micropia zooms into the world of micro-organisms, throwing light on the various types of microbes in the world around us and within us.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House(0.7 km)
The famous Anne Frank House is where the Jewish girl Anne Frank wrote her moving diary while hiding with her family from the Nazis.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum(1.8 km)
The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the works of acclaimed 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, displaying over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by him.

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam(1.1 km)
The Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, also known as De Looier, is the largest indoor antiques market in Netherlands, selling vintage paintings, ceramics, porcelain, jewelry, furniture, silverware, watches, toys and bric-a-brac.

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