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Het Grachtenhuis, Amsterdam

Het Grachtenhuis or Canal House is the Museum of the Canals - a gateway to the world famous Amsterdam canal ring ending in the de IJ Bay.

Het Grachtenhuis or Canal House is the Museum of the Canals - a gateway to the world famous Amsterdam canal ring ending in the de IJ Bay. Het Grachtenhuis tells the fascinating story about how Amsterdam's Canal Ring, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was created in the 17th century to extend the city by draining the swampland. A system of concentric canals was drawn up, the main ones being Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht. Urban developments of gabled residences and monuments filled in the intermediate spaces.

The multimedia experience in the museum is excellent, and totally worth a visit to find out more about the canals which are an integral part of the city.


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About Het Grachtenhuis

 Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

 +31 20 421 1656

 hetgrachtenhuis.nl

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