Amsterdam/Canal District

The Canal District (Dutch: Grachtengordel) is the famous 17th-century district surrounding the Binnenstad of Amsterdam. The whole district is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique cultural and historical value, and its property values are among the highest of the country.

This article also deals with the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein, the two prime nightlife spots of the city. The Weteringschans is also included.

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Map of Amsterdam/Canal District

The most convenient way to get into the Canal District is by tram. From Central Station, the most important tram lines are 1, 2 and 5 which go right through the middle of the Canal District, cutting the western and the southern side of it in half. Notable stops include Koningsplein, Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and Leidseplein). The Rembrandtplein can be reached with tram lines 4, 9 and 14.

The other lines only cross either the western side or the southern side of the district. Tram lines 13 and 17 head for the western side, with the stop Westerkerk as the most notable one as the Anne Frank House is nearby. Trams 16, 24 and 25 go through the southern side of the Canal District with the stops Keizersgracht and Weteringscircuit. East of it is tram line 4 that continues to Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and Frederikplein after having served the Rembrandtplein.

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