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Amsterdam — By Marianne on June 15, 2010 at 10:59 am
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How to Find Your Way Along Amsterdam’s Canals

Amsterdam’s canals are like large spider’s webs. You get easily caught. Arm youself with a map and remember that three canal rings fan out from Centraal Station in alphabetical order: Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

These three canals make up Amsterdam’s grachtengordel or canal belt. Prinsengracht is furthest away from the city centre and the houses along this canal are less opulent and lavish than those closer to the centre.

Prinsengracht pulls more visitors than Keizersgracht and Herengracht because there are many cafes, restaurants and boutiques along this canal.

It is so easy to lose your way because the canals look very similar. Look out for Westerkerk with its crowned steeple and you won’t get lost.

If you still think you might get lost, get a city map from VVV (tourist information centre) opposite Centraal Station. No need to join the (always) long queue. Get your map from the map dispenser at the entrance. It’s a euro well-spent.

If you need a more comprehensive map, go to Waterstone’s. This four-storey bookstore is the Amsterdam branch of UK booksellers chain and a paradise on earth for fans of English books and magazines.

WHAT: Waterstone’s Booksellers
WHERE: Kalverstraat 152 (map)
Monday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9.30 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.- 6.30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

photo credit: personal collection

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