map of Amsterdam in 1662 by Daniel Stalpaert, detail
Grachten is Dutch for canals, the waterways Amsterdam is known for all over the world. The seventeenth century girdle of canals is an early example of excellent town planning. In smaller Dutch cities like Delft, Leiden and Dordrecht, water is also an essential part of the town centre. In Belgium, Bruges derives much of its attraction from the many canals and picturesque bridges. In The Hague many canals have been filled in, but the town centre is still surrounded by water.
In het Nederlands
Amsterdam's 17th century canal ring has been added to UNESCO world heritage list on July 31, 2010. Read more at Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Unesco

   
PHOTO SERIES OF AMSTERDAM CANALS

Singel photo series (new window) Herengracht photo series (new window) Keizersgracht photo series (new window) Prinsengracht photo series (new window)
Singel Herengracht Keizersgracht Prinsengracht
Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Kloveniersburgwal photo series (new window) Brouwersgracht photo series (new window) other canals photo series (new window)
Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Kloveniersburgwal Brouwersgracht other canals
canal gardens photo series (new window) picture postcards of canals photo series (new window)   Canal Parade 2015 (Gay Pride) photo series (new window)
canal gardens picture postcards of canals   Canal Parade 2015 (Gay Pride)
   
PHOTO SERIES OF CANALS IN OTHER TOWNS

Leiden photo series (new window) Delft photo series (new window) The Hague photo series (new window)
Leiden Delft The Hague
Ghent photo series (new window)   Bruges photo series (new window)
Ghent   Bruges