Walking along the Prinsengracht

On the Monday morning after our cruise we decided to walk along the Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdam’s three major canals.  We dallied and we window-shopped and we took pictures and stopped for lunch and the walk took 90 minutes before we reached our destination: The Anne Frank House at 263 Prinsengracht..

Henry and Geraldine waited for us on a bench across the canal from our hotel.

Henry and Geraldine waited for us on a bench across the canal from our hotel.

Looking back at our hotel as we began to stroll along the Leidsegracht for a couple of blocks.

Looking back at our hotel as we began to stroll along the Leidsegracht for a couple of blocks.

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Leidsegracht.

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Building on Elandsgracht.

International politics.

International politics.

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Bikes on bridge.

Houseboat art.

Houseboat art.

More art, same houseboat.

More art, same houseboat.

Houseboat flora.

Houseboat flora.

Westerkerk in the distance.

Westerkerk in the distance.

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For most of our walk we saw boats lined up on both sides of the canal.

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Hey, some of these houses are crooked!

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The spoke canals are about half the width of Prinsengracht and the other two canals that make up the Grachtengordel.

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Geraldine took pictures, too.

Window display.

Window display.

Number one hazard for pedestrians in Amsterdam: bikes!

Number one hazard for pedestrians in Amsterdam: bikes!

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Two ways to cruise the canals.

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The canal is lined with 17th century Dutch architecture.

We liked the name of this store.

We liked the name of this store.

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De Yellowbrick.

View across the canal from the Anne Frank House.

The houseboat is across the canal from the Anne Frank House.

We spent some time at the Anne Frank House and then grabbed a city sightseeing bus near the Westerkerk. An hour later we hopped off the bus at the Leidseplein bus stop. Time for dinner. Henry and Geraldine went on a canal dinner cruise. My wife and I enjoyed the walk so much that we decided to go back to Prinsengracht and eat at a cozy Italian cafe that we had passed earlier in the day.

Tomorrow: Photos from our city bus tour.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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2 Responses to Walking along the Prinsengracht

  1. I am a student in Amsterdam and was really lucky to get a student dorm on Prinsengracht. It is a lovely part of the city, especially in summer.

    • Greg says:

      I lived in student housing on the Prinsengracht in 93-94. It was an incredible experience living such a beautiful and historic city. I miss the cultural awareness and vibrancy of Amsterdam, and it’s cozy cafes. I’ll never forget Alexander the “bike basher” who lived a houseboat with his dog.

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