In the 17th century, the Canal Ring became a very wealthy destination. Famous merchants, extremely wealthy bankers and other very well-off business owners built their magnificent homes here, specifically on the Golden Bend; the Gouden Bocht. This area is located where all three canals intersect with Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, southwest of Amsterdam’s city center known as Grachtengordel. Today, the Canal Ring offers shopping, dining, museums and many other attractions.
Tips for visiting Canal Ring
- Bring an umbrella and a wind proof jacket as the weather is known for changing often and very quickly.
- Wear a good pair of walking shoes that will withstand the cobblestone streets.
- There are a lot of people on bicycles, watch out for them when crossing the street.
- Use a good map. Below is an interactive map of the Canal Ring by Google Maps: