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Situated in a countryside of tulip fields and windmills, the global image of Amsterdam is of a city interlaced with water. Built during the Golden Age of the 17th century, Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, known locally as the Grachtengordel, is comprised of a network of intersecting waterways. These were developed through the drainage and reclamation of land for new development.
Since its development in the 17th century, Amsterdam’s Canal Ring has grown to be one of the world’s most unique urban landscapes. And it not only remains a historic and beautiful water network through the city, but a stunning backdrop for the characteristic gabled canal-side homes and spectacular monuments gracing the leafy streets beside the canals.
Originally the home to succesful traders, not a few of Amsterdam’s canal houses to this day retain the nonchalant elegance, and even the splendor of Renaissance palaces. Amsterdam canal apartments feature modern applicances and contemporary luxury.
Canal houses usually have no more than 3 or four floors and often provide lovely views over the canals. Behind them are often achter huizen that are known for their lovely views on the verdant, sometimes landscaped inner gardens – gardens rarely seen by everyday travellers.
Amsterdam is the perfect place for corporate short stay. Short term rental of a canal apartment is the best way to experience Amsterdam. We have a long connection with Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. Rental apartments on the Keizersgracht, Herengracht properties and offices, Singel and Prinsengracht apartments are what we have specialised in for more than a decade.
“The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time. It was a model of large-scale town planning, and served as a reference throughout the world until the 19th century.”
Unesco World Heritage Convention
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