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Canal district

In 2013 Amsterdam was celebrating the 400th anniversary of its Canal district. Join one of our guides on one of our Mee in Mokum City Centre tours featuring those canals and go on a journey back in time.

Our Ring of canals guided tours

There are loads of guides describing Amsterdam’s canals, interesting buildings and museums. But Mee in Mokum has a lot more to offer you. Our expert tour guides will point out unexpected fascinating details and tell you all about their backgrounds. They will explain to you what pothuizen are and tell you about houses that were built 'on the run', the trees and bridges along the canals in the city centre and much, much more. Stories about Amsterdam’s history and entertaining anecdotes about some of our city’s remarkable occupants will turn your City Centre tour into a great experience.

We offer you a choice of three Canal Distrct guided tours, each of which covers a different area with a character all its own.

Central Ring of canals tour
between Leidsegracht and Westermarkt

This tour features a small French castle, the famous 9 straatjes (9 atmospheric shopping streets), a ship taken by pirates and an African farmer. The greater part of the area through which you will be walking was built in the early 17th century.
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Southern Ring of canals tour
between Leidsegracht and the river Amstel

The area covered in this guided tour dates from the second half of the 17th century. Among the highlights of this tour are the treasury of the Stadsarchief, Amsterdam’s City Archives, in the famous building De Bazel, the Mayor’s house, the impressive Golden Bend and a legendary market vendor. You will get to hear stories about infamous regents, a slave driver, a funeral riot and city swans bobbing on Amsterdam’s canals.
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Northern Ring of canals tour
between Westermarkt and Brouwersgracht

This tour covers the oldest part of the city centre, which was also created in the early 17th century. The tour will feature impressive warehouses, picturesque houses with ancient stepped gables, a hidden prison and interesting stone tablets. Your guide will also tell you something about the famous Dutch author Multatuli and the playwright and poet  P.C. Hooft.
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Expansion of Amsterdam in the Seventeenth Century

Departure points

The departure point for the Southern Ring of canals tour is the Stadsarchief Amsterdam in the building De Bazel, Vijzelstraat 32. The other Ring of canal tours start at Museumcafé Mokum at the Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92.