The Grachten, as the canals are called in Amsterdam, have a total length of approx.80 km and are more than twice as long as the canals of Venice, with a length of approx. 34 km.
Approx. 1500 bridges span the canals of Amsterdam.
The smaller boats allow to sail through the narrower canals and open up completely new perspectives on the city.
The Grachten-Tour (canal-tour) leads from the Damrak to the center and continue south to the Prinsengracht.
Besides the Chinatown, the only one in a major European city in which the street names are additionally labeled in Chinese, we sail along the medieval looking Red Light District.
The water surface in Amsterdam is 40 cm below sea level.
Another peculiarity in Amsterdam is the type of renovation of old houses. Almost all the houses in Amsterdam are built on stilts.
If one side sinks in sandy underground, then the house will be stabilized but the redevelopment of the house is carried out based on the status quo. Sloping windows remain at an angle and windows get horizontal window crosses.
In some streets, a house inclines to the right, the next to the left. These houses are called the dancing houses.
Some façades are built consciously at an angle forwards in order to appear larger when someone looks upwards.
In addition to many well-preserved house boats you can see some almost dilapidated boats.
This is due to the fact, that one loses the berth if no boat is moored. Nowadays, a berth is partly worth more than the boat.
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