Amsterdam Sights

Brouwersgracht (Brewers' Canal)

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  • Canal, Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, Holland

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  • Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht, Jordaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

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Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Regularly voted Amsterdam's most beautiful street, this wonderful canal at the northern border of the Jordaan is lined with residences and former warehouses for brewers, fish processors, and tanneries who traded here in the 17th century, when Amsterdam was the "warehouse of the world." On top of the old canal mansions dotting the Brouwersgracht are symbols referring to the breweries that used this waterway to transport their goods to thirsty drinkers hundreds of years ago. Though most of the buildings have been converted into luxury apartments, the old-world vibe still reigns. Of particular note are buildings at Nos. 204-212, with their trapezium gables. At No. 162, there are two dried fish above the door. This decoration on a metal screen was the forerunner of the gable stone to denote occupation. The canal provides long views down the grand canals that are perfect for photo ops. The Brouwersgracht runs westward from the end of the Singel (a short walk along Prins Hendrikkade from Centraal Station) and forms a cap to the western end of the Canal Rings.

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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Published 11/18/2015

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