Canal hike: De Herengracht (Lord's Canal)
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In New York I hiked almost all the Avenues of Manhattan (see here). Amsterdam does not have Avenues. But, unlike other cities in The Netherlands and unlike the majority of the European cities Amsterdam does have some pattern- structured roads. Not the dead straight streets like the New York Avenues, but concentric ones: the Grachtengordel (ring of canals).
The Grachtengordel is a series of four canals constructed as half concentric circles around the oldest core of the historic city center. The construction of the canals started at the end of the 16th century. The land next to the canals was available for the rich merchants who built very impressive and luxury houses.
The grachtengordel is still here (more or less) in place.
As a Dutch equal of my New York Avenue hikes I thought it would be a nice idea to walk the canals of the grachtengordel. And today would be the first effort. I chose gracht #2: the Herengracht (the Lord's Canal).
The Herengracht is the second canal from the center, built in 1612. (That is two years before the Dutch landed in, what is now called New York.) It was named after the Lords the Rulers of the City: The Lord's Canal (Herengracht). Before it became a canal it used to be a bastion at the city limits. A bend in the canal near the Driekoningenstraat is still a silent evidence of that time.
I started at the eastern side of the city in the old docks where the old warehouses have been converted into hipster condos.
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