The Canal House is a beautiful museum on the Golden Bend of the Herengracht in the main Amsterdam canal ring.
It promises you “400 years of canal history in 40 minutes”. And it delivers!
There is a very good tour through the house that gives a condensed overview of how the canals came to be, and how they got their shape.
In one room there is a wonderful (and huge) dolls house.
The house has been set up to give examples of how various rooms have been used …
…and are currently used.
They also have a remarkable way of showing you inside some of the more famous canal houses.
Then just peek through the window!
It is wonderful to be able to look out the window and see the canals. They are a truly beautiful view, and it’s easy to forget how lucky you are to be living in such a beautiful city when you’ve been here for a while.
Its also amazing to be able to see how the houses have been used in centuries gone past.
I still find it amazing to be living in a city that has been a thriving metropolis for so many hundreds of years! So different from where I grew up!