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UNESCO is the organisation of the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture, and a special commission is tasked with the World Heritage List. Amsterdam’s Canal Ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010, joining other local attractions like Beemster and the Defence Line of Amsterdam.

UNESCO World Heritage List

In August 2010, Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, raising the total number of listed sites in the Nethe...

Amsterdam: City of canals

Alongside tulips and windmills, the global image of Amsterdam is one of a city entwined with water. Since its development in the 17th century, Amsterd...

Canal houses

Once homes for the wealthy, many canal houses are now open as museums, offices and hotels. In 2010, Amsterdam’s picturesque canal district was added t...

Global warehouse

After 1585, Amsterdam grew to become a powerful and rich city of international significance. Over a period of a hundred years Amsterdam was the world’...

A unique outlook

Construction of the Canal Ring made Amsterdam’s street plan unique, because in contrast to most canal cities, the canal pattern was not right-angled. ...

Early beginnings

Despite the highly uninviting marshland, the first arrivals set up home in what was to become Amsterdam around the year 1000.

Water management

Amsterdam’s canals are considered sights of interest with justification, both from their banks or from the water. Complex water management is hidden b...