Destination guide

Iconic Grachtengordel

Located right in the heart of Amsterdam, Grachtengordel, or the Canal District, is perhaps the Dutch capital's most coveted address. The city's iconic canals were developed in the 17th century, and many of the strikingly narrow, opulent houses that line the shimmering watersides date back to that period. Winding cobblestone streets and crooked footbridges further add to the neighborhood's enchantingly old-world vibe. You can lose days exploring the cozy cafes, chic boutiques and bustling bistros that you'll find on the doorstep of your Grachtengordel vacation rental. And that's before you've sampled Amsterdam's cosmopolitan cultural scene and alluringly hedonistic nightlife.

Things to do

Moving museums and awe-inspiring art

Amsterdam's major attractions lie within easy reach of Grachtengordel vacation rental properties. Top of the agenda for many is an enthralling, sobering trip to the Anne Frank House, dedicated to the world-renowned young Jewish wartime diarist, in the very home in which she hid from Nazi persecution. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of work by the legendary Dutch artist, including the priceless masterpieces "Sunflowers" and "The Potato Eaters". The Rijksmuseum is a cavernous art and history museum, with an unrivalled collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer.


Glide along the water in Grachtengordel

To experience Grachtengordel like a local, hire a bike and spend the day exploring the city's pristine parks, magnificent monuments and avant-garde architecture at your leisure. Or maybe you'd prefer to join a canal cruise, and take in the sights as you glide along the glistening waterways. Hop-on-hop-off boat trips are a handy way to jump between major attractions, or you could celebrate a special occasion with a ravishingly romantic candlelit dinner cruise. Discerning shoppers should carve out some time for De Negen Straatjes, or The Nine Streets, where you'll find an overwhelming array of hip independent and specialty stores.


Vivid seasons in Grachtengordel

Whilst Amsterdam is a perennially popular year-round destination, Grachtengordel vacation rentals are in particularly high demand during the peak summer season of June to August. At this time of year, days are long and generally agreeably warm, rather than oppressively so. Late spring and early fall also tend to be pleasantly mild, and you may find it easier to land a good deal on sought-after accommodation during these times. Winters are chilly, but rarely extremely cold, whilst snow is relatively rare.

Natural features

Animal encounters in Grachtengordel

It's a breeze to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Grachtengordel, with an abundance of tranquil, lush green parks to unwind in. Keep an eye on the sky, and you may be greeted by the unexpected sight of a bright green, rose-ringed parakeet – surprisingly, thousands of the exotic birds have flourished in the city since the 1980s. Majestic gray herons are also often to be spotted circling ahead. For further animal encounters, head to the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, where you can get up close and personal with everything from gentle giraffes to enchanting elephants.

Where to stay around Grachtengordel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 573 vacation rentals near Grachtengordel. From 405 Condos/Apartments to 53 Boats, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grachtengordel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Grachtengordel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Grachtengordel:

  • Amsterdam-Centrum: 601 vacation rentals
  • Jordaan: 456 vacation rentals
  • De Pijp: 291 vacation rentals
  • Westerpark: 439 vacation rentals
  • Watergraafsmeer: 643 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Grachtengordel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Grachtengordel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Amsterdam Museum: 2,346 vacation rentals
  • Artis: 2,080 vacation rentals
  • Noordermarkt: 2,351 vacation rentals
  • Rembrandt Square: 2,330 vacation rentals
  • Red Light District: 2,106 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Grachtengordel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Grachtengordel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 405 Condos/Apartments in Grachtengordel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Grachtengordel include:

  • Boats: 53 rentals available
  • Houseboats: 44 rentals available
  • Houses: 54 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Grachtengordel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Grachtengordel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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