Herengracht is the innermost of Amsterdam's major canals, not counting the former moat, Singel. Like its sister canals, Herengracht loops around the inner city to meet the Amstel River. Herengracht was named for the heren regeerders, or "regents," who were the rulers of the Dutch Republic. A notable section of the canal is the Gouden Bocht, or Golden Bend, that once housed the wealthiest citizens of Amsterdam, as can be seen by the many double wide canal houses that formed the palaces of the rich and powerful. A number of canal house museums such as the Willet-Holthuysen and the more unusual Kattenkabinet can be found along this canal.
Beaches/Bodies of Water
- Nearest Train: Amsterdam, Koningsplein