The "Gentleman Canal" was one of the two canals which was created for the residences of the Elite of Amsterdam. No warehouses were allowed to be built and the frontages appear much larger than the warehouses in other canals. One of the bends in the canal is meant to be called "the golden corner" as that is where the wealthiest residents lived.
At one end of the canal is the Amstel River. At this junction is the Hermitage Museum and the "Skinny Bridge".
I visited 3 museums along the Herengracht. All of which are based in stately town houses. They were :
- Cat Cabinet : object d'arte of a cat nature
- The handbag and purse museum, it was literally that, four floors of handbags etc. Very interesting, and a lovely café.
- Museum Willet-Holthuysen, this is a mainly period furnished merchants town house.
Worth the walk, but all of the canal cruises travel along this route
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