In Brief

Iris Amsterdam designed a set of bottles filled with water sourced directly from the city’s waterways.


Celebrating the 400th anniversary of its canal district, the city of Amsterdam has issued a unique souvenir: a bottle of bonafide canal water.

The canals were dug 1613, during the Dutch Golden Age, as a response to the rapid growth of the city. In 2010, the district became a UNESCO Heritage site.

Now, for €50 tourists and city-dwellers alike can own a commemorative bottle of canal water, taken from the most famous waterways in the city – the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel canals. Each bottle has a story of the canal on the back label, as well as QR code for real canal enthusiasts, who want to see exactly where the water was drawn from.

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