The Herengracht is considered to be the most important canal in the city. In the 17th century, the richest merchants and the most influential regents and mayors of the city lived on this canal. Even today, an address on the Herengracht is seen as prestigious and chic.
One cannot visit Amsterdam without doing a canal cruise, at least once. I chose to do mine during the golden hour, right before sunset, just as the soft warm light battled the growing shadows.