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The Houtkopersburgwal is a short secondary canal in Amsterdam. It is located in the east of the Amsterdam-Centrum district in the Lastage neighborhood.

Location Amsterdam
Postal code 1011
Coordinates 52.369685°N 4.902754°E / 52.369685; 4.902754
Northwest end Oudeschans
To Uilenburgergracht


The Houtkopersburgwal connects the Oudeschans to the Uilenburgergracht around the island of Uilenburg. It constitutes the southwest limit of this island. Its route is parallel to that of Rapenburgwal, which defines the northeast border of the island. The canal is crossed by the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat via Bridge 291, Steenvoetsluis, in the center of its length.

The canal was dug following construction of the Uilenburgergracht in 1593 in order to link it to the Oudeschans.[1] A 1737 map shows that the canal once ran further east to the Markengracht.[2] This was back-filled in 1968 during construction of the IJtunnel.[3][4] In the nineteenth century, the newly created islands of Uilenburg and Valkenburg (aka Marken) were the poorest neighborhoods of the Jodenbuurt (Jewish quarter).[1]

See also



    • Cees Boekraad (2001), "VaRa-strook/VaRa strip Amsterdam 1990-1999", Atelier Pro, Rotterdam, ISBN 9789064504327, retrieved 2019-07-29
    • "De Houtkopersburgwal", (in Dutch), retrieved 30 August 2013
    • Gerrit de Broen (1737), Amsterdam, retrieved 2017-07-31
    • "Markengracht", Joodsamsterdam, 2 March 2017, retrieved 2019-07-29
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