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Amstelsluizen information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Amstel river, near Koninklijk Theater Carré
Getting there
Tram: 4 Prinsengracht
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These impressive sluices, or locks, date from 1674 and allowed the canals to be flushed with fresh water from lakes north of the city, rather than saltwater from the IJ, an innovation that made the city more liveable. The locks are regularly shut while fresh water flows in, while the sluices on the western side of the city are left open as the stagnant water is pumped out to sea.