The canal boat tour operators call the stretch of Herengracht from the Leidsegracht to the Vijzelstraat the Golden Bend because of all its grand houses - built by merchants in the 17th century.

However, no local would call it that, and most of the stone frontages were added on at a later period, in line with fashions of the day.

Most of the biggest buildings are now banks and other offices. They are grand, but a bit dull.