This winter Amsterdam will be illuminated once again during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Board a 75-minute cruise to admire unique light sculptures,…
Enjoy front row seats to the annual Amsterdam Light Festival on a 1.5-hour canal cruise, and experience the dazzling light displays of the art…
See Amsterdam at its most picturesque on a 75-minute canal cruise. You’ll discover the city’s historical center, the skinny bridge, the Golden Bend,…
Enjoy a combination canal cruise tour with skip-the-line entry to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Cruise past beautiful bridges and merchant…
See Amsterdam at its most picturesque on a 1.5-hour canal cruise by night. Discover the historic city center as you sail past the Skinny Bridge,…
Cruise the canals of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt at night as you enjoy a selection of cheese and wine. Experience the city as it comes alive for the…
Explore Amsterdam on an exciting open-top bus and canal boat tour. Hop on and off at convenient city locations and visit some of the most famous…
Amsterdam canal cruise combined with Rijksmuseum
See the sights of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt on a fully narrated 1-hour evening canal cruise. Sail past the floodlit merchant houses of the Golden Age.…
Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Amsterdam by land and by canal. Let your expert guide show you the Royal Palace, the National Monument, the famous…
Explore the mysteries of the human body with your admission ticket to Body Worlds Amsterdam, and see the permanent exhibition, The Happiness Project.…
On this customizable private 3-hour walking tour of Amsterdam, see its highlights from a local perspective. Stroll through lively neighborhoods,…
Indulge your passion for pizza on a pizza cruise of Amsterdam’s canals and see the city’s finest attractions while munching on piping hot pizza…
Planning to tour Amsterdam by boat? It's a great way to cover the city's most treasured landmarks, but what about the river and canals themselves? Here's the lowdown on the Amstel's famous waterways.
Aeme-stelle is Old Dutch for "water area." A dam was built to stop floods in the 12th century and a fishing village known as Aemestelredamme grew around it. The rest is history!
Most of the canals were built for economic reasons. Starting in the 16th century, they provided easy transport throughout the labyrinthine city and helped to boost trade.
Not all the canals were built to fill city coffers, though. The oldest is the Singel Canal, which protected the medieval city from invasion between 1480 until 1585.
We suggest you keep your water tour above the surface. The sheer volume of discarded, rusted bikes along the canal bed is one of the reasons swimming isn't generally allowed!
Why not time your visit to coincide with the Liberation Day concert on May 5th, the Roeivierkamp and Head of the River rowing races in March, or the floating gay pride parade in August?
Amsterdam river cruises and canal boat rides can cost as little as €16, with hop-on hop-off options available, and even dinner. If you're after something a little more luxurious, however, why not take a look at some of the exciting dinner cruise options?
Amsterdam's port is located behind the Central Station, which is easily reached by bus or metro. It consists of multiple piers, so be sure to double-check your ticket or with your tour provider for the correct one.
Attractions in Amsterdam
- 3Van Gogh Museum
- 4Heineken Experience
- 6Amsterdam Red Light District
- 7Anne Frank
- 8Magere Brug
- 9The Jordaan
- 10The Amstel
- 11Amsterdam Museum
- 12Dam Square
- 13De Pijp
- 14Oude Kerk
- 15Narrowest House In Europe
- 17Canal Bus
- 18Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
- 19Artis Zoo
- 20Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum
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