Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Often called the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam has over one hundred kilometers of canals and over 1,500 bridges. Treating visiting guests to Amsterdam canal cruise became a tradition and many famous guests have made their acquaintance with the city from the deck of a canal cruise boat. For example Winston Crurchill, The Beatles and Nelson Mandela.

Amsterdam canals history

The three main Amsterdam canals were built in the 17th century for the purposes of defence, water management and for the transportation of goods. Gradually, the canals have been developed for commercial and residential purposes, became a landmark and were put under UNESCO protection.

Canal cruise boats

Many Amsterdam canal cruise boats are electrically powered. Clean and silent, these boats are ideal for tourists who want to record their cruise on video. No engine noise or tremble will pollute your recordings. The cruises usually last around 1 to 2 hours and pass the city’s main sights.

Hop-On Hop-Off

Coming highly recommended is the Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam canal cruise. While boats cruise around the city passing most of Amsterdam’s famous sights, you can get on and off at which ever stop you please.

Catered canal cruises in Amsterdam

While lasting longer, about two hours, at these Amsterdam canal cruises you will also be served food and drinks. Your order will be taken at the start and after a while a partnering quality restaurant will bring the food on board. There are more types of these. For example romantic canal cruise, pizza canal cruise or full dinner canal cruise.

Combo deals

You can purchase your Amsterdam canal cruise and entry to either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum together, allowing you to skip the line at these busy attractions and get discounted prices.

Amsterdam private boat rental

Small or large, if you prefer to rent a private boat instead of a traditional bus-like canal cruise, there is a great service for it. It is easy and transparent to rent a boat in Amsterdam for an event with your friends or colleagues.