Take a canal ride

Experience Amsterdam from the water

Amsterdam’s history has an intimate connection with water. The 165 canals in Amsterdam were created to stimulate trade and transport. They continue to define the city’s landscape. In 2010, Amsterdam’s canals were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Besides being a romantic backdrop to the city’s historical center, a canal ride is one of the most memorable ways to experience the city. Everything in Amsterdam is a bit more magical when viewed from a boat.

Most canal cruises take about an hour and include narrated tours. There are many options available including: a hop-on-hop-off tour, romantic candle-lit tours and intimate guided boat tours for smaller groups.

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