Which route for a canal cruise through Amsterdam will you choose?

Have you always wanted to sail through the Amsterdam canals as a skipper? Rent a boat for 2 or 3 hours and create your own route for a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Need inspiration for a fun route? These are some of our recommended routes.

Canal Belt World Heritage

Feel like a ‘prins’, ‘heer’ and ‘keizer’ for a day when you sail through the canals of the same name, all of which are on the World Heritage List. Sail along the Golden Bend in the Herengracht and see how the wealthy of yesteryear had their homes on the water. During your cruise, in which you also visit the Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, you will have a beautiful view of the Westertoren and the Westerkerk and you will sail past the Anne Frank House.

Floating along the Red Light District

Hordes of tourists are amazed at the Red Light District of Amsterdam. It is much quieter to admire this old and lively district from the water. Experience the rich history during this route, which you have to sail clockwise. This way you will not be bothered by the one-way traffic on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

Architecture from the water

Discover the special architecture of Berlage and sail past the many colorful buildings in Oud-Zuid that are inspired by the Amsterdam School style.

Green Amsterdam

You will notice during this route that the capital of the Netherlands is greener than you think. The cruise takes you past the Hortus Botanicus, which has more than 6,000 tropical trees and plants. You will also pass Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands.

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