Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

January 19, 2009

One of Amsterdam’s most distinct features is its wonderful canals which run throughout the city. While you may prefer walking or cycling, do not discount taking a canal cruise which is a great way to leisurely experience the city, day or night.

A good place to start is in front of Amsterdam’s Central Station where you will find a number of canal cruises and tours. Just head over to a particular boat, find out when it is leaving and buy your ticket (tours cost around 10 to 15 Euros). Most tours last for about an hour and are great if you have limited time in Amsterdam or if it starts to rain.

One canal tour worth taking is the Museumboot (Museum Boat) tour which lets you “hop-on-hop-off” near Amsterdam’s many museums and galleries, while also giving you selected discounts on entry fees. A ticket costs around 14 to 16 Euros and tours start in front of the Central Station.

Of course there is no better way to experience Amsterdam at dusk or at night than by taking a specialty canal cruise. The 2 hour Candlelight Cruise (starts at around 7.30 PM) is a great way to spend the evening with that special someone, while the Dinner Cruise which includes a four-course dinner is also an option worth considering. If your musical preferences bend towards jazz, then definitely take the Jazz Cruise (sets off opposite Rijksmuseum) which gives you a chance to enjoy some live jazz music. The Jazz Cruise takes place on Saturdays (8 PM and 10 PM) and is in operation only during summer (April till the end of November).

Taking a canal cruise in Amsterdam is something worth doing at least once. If leisurely cruises are not your style, you can always hire a canal bike (pedal boat) and pedal your way across the city.


One comment

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