Canal Boat Tours, Amsterdam
Take a canal tour, a long one. Pick it when the light is the right one, like a sunny late afternoon: beautiful! Pick it also once when it's dark. You'll be jeallous like hell how people live in those old cosy flats by the canal...
When I took the canal boat it was very entertaining guides telling about the city and also gossiping about the amsterdamers.
Take a canal tour. I'm not talking about one of those touristy, covered boats...I talking about a little motor boat with no cover. Its run by an expat Yank, and it can be booked at Boom Chicago at the Leidesplein (Dutchies, please pardon my spelling). Its a much better way to see the canals.
Fondest memory: All of the strange sights. Here's a recap of some of the weird things I saw:
* We had just checked into our hostel, and were trying to soak in Amsterdam. Well, the three of us were standing next to this busy street, and this guy was riding his bike while eating a burger. I don’t know if he got his wheels in the light-rail tracks or what, but he started to swerve around some. He could have pulled out of it, but he was intent on saving that burger, so he was contorting his whole body so that his burger wouldn’t fall. Sure enough, it caused him to wipe out. As fate would have it, his face fell right on the burger, the same burger which he was so desparetly trying to save. He stood up, and there was mayonnaise (what else?) all over his face. Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt, because then we could laugh our butts off.
* Later, in the same evening, the three of us are having a beer overlooking the Rembrantsplien (a nice big plaza with tons of neon…sort of a Dutch times square), and the group next to us and especially right next to Michelle, broke out in a fight, and not a TV fight, either. They were throwing beer mugs and even a table. Glass was shattering and Huge even got some shards in his skin. The weird part was that the police were there immediately, and they were so blase about the whole thing. They were trying to ask what happened, all while these guys are trying to get back at each other. In the States, those guys would have been on the pavement and cuffed in a New York minute, but not here. I think they should watch some episodes of “Cops” or something so they know how to handle that kind of situation right.
* The Dutch men have this thing with peeing in the street. I guess this is a a problem for some time, so the city has tried to combat it by installing porta-potties around the city. Of course these are not porta-potties that you and I are familiar with. These are four open-air urinals arranged in a sort of clover-like pattern with only a small partition blocking the view. No door, no nothing. It’s basically like peeing against a wall. Of course, we still saw a few Dutch men urinating all over the street anyway, onto bikes, and against random walls. Strange.
Fondest memory: One of the first thing you should do at Amsterdam is to take a canal cruise down the waterways of Amsterdam. The cruise will enable you to see rows of gable houses and some very beautiful boat houses. Even saw a family having a barbeque on their boat.
Take a boat trip on the canals
See the night life and 'laides in red'
Volendam ..a small village in the harbour where in the summer people in there thousands flock through the narrow streets.People still dress in the traditional costumes
Fondest memory: The style of life, 'so relaxed and layed-back'
Miss the No 9 Tram into town !
Fondest memory: The boat cruise along the canals and watching the moored houseboats, the beautiful architectural houses, the House of Anne Frank, colourful trams, the ever popular bicycles, the clean and green envoironment, the colorful mix of humanity and not forgetting the 'Night Safari' in DAM SQUARE.
Take a tour on the canals, they are a great way to see life in the old part of the city. Visit the RIJKSMUSEUM, one of the greatest museums of Europe.
Fondest memory: The people are kind and charming, I have met some great friends in this city.
It is a great idea to start your visit with a boat trip on the Canals. Most boat tours start opposite the Central Station. So it is easy to find.
It is a great way to discover the canals and the many bridges. The one hour tour even shows you a bit of the harbour.
cruising Amsterdam canals
One of the strongly recommended activities in amsterdam.
One of the best ways to see the city from the water line.
There are many cruises starting points around the city canals.
I took the cruise that starts from Randwijk plant squere(where vijzel straat is beginning in the south of amsterdam centrum area).
It was great : good price (15 NLG and great tourist guide in english).
Stay away from the tourist boat rides and rent your own boat to go cruising on the canals! This is absolutely the best way to see the city! You get to chose which canals to explore, you get the best view and you save your feet for dancing the night away later ;o)
Bring food and drinks and have onboard picknic as you explore the canals in the inner city of Amsterdam.
We rent electrical boats from SESA by Nieuwmarkt/Kloveniersburgwal 23. their boats takes up to 10 people and costs 80,-/100,- ngl. an hour.
You have to take one of the canal cruises. It is said that most of the natives of Amsterdam have never been on a canal cruise - they don't know what they are missing :-)
Fondest memory: Such friendly and helpful people - eveyone should visit Amsterdam at least once.
It's not really a must, but what a lot of visitors do when they are in Amsterdam is taking a round trip on a canal touring boat.
This round trip can be interesting because you see a lot of highlights of Amsterdam.
There are many companies who offer a round trip in the canals of the city. It's up to you which one you will take.
Take a guided tour on Amsterdam channels. The boat station is looks like this picture. By the way, who do not like boat walks, can visit a museum of sex, that resides just across the street.
Fondest memory: The city is looking in different ways when seen from the pavement of the cobblestone street, or from the boat that moves on the surface of whatever channel. Skills of captain that rules the huge motorized boat full of tourist in narrow channels is astonishing!
Fondest memory: This was where the canal cruises left from, on the Damrak. I just love these really typical canal houses!
I made this picture because I loved the lamp posts that where on this beautiful bridge.
Maybe you have to enlarge the picture to see it more clearly.
The bridge is called: blauwbrug (blue bridge)
Have a boat trip on the canals. If possible go on a fine, sunny day.
These Canal Boat trips give you the opportunity to see some of the best canal Architecture in Amsterdam