Canals & Houseboats, Amsterdam
One of the more attractive aspects of Amsterdam is the array of houseboats. When one thinks of all the canals in Amsterdam and consider the fact that there is actually little in the way of space in the city centre, one should not be surprised that thousands of locals have decided to live on the canals themselves. There are more than 2,400 families now living in these houseboats. They are quite lovely homes and most are located in the more picturesque neighborhoods of Amsterdam. This of course means they are quite expensive to own considering their location along with the expense of maintaining them.
It is possible for tourists to stay on a houseboat during their stay in Amsterdam. Personally I would only recommend this if you are staying Amsterdam for an extensive period as rates are considerably reduced over the time of your stay. There are seemingly countless internet connections to wevsites offering deals for houseboat stays.
Favorite thing: Maybe it's cliche, but the canals - lined with the beautiful canal houses - is one of the best things about Amsterdam. Such a unique postcard beauty, it's hard to walk by without stopping on every bridge to have a look around!
Favorite thing: They're all over the place and just beautiful. Some are crooked - don't worry, it's not you. (Even if you have been in a coffeeshop.) I never got tired of walking around this city and looking at these.
The big reasons why I love Amsterdam so much. The huge network of canals, narrow streets, the wide bigger canals, you can wander around for hours, find a cafe here and a pub there, just sit down and enjoy the city for a while, watch the boats on the canals, touristy and local.
And then the houseboats, my big dream to have such a floating home with a terrasse to have a party with friends or just relax and read a book... I still haven't made it to the Houseboat Museum, it's closed on Mondays... Whenever I see a great looking houseboat -or see an old one that needs refurbishing - I think about the big "what if", or simply the "when..."
The streets in Amsterdam seem (mostly) wide and open, bright, with trees and light. Not like Venice, which is similar with its canals and nice old houses. But everything seems to be cramped and old and run down and smelly, it's just stones and water... I don't like Venice. But I love Amsterdam!!
even though most of the canals and streets look the same if you look close you'll see major differences throughout the city..
Fondest memory: again i fell in love with amsterdam, i believe i could live here if i get my dutch down....
Walk around the lovely watercanals, or take a boattrip around! It´s nice!
Fondest memory: New Year´s Eve 1996....The streets were burning in the night, cause the Dutch seem to love fireworks and burned whole boxes of it! It was like war!
Maybe it was because it was so damn cold that night:) Minus 20° degrees celsius!
Favorite thing: Away from the main sites of the city lie many charming streets with great architecture. The houses are superb, as seen here with these red windo shutters. Canals on one side, trees dotted along them, and tall clean facades on the other…
Visit the canals. The architecture surrounding the banks of the canals is so beautiful that everywhere you look there seems to be a photograph!
Fondest memory: We did not book any accomodation before leaving England as we thought it would be a great adventure for four travellers on a budget to arrive at the airport and then find somewhere to stay! We arrived the weekend of a large conference and were told that the only place still available was the 4* Airport Hilton (a little more expensive, and a little less of a cultural experience than we would have liked) However, it worked out cheaper than a 2* hostel in Amsterdam town centre due to the fact they had so many rooms left, it was near to the airport (and it's train link to central Amsterdam) and we were treated like royalty! Probably the best thing that could have happened to us!
Favorite thing: Wander about on foot and get the feel of the city. The architecture is great - the old gabled houses, several stories high. The wonderful canals with their busy commuters and sightseers. The bikes... and the bikes.... The infamous red light district - definitely an enlightenment. The wonderful cafe's, restaurants.... so many things to take in, just walking about.
Favorite thing: "Lijst" gevels are belonging to the most simple facades in the Amsterdam calahouses. Mostly it is used in front of a flat roofed building. "Lijst" means something like "frame" and is a straight (sometimes however richly decorated) horizontal line. When decorations are added one can speak about a hightened "lijst" facade and this style is often seen in A'dam.
Fondest memory: The canals really are beautiful. It's like having a hundred miles of shoreline in one city. There are some great cafes and restaurants though many are pricey so I didn't get much of a chance to sample the cuisine.
Fondest memory: The biggest surprise was all of the houseboats moored in the canals. What an interesting way to live in the middle of the city. I wonder what the rental on canal space is? If you want, you can take a canal trip -- there are tours. It is a romantic way to see that part of the city. However, it is a shame to look down only to see so much garbage floating in the water.
Favorite thing: Take a boat cruise down the canals of Amsterdam. You get a great view of the city and most of the boat cruises seem to be commentated in a few different languages too. The cruise we went on was fairly cheap too...and very relaxing...
Take advantage of the beautiful canals. The houses along the canals are beautiful and I find the houseboats so interesting. Most of the residents of these floating homes had to do so because of a lack of living space in Amsterdam. The canals offer a great place to absorb Amsterdam's beauty while getting some great excersice.
Fondest memory: The fondest memory I have of Amsterdam is when Elisabeth and I sat at our hotel room window for a while and watched the small boats navigate their way ever so calmly through the Prinsengracht.
Pay attention to the canals. There are more here than in Vencie!
Fondest memory: Walking around this city was a blast. So much to see -- architecture, water, bicycles, street life, red light district. I felt like I could just walk around forever in this town.