The canal cruise boats and pedaloes make way for more than 1,600 brave swimmers each September as the Amsterdam City Swim comes to town.
Canal swim for charity
Held to raise funds for motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the Netherlands), the Amsterdam City Swim sees swimmers raise a minimum of 300 euros sponsorship before diving into the canals to swim the 2 km course.
City Swim route
The swimmers traditionally begin at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam, braving the waters of the IJ and passing Het Scheepvaartmuseum before heading down the Nieuwe Herengracht. They then take a left up the River Amstel towards Royal Theatre Carré before doubling back and taking another left to the finish on the Keizersgracht (at the crossing with the Reguliersgracht). The event usually gets underway soon after midday.
Registrations for this event usually flood in so sign up on time if you'd like to take part. And if you aren't in for actually swimming in the event, head along and support the swimmers as they make their way along the Amsterdam canals!
Check the Amsterdam City Swim website for more information nearer the time.