Take a canal cruise

Floating down Amsterdam’s canals is a beautiful way to see the city’s historic centre. Canal cruises are one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions – and with good reason! If you’re visiting for the first time, it’s an excellent introduction to the city’s many sights.

See Amsterdam from the water

It’s easy to embark on a canal cruise. There are a number of departure points throughout the city, the cruises start on several times a day and the tours are available in a multitude of languages. Amsterdam’s many canal cruise operators generally offer a consistent level of quality and customer service.

Amsterdam’s World Heritage Site

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. They continue to define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sightseeing on a boat

A few of the best-known operators include Holland International, Canal, Blue Boat, Rederij Kooij, Rederij Plas and Lovers. If you’d like to break up your canal cruise with some sightseeing, then the hop-on hop-off service offered by Canal Bus is an excellent option. You can browse all canal tour operators below.