water

Water is a huge part of Amsterdam’s landscape so it’s no wonder that life here is so closely entwined with it. Cruising on the canals is a favourite for young and old and is taken to another level during King’s Day and Amsterdam Gay Pride, swimming is a treat whether it’s in the sea or a city pool, there’s a wide variety of water sports on offer, and there are large-scale boating events like SAIL and HISWA.

Amsterdam canal tours

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and recla...

Swimming pools

Visit one of Amsterdam’s many swimming pools for an active day out with the whole family. In addition to large pools for swimming laps, most of these ...
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Het Woonbootmuseum

Prinsengracht 296K
1016 HW AMSTERDAM
The Houseboat Museum gives you the unique opportunity to experience what life is like on board a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal. ...

Cablepark Almere

Bergsmapad 1
1324 ZK ALMERE
Calling all (water-based) thrill-seekers! Spend a day whizzing around the Weerwater lake on waterskis or a wakeboard, aided by a k...

Westeinderplassen

Kudelstaartseweg
1431 GA AALSMEER
Take to the water and enjoy an adventure boating on the lakes and through the network of channels that link the Westeinderplassen....

IJmuiderslag beach

IJmuiderslag
1974 VW IJMUIDEN
IJmuiderslag’s wide, peaceful beach is located just south of the IJmuiden aan Zee beach. On part of the beach it’s possible for do...

IJmuiden aan Zee beach

Kennemerstrand 174
1976 GA IJMUIDEN
IJmuiden aan Zee has one of the nicest beaches in the Noord Holland province. The extraordinarily wide beach has four pavilions th...