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 ...


Looking for somewhere original to stay in Amsterdam? Get a different view of the city by spending a few nights in a houseboat.

Water management

Amsterdam’s canals are considered sights of interest with justification, both from their banks or from the water. Complex water management is hidden b...

Leisure Lakes

For a beautiful day beside or on the water, you needn’t simply take to the seaside: head inland and enjoy the many Leisure Lakes near Amsterdam.

Arrival by boat

Amsterdam is a major hub for transport and travel and still continues to receive millions of visitors each year who arrive by boat. Considering that t...

The River Spaarne

Winding its way through Haarlem is the Spaarne, a river that was once the lifeblood of the city’s economy. Nowadays, the banks of ...

HVM Vaartochten

Westzijde 45
The Hollandsche Vaartochten Maatschappij (HVM) offers sailing trips in and around Amsterdam. It has 4 ships in its possession. Tri...

Rederij het IJ

ms. van Riemsdijkweg 51
Host an unforgettable event in Amsterdam aboard one of the boats of Rederij het IJ, ranging from as small as an intimate dinner to...