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Canal cruising: On the water in Amsterdam

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 define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Take a canal boat tour in Amsterdam

Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city's sights and attractions. Whether you’re a first-time or frequent visitor, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat. 

Most canal cruises take around an hour, in which you'll explore Amsterdam's UNESCO protected canal ring and discover plenty of interesting facts about the city along the way. As well as the excellent one-hour options, other types of canal cruises available include practical hop-on-hop-off services, romantic candle-lit tours, child-friendly adventures and intimate guided boat tours for smaller groups.

A few of the best-known operators include Stromma, Blue Boat, and Lovers. If you’d like to break up your canal cruise with some sightseeing, then the ‘hop-on hop-off’ service is an excellent option.

Order your canal cruise ticket

Amsterdam canal cruising

Canal Cruise ticket

Canal Company Amsterdam
The Canal Cruise Ticket offers an easy way to experience canal cruising in Amsterdam. Just purchase the ticket online, and get instant access to a canal boat tour of your choice.

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Amsterdam canal Merijn Roubroeks
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Hire your own boat

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Rent a boat and explore the waterways at your own leisure.