Exploring Amsterdam’s Canals

August 11, 2011 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

I don’t know about you, but the things that come to mind when I think of Amsterdam are its cafes, de Wallen and Heineken. For whatever reason, I forget that this city is also more widely known for its many canals.

One of the beautiful canals in Amsterdam

The so-called “Venice of the North” is sectioned by these concentric channels; almost 90 islands and some 1,500 bridges are part of this system, and traveling via the canals is a useful form of transportation.

Indeed, boat tours make for good way to see the city. You can find various packages; some are candlelit and geared for couples while another includes a pizza lunch (great if your Amsterdam trip includes your kids). They feature on-board commentary and with the hop-on hop-off tours, you can get on board and off the boats as many times as you like.

The cruises usually take place in these glass-domed boats, and the tours cover the best of Amsterdam’s sights including: The Anne Frank House, the famous Golden Bend (the Patrician’s Canal) with its mansions and gardens as well as the old port area. You can also get into some of the smaller canals the big boats skip with a small boat canal tour of Amsterdam.

Overall, exploring Amsterdam via her canals is one of the best ways to see the city, as the canals are vital to the city’s past, present and future. Pair a canal tour with a bike rental for two fun and different viewpoints of the city!

- Viator Travel Team

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