Tag: canals

How many people drown in Amsterdam’s canals?

One quarter of Amsterdam — ‘the Venice of the North — consists of water, including 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals.

So it is not surprising that the city sees a number of drowning incidents each year.

What may come as a surprise, though, is the reason many of these victims end up in the water.

Updated to include the latest statistics.

Ice skating on Amsterdam canals – Winter of 2018

If the freezing temperatures predicted for this coming week persist, with any luck we’ll be able to ice skate on the canals of Amsterdam. The last time that happened was in February 2012.

The City of Amsterdam maintains an Ice Protocol that details the various steps the Water Authority should take in order to make ice skating possible.

Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The Ice Protocol has gone into effect!

Tour the Canals of Amsterdam

Whether you are here on a layover, a few days in between other places, or for an extended vacation, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a canal tour.

Some say it is the best way to see the city. Others says it’s the best way to get from point A to point B.

Specialty tours are popular as well: dinner cruises, or tours with pizza, cheese and wine… whatever floats your boat.

Tour Boats Speed Through The Canals

Amsterdam News Briefs: Canal tour boats caught speeding. Also: the large-scale conversion of empty office building into hotels results in a surplus of hotel rooms.

Owners of pleasure craft will have to pay more inland harbor fees next year. And mobile surveillance cameras will be used to combat urban decay.