Category: Things To Do

Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attraction: Canal cruise

Each year 5.5 million Amsterdam visitors take a canal cruise, making a boat tour of the canals the city’s most popular tourist attraction.

No visit to Amsterdam — also known as ‘Venice of the North’ — is complete without taking to the water, hands down the best way to see the city.

In fact, many people take more than one cruise: a daytime tour is a good introduction. A romantic candlelight cruise at night creates another lasting impression.

And then there are the many specialty tours: dinner cruises, cheese and wine tastings, combination boat tour and museum entrance… whatever floats your boat.

Swimming in Amsterdam

The Netherlands has been enjoying excellent summer weather — albeit with an ongoing drought as well. It looks like we’re in for a heatwave this week — and the warm weather is expected to continue for several weeks.

Want to cool off in the water?There are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.

Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels.

Caution: blue-green algae has been found in some open water swimming spots. Check the Amsterdam Swimming Water Quality Map.

Free Amsterdam Walking Tour

Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.

But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?

More importantly: which free tours company may you want to avoid?

Artis Amsterdam Zoo

Artis Amsterdam Zoo Founded in 1838, Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around, as the whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.