Tag: Canals

Often referred to as “the Venice of the north,” Amsterdam is nearly synonymous with its canals — 165 of them.

This collection of articles on canals includes descriptions, news items, and historical information.

Here’s a good overall introduction to the canals of Amsterdam.

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without having taken a canal cruise.

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.

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 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.