Amsterdam is an incredibly beautiful and unique place with a fascinating culture which has been intrinsically linked to its waters throughout the city’s history. Over hundreds of years, Amsterdam has amassed a total of 165 waterways and canals, which in addition to having helped to build the city which we know and love today through the processes of trade, transport and land-reclamation (after all, much of the city is below sea-level), have produced a truly unique and beautiful architectural landscape.
For many people visiting Amsterdam, a boat trip is top of the list of things to do. Amsterdam is rightly recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the tranquil waterways that flow through the bustling UNESCO heritage site centre are the perfect places to take in the atmosphere of this stunningly historical city. The best way to enjoy a boat ride through the city is to jump aboard with a professional skipper and host. This means that you’ll get the chance to learn all about the city, and see it through the eyes of a local rather than from a generic audio guide.
An Amsterdam boat rental is undoubtedly the best option to see the canals. From the comfort of a boat, you can take in a great deal of the city’s best-loved sights whilst you learn about the fascinating history of the Dutch capital. Sightseeing tours by bus or large cruise boat can feel a little too commercial and if you want to see the best of the city in a more flexible, interactive way that suits the needs of your group, a private boat hire from a company like Starboard Boats will fulfill your needs perfectly.
Whether it’s your first time visiting the city, or you’re a born-and-bred local, Amsterdam always seems that bit more beautiful when viewed from the water. Over hundreds of years, millions of people have taken this trip, from 17th century traders and sailors, to modern day tourists, and jumping on a boat to soak in the atmosphere and see the incredible sights of this beautiful place is an absolute must-do Amsterdam experience.
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