Amsterdam canal tour

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by HiramAbif on December 18, 2005

This is a very “touristy” thing to do in Amsterdam, yet always worth it. There are a number of operators, mostly near the Central Station and Damrak Road. A Sunday afternoon canal trip from a company on the left of Damrak (as you walk from the Central Station) set me back 6 Euros and lasted a good hour. The boat has a recorded taped description of what you see in Dutch, German, French, and English (in that order). You will pass the usual landmarks of towers and churches, the Shell Tower, the Sea Palace Chinese restaurant, Central Station from the back, the Ann Frankhuis, and numerous bridges and neighbourhoods. As the boat does not make any stops and you are very close to the banks of the canals, it is very difficult to take any truly STILL photographs, unless the boat stops to turn or change direction. At nighttime (as was my case), photography becomes even more difficult. Another type of canal tour is the one with candlelit dinner, but forgive me, for I cannot see the point.  What are you supposed to focus on? The meal? Your partner? or the sights and the canals? (If it is your partner, then it is okay.)
Amsterdam Canal Cruises


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