Today the river runs through the center of the city, lined with landmark buildings, stately mansions and colorful houseboats. A walk along the riverside pathway takes in a number of key sights: the regal Carré theatre, still a popular performance house; the post-modernist Stopera city hall and opera house, with its contemporary glass facade; and the neo-baroque domes of the St Nicolas church, all face the river front. A number of landmark bridges also cross the river, the most famous of which is the Magere Brug, or the ‘Skinny Bridge’, a white painted bascule bridge, rebuilt in the early 1900s. Don’t miss out on renowned tourist attractions like the Hermitage Museum, the Amsterdam Museum and Waterlooplein, either – all lie along the shores of the Amstel.
Throughout the year a number of festivities center around the Amstel River – the Bevrijdingsdag (liberation day) celebrations are televised from here; the Gay Pride Canal Parade brings a dash of color to the waters and the annual New Year light-show dazzles crowds along the riverbanks.
Tours & Tickets
Explore Amsterdam’s narrowest waterways on this 75-minute canal cruise. Thanks to your boat’s small size, discover hidden corners that other cruises can’t ... Read more
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
For the complete Amsterdam experience, combine a city sightseeing tour with a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens. On a 2.5-hour morning coach tour, drive along ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
This Amsterdam Super Saver combines two half-day tours into one memorable day, giving you a great value for your money. Start the morning with a fully guided ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Admire the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival while savoring a hearty meal on this holiday canal cruise. Listen to illuminating commentary about the 30 light ... Read more
Duration: 75 minutes