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  • Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Admission: Free

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Amsterdam Canal Ring

The famous 17th-century district surrounding the old center of Amsterdam is well-known for the charming waterways that make up the city's Canal Ring, or Grachtengordel. The area is comprised of three rings of semicircular canals that are bisected by smaller canals radiating from the middle like spokes on a wheel. Lined with elaborately decorated merchants' homes and warehouses, the canals often serve as lifelines to the wandering visitor, because subtle turns in Amsterdam's city center can really throw off a sense of direction.

The major semicircular canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are the Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht and Reguliersgracht. Hundreds of picturesque bridges cross these canals, connecting the 90 islands that were created when the canals were first built during the Dutch Golden Age. Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats) and rowboats glide through the canals at all times of day.

A canal cruise is an excellent introduction to Amsterdam's many sights, as the glass-topped boats provide the best views of Amsterdam—just sit back and let it all flow around you. There are a number of departure points throughout the city and tours are available in a multitude of languages. Travelers can even choose one that serves wine and cheese, or allows hopping on and off at different stops throughout the city.

Practical Info

The Canal Ring is most often navigated by foot, bicycle and, of course, boat.

Did You Know? The entire Canal Ring district is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat, Amsterdam, null
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.40
Amsterdam Light Festival Water Colors Cruise on Electric Boat, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Light Festival Water Colors Cruise on Electric Boat

Enjoy a 1.15hour Water Colors cruise on the Amsterdam canals during the Light festival. Admire all the wonderful illuminated pieces of art. Your boat is also ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.17
Amsterdam Saloon Boat Sightseeing Cruise, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Saloon Boat Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Skip the lines and enjoy a 75-minute luxury saloon boat cruise around Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals. Avoid the main lines for your boat, relax into the ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.71
Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 436 Reviews

Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following tour ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hour pass

From USD $25.86
Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

4.5 star rating: Recommended 552 Reviews

Sit back and relax on a 2-hour candlelight cruise along Amsterdam's famous canals, the perfect way to unwind from a day of sightseeing or set the mood for a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.41
Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise, Amsterdam, Night Cruises
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Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

When the sun goes down, Amsterdam’s nightlife begins, especially along the canals. Enjoy a relaxing evening along the twinkling canals of the Dutch capital on ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.41
Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise, Amsterdam, Night Cruises
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Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 566 Reviews

Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. This evening tour is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.02
Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise, Amsterdam, Dinner Cruises
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Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Combine beer and a burger with the sights of Amsterdam on a 1.5-hour evening canal cruise. Join the tour in the evening, and then jump aboard a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.02
Amsterdam Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Saloon Boat Cruise, Amsterdam, Beer & Brewery ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Saloon Boat Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Team a city tour by coach with a cruise along UNESCO listed–canals on this must-do Amsterdam Super Saver. Both activities include onboard guides and pass ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.56
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Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket, Amsterdam, Super Savers
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Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Combine a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour of Amsterdam with a visit to Rijksmuseum – the Netherlands’ national museum that houses a collection of Dutch Golden ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $44.72

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