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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)
Housed in a humungous former arsenal built in 1656, the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) reopened in 2011 after extensive reworking and is dedicated to showcasing the importance of Amsterdam’s maritime history. During the 17th-century Golden Age, The Netherlands was one of the richest powers in the world, thanks to its trading wealth and an empire that stretched across the globe. It was a time of great progress in Amsterdam, when the Canal Ring was built and the middle classes grew rich. All this is reflected in interactive and audio-visual displays of model ships, maritime oil paintings, charts, silverware and weaponry; the growth of the fabulously successful Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) is charted and visitors are whisked on a simulated journey through Amsterdam as a piece of cargo. Two now controversial issues that are dealt with sensitively through thoughtful exhibits are the European slave trade and the whaling industry. 

For kids, the highlight of a visit to the National Maritime Museum is undoubtedly the full-size replica of the merchant ship Amsterdam, which foundered in 1749 on a voyage to the East Indies (the present-day Indonesia). The craft is ‘crewed’ by actors who fire cannons, sing sea shanties, tie ropes and even stage a burial at sea.

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Kattenburgerplein 1. Admission €15 adults; €7.50 students and children aged 5–17; free with IAmsterdam Card. Opening hours are daily 9am–5pm. Accessible via buses no 22 or 48 to Kadijksplein or a 15-minute walk from Centraal Station.
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam 1018 KK, Netherlands
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Admission: Adult €15, Child €7.50
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam National Maritime Museum

Skip the Line: Amsterdam National Maritime Museum

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Visit the Netherlands' National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam with skip-the-line admission. Learn all about the golden age of Dutch maritime history as you wander the exhibits, which include naval artifacts and a replica of the ‘Amsterdam,’ an East Indiaman ship moored next to the museum.
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Get on board of one of our comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water in an intimate setting.Our hosts and captains will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! They will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and tell you everything you need to know about the artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. The cruise takes approximately 75 minutes and lets you enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water with all drinks included, prices are between €24,50 and €27,50.Our boat offers a see-through cover, and an open rear side to have the opportunity to take photo's of all the artworks we pass by during the cruise. The cushions inside are heated, and we offer blankets to keep you warm during the cruise while you can sip from a nice mulled wine to keep you warm. Will we see you on board during the Amsterdam Light Festival?
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and DrinksDay Cruises

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks

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This Amsterdam dinner cruise pairs a freshly prepared 4-course meal with the illuminated sights around the city’s romantic canals. Dine on top-quality food—with your choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes—on one of the few Amsterdam sightseeing boats to offer meals that are cooked on board. Sip a welcome drink from the bar and savor the sights, including attractions like the Anne Frank House and Hermitage Museum. Beer, wine, or soda are included along with coffee and tea on your excursion.
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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise Including Drinks

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Amsterdam Light Festival - by Electric Boat

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Cruise past the ‘Water Colors’ light sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival on an evening cruise. Settle aboard a whisper-quiet, electric boat and see the sparkling illuminated artworks on the canals, bridges, and monuments. Listen to the crystal-clear onboard commentary and hear the story behind the installations.
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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, more than 10 departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 1-hour boat tour. Hop aboard the Royal Agatha captains boat, a closed vessel, to avoid the chilly weather during the winter boats. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by and see landmarks while sipping on a warm beverage—available for purchase on board.
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Amsterdam Dutch Wine and Cheese Candlelight Cruise

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Unwind from busy sightseeing or set the mood for a romantic night with this relaxing candlelight cruise along Amsterdam’s fabled canals. Aboard a glass-enclosed boat, admire beautiful waterfront views of the UNESCO-listed canals as you sip wine and enjoy delicious snacks. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a day and cozy up with that special someone.
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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The 1-hour cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks such as the Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries and the metro.
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Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in AmsterdamDay Cruises

Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

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Enjoy unlimited Champagne from our wine climate cabinet while floating through the canals of Amsterdam.The boat is one of a few which has the floating monument status in Amsterdam. Due to its historic character, built in 1912, earlier serving as a passenger transport boat between East and West Germany, this boat has unique history. Unlike other boat tours, this tour is in an intimidate setting with your own group up to 12 people and a tour guide which is also the owner of the business to guarantee excellent service during your boat tour.
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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Luxurious Flagship Canal Cruise starting at Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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NEW: Evening Canal Cruise- drinks & snacks incl.- Starting at Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

NEW: Evening Canal Cruise- drinks & snacks incl.- Starting at Anne Frank House

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On our 90 minute all drinks and snacks inclusive evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our covered and heated saloon boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam Pizza CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Pizza Cruise

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Glide through the canals of Amsterdam on a dinner cruise that features great views of the illuminated city. Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture from your onboard guide as you dine on homemade pizza accompanied by unlimited beverages such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Top off your meal with a delicious brownie as your boat winds through the picturesque waterways of the Dutch capital.
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

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Tthis Amsterdam Super Saver gives you two best-selling tours at a discounted price: the Heineken Experience and a canal pizza cruise. Discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park. Then, dig into oven-made pizza during an evening cruise along UNESCO-listed canals. Admire the city’s top attractions amid twinkling lights, while onboard commentary further illuminates your Amsterdam canal cruise. Schedule these tours at your convenience; do both on one day, or on separate days.
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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2 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

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This private sightseeing tour of Amsterdam takes you around the historic city center by rickshaw (aka pedicab). Travel with ease while your driver-guide narrates the highlights; you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions. With a customized itinerary, your driver makes brief stops at Vondelpark or other scenic spots. Pickup and drop-off include hotels and cruise port.
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Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. drinks on historic saloon boatDay Cruises

Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. drinks on historic saloon boat

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A boat cruise in Amsterdam is a must, and this tour offers a unique experience aboard a floating monument. Built in 1912, the vessel served to transport passengers between East Germany and West Germany. Relax in an intimate setting of a saloon boat with your own private group, limited to 12. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are included.
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Audio guided tour - unlimited mulled wine - Amsterdam Light FestivalDay Cruises

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Get on board of one of the comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water.Our captain will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! The captain will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and via an audio guided tour you will get all the information you need to know about the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. Approximately 75 minutes to enjoy Amsterdam from the water, for only €19,50!
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Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon BoatDay Cruises

Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

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Delight in the architectural splendor of Amsterdam on a private 2-hour canal cruise. On a spacious boat, you’ll sail on Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways through historical districts such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengrach. Pass important structures like the Maritime Museum and the Dutch East Indiaman, and admire ancient churches and Amsterdam’s impressive Central Station from the water. While learning about the culture and history of the Dutch capital, you’ll receive the complete attention of your private guide.
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Visit Amsterdam and see the city from another perspective with a fantastic Amsterdam evening canal cruise! Discover the picturesque canal houses, colorful districts, and historic monuments as you cruise along the beautiful canals in the center. The evening canal boat cruise Amsterdam offers audio commentary in 19 different languages. The boats are equipped with sliding windows and panoramic rooftops so you don’t miss a single thing during the trip! The center of Amsterdam by night offers some spectacular views and photo opportunities. We take you through the famous canals in the center, which are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. During an evening canal boat cruise, the streets are lit up and lively, the buildings illuminated by warm, bright lights and the little terraces of the bars are busy with people unwinding after a day’s work. The sightseeing evening canal boat cruise Amsterdam lasts around one hour and takes you past some of the city’s most fascinating sites.
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Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

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From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is home to UNESCO-listed canals stretching 62 miles. This combo hop-on hop-off boat tour pass allows you to explore Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and gives you entry to the divine Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum. During a 24-or 48-hour period, make use of the many canal stops to explore top city attractions including the Anne Frank House. At the Rijksmuseum, stare in awe at masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch.’
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