A Canal Cruise Amsterdam is currently the most popular tourist attraction of the capital. But how did such a cruise actually come about and why do natives and guests from abroad enjoy floating through the canals so much?
As early as 1621, the first tour that we can call a Canal Tour Amsterdam took place. Queen Elizabeth Stuart of Bohemia and her husband Frederick V of the Palatinate were forced to move to the Netherlands after a military defeat. With part of their court they floated through the Amsterdam canals to the cheers of the Amsterdam citizens. The couple went to live in The Hague and in 1645 Elizabeth laid the first stone for Huis ten Bosch Palace. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima now live in this palace with their children.
Many famous guests have been able to see the capital from an Amsterdam Canal Cruise boat. It is not only a fun, but also a relatively safe way to explore the city. On June 6, 1964, The Beatles were in the Netherlands for a concert, but first took an Canal Tour Amsterdam. Drummer Ringo Starr was hospitalized with tonsillitis and was replaced by Jimmie Nicol. This made little difference to the approximately 50,000 enthusiastic fans who lined the route. Left and right they jumped into the water to get closer to their idols. The police were busy fishing fans out of the water that day.
In 1988, the Netherlands won the UEFA European Football Championship. With a goal from Ruud Gullit and an even more spectacular goal from Marco van Basten, the Dutch players defeated the Soviet Union in Munich. To pay tribute to the players, they were offered a canal cruise in Amsterdam. This spontaneous action led to great chaos around the Amsterdam canals. The frenzied fans were jumping up and down on the roofs of houseboats, which came to lie dangerously far under the water.
Amsterdam from the water
The best way to experience Amsterdam is from the water. You see the historic buildings in a different way than when you walk through the streets. It is of course wonderful to take a boat trip and relax for a while. Preferably with a drink in hand. Every year, about 3 million tourists book a canal tour, but for the Dutch a trip on a canal boat in Amsterdam is just as much fun.
Floating Amsterdam provides canal cruises in an electric open sloop with lounge seats. The captain will tell you everything you want to know about the capital and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the tour with a drink and a snack. This luxurious experience is accessible to everyone and you will be pampered to the max. Do you prefer a private tour? That’s possible! Ask for details and options.