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Amsterdam hosts concerts, events and festivals on an almost daily basis. Of course, there are a few highlights that you really should experience while cruising the canals. We’ve listed the best canal events in Amsterdam for you.

By the way, don’t forget to rent your sloop in time! We are usually fully booked more than a month in advance.

King’s Day – 27 April 2022

The day on which we celebrate the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander extensively. The city turns completely orange on this day and everywhere you look, there’s a party going on. More information about King’s Day.

Concert on the Amstel – 5 May 2022

This wonderful concert is the traditional festive end of Liberation Day in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Gay Pride – 30 July to 7 August 2022

This is one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the world. There are parties everywhere in the city. The highlight, of course, is the famous colourful boat parade on the canals. More information about Amsterdam Gay Pride.

Grachtenfestival – 12 to 21 August 2022

The Grachtenfestival introduces young and old to music in a different way at special locations in the city. From classical music to jazz, everyone will find something to their taste.

Prinsengracht concert – 20 August 2022

This is the largest classical open-air concert in the Netherlands. It is open to a wide audience and provides a stage for many young talents. A fun detail: the stage is on a pontoon and the audience can listen from their own boat. Be sure to register if you want to attend the concert.

Entry of Sinterklaas – 13 November 2020

Sinterklaas never skips Amsterdam. With his steam boat and his Pieten, he brings presents and fun to the children every year. The city always gives him a warm welcome during the entry.

Amsterdam Light Festival – 2 December 2021 to 17 January 2022

This is Amsterdam’s leading winter festival. Each year, the city’s streets and canals are exuberantly illuminated by various light installations from international artists. Hire a boat and visit them all.

SAIL Amsterdam 2020 – 12 to 16 August 2020

This event takes place every 5 years in Amsterdam. For a few days, the city will be visited by a gigantic fleet of monumental ships from all over the world. Visitors can sail between the ships and see the inside of them.

Amsterdam boat event tip!

Are all our boats booked? Please take a look at the website of our sister company Canal Motorboats, also located in the heart of Amsterdam. Perhaps you can still hire a boat there!

Amsterdam canal cruises with Eco Boats

Amsterdam canal cruises with Eco Boats

Room for 12 people
Rent a private boat
Incl. blankets, cushions and a map of the canals
No license needed
Steer by means of a steering wheel
Rent an electric boat
Free life jackets for children
You're the captain

Amsterdam boat rental location

Eco Boats is located at Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam boat rental is located in the Westerdok, less than 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station or 5 minutes by bus 48, stop Barendszplein. There is also plenty of parking space nearby if you come by car or bike. There are several car parks within walking distance where you can park.

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Amsterdam Canal Routes

Canal route Amsterdam: 2 hours

In 2 hours time you will cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam and pass 7 hotspots.

Canal route Amsterdam: 3 hours

In 3 hours time you will cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam and pass 12 hotspots.

Which Amsterdam canal route do you choose?

  • The best Amsterdam canal routes
  • You will pass several hotspots in Amsterdam
  • Cruise the most famous canals of Amsterdam
  • Make your own route through Amsterdam
  • You'll have enough time to take the route
  • Combine it with fun activities in Amsterdam
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Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Eco Boats Amsterdam

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Read the frequently asked questions about boating in Amsterdam. Read the FAQ

Yes, we organize the best outings for companies and family outings, please contact us by mail, for a scavenger hunt, catering request, plastic fishing or something else.

We'd prefer it if that won't happen. Should it happen anyway, we'll deduct it from your deposit. It wil cost  €20, - per every 15 min. Please call us if you think you're going to be late.

Yes. You pay a deposit of €150,- cash or by credit card. The deposit will be settled afterwards in case of damage or misbehaviour. Check our boat rental rates.

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Eco Boats Amsterdam
Boat Rental Amsterdam
Zandhoek 22
1013KT Amsterdam

KVK: 34241039

+31 (0) 6 216 171 11
info@ecoboatsamsterdam.com