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Canal routes Amsterdam tips

Do you want to hire a boat in Amsterdam and cruise the canals? Amsterdam has many beautiful canals, bridges, buildings and parks. It is therefore no surprise that the Canal District has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010. But which Amsterdam canal route will you take? It’s a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re boating. This way you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing. Take a look at the Amsterdam canal routes below and hire a boat in Amsterdam.

Check the 2 hour route

Prinsengracht | Amstel | Keizersgracht or Herengracht

Check the 3 hour route

Prinsengracht | Entrepotdok | Oosterdok | Zwanenburgwal | Amstel | Keizersgracht or Herengracht

Amsterdam canal route: 2 hours

Would you like to cruise for 2 hours in Amsterdam? Then we have mapped out the perfect Amsterdam canal cruise route for you. In 2 hours time you will cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam and pass no less than 11 hotspots. Do you want to stop during the route somewhere to do an activity? Then rent the boat a little longer. You can rent a boat per hour with us. This way you can decide for yourself how long you want to cruise the canals.

There are 2 routes you can take if you want to rent a boat for 2 hours. The difference is the way back: via the Keizersgracht or the Herengracht.

Boat route 1: Prinsengracht | Amstel | Keizersgracht

You pass the following sights in Amsterdam:

Prinsengracht

  • Lekkeresluis Bridge
  • Anne Frank House
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Westertoren and Westerkerk
  • The 9 Streets
  • Houseboat Museum

Amstel

  • Skinny Bridge
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Museum

Keizersgracht

  • Foam Museum
  • Museum van Loon

Take this route:

  • From our dock in the Westerdok, enter the Prinsengracht.
  • Follow the Prinsengracht until you reach the Amstel
  • Turn left when you’ve reached the Amstel and turn into the Keizersgracht.
  • Keep going until you can turn left on the Brouwersgracht and return to the Westerdok via the Korte Prinsengracht.

Boat route 2: Prinsengracht | Amstel | Herengracht

You pass the following sights in Amsterdam:

Prinsengracht

  • Lekkeresluis Bridge
  • Anne Frank House
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Westertoren and Westerkerk
  • The 9 Streets
  • Houseboat Museum

Amstel

  • Skinny Bridge
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Museum

Herengracht

  • De Golden Bend
  • Canal Museum Amsterdam

Take this route:

  • From our dock in the Westerdok, enter the Prinsengracht.
  • Follow the Prinsengracht until you reach the Amstel
  • Turn left when you’ve reached the Amstel and turn into the Herengracht.
  • Keep going until you can turn left on the Brouwersgracht and return to the Westerdok via the Korte Prinsengracht.

Canal route Amsterdam: 3 hours

Would you like to spend 3 hours cruising the canals in Amsterdam? Then choose this tour. In 3 hours time you will pass no less than 17 hotspots in Amsterdam! This Amsterdam boat tour takes you past all the points that the short boat tour also passes, but is a bit more extensive as you also pass Artis Zoo, the National Maritime Museum, NEMO, Rembrandt Museum, the Opera House and the Blue Bridge. Do you want to stop during the route somewhere to do an activity? Then rent the boat a little longer. You can rent a boat per hour with us. This way you can decide for yourself how long you want to cruise the canals.

There are 2 routes you can take if you want to rent a boat for 3 hours. The difference is the way back: via the Keizersgracht or the Herengracht.

Boat route 1: Prinsengracht | Entrepotdok | Oosterdok | Zwanenburgwal | Amstel | Keizersgracht

You pass the following sights in Amsterdam:

Prinsengracht

  • Lekkeresluis Bridge
  • Anne Frank House
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Westertoren and Westerkerk
  • The 9 Streets
  • Houseboat Museum

Entrepotdok

  • Artis Zoo

Oosterdok

  • National Maritime Museum
  • NEMO Science Museum
  • Rembrandt House
  • Blue Bridge

Amstel

  • Stopera
  • Amsterdam Museum
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Skinny Bridge

Keizersgracht

  • Foam Museum
  • Museum van Loon

Take this route:

  • From our dock at the Westerdok, enter the Prinsengracht.
  • Continue until you reach the Amstel and go straight ahead on the Nieuwe Prinsengracht towards Artis Zoo.
  • Then turn right onto Plantage Muidergracht.
  • Continue until you reach Entrepotdok and turn right into Nieuwe Vaart, then immediately left.
  • Go straight ahead past the National Maritime Museum and NEMO.
  • Turn left at NEMO towards the Oosterdok.
  • Go straight across the Oude Schans and Zwanenburgwal.
  • Then turn left at the Opera House towards Amstel.
  • After you’ve reached the Amstel, turn into the Keizersgracht.
  • Keep going until you can turn left on the Brouwersgracht and return to the Westerdok via the Korte Prinsengracht.

Boat route 2: Prinsengracht | Entrepotdok | Oosterdok | Zwanenburgwal | Amstel | Herengracht

You pass the following sights in Amsterdam:

Prinsengracht

  • Lekkeresluis Bridge
  • Anne Frank House
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Westertoren and Westerkerk
  • The 9 Streets
  • Houseboat Museum

Entrepotdok

  • Artis Zoo

Oosterdok

  • National Maritime Museum
  • NEMO Science Museum
  • Rembrandt House
  • Blue Bridge

Amstel

  • Stopera
  • Amsterdam Museum
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Skinny Bridge

Herengracht

  • De Golden Bend
  • Canal Museum Amsterdam

Take this route:

  • From our dock at the Westerdok, enter the Prinsengracht.
  • Continue until you reach the Amstel and go straight ahead on the Nieuwe Prinsengracht towards Artis Zoo.
  • Then turn right onto Plantage Muidergracht.
  • Continue until you reach Entrepotdok and turn right into Nieuwe Vaart, then immediately left.
  • Go straight ahead past the National Maritime Museum and NEMO.
  • Turn left at NEMO towards the Oosterdok.
  • Go straight across the Oude Schans and Zwanenburgwal.
  • Then turn left at the Opera House towards Amstel.
  • After you’ve reached the Amstel, turn into the Herengracht.
  • Keep going until you can turn left on the Brouwersgracht and return to the Westerdok via the Korte Prinsengracht.

Amsterdam canal cruises with Eco Boats

Amsterdam canal cruises with Eco Boats

Room for 8 or 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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Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Eco Boats Amsterdam

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