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Amstel River
Amstel River

Amstel River

Free admission
Amstel River, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Basics

Follow the path along the Amstel to find a number of city landmarks including the Hermitage Museum, the Royal Theater Carre, and the iconic Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug). Once you get to Amsterdam South, the river makes way for a beautiful path along which locals cycle, sail, and enjoy a stroll before turning into bucolic meadows and rural villages.

Most tours in Amsterdam include a stop along the Amstel. If you want to explore like a local, hop on a bike tour to explore the city’s highlights, including the Amstel path. Numerous river cruise options are also available to see the city via the Amstel and numerous canals. To save on admission fees, combine attractions such as the Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Keukenhof Gardens (in the spring) with a city tour of Amsterdam.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

star-5
Great experience
Mitchell_T, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
I thought it might be weird going on this experience by myself but the boat had plenty of space and was nice and clean. The staff were also very friendly.
star-4
Nice and warm
Ujjwal_M, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
It was a very wonderful experience. Initially a bit hesitant to go for a boat trip in such a cold weather but it was quite nice, warm and cozy inside the boat.
star-4
Lovely afternoon
Karen_K, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Lovely crew; quite entertaining! Drinks flowed during the informative 75 minutes! The Dutch cheese was delicious. Pick-up was timely and right across from the Anne Frank House. Definitely recommend.
star-5
An Important Perspective of Amsterdam
Michael_K, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Very relaxed tour. Informative and enjoyable. Easy to find right outside the Anne Frank House. It’s quite a bargain as they serve you drinks for free and put out cheese trays. The servers, Tamsin and Lucia were always there with a beer or a pour of wine. And Captain Deiderick likes to chime in with some good jokes.
star-5
Great value for money
Elizabeth_P, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
The staff were friendly and informative. We were well looked after with plenty to eat and drink. It was a really pleasant experience.
star-5
Worth doing
wayne_t, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Good service, interesting and fun guided tour. Definitely more worth doing than just a basic tour. Cheese and wine was also great !
star-5
A must do in Amsterdam
Eivind_S, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Wonderful experience, absolutely recommended. Great hostess and a wonderful captain. Knowledgeable and humorous atmosphere.
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Canal cruise
jmcpal71, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Very comfortable and warm. The stories were the best. Very friendly staff. Wish there was crackers or bread with the cheese but still very good.
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Perfect evening ride
Helen_S, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
It was a cool night, but we were warm inside the boat. Windows plentiful for a to view. Though the plexiglass did not make the best for shooting photos, I was able to get a few pictures for our memory book. The cheese and drinks were a perfect addition to keep everyone comfortable. The staff was friendly and accommodating.
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A super fun time
Vera_c, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Our guides were fantastic! Wilbert and Julia make an awesome team. Will definitely recommend this tour to all of our friends and family, who will be visiting Amsterdam
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It was very excellent...
Shipra_S, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
It was very excellent experience Awesome environment Eco friendly Enjoyed very well Connection with different people from different countries
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Shawn & Morgane we’re...
Alison_M, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Shawn & Morgane we’re amazing hosts, they were hilarious & hospitable and showed us the best time. We thoroughly enjoyed our canal cruise, it was a highlight of our stay in Amsterdam! Would highly recommend booking with this company!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Amstel is a must-visit for all visitors to Amsterdam, as it is the city’s main watery artery.

  • Don comfortable walking shoes to enjoy strolling along the riverside path.

  • Boat tours of Amsterdam make it easy for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility to see the Amstel and the city’s main attractions.

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How to Get There

The Amstel is easily accessible from many points in Amsterdam. The best way to experience it, and many city landmarks, is on a river and canal cruise. If you prefer to stay on land, head to the Hermitage Museum and the Skinny Bridge to walk along the riverbank without leaving the city.

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When to Get There

Amsterdam sees huge crowds of travelers during the summer months. Try to visit during spring or autumn, when there are fewer people and less chance for rain. The city really comes alive when the tulips are in bloom, generally between the end of March and the end of May.

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The Lifeblood of Amsterdam

The Amstel is more than just a transportation waterway in Amsterdam. Since the days of early settlers, the river has provided the most vital irrigation resource and was even diverted to the Amstel Brewery to keep its stock of beer chilled. The river was also an inspiration for many artists, including Rembrandt and Mondrian. The dams, which wind their way through Amsterdam and the Netherlands, are a feat of engineering and provide water and transportation for thousands of Dutch citizens.

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