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The best Amsterdam canal routes

Which canals should you go to when in Amsterdam? A frequently asked question, which we understand very well, because there is a lot to see in the city. We have mapped out two fun Amsterdam canal routes for you. This way you will see the best places and not miss a thing. Of course, you can also use our canal routes as inspiration for your own canal cruise through Amsterdam. Choose a route of 2 hours or 3 hours. We are happy to help you plan the perfect Amsterdam canal cruise. Please read the canal rules before cruising.

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Prinsengracht | Amstel | Keizersgracht or Herengracht

View the 3 hour route

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

Amsterdam Canal route: 2 hours

Cruise along the Prinsengracht, Amstel and Keizersgracht or Herengracht in 2 hours. You’ll pass at least 11 sights like the Anne Frank House, the Westertoren, the Skinny Bridge and many more. The route is perfect for a 2 hour cruise, not counting in activity breaks. Do you want to stop in between to do an activity? We rent out our boats by the hour, so you can decide for yourself how long you want to rent a boat.

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.

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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.

View the route

Amsterdam Canal route: 3 hours

The 3-hour cruise is an extended version of the 2-hour cruise. You pass the same canals and sights, but then continue towards Artis, the Maritime Museum, NEMO, the Rembrandthuis, the National Opera and you go underneath the Blue Bridge. You’ll pass at least 17 sights that are popular in Amsterdam. The route can be done in 3 hours, without activity breaks. Would you like to stop in between to do an activity? We rent out our boats by the hour, so you can decide how long you want to rent a boat.

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.

View the route

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.

View the route

That's why customers choose Canal Motorboats

Boat rental Amsterdam Centre

Boat rental Canal Motorboats can be found at Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Our boats are located in the Westerdok, less than a 15-minute 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 bicycle. There are several parking garages within walking distance where you can park.

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Place for 7 or 8 people
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Do you have a question?

View the most frequently asked questions about Canal Motorboats here. See FAQ

We hope that this does not happen, but should it happen we charge €30,- for each 15 minutes late. Do you think you will be late? In that case, call us immediately.

No, it is forbidden to go on the IJ with the boat.

No, you don't need an insurance. We have our own insurance. You do have to pay an excess of maximum €250 in case of accident or damage, provided that you report the damage or accident to us immediately. Please note: do you not report the damage immediately, do you not abide by the rules as stated in the general terms and conditions or does damage occur due to misbehaviour and not following the instructions of the staff? Then you are not insured and you are liable for the full amount of the damage. This can be more than the excess of €250. The amount will be settled afterwards.

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