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The best events in Amsterdam

Below is a list of the best events in Amsterdam in 2022. We have listed the best events on Amsterdam’s canals. Rent a boat and enjoy all the fun Amsterdam has to offer.

1. King’s Day – 27 April 2022

Koningsdag, also known as King’s Day, is the day we celebrate the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander. Everyone knows that Amsterdam is the place to be on that day. The city turns completely orange and there are parties everywhere, especially on the canals.

Find out more about Kings Day in Amsterdam.

2. Concert on the Amstel – 5 May 2022

Concert op de Amstel is a wonderful concert and a traditional festive ending to Liberation Day in Amsterdam. It’s very nice to admire from the canals.

More information about Concert on the Amstel.

3. Amsterdam Gay Pride – 30 July to 7 August 2022

Amsterdam Gay Pride is a much-attended event in Amsterdam every year. In fact, it is one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the world. Celebrations take place all over the city and the highlight is of course the famous colourful boat parade on the canals.

Find out more about Amsterdam Gay Pride.

4. Grachtenfestival – 12 to 21 August 2022

The Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) is a unique way to experience music at very special locations in Amsterdam. From classical music to jazz, there is something for everyone. Fun to experience from the canals.

More information about Grachtenfestival.

5. Prinsengracht concert – 20 August 2022

The Prinsengracht concert is the largest open-air classical concert in the Netherlands and provides a stage for many young talents. You can experience the concert from your own boat. Will you be there?

More information about Prinsengracht concert.

6. Entry of Sinterklaas – 13 November 2022

This is a great activity for the kids! Because of course, Sinterklaas does not skip our capital. Admire the steamboat and wave to Sinterklaas and the Pieten from the canals.

More information on Sinterklaas entry.

7. Amsterdam Light Festival – 2 December to 17 January 2022

Everyone knows that Amsterdam Light Festival is the winter festival of the Netherlands. This is something you really have to experience. The city is exuberantly lit up by various light installations by different artists. Very impressive and beautiful to cruise past and admire.

More information about Amsterdam Light Festival.

8. SAIL Amsterdam – 20-24 August 2025

This event takes place every 5 years on the water in and around Amsterdam, so it won’t be again until 2025. The city will then be visited for several days by a gigantic fleet of monumental ships from all over the world. Visitors can cruise between the ships and see them inside as well.

More information about SAIL Amsterdam.

Rent a boat during an event in Amsterdam

Would you like to experience these special events from the comfort of your own boat during a boat trip? You can! Book easily a boat on our website. Are all our boats already booked? Then take a look at the site of our sister company Eco Boats Amsterdam. Of course, they are also located in the centre of Amsterdam. They might still have a boat available for you there, but be quick because it’s rented out fast!

That's why customers choose Canal Motorboats

This is what you get with Canal Motorboats

This is what you get with Canal Motorboats

Private boat
Drive the boat yourself
Incl. pillows, blankets and a map
No license needed
Free life jackets for children
You are the captain
Cheap boat rental Amsterdam
Choose between 2 boats
Place for 7 or 8 people
In the centre of Amsterdam

Location Canal Motorboats

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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Canal Routes in Amsterdam

Canal route: 2 hours

Canal route: 2 hours

Would you like to spend 2 hours boating in Amsterdam? Then choose this route. You past at least 11 hotspots.

Prinsengracht | Amstel | Herengracht/Keizersgracht

Canal route: 3 hours

Canal route: 3 hours

Would you like to cruise for 3 hours in Amsterdam? Then choose this route. You past at least 17 hotspots.

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

The best Canal Routes

We have made some beautiful canal routes that you can take when cruising the canals in Amsterdam.

  • Choose from 2 or 3 hour routes
  • You will pass several hotspots
  • Combine the routes with fun activities
  • You cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam
  • Create your own route
  • You get a map of the canals
  • Taking a longer route is also possible
See Routes

Canal Motorboats: The best priced boat rental in Amsterdam

Do you have a question?

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

We have 2 different boats to choose from. The blue boat and the green boat. Both boats have a different price. Take a look at our boat rates.

The departure location is at Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam.This is near the famous Prinsengracht. It is within walking distance from Central Station and easily accessibel by bus, bike and car. You will find a route description for more information.

We are open all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00

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Monday to Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm