It's no secret that Amsterdam has plenty of beautiful canals, but in our opinion the area where the Prinsengracht meets the Brouwersgracht, or "Brewers canal" is one of the most picturesque area of Amsterdam. It's got all these beautiful buildings that once served as breweries and they've got all these excellent painted shutters. It's really a great place to take pictures and to just wonder around. It's also the beginning of the Jordaan District. It's a bit of a Bohemian area of Amsterdam with lots of great cafes and things to see, as well as the Noordermarkt which is right next to a church. It's a great market square where you can find excellent things to buy most of the days of the week.
You should do a boat tour through the canals at least once in your life...
Both by day and night, the canals have an attractive ambiance. Both the gables and the 220 bridges that link the canals are illuminated at night.
From the comfort of your tour boat, you can see Amsterdam at its most picturesque. Pass by countless monuments and historic buildings, including the mayor's house, the grand Westerkerk, Anne Frank house and the city's smallest house on the Singel canal.
Most boats will take you through the famous "Gouden Bocht (Golden Bend). the most prestigious section of the breath-taking Herengracht canal.
Have you been on a tour boat, come upon a fascinating historical site and thought to yourself, "I'd love to go there, but the boat kept going"? With the so called "Hop-On, Hop-Off" service you can stop and explore whenever you want. There are 14 stops at key attractions. With a day pass, valid until noon the following day, you can get on and off the boat as many times as you like. The pass also gives you a discount at several museums. So, hop on!
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Canal Bike hires out pedal boats at four moorings in the city centre. You can depart from any of the moorings and leave your boat at any of the others. When you hire a boat you will be given a brochure with a map describing five routes to make sure you won't miss anything on your journey!