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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

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Fun cruise
stephanies88, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Nice cruise, great canal views. Liked the commentary. Options of beer or wine plus Dutch cheese. Fun tour!
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Nice cruise.
Paul_Z, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
We loved this cruise. A great way to explore the city’s canals. The boat was comfortable and the guides were great. The only complaint is that the beer wasn’t cold enough.
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Excellent cheese and...
Nancy_K, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Excellent cheese and wine. Generous with wine. Fun tour Good introduction to Amsterdam and story of canals
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Worth it
Jennifer_D, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
It was a great ride and beautiful views and great stories. Loved the flowing wine and cheese. It is worth the extra money.
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As above
Annie_W, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Friendliness and fun with Sophie! An informative trip which exceeded our expectations with endless wine top-ups!! Excellent!
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Fun canal cruise
Sylvia_T, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Tamar was a great guide. She was friendly and had very nice descriptive historical accounts of the canals and surrounding area
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Good package
toyin_o, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Very interesting and lively with much passion by the pilot and Co-pilot. No dull moment with hilarious jokes.
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Nothing beats boats, cheese and wine!
Bethan_W, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
It was an amazing, personal tour with constant attention from the hosts. Definitely great for anyone visiting Amsterdam (especially for the first time!
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Arrived jet lagged from...
Daniel_S, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Arrived jet lagged from long travel and this cruise was the perfect antidote as it allowed us to sit back, learn about this great city and get a feel for the people from the interactions with the boat staff. Highly recommended.
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The staff was very...
kathleen_U, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
The staff was very friendly and attentive. The afternoon we went on our cruise was warm, the airflow under the roof area was limited. Next time I would book and open sloop for the tour.
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Fantastic
William_S, Aug. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Staff are great, the captain was a very funny man and the tour guides know a lot about the history of the city would definitely recommend
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Excellent time on the canal
Kae_S, Jul. 2022
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Enjoyed the beautiful architecture, clever houseboats and great job sharing info by guide Meg and captain Rob.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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