After all more than the tulips, the windmills, the “brownies”, canals is almost synonymous to what everyone may associate this capital city of The Netherlands with, and the lines of bicycles chained on the bridges is what makes up for one quintessential Amsterdam view.
Considered as the most watery city in the world, the historically important interconnecting 160 canals defines Amsterdam landscape, not only creating a base for the city’s most important monuments and buildings but it is what gives the city its own unique character.
I took the canal trip that comes free with the I amsterdam City Card purchased at the Visitor Center in front of Centraal Station. It was windy and cold, I sat at the open-deck area for the whole hour trip for the full canal cruise experience.
Unlike other similar touristic activities on other countries, I enjoyed this one particularly not only because it covers every major part of the canal belt therefore making it worth every penny but there was an over-all quietness and calmness about the whole cruise, everyone just happily sitting at their spots and actively listening to the free audio guide.
Singel, Herengracht (Lord’s Canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal), Zwanenburgwal, Brouwersgracht – impossible for me to remember all the names of the canals at the Canal Belt, all I remembered was that wind blowing my hair, that happiness on my face and the Captains voice reminding us to duck our heads as we were about to pass another bridge.
From the narrow canal, we sailed towards the open sea nearby the ferry boat terminal of Veer Centraal Station .
I wont forget the view of an old couple sitting at a bench facing the waters, simply enjoying each other company and the afternoon together. Apart from cycling around the city, I think it is one the simplest and yet the best way to enjoy an afternoon in Amsterdam .