What is it like to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam?

Houseboat Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, you can’t miss the houseboats. They’re everywhere; including nearly every picturesque photo you’ll ever take in Amsterdam! Picture of sunset over a canal? Houseboat. Selfie on the skinny bridge? Houseboat. Anna Frank museum? Houseboat. Yes, that’s right. Her book is set on one! Bet you didn’t know that! Okay, largely because it isn’t […]

5 Fascinating Facts About the Dutch Canals

Amsterdam canals

Oh, the Amsterdam canals! They sure are picturesque, aren’t they? So much so, that if all the mood shots, selfies, and panoramas taken from the city’s bridges were printed out and piled up together they’d weigh more than some of those bridges! But the waterways are so much more than just a pretty picture. There […]

How Amsterdam protect’s itself against the water

How Amsterdam protects itself against the water

Water. It has been Amsterdam’s lifeblood ’s since the city’s inception. In truth, the canals were a truly revolutionary technology when they were built; allowing the city to move goods by water instead of horse and cart and through that become one of the world’s greatest trading cities. And yes, the word ‘technology’ is certainly […]

What animals live in the Dutch canals?

Ducks Amsterdam

Sure, the Dutch waterways are artificial and look as appetising as the trash can at a diaper-changing station, but a surprisingly large range of animals live there. That’s for two reasons: One, though they are entirely manmade (person made?) they’ve been around long enough that many animals have adapted to living there. It’s comparable to […]

What Would You Do If You Dropped Your Keys In The Canal?

Keys in the canal

The canals are a great addition to our city. They’re beautiful, serve as a free skating rink (about once every ten years) and give the city real character. At the same time, there are a few downsides. The bridges turn from picturesque photo opportunities into death traps when it snows. (Though admittedly, that also creates […]

6 Unusual Canal Tours for When Normal Doesn’t Cut It

6 unusual canal tours

Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on pinterest Pinterest Amsterdam’s waterways are pretty extraordinary. At the same time, sometimes extraordinary isn’t enough. Once in a while, you don’t only want chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream on your 12 scoops of tropical flavored ice cream. You also need a […]

5 Awesome Secrets About Amsterdam’s bridges

Skinny Bridge

Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on pinterest Pinterest Take the reason for the three crosses on Amsterdam’s flag. We’ve got plenty of theories about why they’re there. The drunk at the end of the bar will tell you it’s because of the red-light district (it’s not). Tour […]

10 Water-based Festivals in Amsterdam

Waterbased Festival

Sure, we’re a bit biased. But for us it’s obvious that Amsterdam’s water festivals are some of the coolest things since bell bottoms. They combine two of our favorite ingredients – water and fun. That’s a powerful combination. And Amsterdam has some of the best such festivals around. In our minds, the only one that […]

Can You Swim in the Amsterdam Canals?

Can you swim in the canals

Well according to the Amsterdam people you can! 1 out of 3 ‘Amsterdammers’ swim in the Amsterdam open water. And 1 out of 20 swim in the canals. Because the houseboats are now all connected to the sewage system and the water get’s cleaned often, the water quality now is better than it has ever […]