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Amsterdam Canal Tour & City Guide: History, Prices, and Party Spots
October 20, 2019
It could not be a more perfect day… Hey guys! We’re having a boat day at the Waterkant, which is a super cool spot. Check this place out… Hi, I’m Kristin and welcome to my channel ,Traveling with Kristin, where I teach you how to work online while traveling the world If I had to describe my channel in a few words, It’s like Geography Now plus Wild On E! plus Anthony Bourdain plus a little bit of HGTV So make sure to subscribe if you’re into that kind of thing 🙂 Today I’m taking you into a day-in-the-life in one of my favorite cities Amsterdam! Join my friends and I as we cruise around the canals and explore the city from the inside out Make sure to stay tuned until the end so you can find out how much it costs to rent a boat and Learn who my favorite canal tour operators are. But first a little bit of history… Amsterdam’s canals were built as part of a comprehensive zoning plan back in the 17th century in response to rising immigration and population growth the first three canals were built with residential development in mind while the fourth canal was used for the purposes of defense and water management There are now one hundred and sixty-five canals in Amsterdam measuring a length of over a hundred kilometers The result? The city is now basically 90 different islands connected by more than 1300 bridges Today the canal ring is a UNESCO world heritage site and a must-see on anyone’s Amsterdam bucket list! While Amsterdam is known for being quite walkable and bikeable, Taking a boat tour through the canals is really a great way to see the city from another perspective. The name Amsterdam itself stems from the city’s origin around a dam on the Amstel river Cruising down the canals, you’ll notice that there’s a lot to see both in and out of the water On the surface, there are some 3000 houseboats which have become some of the most valuable and highest in-demand real estate in town They are pretty expensive and it’s hard to even find one for sale So if you can’t afford to buy one, you can always rent one nightly weekly or monthly Here are some more fun facts about the canals They are 2 to 3 metres deep and consist of brackish water, which is a mix of salt and fresh water An estimated 10,000 bicycles are dredged out of the canals each year Anyone can drive a boat in the canals But you do need to follow some of the traffic norms and the 7.5 kilometre per hour speed limit So, what about swimming? Can you swim in the canals? Yes, but it’s not recommended Overall the canals are a great place to sit and people-watch Have a coffee or beer. Enjoy a nice meal or party! On an average day, especially on the weekends if the weather is good You’ll see people sitting outside at bars cafes and restaurants enjoying the Sun and the sights As you can tell the Waterkant is one of the most popular bars on the canals if you want a table, make sure to get there early Alright, welcome to my live stream This is the daily Traveling with Kristin digital nomads remote work location independent lifestyle live stream! And we’re having a boat day at the Waterkant, which is a super cool spot So I wanted to show you guys… check this place out This is one of the best local spots in Amsterdam the Waterkant. You’ve got to be there or be square Every year twice per year anywhere from a few hundred thousand to over a million people pour into Amsterdam’s canals and streets to celebrate Kings Day on April 27th and Pride which takes place during the first weekend of August It’s definitely a sight to behold! So what are your options for experiencing canal life in Amsterdam? The cheapest way is to rent a paddle boat for 10 euro in Liedseplein area You can also jump on a hop-on hop-off boat. Befriend some locals and get invited on a boat for free. Come on in. Hi, I’m Kristin. It looks like our boat is full now or you can rent your own boat that’s really exciting You can rent a boat from 99 euro and up depending on the type of boat the capacity and how long you’re renting for One of the most popular way is to see the canals is to take a tour with one of over 120 canal cruise operators in town Prices are usually around 15 to 20 euro per person But there are also luxury cruises with dinner from 50 to 100 euro I’ve been visiting Amsterdam every year for the past four or five years and my favorite boat tours have been with those damn boat guys and Flagship Amsterdam You can find out all the details on boat prices and resources in the links in the video description Hanging out in a boat on the canals is one of my favorite things to do in Amsterdam I highly recommend you do it too if you get the chance to visit Any questions, let me know in the comments and for more weekly travel videos from around the world Make sure to subscribe to Traveling with Kristin If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can make money online and travel the world check out my other channel YouTube.com/DigitalNomad. See you next time! I love this place!