Amsterdam is built on water and 165 canals connect this city through the water. Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Amsterdam Canal Ring of Amsterdam is an intriguing place for exploration. Floating on the canal is without a doubt the most appropriated way to discover the city attractions that you are unlikely to forget. No wonder it is often said that Amsterdam seems to be more magical when looked upon from a boat.

A standard canal cruise takes little more than an hour that will allow you to explore the UNESCO protected Canal Ring and learn the history behind such intricate construction. Other types of canal cruises are also available, they include romantic candle-lit tours, child-friendly adventures, hop-on-hop-off boat services, and private guided boat tours for smaller groups.

A network of canals makes up the center of Amsterdam and this is the place where you’ll find the magnificent canal houses of Amsterdam. Known as the “Grachtengordel” or “The Canal Belt”, this area possesses a vivid architecture that comes alive on its own when observed from the water. One might go as far as to claim that if you haven’t been on a canal tour, you haven’t yet visited Amsterdam.