Enjoy the canals

09 July 2015

Want to enjoy summer in the busy city? Rent a little boat, a canoe or a water bike and explore the city in a more peaceful way on the beautiful canals.

Many Dutch cities are famous for their beautiful canals. In the past they were used for transport, water management and city defence but today they serve more recreational purposes. Why not see the city from a different perspective and rent a boat, canoe or water bike?

Maastricht, from the Maas

Maastricht from the Maas

Okay, a boat trip might sound like a tourist attraction, but sailing the Maas river is truly impressive. At the Maaspromenade, you can board a boat for a trip on the water. From a short boat trip on the Maas river to a complete day trip to the Belgian Liège.

Explore Utrecht by canoe or water bike

Utrecht by canoe

Paddle along the Oudegracht with its beautiful wharf cellars. Discover the city’s many monuments from the water or leave the city and row to the lovely natural park of Rhijnauwen. Paddle out to the Vaartse Rijn. Don’t forget to stop for a meal or a beer at one of the cafes or restaurants you are bound to pass.

Amsterdam from the water

Amsterdam from the water

In Amsterdam you can rent water bikes in several places, then go for a peaceful tour of the beautiful canals. Rent your own water bike from Canal Bike near the Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Anne Frank Huis or the corner of Keizergracht and Leidsestraat. If you want to move a little faster, and ensure a time to remember, book a tour with Those Dam Boat Guys.