Nestled amongst the picturesque 17th century warehouses, townhouses and lovely bridges that light up and reflect in the water at night, you can hardly be closer to the Amsterdam canals than staying on a houseboat.
It started in the sixties when transport went less over water and was taken over by trucks. Many redundant boats were demolished but already in those days there was a housing shortage in Amsterdam and some transport boats were used as an alternative to live on, mostly by hippies.
Nowadays Amsterdam has 2.900 houseboats of which about 1.000 are historical and seen as ‘sailing heritage’ within the maritime history of Amsterdam.
Three houseboats in Amsterdam that we recommend for a wonderful and unique stay :
Montelbaan Houseboat Apartment is a spacious and stylish 1-bedroom houseboat. Perfectly located, the houseboat is moored along one of the pretty canals just opposite the stunning Montelbaan Tower which was once famously painted by Rembrandt himself. According to one of the guests: ‘Just sitting on the boat having a breakfast or a beer in the afternoon is in itself a treat!’
The Houseboat Amsterdam is a colourful and cosy 2-bedroom houseboat in the heart of the Canal Belt at the Prinsengracht canal that offers the experience to enjoy Amsterdam from a different perspective.