History

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.

houseboats canals 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!’

B&B Cozy Watervilla Amsterdam is a charming and unique 1-bedroom houseboat, located close to the square Leidseplein in Amsterdam’s authentic Old West.

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.

Amsterdam Bridges

Water is inextricably linked with Amsterdam, to cross all these canals and rivers, the city has about 1700 bridges.

SAIL Amsterdam – the largest nautical event in the world

Every five years SAIL Amsterdam takes place. This means that in August 2015 a fleet of Tall Ships from all over the world will come to the IJ harbour and everybody is welcome to visit them. During the four day exhibition many other cultural events and maritime-themed entertainment will take place both on the water and on the wharfs.

Jewish monuments in Amsterdam

Since centuries most of the Dutch Jews have lived in Amsterdam. There are for example still a lot of ‘Jiddisj’ words in the Amsterdam dialect. The Jews contributed to the prosperity of Amsterdam, to the establishment of the Dutch West Indies Company, and to the Dutch Golden Age. Before World War II, 10% of the population in Amsterdam was Jewish, which meant about 80,000 people – but only 20% of them survived the Holocaust, though. The most well-known victim in Amsterdam is the Jewish girl named Anne Frank, who wrote her world-famous diary while in hiding. Her hiding place in the Secret Annex is a museum, called the Anne Frank House, situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267.

Was Vincent Van Gogh Murdered?

A troubled genius, famed for his self deprecation and vibrant landscapes; Vincent Van Gogh is admired across the world. Though was his untimely end merely a simple tragedy?

Amsterdam Day Trips: Historical Habits at the Zaanse Schans

Escape the bustle of the city and discover a forgotten world at this picturesque village, renowned for its traditional Dutch architecture, authentic atmosphere and of course, its iconic series of working windmills.

National Museum of Spectacles – A 700 year journey of fashionable eyewear

Located within Amsterdam’s exclusive 9 Streets, this fascinating museum exhibits a 700 year history of spectacles. The National Museum of Spectacles is a family run business, which allows visitors the opportunity to journey back in time and explore the changing styles and fashions of eye wear.

Liberation Day – 5th May

Liberation day is an extremely important celebratory day for the people of the Netherlands. It marks the day that the country was finally freed from the grasp of Nazism at the end of the Second World War. If you are visiting Amsterdam on this day then you will find it hard not to be swept up in the party spirit.

Hermitage Amsterdam

With lots of our Amsterdam apartments located in the picturesque area of Plantage, you’ll be able to visit the magnificent Hermitage Amsterdam with real ease!

Amsterdam Dungeon – A fun, yet scary adventure back in time

Ideally located within the heart of the city centre and just minutes away from the bustling Dam Square, the Amsterdam Dungeon allows visitors the opportunity to journey back in time and explore some of the city’s more terrifying history. Live actors, fantastic special effects and a roller coaster ride make this attraction an interactive, exciting and, at times, quite frightening experience which should not be missed.