Amsterdam Canal Cruise, © Can Stock / lsantilli
Visit Amsterdam – Canal Tour
Visit Amsterdam by starting with an Amsterdam canal cruise from in front of the main Amsterdam Centraal train station. Two companies, Lovers and Holland International, offer tours at the same location and for the same price. The standard Canal Cruise circuit wanders the canals through the Red Light District, past Anne Frank House and the 7 bridges view. The canal tour also heads out of the canals into the harbor.
Another option is to take a Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off. In the evening, take a canal dinner cruise. Enjoy dinner or wine and cheese as you travel through the canals of Old Town Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Old Town Walking Tour
An Amsterdam Old Town Walking Tour is easy to create on your own when you visit Amsterdam. Start your Old Town Walking Tour by walking south from Amsterdam Centraal on the pedestrian only Nieuwedijk walkway to Dam Square. Dam Square includes the Royal Palace and the New Church (Niewe Kerke). From Dam Square, your Old Town Walking Tour can contine on the pedestrian only Kalverstraat walkway to the tower known as the Munttoren. The floating market barges selling tulips are at the end of this section.
Expand your Old Town Walking Tour to the west to see Anne Frank House, the West Church (Westerkerk) and more canals. To the east of your route you can easily walk to the Red Light District, the Old Church (Oude Kerk) and the Waag City Gate. Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam in the Red Light District.
De Waag City Gate
Visit Amsterdam – Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House is one of the most population places to visit in Amsterdam. The house is where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis as a child and wrote her famous diary. Anne Frank House is right beside the Westerkerk church. Anne Frank mentions the bells of the Westerkerk in her diary.
In the summer, you can expect to wait 2 hours in a line encircling the block before you gain access to Anne Frank House. Arriving early in the morning doesn’t help. Consider this destination for an off season winter visit. Anne Frank House is a reasonably easy walk from Amsterdam Centraal. Anyone can walk past the front of the house and you can also see the house from the boat on a canal cruise.
Concertgebouw, Museum Square