Step aboard the new Amstel Cruise of Amsterdam Boat Cruises and experience the historic Amstel from our ship.
Our Amstel Cruise starts from the former NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord. It was once the largest shipyard in the world, but in the 1980s the ‘Nederlandse Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij’ went bankrupt. Today you imagine yourself here in Brooklyn or Berlin, because the messy yard with its rusty sheds and unruly concrete is now the place to be. Festivals take place here all year round and at the coolest catering spots you can enjoy the great view over the water and the city.
The Amstel Cruise departs towards Central Station, across the IJ and then past, among other things, the futuristic building where science museum NEMO is located, the VOC ship ‘Amsterdam’ and the shipping museum. We sail the route that, today, is still used for commercial shipping to sail right through the center. Therefore, all bridges on the route are historical movable bridges.
We pass the Plantagebuurt via the Nieuwe Herengracht. You will see, among other things, the Hortus and the historic Artis zoo. After we have passed the world famous Hermitage, the ship turns left onto the Amstel. On this relatively short stretch you can see the most iconic structures of the city such as the Stopera and the Blauwbrug.
After the iconic Skinny Bridge has opened for us, you can still see the Amstelsluizen, Royal Theater Carré and the famous Amstel Hotel.
We slowly leave the center behind and sail towards the Overamstel district. Here we run the Weespertrekvaart on. Past Betondorp and the Bijlmer we arrive at the river Gaasp. At Driemond we turn onto the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal. This dug canal is one of the most important waterways in the Netherlands. It is crucial for the shipping channel from Antwerp to Amsterdam. Here you see the largest inland vessels.
After a while we will pass IJburg and Zeeburg. Via the KNSM island we sail back to the starting location at the NDSM wharf.