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AmsterBoat Canal Cruises: Singles and Groups Welcome!

Experience Amsterdam in comfort and silence

Amsterboat can be booked for single ticket tours or for groups up to 50 passengers depending on the type of ships. All boats come with a local skipper who will be happy to show you the canals of Amsterdam and all its highlights. On Amsterboat you are allowed to smoke and of course there are cold drinks available. All the boats are powered with an electrical drive so you can enjoy the canals of Amsterdam in comfort and silence!

For friends & family

Food, Drinks & Smoke on the boat

For private tours & solos

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Amsterboat is a local boat company that exclusively operates Bulldog Boats for parties up till 50 passengers. Our small open boats cruise the canals of Amsterdam to provide you with a unique perspective on our beautiful city. Of course you are allowed to smoke on Amsterboat!

The Bulldog Boat by Amsterboat : Amsterdam Canal Tours

The Captain

All our Captains are not just a skipper but also the friendly guides for your entire tour in Amsterdam Canals. Our captains spend half of their life in Amsterdam’s Canals. They know every detail about the highlights of Amsterdam city. So, should you have any questions about Amsterdam, ask them during your boat tour. 

Drinks Arrangements

On all Bulldog Boats you are allowed to bring your own food. We provide cold drinks arrangements with Wine, Beer, Liquor and soft drinks. In case of private tour, Prices are € 10 for the first 1 hour, 15 for 2 hours or € 20 for 3 hours. The available arrangements can be ordered during the booking process.

Amsterdam Canal Tours

The Bulldog

The Bulldog is an Amsterdam-based company that owns and operates a chain of cannabis coffee shops and a hotel in Amsterdam and Canada. The Bulldog is actually the very first coffeeshop and until today, the only one with its original founders and owner.
Our Amsterboat is a proud partner of The Bulldog company. We manage all the boat tours and the events related to canal cruise of The Bulldog.


More than 100 facts about Amsterdam!

Disclaimer: All stories and facts are gathered by the author over his years as a skipper on many different tour boats in Amsterdam. All stories are faithfully told and verified as well as possible with different sources. Of course, some stories are known tall tales which are still worth to be told and some are based on private speculations by the author that will not be backed up by historic research. Should you however find any claim of fact to be blatantly wrong, please send an email to to point it out and then we will re-examine the topic.

Central station

The Central Station was built in 1907 by the same architect that built the Rijks Museum. This Abraham Kuijper was very excited that he was asked to built the Central Station, which was one of the biggest buildings in Amsterdam. However, a lot of people were not excited at all about the Central Station because up till 1907, the river IJ ran all the way up to the wall and you had a magnificent view from the city across the river with all the boats passing by. A lot of people felt it would be a shame to lose that view to a stupid railway station…

Open haven front

Up till 1907, the river IJ ran all the way up to the city wall along the Prins Hendrikkade which provided a magnificent view all the way from the Dam Square across the river IJ. The view on the Open Water Front was lost forever when the Central Station was built on three artificial islands in the river IJ in 1907.

National Opera House

The Dutch National Opera is a Dutch opera company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its present home base is the Dutch National Opera & Ballet housed in the Stopera building, a modern building designed by Cees Dam and Wilhelm Holzbauer which opened in 1986

Old city wall

The old city wall was built between 1270 and 1300 to protect the medieval city from attackers from the outside. In order to build the wall, all inhabitants of Amsterdam had to pay a tax. However, if one could not pay the tax, the person would have to make a contribution in helping to build the wall. Many people in Amsterdam were to poor to pay the tax so the wall was built mostly by the poorest citizens. Because they hated doing this, the wall was very poorly built and already in the first 50 years parts of wall started collapsing because of this. As the city started expanding rapidly in the next 150 years after the original wall was built, it was removed again in 1400 because the wall became an obstruction for the internal traffic in the city. The Crying Tower, The Mint Tower and the Montelbaans Tower are the only remains left of the Old City Wall.

Oudezijds Kolk

The river IJ that ran all the way up to wall of the city had an open connection to the North Sea and contained salt water and had tides. Therefore, when the dam in the river Amstel was placed at the Dam Square in 1207, all other entrances into the city had to be closed off with doors (or water locks or sluices) to protect the city from floods and spring tides coming from the river IJ. The doors at the Oudezijds Kolk are already there on the same location since approximately 1200.

Catholic Refuge Church Our Lord in the Attic

In 1578, the Catholic church was cast out of the Netherlands and the official state religion became Protestantism. In the process that is called the Alteration, the Catholic Church was stripped of all its possessions and the Catholics were not allowed to express their religion in public anymore. The Catholic population that stayed faithful to their religion, resurrected several secret churches in the homes of members of their congregation. One of these churches is preserved in its original state and can still be visited at the start of the Red Light District at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40.

The Bulldog First CoffeeShop

The Bulldog Coffee Shop at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90 is the first coffee shop in Amsterdam. The Bulldog Coffee Shop was founded by the owner Mr. Henk de Vries in 1975. Originally he inherited the place from is father when it was still a porn shop. However, Henk didn’t like the porn business and so he threw the whole inventory of the shop in the canal to open up a public living room where he started selling cannabis products. In those days the Red Light District was ridden with crime and hard drugs and Henk was the first to make the separation between soft and hard drugs. Nowadays this separation is commonly accepted in the Netherlands and abroad but Henk de Vries stood at the base of this.

Chinese District Amsterdam

Next to the Red Light District is the Chinese District. The Chinese District in Amsterdam is already quite old as the first Chinese sailors that came back with the big trade ships from the Far East already got stranded in Amsterdam in the early part of the 17th century. As some of them could not find a way back or just decided to stay because they had a btter prospect of living here.

Golden Century

The Golden Century started in the second half of the 16th century when the traders from Antwerp moved to Amsterdam because the harbors of Antwerp sanded shut. Amsterdam was already the most important trade city in the trade to the East Sea (wood, beer, grain, wool) but the Antwerp traders brought the connections to the Mediterranean See, bringing the trade in cloth, silk and spices to Amsterdam. The Golden Century is closely connected to the founding of the United East Indian Company when all traders in the major Dutch cities where forced to cooperate in centralizing the major trade routes. Around 1600, when the south point of the African continent could be rounded, the VOC set up trade posts on all major territories on the way to the Far East and this led to an incredible accumulation of wealth in the Netherlands. The Golden Century lasted till about 1670 when the major Dutch trading companies (East India Company, West India Company and the Greenland Company) moved to London and their influence in the Netherlands declined.

United East India Company

The United East-Indian Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) was a union of competing traders in Amsterdam, Middelburg, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Rotterdam and Delft. The union was forced upon the traders by the Dutch authorities in 1602 to improve the competitive advantage over Portugal and to make a stronger defense against the Spanish fleet after the outbreak of 80 year war with Spain which started around 1578 when the Netherlands renounced the Catholic faith and withdrew itself from the reign of King Philip II of Spain.
At the height of the Golden Century, the East India Company had settlements in all major cities on all continents and was more powerful than most nations in these days. Around 1650, the East India Company deployed approximately 30.000 ships around the globe.
In the second half of the 17th century, the East India Company (and the West India Company and the Greenland Company) moved to London where the trading climate was better. In 1798 the East India Company was nationalized by the Dutch government.