Take a virtual canal cruise through Amsterdam

At the end of summer LOVERS Canal Cruises joined with Tiqets to celebrate it’s Awakening Weeks. During these weeks, we celebrated the reopening of many attractions and museums worldwide. LOVERS Canal Cruises captain Anthony took viewers on a virtual canal cruise through the city of Amsterdam on a lovely sunny day.

You can now rewatch this virtual cruise and get a sense of what awaits you when you do get to Amsterdam and take a cruise in person.

Marry an Amsterdammer for the Day: Amsterdam’s response to overtourism

We, LOVERS canal cruises, are participating in an exciting new event called Marry an Amsterdammer for the Day. This Wednesday, the 5th of June Amsterdammers and tourists can enter a symbolic marriage for a day. This initiative by the Untourist Moment was launched to improve relations between tourists and locals. Wed & Walk will organize the ceremony in the church Posthoornkerk at the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam.

Why the event is hosted
The event Marry an Amsterdammer for the Day is Amsterdam’s response to the commotion around overtourism. Together with 200 hotels, guides, artists, social enterprises, museums and other organizations they created a movement that is willing to turn overtourism into something positive by giving tourists a meaningful encounter with a local. The outcome: let visitors explore someplace new and experience something that is helpfull– for the city, the world, Amsterdam and each other. 

Information about the event
Marry an Amsterdammer for the Day is the perfect start to turn overtourism into something positive. And you can join the festivities by marrying an Amsterdammer for the day! On Wednesday the 5th of June from 01.30 PM till 02:00 PM you can get married in the church Posthoornkerk. Wedding attire is available upon arrival. After a short speed-date, the couples are created and the marriage will take place. And after the ceremony, you will go on a honeymoon! Ok, sorry guys – not a real holiday. But, you will go to a nice activity with your freshly married Amsterdammer. You can either visit a museum, meet your new stepchildren or eat some pancakes.

Everyone involved with the event is doing this on goodwill base – meaning they volunteer. So take your chance and marry (symbolically) a handsome Amsterdammer!

If you want to learn more about the event hop on one of our canal cruises and let our skippers invite you personally.

British Coach Tourism Awards 2018

The UK’s best coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions, hotels, and tourism industry suppliers, were honored during a special evening on March 21st at the 2018 British Coach Tourism Awards.

Earlier this year Lovers Canal Cruises was nominated for an award at the British Coach Tourism show, in the category European Coach Friendly Attraction. On Wednesday evening the finals were held. In a very exciting final, with finalists such as Disneyland Paris and Keukenhof, Lovers Canal Cruises won! Lovers was praised for its hospitality, accessibility and its customer service. On behalf of the Lovers team, sales manager Juliën van Nimwegen was at the show to receive the award.

Published on 23-03-2018

Visit the Anne Frank House with the Hop On – Hop Off Boat Tour!

We all know the famous red Hop On – Hop Off buses that you can find in all the main cities around the world. In Amsterdam, we’ve got them too, but we also got something different, we’ve got Hop On – Hop Off boats! Because of all the canals in the city center, a boat is an excellent way to get around. While you get from point A to point B with the Hop On – Hop Off boats you’ll also have an amazing sightseeing experience. Enjoy the beautiful historic canals with the 16th-century canal houses along their banks. You will sail past many sightseeing highlights such as the Westerkerk (Western Church), the Noorderkerk (Northern Church) and the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge).


Anne Frank House

The Hop On – Hop Off boat has many stops around the city. One of the stops, for example, is right in front of the Anne Frank House. That makes it very easy to make your way to and from the Anne Frank House. This museum tells the story of Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is the exact house that Anne Frank and her family hid in during the war. Even the hidden rooms at the rear of the house are still intact, and you can visit them. Other stops of the Hop On – Hop Off boats include the Rijksmuseum/Leidseplein, Central Station, Albert Cuyp Market and much more. That makes the Hop On – Hop Off boat a fantastic means of transport to discover the city.


A great deal

We offer you a great value deal on the Hop On – Hop Off Boats. We offer this product in a 24-hour ticket or a 48-hour ticket. So you can choose the ticket that fits your itinerary best. You can also buy a combination ticket. With this ticket you won’t only get access to the Hop On – Hop Off boats but also to the buses. The buses can bring you to places that are more difficult for the boats to go to, such as the Amsterdam Icebar and the Heineken Experience. So with the combination ticket, you can make sure that you can reach all the famous places with just one ticket.

Combine your visit to the Anne Frank House with a Canal Cruise!

A lot of canal cruises leave near Amsterdam Central Station. Which is great, because it is close to the city center and easily reachable. But sometimes you are somewhere else in the city and you feel like taking a relaxing cruise along the Amsterdam canals. A canal cruise takes about an hour, which makes them easy to combine with other activities. That’s why we offer multiple locations where you can board one of our ships. One of these locations is right next to the Anne Frank House. This museum is the former house and hiding place of Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. It is the 3rd most visited museum in the Netherlands and a must see when you are in Amsterdam. When you leave the museum you might feel like taking an Amsterdam canal cruise to overthink the impressions of the museum and to see some more of the surroundings.

Tour the Amsterdam canals

Near the Anne Frank House, you’ll find the Prinsengracht from where our Amsterdam Canal Cruise leaves. The Prinsengracht is the fourth and longest of the main canals in Amsterdam. The canal houses you’ll see along the way where mostly build during the Dutch Golden Age, which makes them of great historic value. Other famous buildings you’ll see during the Amsterdam Canal Cruise are the Noorderkerk (Northern Church), the Noordermarkt (Northern Market) and the Westerkerk (Western Church). But this cruise doesn’t stay on the Prinsengracht. Also, many other great Amsterdam canals like the Keizersgracht and the Herengracht will be part of the cruise. So you’ll also see famous sites like the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets), the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and the Amstel river where Amsterdam got his name from.

A great value deal

With the boarding location of our Amsterdam Canal Cruise so close to the Anne Frank House and a nice discount, this is a great value deal. The boat has frequent departures between 10.30 and 19.30 (on Saturdays and in August from 10.30 till 21.00). The modern boats have an audio system in 19 languages, so you can hear all about your surroundings in your own language. Do you want to board somewhere else? We also offer Amsterdam Canal Cruises from near the Central Station and from the Leidseplein (Leidse Square).

Use your Holland Pass at Lovers!

Lovers Canal Cruises accepts the Holland Pass. Which means that you can enjoy a canal cruise for free! In exchange for a silver voucher you can join the 1 hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise and in exchange for a golden voucher, you can join our Small Boat Cruise. If the weather is nice and you want to enjoy the sun from our Semi-open boat, you can exchange a silver voucher for a ticket. Did you already spend your vouchers or do you want a different cruise? We also offer a 20% discount to Holland Pass holders!

For more information and to see for which cruises you can use the Holland Pass, visit the Holland Pass website.

Tickets with a Holland Pass cannot be bought online but can only be bought at Lovers Canal Cruises; Prins Hendrikkade 25 in Amsterdam.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Amsterdam canals!

If you can only see one thing during your trip to Amsterdam, make it the canals! Why? Just read on and let us explain. The canal tours in Amsterdam attract more than 3 million passengers each year and with that, it is the busiest attraction in the Netherlands. But, it truly is one of the best. Over 100 kilometers of beautiful canals run through the city center of Amsterdam. There is so much to discover during canal tours in Amsterdam and we’ll explain all the interesting parts right here!

Venice of the North

Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and 3 times more bridges. Impressive right? The canal ring became part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010 and is protected ever since. The many canal tours in Amsterdam will take you on a trip through the canals and you will pass countless old bridges, famous landmarks and picturesque merchant houses. So make sure you don’t forget your camera. The most important canals are the Herengracht, the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht. You can also find a drained canal in Amsterdam: the Nieuwezijdse Voorburgwal. Because Napoleon’s brother (King of Holland in that time) couldn’t stand the stench of the canal he had it drained and made into a street.

How the canals came to be…

The history of the Amsterdam canals starts in the 16th century. Plans were drawn for the canals to form central belts around the city. They were used to stimulate trade, make transport easier and to reclaim land from the water to expand the city. The waterways became a great source of wealth for Amsterdam. You can still see a lot of history when you are on one of the canal tours in Amsterdam. For instance, in the Middle Ages, a wall was built to defend Amsterdam. Most of it was destroyed in the 19th century, but if you book one of the canal tours in Amsterdam you’ll still see remains of it. The Amsterdam canals were also an inspiration to artists. Monet painted the Zuiderkerk 13 times during his visit to Amsterdam. You can see the exact site when you go on one of the canal tours in Amsterdam with Lovers Canal Cruises.

You can live on the canals!

Amsterdam is the most watery city in the world, with canals and harbors filling a full quarter of the surface of the city. Around 1850 there was a big shortage of living space in Amsterdam which gave people the fantastic idea to live on the water. More than 2500 houseboats can be found in Amsterdam. Some more than 100 years old! Even houseboat hotels exist. The Bloemenmarkt is a houseboat borne flower market. You’ll pass all these amazing sights while enjoying a drink on one of the canal tours in Amsterdam. But there is not just life on the canals, there is also life in the canals. Twenty different type of fish and many crabs can be found in the canals. Just look at the water during one of the canal cruises in Amsterdam and maybe you can spot them.

But are they clean?

10.000 bikes are fished out of the canals each year. That comes down to 50 each day! Yet the canals have never been cleaner than they are now. The sewer no longer ends in de canals, the quality of the water is checked at all times, the boats used for canal tours in Amsterdam are getting environmental friendlier every year and there are even swimming competitions in the canals. The beauty of the Amsterdam canals is unprecedented and definitely worth a visit for everybody. So don’t hesitate and book your canal cruise in Amsterdam right now!