After checking in all our luggages at the hotel, we departed immediately for Amsterdam Centraal to have a glimpse of the city. First thing that we did was canal cruising over the waters of Amsterdam. For a price of EUR 9 per person, we hopped on at Rederij Plas which is located at Damrak, near the Central Station. It was a perfect thing that we did since it was our first time to visit the city. It gives us an understanding and perspective of how rich and beautiful Amsterdam City is. Our Captain cum Tour Guide is very knowledgeable and made an excellent introduction to the city’s history and main attractions. This was available in several main languages (Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, English). He used to be a captain of a luxury ship but gave it up just to be with his family as well as to serve his country. Wow, kudos to you Sir!
boat docking station
inside the boat
Damrak Pier is the starting point as well as the end point of the cruise. We passed by some of the city’s main tourist attractions, and some interesting places such as the Cat Boat, the country’s smallest house, Cafe Restaurant Open, and the Bike Park to name a few.
stunning view of the city by the water
Amsterdam is also known as Cycling City since a vast majority is using this two-wheel vehicle. It is interesting to know that as of 2006, Amsterdam has about 1 Million bicycles. So we passed by this “fietsflat” or cycle park near the Central Station. It’s a three-level parking which accommodates about 3,000 bikes.
Fietsflat or Cycle Park
The photo above is not clear (I’ve used my old model iphone 4), so to give a clear picture of how the cycle park looks like, I have taken out a photo from wikipedia.
Fietsflat (photo taken from wikipedia)
Next is the Houseboat, which is roughly about 2,500 in numbers. They’re made on floating materials like concrete, and these are stationery houses. Amsterdam is now congested and there’s not enough houses for its citizens, so the city council has allowed the houseboats. There are also even houseboat hotels.
The photo below is a Catboat, which serves as a sanctuary for abandoned and stray cats. Cool!
The smallest house in Amsterdam – another fascinating fact!
smallest house (the middle one in between those 2 buildings)
And lastly, what is Amsterdam without the famous “Red Light District?”
the Red Light District at daytime
I left the cruise appreciating Amsterdam more, very rich in culture, and very unique in its own way.
end of the cruise